Japan is one of my favorite countries of all time. When I traveled there almost two years ago I blogged about it on my old, now offline, blog. It felt like such a waste of my efforts not having those posts out there for others that want to travel to Japan or want to read about Japan. And my blog is also my personal diary that I love to read back. I therefore decided that every Thursday (I know it’s Sunday) I will post
a Travel Thursday article about Japan. This with the exception of next Thursday as a shopping guide for Seoul will go online then.
My boyfriend Chris did part of his thesis work in Kyoto. Because of that I lived there in the summer with him for one month. During our stay in Japan we made a trip to Tokyo. My Japan series will start with this trip even though chronologically seen this was the end of my stay haha. All posts about Japan are completely re-written and the photos are re-edited!
Upon my arrival in Japan at Narita Airport I had taken the Shinkansen to Kyoto. This time we decided to travel in a cheaper way: by taking local trains with the Seishun 18 Kippu pass. Find out more about this pass here. That website however doesn’t tell you that the leftover days you have on the pass can be sold back to the ticket agency! We spend about 25 euro each traveling from Kyoto to Tokyo which took us about 10 hours (including food stops).
When we arrived at Tokyo station this was the first thing we saw. How futuristic! The normal vending machines that you see all over Kyoto all of a sudden seemed old fashioned.
Another thing that was different from Kyoto are to amount of people on the streets in Tokyo. This picture was taken late at night, can you believe how crowded it still is?
Our hotel was near Ueno station which meant that after arriving at Tokyo station we still had a bit to go. This was what we saw when we opened the room… Small, very small, but pretty descent for a total of 30 euros a night.I hit my head several times… For your reference I’m 1.80m/ 5’11 which is quite a bit taller then the average Japanese women (or man…).
We stayed in two hotels during out trip to Tokyo. I must say that the second one was more comfortable and cheaper, although the owners didn’t speak English as well as the first hotel. If you want to know the hotels we stayed in or any other information just ask me in the comment section below. The next morning we took the train to Akihabara, a district all about manga, anime and gaming. Here you’ll find a lot of the crazy things that Japan is known for.
This building was the first thing we saw after walking out of the station area. It turned out to be one big game hall. Look at those crazy elevators. We were dying to see the inside!
Several floors were filled with ufo catchers. We had lots of fun watching die-hard ufo catcher fans taking out toy after toy. But even the seasoned players spend a lot of Yen before catching the doll of their desire.
Don’t mess with the Dutch! And no it’s not real, it’s a toy.
Japan’s loyal dog Hachiko on my fans! You can get lots of free stuff like tissues and fans on the streets of Tokyo.
You’ll find lots of queues like this on the streets of Akihabara. Many die-hard manga/anime fans, know in Japanese as otaku’s, wait for hours just to get the newest edition of their favorite manga.