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Asakusa

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  • Day6

    Tokyo Tales

    July 4, 2017 in Japan

    Back on the Bullet Train from Kyoto to the nation’s capital, Tokyo. From the train I caught a glimpse of Mount Fuji shrouded in mist. There was no snow or cherry blossom - it could easily have been Ben Lomond.

    Well, if I thought the other Japanese cities were busy, Tokyo is in a league if its own. What a huge city, teeming with people everywhere. A city of contrasts too, with noise, neon lights, huge concrete and steel buildings, as well as quieter areas with old wooden houses, temples and shrines. A myriad of train lines and subways - and yet everything seems to run on time. People seem smartly dressed, politely waiting in line even during rush hour.

    In my two and a half days here I have seen only a fraction of what is on offer. My hotel is located in the popular Asakusa area, and is adjacent to the magnificent Senso-ji temple which is thronged with people day and night. I visited Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower - the only structure to beat it is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. It was an exhilarating ride to the top and great views, although a bit overcast. I had a pleasant morning sail down the river to the traditional garden of Hama Rikyu Onshi Teien. I enjoyed more green tea in a lovely tea house in the centre of the small lake. (Their green tea is an acquired taste, Anne - thick and foamy like pea soup).

    I had an interesting free tour of the gargantuan Gotham City style Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building including its impressive Assembly Hall. I had Veritable Vera the Volunteer showing me round (on my own), and she kept laughing and saying how she wanted to see me in a skirt (I assume she meant kilt).

    Most of the rest of the time was spent wandering around Shinjunku - the modern heart of Tokyo. You can find anything you need here (and plenty you don't). There are some crazy things. They have what's known as Maid Cafes where girls in costumes serve food and drink in a cute manner with their voices screeching in high pitched tones. A girl in a candy striped short maid’s outfit and feather duster tried to tempt me in, but I just told her, ‘sorry, hen, but I've already got a cleaner’. There are Butler Cafes too, where buff guys try to tempt the ladies in. (Now, I don't have a butler!). There are even Cat Cafes, offering the chance to spend quality time with up to 50 pussies without the commitment of ownership. The nation is devoted to cartoons, which are prevalent everywhere, and there are even museums dedicated to the culture of Anime and Manga.

    There is a whole range of accommodation available from luxury hotels to capsule hostels. They also have what are known as Love Hotels. Instead of having to spend the whole night, you can rent a room for a ‘Rest Period’. Like Elsie in the song ‘Cabaret’ they rented by the hour. Due to the humidity I was fair wabbit, and felt like going in for a wee lie doon masel!

    There are literally thousands of restaurants and you really are spoiled for choice.

    Well, packing tonight for the long journey home tomorrow (although not as long as the journey to get here). Still pleased that I managed to travel overland (and sea) from Scotland to Japan by public transport - and no flights. I have been on a variety of other transport however - local train, Eurostar, Trans Siberian, tram, bus, subway, marshrutka, ferry, trolley bus and the Bullet Train, as well as Shanks’s pony! It's been the experience of a lifetime, and an adventure I will always treasure. Thanks for following my rambles - it's been great fun!
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  • Day44

    Tokyo arrival

    April 27, 2017 in Japan

    Made it. If I have one useful piece of information about the Tokyo subway to pass on it's this. It's not like London where trains are tied to lines, so unless you actively change train you will stay on, say, the Northern line. Nope. That confused me and I haven't seen it written anywhere. Luckily a station guard (literally) pushed me onto a train and it went where I needed, through a number of Keikyu Main Line stations to Asakusa Line stations.

    Then it's a short and very pleasant walk from Asukasa station to my hostel. It hadn't looked much on the Google live view thing, but the area has a really nice feel. I'm gonna be ok here 😥

    Just by way of contrast with last week's thunderbox, I now have a heated toilet seat! Which reminds me of the toilets at Hanida airport. They play the sound of running water; to encourage or to mask I know not!

    I'm not exaggerating when I say there must be 300 small restaurants and cafes within 5 minutes walk of where I'm staying. All rather bewildering, but I've found a shop that sells milk and got a hot pork dumpling at the same time, so immediate problems solved!
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  • Day52

    Samurai & Ninja Safari

    May 5, 2017 in Japan

    Yes, really!

    I was offered a free trip this morning by 2 guys drumming up custom for their ... erm... theatrical sightseeing trip around Asakusa. It started off in a normal way, picking out the local sights...then it all went panto!

    There's a wicked ninja warrior creeping round the streets, a brave but slightly dim Samurai, a moon-walking Geisha and other incidental characters played by innocent bystanders. All wrapped up with plenty of slapstick on and off the bus. A complete hoot, and free because they had TV cameras on board and wanted a larger crowd. As it was there were only 7. Brilliant fun 😂Read more

  • Day57

    Leaving Tokyo

    May 10, 2017 in Japan

    Last hours in Tokyo and the inevitable has happened. My budget has been blown and I've ended up in McDonald's - albeit having a teriyaki burger 😉

    I had a few hours spare this morning so took a final wander around the area, down some untrodden (by me) streets. One street caters for all things culinary, including at least one shop that sells, and run classes in making), fake food (big business since displays are outside every eatery). Well that was so intriguing and the shop so alluring I went in. Big mistake. I've been seduced by a segment of satsuma. Life really is full of surprises.Read more

  • Day52

    Ramen

    May 5, 2017 in Japan

    Done it! I've finally eaten out (Mister Donut doesn't count). I'd noticed this place before, the pictures of the pork ramen looked enticing, so went in on the spur of the moment. Perhaps I shouldn't have just eaten a bag of pea snap crisps ...

    It went relatively smoothly. The waitress (with face mask😷, not uncommon in Tokyo) pointed at the machine by the door. So having inserted my ¥1000 note (about £7) I selected Set Meal A. Out popped a ticket which I gave to her. All good so far. She sat me at the bar along the window, next to 2 young Japanese guys. There was a nice big jug of iced water just in front of one of them, handy because I hadn't ordered a drink, so I filled a glass and sat down. Then the waitress brought me my jug of iced water. Thus I blunder my way around Tokyo!Read more

  • Day1

    Asakusa, Tokyo

    August 23, 2017 in Japan

    Made it to the Red Planet Hotel by 9:30. Flight was delayed to 11:45 out of Brisbane. Takes ages at Narita airport to progress through fingerprint and retinal scans. Made it on to the Keisei Skyliner with a minute to spare! Had to cart my luggage between the Ueno Keisei station and the metro station a few 100 metres away. No problems catching the metro and eventually found the hotel. It's hot and humid in Tokyo, I was sweating checking in. Photos from my hotel room window.Read more

  • Day2

    Asakusa day 2

    August 24, 2017 in Japan

    It's 34 degrees and humid today (weather app says it feels like 41). I've bought my breakfast from the Family Mart and it was OK. Coffee at Starbucks (I walked past it ok, give me a break jeez!) Walked through the Asakusa shopping streets, then off to the adjoining parkland that contains the Senso-ji Buddhist temple and other temples. No photos allowed inside the temples.
    Bought some GF cakes from Otaca Sweets, should be interesting.

    My data SIM is operational so I'm connected! Have bought a Pasmo card, which is like a Go Card on steroids. It can be used in vending machines as well as on all trains in Greater Tokyo.
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  • Day3

    Tokyo in a day

    May 11, 2016 in Japan

    A busy day in Tokyo today. We started off in Narita where we stayed at the Richmond Hotel overnight and then worked our way across to Asakusa by train. We went for a boat trip down the Arakawa River to Odaiba which is a large artificial Island in Tokyo Bay. The weather was very blustery though, so we headed back to the Tokyo Skytree a 645 metre broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo. Tallest communication tower in the world and very impressive. Didn't quite get to the Senso-ji Buddhist temple which is just a stones throw from our hotel. Perhaps tomorrow before we head out of Tokyo.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Asakusa, أساكوسا, آساکوسا, Aszakusza, 浅草, 아사쿠사, Асакуса, อะซะกุซะ

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