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  • Day7

    Tokyo: Here Be Dragons!

    May 3, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Terrefic first day in Tokyo! Up bright and early after a good nights sleep at the Hotel in Asakusa and off to the Senso-ji Temple just down the road to beat the Golden Week crowds. Still a few people around but its an amazing green oasis of peace amidst the hussle and bustle of Tokyo. Beautiful architecture and nature and lots of temples and shrines.... here be Dragons! :-)

    Back to the hotel briefly to organise the on-shipping of my baggage. Its a great service and means I dont have to drag my suitcase around when I travel from place to place in Japan. It's very reasonably priced too.

    Then off to Akihabara to get measured up for a formal suit for my sons wedding in Scotland. Hey, the father of the groom has to look good :-) and a look around the bustling city streets famous for thier electronics and anime stores and Maid Cafes. Its dangerous letting me loose in a seven level electronics megastore, lol.

    So after all that excitement its off to Shinjuku Gyoen, beautiful and vey large gardens with lakes and forests and traditional Japanese gardens in the heart of the city. Another peaceful if very crowded place. Its Golden Week here in Japan which is one of the biggest holidays of the year so I'm going to need to get used to the crowds over the next few days. Certainly more people here than there are in NZ; in fact theres more than 3 times as many people in Tokyo alone than in the whole of New Zealand.

    Traveled the trains and the subway all day. the Japan Rail 'JR Pass' is a wonderful thing. You can travel on all trains, including the Shikansen, across Japan for the price of the pass, which is generally cheaper than just one return between Tokyo and Kyoto on the Shinkansen 'Bullet' Train. Once you get your pass you can make reservations and get seats on the trains of your choice. It makes travelling around Tokyo and Japan just so easy. The public transport here is just amazing!

    For a city of 14 Million Tokyo is incredibly clean, green, efficent and safe. In fact that observation applies across the whole country. If anything Japan reminds me of Switzerland. It never really feels crowded either and even though there are 120 million people here they all live crammed together on 20% of the land, leaving 80% of the country as stunning mountains, forests and wild nature.

    Lots more to explore; off to Kyoto tomorrow on the Shinkansen...
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  • Day208


    November 17, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Um Geld zu sparen, laufen wir den ganzen Weg zum Asaksa-Schrein. Es ist tolles Wetter und es gibt viel zu sehen.
    Der Skytree (ein Fernsehturm und eine der Hauptattraktionen Tokios) ragt z.B. plötzlich weit über die Stadt heraus und sieht super beeindruckend aus. Da uns Ende Dezember aber zwei Freundinnen aus Deutschland besuchen heben wir uns den Skytree auf, da der Aufstieg recht teuer ist und die Aussicht sich wohl nicht wirklich ändert.
    So lassen wir den Skytree links liegen und spazieren durch den Sumida-Park. Direkt als wir reinkommen sehen wir einen kleinen Schrein, den wir uns kurz anschauen.
    Im Sumida-Park ist es richtig voll heute- überall sitzen Japaner vor ihren Smartphones und tippen. Wir genießen lieber die Aussicht und die Natur. Etwas herbstliche Färbung haben die Bäume schon angenommen, was dem Park ein tolles Flair gibt. Vom Park aus hat man nochmal einen super Blick auf den Skytree und ich freu mich ehrlich gesagt schon, wenn wir auf dessen Aussichtsplattform gehen. Ist bestimmt cool :).
    Wir verbringen etwas Zeit im Park und laufen dann weiter zum Asaksa-Schrein.
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  • Day21

    Fish market and Sumo

    January 16, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    A busy day today. We had an early start, packing up and checking out by 7:00 am to get to the meeting point for our tour of Tsukiji fish market. As it turned out, we were the only ones on the tour, and we had two guides as one was training. They were so nice and chatty that it just felt like we had hired some friends for the morning (knowledgeable and Japanese speaking friends). We walked through the outer market trying samples and getting snacks along the way. Tour groups aren't allowed in the inner market, so our tour guides dropped us off there and we went in for a quick look around. The markets are so busy so you constantly feel like you are in the way (which you are) but they are fascinating - rows and rows of every kind of seafood imaginable, huge hunks of tuna, live crabs, massive mussels and abalone. Even turtles ! Again, no photos allowed.
    Sumo was scheduled for the afternoon, but we had time for a coffee and to spend some time in the Hokasai museum, located near to the Sumo Stadium in Sumida (where Hokasai was born and spent most of his life).
    Sumo was quite an experience. We all sat in a little box on individual cushions. Although none of us really understood the rules it was amazing spectacle and hard not to become swept up with the crowd excitement - which increased as the afternoon went on and the big stars started to come out. Three well dressed women in their 60s were sitting next to us and chatted politely with me and Ivy in English. When a certain sumo came out later in the evening they went nuts - screaming and waving the banners they had brought.
    On the other side of us were some young guys who sounded English but turned out to be brothers from Canberra. They shared their (basic) knowledge of the rules, and we shared our wifi. Later we connected on Facebook so that they could send us some of the photos and videos they had taken. Travelling around as a young person must be completely different (to when I was travelling as a young person) in these days of social media.
    When one of the sumos won the second last round the entire stadium erupted !!! (we later found out it was a controversial result). All of a sudden cushions were being hurled around the stadium. The last bout started and we decided to make a run for it because I was worried about the crowds. Leave it to the Japanese, however, to have everything sorted. The crowds all went from stadium to station in an orderly manner and there was no problem getting on a train. We were back at the hostel to pick up our bags by 6:30 pm and by 7:00 pm we were in a taxi headed to the Disney resort and the greatest day of our lives...
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  • Day97

    Skytree Tower bei Nacht

    June 15, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Zum Schluss sind wir bei uns in der Ecke noch einmal ans Wasser, um uns den Skytree Tower anzuschauen. Und dann aber zurück ins Hostel. Hier in Tokio sind die Tage mit vielen neuen Eindrücken voll gepackt. Es gibt aber auch so viel zu unternehmen.

    Für mich die spannendste Stadt, die ich bisher gesehen habe 💞.
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  • Day1

    Taitō, Japan

    June 20, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Bevor wir mit dem Nachtbus nach OSAKA fuhren, gingen wir noch schnell zu meinem zukünftigen Share House und lagerten dort ein wenig Gepäck.

    Doch die Suche nach dem Gebäude war gar nicht so leicht. Ich googelte eine falsche Adresse und dann lief uns auch noch ein betrunkener Japaner hinterher, der uns unbedingt helfen wollte!

    Nach einer gefühlten Ewigkeit fanden wir das gesuchte Objekt und gaben das Gepäck ab.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Azumabashi, 吾妻橋