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Tokyo and Trains (東京と電車)

I went to Japan and Korea over Christmas for a bunch of reasons. In short it was really, really awesome.

I stayed in 2 different capsule hotels. Capsules are two to a column (one top, one bottom). They come with a TV and you close them with a blind (but if people snore you can still kinda hear). It costs around $35 a night.

The first was aimed solely at Japanese businessmen and I probably couldn’t get in without asking in Japanese. This was quite good but annoying that lockers were not reserved during the day so I had to transfer my stuff to a different coin locker and back. The second was more touristy, bookable in english, had westerners but in return was louder, more expensive, and weirdly slightly smaller so I didn’t quite fit. There’s only public baths at both. Male only.

I found a banana vending machine.

Bananas.

I filled in some gaps in Tokyo from my last trip, where I walked all the way around the edges of central Tokyo. I walked to Yotsuya, in the center of that. It feels like the middle of nowhere though – as much as inner Tokyo can. Only 3 hours walking this time -_-.

Some of my friends from Tasmania were going to a comic, anime, and cosplay event in Tokyo called Comiket which attracts about half a million people. This turned out to be really awesome. I wasn’t brave or dedicated enough for the 5 hour lines for popular items, but I still found it really awesome wandering around taking pictures and searching for things.

Me + a small part of Comiket

Cosplay!

I got to try working at a Tokyo office, stayed at a Japanese home (my friends are awesome), went drinking with other foreigners in Shibuya, caught up with many friends, met new ones, missed out on meeting some I really wanted to, did much karaoke, saw Mount Fuji from the center of Tokyo, caught a single whiff of falling snow in Andong, got through some basic conversation in Korean, and had a bunch of other unforgettable experiences.

Frozen stream in Korea

Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Kamakura, near Tokyo

Kamakura Shrine

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2 Comments for Tokyo and Trains (東京と電車)

Jeshrill | July 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I advise slotngry against taking a tour from either Hato or JTB.In researching their tours, I found that all are very expensive, and practicallly every tour will leave to yourself to find your own way back to your hotel, even if there was a guide at the beginning of the tour. (They call this a course, which you have to pay for).I took a JTB tour to Ryogukan, and found it necessary to travel to the other side of Tokyo to join the tour, even though my hotel was closer to the Sumo wrestling arena, then having to travel back to the arena because subway tickets were included in the tour price. Also, they do not pick up at major hotels. I have been to Japan five times, and found that the level and amount of English have improved drastically.Except for figuring out how much a trip on the subway costs, there are many English signs, and the train staff are all too willing to help. They all seem have had lessons in English numbers.References : Experience.

Donald | March 28, 2015 at 7:07 am

lol a couple of the reeviws bloggers write are silly and unrelated, there are times i wonder whether they at all read the post before writing or whether they just look at the subject of the blog post and compose the very first thought that drifts to their minds. But it is great to see a intelligent commentary every now and then in contrast to the exact same, traditional blog bull which I too many times notice on the blogs. Regards

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