The Japanese capital Tokyo is a dream vacation spot for a lot of vacationers. The metropolis is the epitome of a contemporary metropolis, which is why Tokyo attracts numerous guests yearly. With over 38 million inhabitants, Tokyo additionally belongs to the biggest metropolitan area on this planet and even when Tokyo is typically very crowded, town nonetheless appears comparatively neat.
Tokyo – the capital of Japan at first sight
Tokyo has additionally been on our bucket record for a really very long time. The Tokyo Skytree or the Shibuya intersection are identified worldwide. However since Tokyo has a lot extra to supply, it was lastly time for us to discover town for ourselves.
Methods to get to Tokyo
Lodging in Tokyo – our resort tip
Tokyo: Excursions and tickets
First impressions of Tokyo
After an excellent flight of about 7 hours from Kuala Lumpur, we landed on time in Tokyo. We bought out of the airplane after a brief look ahead to a parking spot, Tremendous Mario greeted us first. We had been lastly in Japan!
Sadly, essentially the most horrible a part of our journey to Japan started right here, as a result of once we noticed the crowds at immigration, we’d have preferred to show round immediately. Hundreds of individuals lined up in limitless queues and it took about 1.5 hours earlier than it was lastly our flip. As if that wasn’t sufficient, there was the subsequent queue after the luggage assortment at customs.
However even after we completed there, it didn’t get higher. The Narita Airport was full of individuals queuing all over the place and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than the primary data leaked to us. On the morning of our arrival, Hurricane Faxai hit Tokyo and all bus and practice connections to the airport had been stopped. The information even stated that 10,000 passengers had been stranded at Narita Airport. Now it was additionally clear to us why immigration took so lengthy.
Withdrawing cash, shopping for SIM playing cards and let’s see how we will get out of the airport as shortly as attainable was the plan. The pleasant girl on the data desk stated that with luck the trains would begin working once more at 6.00 P.M. So we made our method to the trains. At 8.00 P.M. we had been despatched away once more as a result of the entrances had been overloaded. As well as, the trains didn’t run in a single day.
Then we tried our luck on the queue for the taxis. It took a whopping 5 extra hours till we lastly discovered a taxi. And solely with luck on the opposite aspect of the road, in any other case we’d have needed to wait for much longer. Price: unimaginable 30,000 yen, which we shared with an English instructor dwelling in Tokyo. 3.00 P.M. arrival in Tokyo, 2.00 A.M. arrival on the resort. The primary day was a whole catastrophe!
The subsequent day was very forgiving and Tokyo welcomed us within the Akasaka district with a lot of sunshine and summer season temperatures in September. We went to discover the realm round Roppongi Hills and visited the Mori Tower with a primary implausible view of town.
Then we went in the direction of Shibuya with just a little cease in Harajuku on the Takeshita Dori. A 350-meter lengthy pedestrian zone with varied outlets, eating places and boutiques. We bought a primary impression of loopy Japan, some individuals in Manga outfits and outlets with extravagant, eye-catching garments. Undoubtedly fascinating, but in addition touristy.
One station away by practice, we discovered ourselves at Shibuya Crossing. The intersection with numerous crosswalks and crowds of individuals crossing them each couple of minutes. A spectacle that we in any other case solely knew from footage or movies.
On the finish of the primary day we needed to attempt Japanese Ramen noodle soup. We discovered a small store the place it’s freshly ready in entrance of you after you pull a ticket from the machine. Very trendy and actually fascinating for us to make use of machines to order your meals. It was additionally completely scrumptious and shouldn’t stay our solely Ramen in Japan.
Tip: If you happen to journey loads on the metro in Tokyo or in different cities like Kyoto or Osaka, we suggest that you just purchase a Pasmo or Suica card at one of many metro stations. You’ll be able to recharge them many times and use them on trains and buses, generally even pay in outlets. We used ours proper from day one and had been completely pleased with it.
Conclusion on Tokyo
Although our journey to town was extremely terrible and we had been actually unfortunate due to the storm, the subsequent day Tokyo made an excellent and overwhelming impression. Japan is totally totally different! Fashionable, full of individuals, scrumptious meals, quiet visitors (most of the automobiles are barely audible) and really pleasant individuals. As quickly as we bought to the resort, we felt snug in Tokyo and it stayed that means.