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Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Asakusa January 26th 2014

Un vol sans embûche l'arrivé au Japon se passe comme n'importe quel arrivé dans un aéroport quelconque.. Mais une fois en ville on est vraiment rendu ailleurs. Je me suis pas perdu, mais c'était un peu compliqué de trouver le bon train, le bon métro, mais surtout juste d'acheter un billet de métro... Une heure et demi après l’atterrissage je trouvais enfin mon Ryokan dans Asakusa à quel mètre de Sensoji. Je suis dans la vieille ville. Le décalage horaire me rattrape vite, alors après une douche, une petite promenade et un souper, je me couche tôt. Dimanche c'est le tournoi de Sumo.. J'avais assez de temps pour rendre au Skytree, une nouvelle attraction, la tour la plus haute du monde (pour l'instant). C'est probablement la seule façon de pouvoir observer Tokyo dans son entièreté. Le ... read more
Tokyo Skytree
Vue du Skytree
Skytree Tempo Galleria

Asia » Japan » Tokyo January 25th 2014

This morning I had my breakfast in the hostel (tea and toast) whilst watching Japanese cartoons on the TV in Takashi’s living room. He’s 25 and speaks English really well as he has lived in New Zealand. When we watch TV together he tells me about what the Japanese are talking about on discussion programmes and even how cartoons reflect aspects of Japanese life. I’m learning a lot about Japanese culture this way, and whilst staying in his house I am following the ‘Japanese shoe tradition.’ I must take my shoes off when entering a house, put on a pair of slippers, then when I enter the bathroom I must take off my slippers and put on special bathroom shoes. Of all the Japanese ways, taking off my shoes before entering a house is my favourite. ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ueno January 24th 2014

I decided today I would head to Tokyo again but this time with a step-by-step plan, which went very nicely actually. I decided the only way to beat my fear of Tokyo would be to face it all again today and get it right. I had planned to see a museum about people's life in Tokyo before the 1930s? earthquake, buy some souvenirs at a typical Thai market in Ueno in the north of Tokyo and attend a tea ceremony, eat a nice meal and then get the Bullet train Narita Express to Narita airport where the owner of the hostel I was going to stay in for the weekend would pick me up. I'd decided I'd spend my last weekend in Japan in the countryside resting and collecting my thoughts together, and rural Narita would ... read more

Asia » Japan » Osaka January 23rd 2014

Today I took the JR train to Osakako, to visit the famous aquarium here in Osaka, located at Tempozan Harbor Village. It was great. Outside there is a giant ferris wheel. Inside the aquarium there is a range of animals (all looked after in very good conditions) and fish from the Japan Forest to any fish you can find in the Pacific Ocean. My favourite ones were river otters (I saw them being fed too) ,sea otters, long spine porcupine fish, Capybaras (he is the largest of the rodent family and looks like an enormous mouse, he is by far my favourite,) penguins, fish from the great barrier reef, loggerhead sea turtles, giant spider crabs and ringed seals. At the end of my visit to the aquarium I got the chance to touch three types of ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo January 22nd 2014

Today I still felt very rough and everything from having a cup of green tea and taking a shower was a massive effort, but luckily I had ended up in a very nice hotel. I got the Shinkansen (bullet train) back to Osaka and went back to the hostel I was based in for my first few days in Osaka. I still didn’t have wifi so I just showed up without a reservation and they let me stay the night. I slept peacefully for the entire journey between Tokyo and Osaka. As I’d done the route several times by now it didn’t matter as I had seen the views before. I rested once back in my hostel, put the heating on and didn’t eat anything.... read more


Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Chiyoda January 21st 2014

Police officers in Tokyo have shining white Bridgestone bicycles, with reflector bedecked white document carriers, a baton slung on left hip and a walkie-talkie. Koban (police boxes) range in size from telephone boxes (think glass TARDIS) to three-desk offices. They often have a small stable of white bikes lined up outside them. The police officers are unfailingly polite and helpful. They patiently show foreigners where the unlocate-able building is, i.e. across the road and 50 metres to the left. When presented with a punctured tyre, the older officer kindly pumped it up for me, while the younger one quizzed me to ascertain if I really was the owner of the bike. The fact that the tyre needed proper repairs was overlooked and after gracious thanks and bows all round, I walked off in search of a ... read more
Koban (Police Box)
Walking the bikes
Jogging Track

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya January 21st 2014

I left early morning to get the train from Hakata (Fukuoka) on Kyushu island and arrived in Tokyo about 5pm. I had arranged to meet my friend Joe in central Tokyo at the Hachiko dog statue outside Shibuya station, with the plan of having a coffee with him and taking the sleeper train from Tokyo at 7pm up to Hokkaido in the far north of Japan. I really wanted to see Joe as we haven’t seen each other in a few years and wanting to make the most of my train pass and see the entire island I really wanted to visit it but I hadn’t realised how tiring the travelling was going to be. Really I didn’t have enough energy to do both but I was determined not to miss out on a fabulous opportunity! ... read more

Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka January 20th 2014

I checked out of my hostel in Osaka (sadly as I’ve really enjoyed using the foot-warmer in the bedroom) and started my morning at my usual café which serve me with boiled egg, toast and a milky coffee which always sets me up for the day. I got on the bullet train this morning bound for Hakata/ Fukuoka City on Kyushu. It went at a dizzying speed and I was gripping my seat in fear and had to listen to Pink Floyd on my Walkman to calm me down and distract me. It turned out I’d got on the Sakura Super Express. In the evening I went to the centre of Hakata but it was nothing to write home about. jobs in jobs in korea: Busan... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto January 19th 2014

The JR bullet train pass is great. I can go on almost any train in Japan including local and some subway trains. There are so many places I want to see in Japan, so much food I want to savour and so many insights I want to gain into the culture. However, after yesterday I’ve decided I need to slow down a bit. For each city I visit I need to first of all find the correct bullet train (there are four different types that go to the same place all at different paces, some I cannot get on,) I then need to find the correct platform (in some stations there are 50 platforms all in the same area of the station,) on the local streetcars (old trams) I need to find out the fare, find ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima January 18th 2014

This morning I activated my bullet train pass and set off from my hostel in Osaka to shin Osaka station and caught the train to Hiroshima. It only took 1 and a half hours and right now I am on the bullet train going back to Osaka to stay the night in my hostel. Today is my 1stday of using the pass and I have six more days left so I have made some plans to see as much of Japan as efficiently as possible. Today I saw what was left of the Atomic Bomb Dome after the atomic bomb landed in it. I walked around the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which was incredibly peaceful and relaxing. Then I went to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum which was very informative and gave in depth information (in ... read more
atomic bomb dome

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