Caroline H.

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Caroline H.




Asia » Japan » Tokyo July 8th 2012

Day 3 in Tokyo and it was already my final day. It was much too short, but I'm definitely going to go back one day. On the itinerary that day: Harajuku and Odaiba. We had to check-out at the hostel before 11AM and we were running a bit late, so much even that they came knocking at out door to ask if we were busy packing up. In the end we managed to check out not long after 11AM and then we made our way to Harajuku. Before heading to Harajuku, my friend and me made a stop at Ueno station (which was on the way) to put our luggage in a coin locker. It was kinda a random destination, and I can't really remember why we chose it anymore ... At Harajuku we walked over ... read more
Harajuku
Odaiba
Odaiba

Asia » Japan » Tokyo July 7th 2012

At the start of the second day in Tokyo I decided to take a picture of the hostel, as I had been too exhausted to do this the day before. As I said in my previous entry, it was a pretty good hostel and definitely something to remember for whenever I will return to Japan. Whilst walking my friend and I spotted Sky Tree. Sky Tree is the new highest tower of Tokyo, it only opened a couple of months ago. At first we felt a bit underwhelmed because it didn't really seem that big, though we hadn't taken into consideration that it was considerably farther away from us than we thought at first glance, and also that quite a large part of it was being hidden by the clouds. Anyway, before visiting Sky Tree we ... read more
Asakusa
Asakusa
Asakusa

Asia » Japan » Tokyo July 6th 2012

This is the report of my very first - and exhausting - day in Tokyo. As I said in my previous entry, the night bus dropped me and my friend Lentle off at Tokyo's Shinjuku station around 6:30AM. We decided to put our luggage away in a locker (since check-in at the hostel only started at 3PM) and walked around for a bit, mostly trying to find a 7Eleven so I could withdraw some more money. Lentle had lent me ¥10.000 some days earlier (the day we visited Kyoto) because we couldn't find a 7Eleven at that moment, so I gave that back to her, but then discovered that I could only withdraw ¥10.000 per day - so I was kinda running low on funds ... We didn't really know where we were going so we ... read more
Shibuya
Shibuya
Shibuya

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe July 5th 2012

Thursday the 5th of July was one of the more uneventful days of my stay in Japan. Lentle had classes and so I was alone again to explore Japan. I traveled to Sannomiya station, and my plan was to try and find the 'Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution' a.k.a. the Earthquake Museum. Kobe was struck by an earthquake that measured 6.8 on the magnitude scale in 1995, which was at that time the second worst earthquake in Japan in the 20th century. Internet told me that I needed to go to Nada or Iwaya station, but I figured that I'd also be able to walk there from Sannomiya station in about 30 minutes. In the end I only found a rather deserted park called the Earthquake Memorial Park. I thought the Museum would be located ... read more
Meriken Park
Meriken Park
Port Tower

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto July 4th 2012

On Wednesday my friend Lentle didn't have any classes and she suggested visiting Kyoto. Of course I didn't say no to that. I started the day with onigiri for breakfast. Oh they were so good! You could buy them at the conbini for between ¥100 - ¥170 and they were just perfect for a light meal. おいしいです! I thought the monorail was pretty cool. Because it doesn't have a driver, I could sit at the front and got a great view whilst driving towards Kobe city and the mountains of Mt. Rokko and Mt. Maya. This time we got off at Uozaki station to take the Hanshin lines towards Osaka ... Lentle really dislikes Hanshin, saying they're like the NMBS of Japan. I didn't really have anything against Hanshin, but because of Lentle I mostly ... read more
Kyoto
Kyoto
Kyoto

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe July 3rd 2012

My first full day in Japan was a Tuesday, which meant that my friend Lentle had to go to university, and so I had to face this new country all by myself. To not make things too complicated on my first day, I decided to stay in Kobe and explore around the city centre a bit. The day started out not so well. I had wanted to shave my legs before going out (Japanese warm weather required skirts) but my electric razor just went 'prtl prtl prtl'. It was totally unusable! I was afraid that my razor had died during the trip, but looking back now I think it's because voltage in Japan is 110V versus 230V in Belgium ... but I didn't know that at the time. Even though I knew it was rainy season ... read more
Minatogawa
Minatogawa
Kobe

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe July 1st 2012

I'm back in Belgium! I've been back since yesterday 11AM, but didn't get much rest because we had to drive home from Schiphol airport (ca. 2 hours), visit my maternal grandmother who wanted to hear all about my trip (ca. 2 hours) and in the evening we went out to eat at a restaurant. Though now I'm rested and ready to start my Japan report posts! Because I posted my pictures on facebook while I was in Japan and didn't have access to editing software, the quality might not always be the best - but oh well ... Also this first post is not the most interesting because it's mostly about traveling, I'm afraid. Day 1: Crossing Seven Time Zones I still had an exam on June 30th. The day after that me and my parents ... read more
Schiphol Airport 2
Istanbul Airport
Rokko Island




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