Tokyo > than real life

Ok first thing’s first. I love Tokyo! Can I just stay here forever please?

Everyone and everything is nice to you – even traffic lights – who sing to you when it’s time to cross the road. Can I get an AMEN. Everything just works here… something that often isn’t the case when you travel to other parts of the world.

Getting back on track… I ventured to Mt Fuji (Kawaguchi0-ko) in the hope of catching a glimpse of the volcanic beauty from Kawaguchio-ko Lake. Having chosen to embark on this 3hr (round trip) journey on what was predicted to be the clearest day during my stay, I was anticipating some great views.

Well…

Even the best made plans can often fail. And boy did mine fail. The closer the Highway Bus got to Mt Fuji the more clouds began to form. An elderly Japanese man that I was seated next to reassured me it would be ok. Well that’s what I assumed he was doing – he just pointed at the clouds, made a wind sound and then smiled. Idk take it how you will but I’m afraid his prediction did not ring true. Dear Mt Fuji was mostly covered by cloud cover. So many feels.

Regardless of the disappointing main show Kawaguchio Lake was quite the   beauty. With a return trip to Kawaguchio-ko station only Y3500 with Highway Buses, it’s worth the trip. Maybe, if you’re lucky you’ll even see Mt Fuji.

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Next major stop was the Imperial Palace, located in the heart of Tokyo this free sight is not to be missed. While the palace itself is closed to the public, the real showstopper lies in the palace gardens.

tThe photos speak for themselves on this one – but if you’re looking for an escape from the hustle of Shibuya and Shinjinku this is the place to go. Take some sushi and join the local businesspeople for lunch.

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Until next time…

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Flight QF25 and my first 24 hours in Tokyo

Airports are a lot funner when you’re not alone. And I was most definitely reminded of that on Saturday night.

However feelings of loneliness were soon defeated by the satisfaction of buying $2 water from the duty free store. HA!

The flight was relatively enjoyable … if that’s possible? With service adequate but not overdone and surprisingly good food. I actually ate my entire meal. Seriously. I’m really not kidding. If anyone is flying Qantas soon, don’t despair the food is edible. And all mains come with a side of garlic bread. Yes you read right. Garlic bread. Thank you airline gods for bestowing this magical gift upon us mere mortals.

And with about four hours sleep I arrived in Tokyo, both excited and a little bit nervous on tackling the overwhelming subway system with minimal sleep.

But before that I paid a visit to the ladies restrooms and OMMGGG Japanese toilets are the best. Two highlights included the soothing music that played whilst you were in the cubicle AND that the toilet thanked me as I left. Fabulous.

The subway wasn’t so bad – although i am thankful that i arrived on a Sunday rather than a Monday. Having said that however further trips throughout the day ensured somewhat tricky. Two take away tips:

  1. Always know your exit – or you will end up in Narnia. On a serious note.. taking the right exit will ensure you arrive at your destination … without having to walk an extra 10kms and not have a nervous breakdown about being lost in a new city
  2. Transfers aren’t always simple – Japan’s rail system are owned by a number of private and public parties meaning that switching from one to another isn’t always simple. All i can say is follow the signs and know your direction. Otherwise you might find yourself spending hours in one station

I arrived to a rainy morning i Tokyo but that was not hinderance to begin to explore the day.

First stop was the Government Metropolitan Building. Where both the North and South tower have observatories open to the public – give you a birds eye view of the city below. Unfortunately the rain caused a lot of cloud cover during my visit, but it’s definitely worth a visit. I might even go back.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Second stop was Shinjinku Park. A nice escape from the bustling freeway and sidewalks across the road.

Shinjinku Park

Shinjinku Park

Next stop was Shinjinku itself. I was too tired to really venture here.. but now have my bearings ready to go for when I’m ready to truly explore.

From here I took the cheap skate option and decided to walk to the Meiji-Jingu Shrine. Whenever my boyfriend and I travel we always walk places because we don’t want to pay the subway fare and yesterday i kept that tradition going.

Meiji-Jingo Shrine was pretty spectacular – and the walk itself was beautiful too. I would definitely recommend this in your top 5 things to do in Tokyo.

Meiji_Jing Shrine

Meiji_Jing Shrine

Meiji_Jing Shrine

Meiji_Jing Shrine

Meiji_Jing Shrine

Meiji_Jing Shrine

Meiji_Jing Shrine

Meiji_Jing Shrine

And then I bolstered myself to tackle Harijuku. Although by that point I think I was so tired that I just went with it. And boy was it busy. Like Shinkinku this was just a taster.

Harajuku

Harajuku

Frequenting Shibuya for some Ramen for dinner was followed by an early night. And now I am getting ready to visit Mt Fuji.

Until next time.

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