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Travel Blogs from Hiratsuka
Another night in Nagano, Japanese breakfast with few western style
additions: cereals! It started to rain, so we have abandoned our plans
for sightseeing Nagano surrounds, especially that there is still over a
metre of snow and we are so unprepared for it!We went to Tokyo instead. The super fast Shinkansen train took about hour and a half and we happily arrived to Tokyo.Quick
walk from an old, heritage train station there is the Imperial ...
... of space is pretty impressive. They'd manage to cram 7 rooms into a tiny building, so much so that we couldn't turn around through the corridors with our backpacks on! At £27 quid a night though this was by far the cheapest place in Tokyo an recommended by our gorgeous pal Soffina it seemed like a good choice! The next day we explored the local area. Koenji is famous for its punk music scene and vast array of vintage shops... Jo's ears prick up... one thing we did struggle ...
... The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant
video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing
light turns green.
The other train station we stop at is Shinjuku, the worlds busiest station. 2 million people pass through the station every day. So we dont get trampled in the chaos, we quickly find a spot behind anything that doesnt move so we can work out where we need to go. This is very challenging.
... so we had no problem getting around. Customs was a breeze as well. We each had our files with all our copies of our travel schedules, passports, and hotel reservations with us, ready to be interrogated. But there was no need, they just waved us on through.
We found the free shuttle to our hotel. There was Christmas lights outside, and lots of bellboys inside. Our room is ...
... way from the 1st station!!!! It was at this point that we realised we had no money left to get the bus back to the station that we had left our clothes at. Luckily, our Australian mate could shout us the fare. We have promised him several beers when next he is in Perth! Overall, a great experience!
P.S Jono should be commended on his physical and mental toughness to come face to face with death and win to make it to the top. Jono 1, God 0.