Last day in Tokyo
Trip Start Oct 21, 2006
115Trip End Mar 21, 2008
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
For a shower, you need to take the elevator to the 9th floor. From there you get a panoramic view of the Sumida River and, perhaps, the traffic on the bridge gets a panoramic view of you in return. First you strip off and soak in the hot pool for a while, presumably to meditate a little and soak away any loose grim. Step two is to sit on one of the little upturned buckets that surround the hot pool and wash yourself with the shower head provided. It actually works rather well.
Staying in a capsule hotel is definitely an experience I recommend. It is totally surreal, odd and confusing but has a wonderful Japanese-ness to it.
Back in the world of regular-sized things, we start to look for something to do on our last day in Tokyo. Strange as it sounds, the Tokyo Fish Market is supposed to be quite the sight to behold so we head off for there. Thus far our luck with the labyrinthine Tokyo Metro system had held out but today, for the first time, we get a wee bit lost and disembark at the wrong station. Going with the flow, we decide to check out the area known as Ueno, which turns out to be quite rewarding. Its main feature is a large park that contains the zoo and the major museums of the city.
In the early evening, before collecting our luggage, we stop for another deliciously mysterious meal. Jane's comes with a raw egg that, having observed a local, we know is to be whisked up by the diner and poured over a steaming hot plate of rice and meat, causing the egg to cook. It turns out to be marvellously tasty, a common description for every single thing we have eaten so far in Japan.
It would be fair to say that, following our two forgettable overnight bus rides in Australia, we are not particularly looking forward to this evening's 12-hour journey from Tokyo to Hiroshima. Our fears are completely allayed by the comparative luxury of our coach. For a start, we have the bus almost entirely to ourselves, so are able to stretch out for as long as our legs will reach. Not that we need to because the seats are almost fully reclinable, with foot and thigh (?!) rests, blankets, free tea and coffee, cupholders and slippers. There is a driver plus a 'bus attendant' who attends to passengers' needs, opens and closes the curtains at appropriate times and reads out important announcements, such as those regarding the location of the washrooms and upcoming stops. These announcements are then read again in English by a pre-recorded voice for the benefit of Jane and myself. Compared to the bus rides we've had already and particularly with those yet to come, this is luxury, and we sleep accordingly.
Where I stayed
Capsule Inn Akihabara