Day 1 in Japan: Arriving in Japan & Eating Yakitori!

Posted on 11-01-2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

We’re in Japan!  Landing in the airport felt so surreal, like 9hrs of flying time finally resulted in something!  I slept a lot on the trip, but not as well as I did on the way to Korea which was at night.  It felt a bit wrong to sleep during the day for this trip but I was exhausted anyway from waking up so early to get to the airport.

Unfortunately Bryan and I couldn’t get a wifi dongle online prior to the trip — and we didn’t want to spend like $90 each for a wifi dongle at Japan airport, so we decided to go without portable wifi for the first few days.  So far we have survived!  I was recommended a free wifi app, which occasionally works, but it’s the offline maps (maps.me in the App Store) that really impress me as you just DL them and the gps will still help you determine a route even without Internet.

We are staying at Hotel Horidome, so we had to take the Kesei Skyliner to Ueno, then walk to the Ueno station on the Hibiya line.  It’s important to know which line you are on or planning to go to, because not all of them are the same.  The Skyliner is very comfy, lots of leg room and a place to put luggage.

At Ueno, we took the train to Kodemmacho station.  Luckily, the time we arrived was not busy, and there was space on the train to put our bags :D  We got a bit confused about where to exit the station and get to the hotel though— it was a short walk away but we had no idea which direction.  Bryan asked one of the station officers where to go, it is actually not that hard to get through what you want in English, as long as you can point to a map or something.  They are so helpful here!  Even with the officer’s help, we got a bit lost and had to ask a random on the street for help.  She even went as far as to knock on the door of some restaurant to ask for directions for us!  So kind.

(To get to Hotel Horidome: At Kodemmacho station, take Exit 1 and walk up the stairs.  Turn left, then turn left again when you reach the lights/corner where there is a restaurant with cats on the window!  Hotel Horidome will be on your right after a few mins of walking.)

They led us in the right direction and we made it to the hotel, which is clean but absolutely tiny. It’s not so hard to stay here though because everything is ~just~ big enough.  Like the absolute bare minimum of what you could consider liveable.  But it is also a great price for a nice, clean place with a good location (I think it was around $50 a night for 2 ppl).

These aren't my photos of Hotel Horidome but this is basically how our room looked except ours was even more cramped than this!

These aren’t my photos of Hotel Horidome but this is basically how our room looked except ours was even smaller than this!

Despite the size of the Hotel, it is a really good location imo, especially for a few days of exploring around the Tokyo area!  The Hibiya line connects to both Akihabara (1 stop away) and Ginza, which is great, and it isn’t far to Tokyo station from Ginza either.  It is also right next door to a Family Mart convenience store.

After getting settled, we headed out to look around the nearby restaurants for dinner.  It is a business district, so it is quite quiet compared to the rest of Tokyo.  We stumbled upon a yakitori (chicken skewer) place with little booths.

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They had an English menu and I liked the atmosphere!  Bryan ordered a bunch of weird skewers, including chicken liver – I tried being adventurous and took a bite of it, but it almost made me throw up because of the texture (the ones on the top right) LOL.

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Highlights were the tea rice soup thing (not pictured, too hungry – ate it before I took out the camera) and the karaage (on the left).  Yum.


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I’m going to Japan!

Posted on 25-05-2015 | Tags: , , , ,

Japan Trip

Hey guys, I kind of forgot about posting about this, but then I was trying to make Daydreamt a mobile site (I ended up just using a WordPress plug-in because I’m lazy) and I stumbled upon this post about my friends hilarious misfortune. Omg. So funny. ANYWAY.

It inspired me to talk a bit more about my upcoming trip! As you may have guessed from the title – I’m going to Japan at the end of the year :D  Cue the embarrassing power point slide for the trip plan… courtesy of Bryan.

I’ll be going with Bryan’s family, but a few of my friends will also be there at the same time as us, so we might catch up with them a bit.  This will be my second trip overseas ever.

I’ve always wanted to go to Japan but honestly I was very reluctant to go on this trip, because traveling isn’t cheap and I have been trying to save money… but I suppose now is the time to go, since I don’t have full time work or anything.

You guys know that I am a crazy obsessive planner.  Like, I go all out when it comes to planning things I’m interested in… not only do I stalk hundreds of Youtube videos and blogs but I stalk the products, I stalk the street style.  I’ve even been trying to learn some Japanese through a few iPhone apps, like I did for the trip to Korea.  I find that there is nothing that helps you learn a language more than the pressure of a trip LOL.  I’m still noob though, I don’t really have time to learn at the moment because of uni exams.

It’s been a little easier planning for Japan, compared to Korea, because I know a few people who have gone multiple times (i.e. Matt, Kenneth & Reuben).  I’m still gathering products on my to-buy list but I definitely will not go as crazy as I did for Korea since the AUD is low.

So, what have I planned this time?

I’ve made a power point presentation with the days and activities I want to do in Japan.  For our 18 day trip, we will be in Tokyo, then visiting Osaka for a week, then back to Tokyo.  Unlike Korea, I haven’t got many “top” things I want to do in Japan because I think everything will be interesting and I’m not going to be as shopping-centric about this trip LOL.

I suppose my top things this time are:

  • Visit Harajuku on a Sunday
  • Eat Kobe beef
  • Use the vending machines
  • Go to Akihabara for the anime/manga
  • Shop Dolly Wink to my hearts content
  • Go to Harry Potter land in Universal Studios

The thing I’m most worried about is the fact that it is going to be Winter there.  AND I HATE WINTER.  I need ways to keep warm and what clothes to bring… I watched like an hour of some guy just filming the streets of Tokyo in winter and all the girls wore skirts…wtf.  I know they use heat packs but wahhh.  I definitely don’t want to get sick on the trip, because I’ve seen on Texan in Tokyo that they shove some stick up your nose or something to test you and I am deadly scared of that thought so, if I am sick I’m just going to tank it out (but I really don’t want to get sick).

Anyway, if you’ve been to Japan in Winter before, pls senpai give me your tips. (。・Д・)ゞ  LOL.

I’ll be posting my itinerary soon but for now it’s time to try and study :C


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