Asia, Japan, Travel

Konnichiwa Tokyo, Japan!

— Narita Airport, Tokyo, Japan

I arrived in Tokyo around 21:00. What I didn’t knew at that time, is that Narita Airport is 80 km away from Tokyo or 1 hour away traveling with the Skyliner train.

And, of course, thanks to my not-so-smartphone, I lost the last train to Tokyo. My phone failed to update the time correctly, and the only way to get to the city after 23:45 was a taxi, which costs around 250 USD. Alright then, that settles it.

— my first japanese meal from a
7-eleven. I think it was italian
though, but whatever.

A night in airport

The cool thing is the airport arranged a special space where you could sleep. Also there was a capsule hotel inside the hotel, a non-stop restaurant and a 7-Eleven.
I didn’t slept at all. I couldn’t. Mainly because I wasn’t going to lose the first train out at 6 AM.

For the few hours, I try to figure how to get as quickly as possible to Astro Statio Ho(s)tel, the place where I’m going to spend the next 3 2 nights. I don’t wanna waste any more time.
So I find a quick route via trains (because God knows they have a lots of those running around/under/above the city), that should get me to a train station right next to my accommodation.


Finally in Tokyo!
The first thing I see when I leave the train station: smog! “Holy cow! The smog problem is really a thing out here!” — I’m thinking.


I don’t give this another thought, and I continue following the Google Maps route towards my place.

As I approach the little street leading to my accommodation, I realize that that’s no regular smog… it’s smoke from a fire.
Also I realize that my hostel might be in fucking flames!


dsc_0873There were a few buildings on fire, and according to Google Maps, my hostel is somewhere around them. The street is locked and guarded by police.
I ask a police women and a local person if the hostel I have on my map is the one who’s burning or not. They didn’t spoke much of an English I could understand, but when I’ve shown them the address and the map, they did pointed towards burning houses.

So the good news, is that I found the accommodation really fast. The bad news is it may not have a roof and I haven’t sleep in more than 24 hours.
So I decide to go get a coffee somewhere, and roam the streets for a few hours, until they put out the fire and re-open the street.

Turns out the Astro Station hostel wasn’t affected by the fire, and later that day I finally get to check in.

The city

Tokyo, Japan
— Tokyo, Japan

Having lost one day in the airport and with the whole fire thing, my “must visit in Tokyo” list suddenly become a lot shorter.

Hamarikyu Gardens in Japan, Tokyo
— Hamarikyu Gardens in Japan, Tokyo
Tokyo Tower
— Tokyo Tower, or the Asian Eiffel Tower.
Zōjō-ji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
— Zōjō-ji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Market in Tokyo
Market in Tokyo
More market in Tokyo, Japan
More market
Big fishy beheaded in a market in Tokyo, Japan
Big fishy beheaded
Crowded market
More market
 A few more photos can be found in Tokyo, Japan album.


Even though these were 4 very short days, I kinda liked Tokyo and I know there’s a lot more to it, so I’ll probably be back someday.

Next — Seoul, South Korea!