Deities, Decor, Dining, & Doggies (in Japan)
My total travel time from Fiji to Tokyo was 25 HOURS! This is the way it went down:
- taxi to Nadi airport
- plane from Nadi to Melbourne (6 hours)
- three hour layover in Melbourne (beautiful airport terminal!)
- plane from Melbourne to Tokyo (10 hours)
- bus shuttle from one terminal to the other
- train from airport to downtown + two station transfers
- walk from train station to hostel
I was tired and definitely sick of traveling, but not as tired as I thought I would be. It helped that the 10 hour flight was from 2am – 6am(local), so I got some decent sleep on the plane. It took me two days of going to sleep really early (7pm) and getting up really early (4am) before I started to get used to the time change. And I’m still not used to the weather. Sunny and 85* in Fiji, to rainy, windy and 55* in Tokyo. UGH! But, I have the right gear, so I’m okay.
I was keeping track in my iPhone notes of what I wanted to do in Japan, and I started noticing that my list of things that I wanted to see just kept getting weirder and weirder…….
I didn’t find the novelty vending machine yet (this was a recommendation from a friend… he suggested I become a supplier for the vending machines to make a little extra income on the side…. I won’t name him to protect his “reputation”). But, I found a lot of the other cool stuff… (also – it’s 100 yen shop, called a daiso, not 1 yen😳)
My hostel is by a huge Buddhist temple, one of the most significant in Japan. Monday, when I was walking by the temple from the train station to check-in to my hostel, there were tons of people – I couldn’t figure out why. Turns out, that day was a national holiday, so a lot of Japanese were visiting on their day off.
There is delicious food everywhere – some for really cheap. This bowl of noodles with tempura was less than $5 (ordered it from a vending machine). It was huge, hot, and scrumptious.
Why does a toilet need a flushing sound? I don’t understand. But I definitely pressed it like three times😁
My favorite thing I did the first day in Japan was go to an Animal Cafe. I paid $12 to play with 15 dogs for one hour. Totally worth it! My two favorites were Ribbon and Becky😆 The more popular types of animal cafes are cat, owl, and hawk cafes. Owls would be cool, but holding these pups made me miss my sweet, special canine duo a little less☺️
A note on the people: they’re extraordinarily helpful! Everyone is eager to offer assistance, even if they know little english. What a relief! I was worried about the language barrier here, but this has been such a pleasant surprise to find so many willing and helpful people. I dropped a 5,000 yen note (~$40) on the ground in the subway station – had NO idea – and these three women came running after me to give me the money. Would that happen in NYC? Hmmmmm… AND THE LADY AT MY HOSTEL GOT ME TOP-SECRET SUMO MATCH TICKETS. Sumo isn’t in season (only 3 months of the year), but she helped me out… OMG, I don’t want to jinx anything, I hope it all works out, but I AM SO EXCITED.
Next up: Disneyland Tokyo!