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3rd day in Japan

5 Mar

So it’s now the 3rd day I’ve been here and I’m having the time of my life. Spent the first 2 days in traditional japanese royokan with a great group of people – people from Canada, Australia, Germany, London, and France. Here’s a pic of the hostel.

We went to the famous tsukiji fish market (largest in the world), emperial palace, the government buildings that overlook all of Tokyo, and then went to Shiboya for the night (busiest intersection in the world).

We also checked out some Japanese arcades where there was a 16 person game of Gundam wing and many old people playing slot machines simultaneously. The culture here is great, people are super nice, and the city is extremely clean! Now that I’ve parted my first group, I’ve met a few girls from France and we may go out to Roppongi for the night! Here’s the view from the new hostel:

5 more days in Tokyo an then Kamakura, mt fuji, Osaka, Kyoto, and then end the trip with a few days at a nice hot spring hostel in nikko to relax. Well that’s the plan for now. It’ll probably change quickly haha.

Pre-Departure

2 Mar

I have my backpack ready and my luggage is good to go. My flight leaves tomorrow around noon and I can’t wait to hit the streets of Tokyo. I have booked my first 2 nights in the Toco hostel in downtown Tokyo, and it will be an adventure in itself to find my way there.

I’ll be backpacking around Japan for the first month of March – I’ll try to keep this blog up to date during then, but if not I’ll do a few posts after my adventures. So what’s on the list?

  • I want to climb Mt. Fuji
  • I want to spend a day / night at a Buddhist temple
  • I want to take part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • I want to visit the tuna market , and get fresh sushi

The rest will be adventures that I come across from the people I meet, and things that I see as I’m travelling. I can’t wait to head out, less than 24 hours until I leave :).

After my first month of exploring I’ll be going to Akita International University, and this may sound weird, but I really can’t wait to study in their library (image below).

I have my kindle ready, my iPod touch, and many episodes of Six Feet Under to get me through the 14-hour plane ride, and I can’t wait to see what adventures are awaiting for me in Japan.

And for good measure – here’s an appropriate song – Departure by Nujabes (a Japanese producer).