Monday the 17th of May was going to be our last full day in Tokyo, and boy did we feel it! We had planned this trip for the last year and a half and it was coming to an end. We returned to Akihabara (for Rob) where he indulged his computer games obsession by purchasing a Japanese SNES with a few games thrown in…luckily for Rob there was a special offer on.
Harajuku would be next. There isn’t anything else you would want to do in Harajuku but shop! (apart from visit the Meiji Jingu or course). Bought a beautiful coat from a shop down Takeshita dori (will have to wait until Autumn/Winter to wear it) and returned to Kiddyland where we just had to buy some Mameshiba merchandise…so cute!
We left the hotel in the early hours of the morning, suitcases in hand. The nice thing about the streets of Japan is that you usually always feel safe. Despite being only four in the morning and the sky still strewn with stars we navigated our way to the station in order to catch the train to Narita airport. The Narita Express took us from Shinjuku to our terminal for around ¥3,110, more information can be found here http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/charge/index.asp. The train was quiet and helped me prepare myself for the flight ahead (I am quite terrified of flying, but had to endure around 11 hours worth of flying time). Very proud I made it on the plane at all!
As a final thought, I would have to say that Japan is the most amazing country I have ever visited. After dreaming about it for so long (and boring the hell out of anybody who would listen to our itinerary) we finally made it. Japan went above and beyond my expectations. I only wish we spent more time there.
When we next go back we are hoping to visit more places in Honshū and try to get to see the other islands too, including Hokkaido and Okinawa. I would recommend to anybody wishing to go is to plan in advance. By planning ahead you can save money on transport and work out the best ways to get from A to B.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blogs on Japan, any feedback is greatly appreciated including any from people native to Japan who may be able to expand on what I have written.
How we got to Japan
We booked our flights with the Flight Centre for around £450 each return with Finnair. We flew to Osaka Kansai Airport and returned from Tokyo Narita Airport.
The accommodation was booked with Inside Japan via the Flight Centre. Our trip was a self guided tour as we already had an idea of what we wanted to see, but if you want to see lots of different places in two weeks, then I would recommend doing a guided tour. Information about Japan can be found almost anywhere, but I rely and trust this website http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/index.html.