Travel from HK to Tokyo

Tokyo Travel Blog

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We had a super early start to catch the A21 back from Kowloon to the airport. We'd totally recommend the bus over the Airport Express train in both price and speed (HKD$33 vs HKD$100 and 35mins vs 24mins plus however long it then takes to get from Kowloon station to your hotel.) The bus stops are generally much closer than Kowloon station!!

Another mammoth internet session at Pacific Coffee at the airport (You have to buy a coffee and leave a deposit for the mouse at the airport branch). We were flying JAL and sorry Oasis but JAL are my new favourite airline. We managed to blag exit seats on the upper deck of the 747 which was cool. The service and in flight meals were the best we've ever had and after the long flights we have taken recently only three and a bit hours in the air was a breeze.

At Narita airport we bought their version of the Octopus/Oyster which is called SUICA and has a Penquin or Puffin as its symbol, can't tell what is supposed to be!! Either way there's a sea wildlife theme again!! The airport express took an hour and twenty minutes to get to Shinjuku where we were staying. The famous reliability of Japanese trains let us down. We were a whole minute late from the scheduled arrival time. Come on guys, where's the pride?

Now the thing about Japan is that the street names are obviously unreadable to those who can't understand Japanese characters. That's us by the way. So maps only have the lines of the roads and no names. So our navigation to a hotel we had no idea of, in a city we didn't know was basically to use the force to guide us. Amazingly we found it. Our hotel is called the Asuka Shinjuku, it's very basic but a good deal by Tokyo standards and we're it's sure better than many we will come across. What's a hotel room for anyway, it's not like you go travelling to spend time in a room is it?

We were both tired but ventured out for a bite to eat and the challenge of finding Vegan food in Japan became abundantly clear. The concept of Veganism isn't readily understood here (there are lots who don't get it back home too.) After much walking around we found  a place to eat before heading back to the room and crashing.

Tokyo has a really cool and exciting vibe but the language barrier seems to suggest we may have quite a few frustrations and hungry times ahead.


barrieandann says:
finally logged on to travbuddy! Excited to read your great blog, looking forward to more , xmas is coming! tell us all about yours, will miss you... all the harris girls xxx
Posted on: Dec 13, 2007
sylviandavid says:
I love this blog.... Apparently the force is with you if your mum & pop are counted.... Yeah! go family! Happy Travels! Sylvia
Posted on: Dec 08, 2007
ys484 says:
Hi stephandadam! I'm Japanese. Though I do read and speak Japanese, I got lost in Shinjuku, too. I always ask "how do I get to~?" in Tokyo.
Posted on: Nov 22, 2007
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