First day in Tokyo
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The 12 hours flight to
Asakusa is quite fascinating. Over the years it has retained an authentic character and charm. The main attraction to see here is the Senso-ji Temple and the first thing you see when you get there is a big crowded entrance with a huge red paper lantern, this is said to be one of the most distinctive sights of the city, you certainly can’t miss it! Through the gate opens up a long 100 metres corridor called the Kaminarimon, which is basically one long stretch of souvenir shops and snack stands.
In the middle of the court yard outside the temple there is a large bronze incense burner surrounded by a crowd of believers that the smoke has curative powers. I took some photos and watched as these people tried to capture the smoke and direct it to various parts of their body, one chap in particular stood out from the crowd by waiving smoke with both hand onto his crotch area :-) bet we can guess what his problem is!
On both sides of the court yard there are two long cabins filled with hundreds of tiny draws, you pay 200 yen and you get to shake a box until a small stick falls out of a hole.
Senso-ji temple is quite impressive, it’s the oldest one in
On my way back, I wondered through a labyrinth of tiny old fashion streets. Every other shop was a little diner with local people sat next to each other at long table opposite the cook, slurping bowls of ramen (noodle soup). It looked pretty good to me and I was hungry, so I sheepishly walk in and sat between two japanese chaps. The chef said something to me and I pulled my best facial expression to say ‘I don’t know what you are talking about but I’d like what he’s having’ pointing at the guy next to me. He pointed at a machine in the corner and I soon realised that the way to order here is by using a machine where you simply press a button with a photo of what you want, insert the money and receive a ticket plus your change ��" great system! I got my ticket and in no time I was slurping away and fishing vegetables with chopstick out of my ramen, it was delicious and only cost me 650 yen (about 2.
K's House Hostel
As soon as I made it back to the hostel I crashed on my bed and slept solidly for a few hours. I woke up when a chap with a foldable bike told me to move my rucksack, because that’s where he kept his bike. Ok, first impression weren’t so good but this guy turned out to be a very interesting character. I won’t say too much about him because he’ll be reading the blog and I’m sure he doesn’t want me to say much about him but as far as I can understand he runs a pretty successful business in Singapore from his laptop, whilst travelling around the world, good life. There you go Sean (aka agent 007!), I’ve blown some smoke up your arse, hope you do the same about me in your blog!! Jokes aside, I’ve had some interesting chats with him and I’m glad we’ve met.
This hostel is great, I found it through a website (hostels.com) and as you do I read all the reviews about it, they were all right. The place is spotless, the staff is very friendly and the facilities are great, including electric toilet and power showers. It’s situated next to two main tube stations, so getting home was easy and the subway in
Amongst the people I've met here I have to say hi to Dave the Kiwi rock singer, from