Single mans guide to JAPAN!
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December 18th, 2007 – by: Easy_Travler
Ladies and gentlemen... Welcome to JAPAN!
It was the December of 2007 that i had the opportunity to go to Japan, A country half way across the globe from my home land. Needless to say I jumped onto the occasion and got my documents ready to fly Japan Airways right into Tokyo!
After a pleasant, albeit long flight, we touch Tokyo. However I noticed a strange silence akin to none other in the flight. the Japanese are usually a very silent lot, there was pin drop silence on the flight as soon as everyone settled in, there were some kids and ironically they were silent too! the only chatter you heard was from my countrymen ;).
Tokyo's Narita airport is a landmark on its own, Its been made on an artificial man made island, and guess what the island is made of?
Thats right the entire airport is made on a landfill of garbage and waste.
We had a connecting flight to Sapporo (Hokkaido) from Tokyo's older Haneda airport, to which we reached by a bus which apparently leaves Narita Airport every 10 minutes and is not very expensive.
The december chill (-2 to -15degree celsius) was a bit too much too handle coming from a warm country like India, but gladly we were prepared. We were then driven to sapporo Renaissance Hotel from the airport on a roads which were more white than black. Sapporo is a rather laid back city and we were not far from Susukino the infamous party district of Japan.
Now the interesting part, the Japanese women are pretty and very fashion conscious, a fact you would observe on the street of Japan. They are friendly and up for a chat, provided they know english which is rare :(.
The area turns out to be a mix of a lot of bars, pubs, karaoke joints, noodle bars and a red light district too, which was not exactly what we hoped for, but we did check out the place. we settled in an english pub sort a setting, called RAD Brothers. The DJ could not speak english but was playing some commercial favourites, and the staff was rather helpful.
I took a liking for the local sapporo Beer that was being served there, it was incredibily light and one need not go to the bathroom everytime he had a few beers ;).
The next day we had planned on going to a ski resort about an hours drive north of Sapporo, where the cold got really bitter and even the pasionate smoker in me, who likes to feel the cigarette in his hand, did not feel like smoking cause of the fear of cold.
Skiing was fun as usual and we spent the day there including a lunch at one of the highest restaurants in Japan.
Being a vegetarian by choice i was strapped of food options but the helpful staff did manage to curry up some vegetarian delicacies for some of us.
Later that evening we ventured out again and first moved to Rad Brothers which felt familiar and rather homely this time. having made a few friends here we, now group of 5 men moved to Karaoke joint, The joint was an upmarket place complete with a lot of wood and steel to give an urban feel. The singers were guests of the joint and some english speaking pretty Japanese women.Good times ended with alot of Sake and beer and we also came to know the women were not exactly english speaking but only english singing!!
The next day we returned to spend a couple of days at Tokyo...
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