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Yoyogi youth hostel building

26th Feb

Ok well landing was interesting, clouds down till about 50/60 feet! Most of the tops of the buildings were in the clouds, wierd!

Got thru the airport fine but then realised that the only thing I knew about my accomodation was it`s name. I had no idea how to actually get there. At this point I couldn`t help but smile, what the f**k am I doing? I`m in japan with no clue where to go or how to get there. Thankfully the kind people at tourest info managed to figure out what train I needed to get at sorted me out a ticket with the ticket place next door. However this train didn`t take me all the way there, it took me about 2km away. At this point I should inform you that it was pissing it down. However I was feeling adventurous and there didn`t seem to be a tourest place at the station so I decide to try and walk to the hostel thru the rain.

Clouds obscuring the tops
I had a map given to me earlier, but trying to map read in Japan with all the street names in Japanese is quite difficult, let me tell you. Anyway after walking approx 1km IN THE WRONG DIRECTION I decided to ask a policeman if I was going the right way, having found out the truth I was even more determined that I would find the place by foot.

Well eventually I found it, but this was still only 2 pm, please note that I had been up for 22 hours at this point. As I couldn`t check in till 5 I borrowed an umbrella and went off exploring the park behind the hostel which was beautiful.

All in all I`m pretty chuffed I have managed to have an adventure despite being here less than a day. Tomorrow I`m off to Tokyo to look for Scarlett Johannsen, lets hope I can find her.

Temple in park behind Yoyogi

 

27th Feb

I`m in Tokyo! (the place I am staying is a little out of the centre)

I decided to save some money by walking in to Tokyo this morning, using my trusty map. Two hours later I find myself well and truly lost, but knowing I am in approximately the right location. Gagging for a cup of coffee I decided to stop at the very first coffee place I found, having walked past about 10 Japanese coffee places in the last 20 minutes I imagined this would not be difficult. Well I decided to walk to the end of the next street I saw and lo and behold what appeared before me, but a shiny green Starbucks badge.

Anyway after recooperating a little in Starbucks and asking the staff where exacly we were I wandered off in search of a tourest information so I could find a HSBC and an Internet cafe.

Temple in park 2
To be honest at this point I was knackered, another hour and a half of walking later I find out that the nearest one is on the tenth floor of a mall type thing behind the next station. I nearly cried!

Having found the tourest info place I started to take it easy, the lady pointed me to a internet cafe that was free, but only for half an hour. I don`t think you were allowed to use it for longer. This is where I typed up the last entry and some of this one. However I ran out of time and so was determined to head back to the area around my hostel and try and find one there.

Pan to four hours later and I have found one, however I think this is the dodgyest place I have ever seen! It is on the third floor of a wierd building and has stacks of manga comics and DVDs and videos, however a good proportion of these manga and DVDs are PORN! You can take anything you want from the shelves and go sit in a little booth.

Temple in park 3
Unfortuantely these booths are the only place near me that have internet access and so I am currently sitting in one typing this up. I just get the strangest feeling that I am the only one in the room checking their e-mails (or updating their travelogue).

Anyway that brings me up to date, more later.

28th Feb

Actually got up this morning at 4, so getting out of bed to meet Christoff at 6 was pretty easy. The fish market was amazing, so many different types of fish, some that I`ve never even seen before. Spent the rest of the day wondering around Tokyo, but as this was the 2nd time in Tokyo for Christoff, we got to see a load of places that the tourests wouldn`t normaly go and see, like the bottom of the harbour area looking out towards the sea (pretty awesome sight!).

Shinjuku at night
We also took a kinda monorail type train thingy that took us out to another more remote part of Tokyo. On one trip we saw load of copycat objects from western places for example, the Tokyo tower which is very similar to the eiffel tower, a huge ferris wheel thing like the london eye, and even small (about 7 foot) replica of the statue of liberty!

Got back 4 ish and decided we would go and get a sample of Tokyo night life. We grabbed some beers to keep us going and just started to wander thru Shinjuku. We ended up finding a German pub, as this was the first obvious pub type thing we had come accross all night, we decided to go in. A couple of pints of Hoegarden and some Japanese international football action later we came sauntering out on a mission to find another bar of god forbid a night club.

Tokyo Fish market
 However on our wanderings this time and I must stress I was following Christoff we ended up in a neon lit area with lots of bouncer type blokes hanging around the streets, after the first one had approached me with a very kind offer of some female company for the night I realised that we had wandered into the red light district, this made our enquiries after a nightclub some what interesting and only after we had wandered out of this area were we told the best local club was in fact slap bang in the middle of the red light district. So in we went again, to cut a long story short, we eventually found it at about 12.50 only to find out it closed at 1. So we went home, however on the journey home the large number of pimps had been dwafed by an extremely large number of young well dressed Japanese men who were hitting on all the women wandering home. Later we were told that they were male prostitutes, funny I always assumed male prostitues catered for gay men, but apparently, here in Japan fair is fair the boys get girls and the girls get boys.

All in all I have seen a very different side of Tokyo today!   

OurWorldTrip says:
Sounds mad but also very cool :) I'd love to go to Japan...I rwally envy you. Enjoy your trip
Posted on: Sep 23, 2006
Laurabob says:
hey sam glad to see you are having an adventure, just be careful

laura xxxx
Posted on: Feb 28, 2006
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Yoyogi youth hostel building
Yoyogi youth hostel building
Clouds obscuring the tops
Clouds obscuring the tops
Temple in park behind Yoyogi
Temple in park behind Yoyogi
Temple in park 2
Temple in park 2
Temple in park 3
Temple in park 3
Shinjuku at night
Shinjuku at night
Tokyo Fish market
Tokyo Fish market
Tokyo
photo by: maka77