Yes, after all my incessant babbling about it in the build-up, I’m finally broadcasting to you live from the land of the rising sun.
Of course if you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard that I arrived here a day later than planned! Why? Well I’ll save that full story for it’s own post, but I can sum it up by saying two things –
A) BA suck
B) That thing you may have heard about compensation and upgrades if you accept a request to take a later flight? Completely true!
So as it is I’ve only been here for a day and a half or so. It really won’t be long before I’m airbound again headed the other way! Good thing I refused to give into the heavy head yesterday and missioned through by getting out and snapping the Asakusa area, in particular the famous Kaminarimon, Nakamise-Dori and Senso-ji temple. About 32 hours without sleep was the total before I finally crawled into my (awesomely comfy) hostel bed last night. But hey, jet lag avoided!
As for today? Well I’ve bailed from Tokyo for 24 hours to head slightly north to Nikko! I’m here to check out it’s World Heritage renowned famous shrines, but the weather is horrendous today. I don’t think it’s stopped raining once! I arrived pretty close to the shrines’ closing time anyhow, so it looks like I’ll be taking it easy for the rest of the day before bussing up to the shrines tomorrow, rain or shine! Preferably shine as I really didn’t bring the most weather appropriate shoes…
Tomorrow I’ll be heading back to Tokyo and getting my exploring head on, as I’ll only have three full days after that to get to grips out Japan’s colossal capital! I have to admit, it’s a real eye-opener to finally be here – To say it’s rather “full-on” would be putting it lightly! I may only just be hitting double figures in my list of visited countries, but this is THE most foreign of foreign countries! I definitely don’t remember culture shock like this last year. But stepping out of your comfort zone is the reason we travel right? I say bring it on!
Oh and I also realised I committed my first Japanese cultural faux-pas… Yes this dumb fool brought flip-flops with him “to wear in the hostel”! Because it’s not as if I didn’t know that Japanese don’t wear shoes in the home! This is why you shouldn’t listen to your mother when checking your bag right before you leave… Love you though Ma 😛
So there’s a small update from moi about my initial taste of Japan! I’m looking forward to getting to grips with as much else as I can before I head back on Monday…
Are you in or have you been to Japan? How was your first few days there?