My backpacking trip to Tokyo, Japan, was a very fun and relaxing holiday for me. I flew there alone and stayed with my ex-colleague Evon @ her home in Araki, Chiba Prefecture.
Took Singapore Airlines, Flight SQ 998 from Changi Airport, depart 2340 hrs (Singapore time), reached Narita Airport (situated in Chiba Prefecture, 60km from Tokyo) in the morning, 0730hrs (Japan time). It was still very cooling (a bit cold) when I touched down. Narita Airport was a modern and hi-tech airport but they don’t have the lively nature of Changi Airport.
The real fun begins right here, I was supposed to find my way to the train station and board the Keisei line train and meet Evon @ Narita train station. So I went and walk around and found the timing on the ticketing machines, trying to figure out how to buy the tickets. I was so lost at that point in time that I did not take any photos around the area. Anyway, if I remembered correctly, photography was prohibited in certain areas.
Finally, I found my way and did not get lost on my first solo trip on the trains. Met Evon and placed my baggage in her place before travelling to Tokyo and that was the start of my holidays in Shibuya. It was an eye-opening experience to be away in a faraway country and assimilating the culture and atmosphere.
Had coffee in one of their cafes, thereafter, continued to be brought around by my tour guide Evon around Shibuya and walking towards Meiji Jingu Shrine.
I was still contemplating on a writing and layout style for my backpacking trip to Tokyo, Japan during March 2004. While I am still cracking my peanuts brains, I would start by writing a brief synposis on my backpacking adventure.
Period of travel: End March 2004 to 1st week April 2004
Airline: Singapore Airlines
Accommodation: Stayed @ Evon’s (ex-colleague) place in Araki, Chiba. She was studying there at that time. Thanks for hosting me and showing me around, check out her blog too!
Japan National Travel Organisation Website
– Lonely Planet Guide Book (Tokyo)
– Local guides and maps
Getting around in Tokyo by trains:
– Shibuya, Harajuku
– Odaiba/Tokyo Bay Area
– Tokyo Station Area, Imperial Palace
– Ueno, Asakusa
– Abiko, Araki
Estimated travelling expenses :$2k overall approx
Number of photographic memories recorded: 587
Travelling experience: Priceless + Awesome + Cooling Spring Weather + Extreme challenge in human communications
To Be Continued
Thanks to those who are reading this chapter now. As I promised earlier in my earlier postings, I would be starting off with my solo backpacking holiday to Tokyo, Japan in 2004.
I have not decided on the format that I would adopt to tell people on my travel stories, should it be a day-to-day presentation style or based on events/locations presentation style? Would look at Tania’s travel blog for inspiration. Do take a look at her travel blog too !
While I take some time to decide on a personal style, I would let the pictures do the talking, “A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words”
Folks, sit back and relax and enjoy ……