26.05.2010 20 °C
Having followed the sun halfway around the world, after a 2hour delay, 1 movie, Sherlock Holmes and episodes of The Simpsons and Gavin and Stacey all intersected with dubious airplane food we arrived at Narita airport at 11am, 3am GMT. The transit system was remarkebly similar to the tube back home so we found our way to our hostel quite easily and promptly set out to discover the cultural side of this far east metropolis. We went to Mcdonalds first and then picked up 12 cans of expensive japenese beer. After a quick wander, in which we took a few photos and got in the way of a few busy locals, we headed back to the hostel for a session. We had a guy from Coventry in with us who was on his own and just about to head back to the midlands and another bloke who said very little. That night we headed out to Rippongi and Shibuya where we met some germans and had a wander on what was a largely uneventful first night in Tokyo.
The second day we awoke at a lethargic 12.30 and went for lunch at a local sushi place near where we were staying in Kuramae. Very traditional and slippery, the raw fish made my stomach question the decision behind this new alteration in dietry needs. After some debating it settled down and accepted the fishy rice combo as a one off event, which it will be because it was rank. Later we ventured into central Tokyo. The buildings were impressive and the cleanliness of such a populated vibrant city is astonishing. It is near emaculte everywhere you go. A city pruned to the perfection that you would only come across back home in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. We visited the Imperial Palace and took some shots around there.
After consulting our Lonely Planet guide we decided to find the Tokyo Government Tower and head up to the viewing gallery to look out over the city. The view was mind blowing. Literally one of the most breathtaking sites I have ever seen. The scale of the cityscape we had been blindly wandering was unvieled on the 45th floor. The photos did not do it justice but are still spectacular as photos go.
We walked around Shibuya later that night and had dinner. The portions here are a bit on the small side and expensive to boot. Not being a fan of the local cusisine is definately detrimental to budgeting. Today we moved on to Mount Fiji, a 2hour bus ride from Tokyo and intend to climb it at 3am Wednesday morning to see the sunrise. So when your having your Tuesday night dinner back in blighty, if still sunny, gaze out the window and wave at the sunset.