Friday, April 20th 2018

Japan 1 – From Narita airport to Tokyo

….Two weeks before I was supposed to fly to Japan my mom and my niece were visiting me.

One evening after a couple of beers we went to a kids’ playground and were jumping on a bubble trampoline. We had a lot of fun till my niece suggested I do a summersault…..I did and …..”landed” not really well.

To make the long story short I severely stretched my foot and I experienced terrible pain before we came home which was 200 meters away – million of needles piercing through with every step . I couldn’t sleep the whole night and in the morning I realized I cannot walk…..a week before I was flying to Japan.

I went to a hospital. Luckily the foot was not broken but it was terribly swollen and I could walk only to the toilet and back…the trip was endangered. But as time was passing I was getting a bit better and I was still going to Japan, even limping like hell. It was my long term dream! So I decided I would do it whatever it takes ;-)

After flying from Prague to Dubai (5 hours) and Dubai – Tokyo (9 hours) I was waiting at the passport control and i did not know that the trip will cover all these places during the next 30 days:

Narita Ariport

-Tokyo

-Osaka

-Nara

-Osaka

-Kyoto

-Kobe

-Awajishima Is.

-Takamatsu

-Matsuyama

-Yawatahama

-Beppu

-Hakata

-Hiroshima

-Okayama

-Nagoya

-Tokyo

-Nagano

-Matsumoto

-Hotaka

-Hakuba

-Itoigawa

-Niigata

-Akita

-Kakunodate

-Tazawa-Ko

-Morioka

-Aomori

-Hakodate

-Sapporo

-Otaru

-Sapporo

-Hakodate

-Aomori

-Hachinohe

-Tokyo

-Narita Airport……

I just knew I was going to take a night bus to Osaka.

After passport control I went down to buy a train ticket, and was headed to Tokio…

Narita airport platform

I was not very much surprised at Japanese trains. Thought they would me more future-like, more like when you hear people say “like on another planet”.

Train in Narita station

Simple Japanese people in a simple Japanese train

Just fans attached to the ceiling. I saw it somewhere…..Aha, now I understand where trains in Bangkok are from.

and sleeping people ;-)

Sleeping people

Sleeping people

Sleeping girl

I have read that a lot of people sleep on trains in Japan…

I reached Tokyo station and I had time to eat. So i went into an underground shopping area. Most of the shops were closed. I found a small and very simple place where I had my first authentically Japanese gyoza.

small cosy place to eat near Tokyo station

My first place of real gyoza

After that I went looking for a bus and I could not fine it. I saw a group of people waiting for buses and I saw buses But I couldn’t fine mine…I showed my ticket to several people but still could not fine. NObody really spoke English….

So I decided to sit and wait because there was still some time. And in 20 minutes a girl I had asked before about a bus came to me, and showed my bus…I went to the bus and the journey began.

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