03.04.2010 - 08.04.2010
We finished our tour of Japan back in Tokyo, staying in a different hostel - a 'capsule hotel' in Akebonobashi. It wasn't a proper Japanese style, self-contained capsule but more like closed in wooden bunks with a curtain drawn across the only open side. It was a 28 bed mixed dorm - the downside was we had to share a communal (smelly) bathroom with the boys, but the upside was it was more sociable than the private rooms so we met a few nice people.
Final stops for sightseeing included the Roppongi Hills Viewing Tower, which I actually went up despite my fear of heights (worth it for the view of Tokyo), The Imperial Palace Gardens, the world´s largest Hello Kitty statue and the huge pedestrian crossing in Shibuya (everyone crosses in all directions at once) , which is used in several music videos. We had another kareoke night with Matt and Kieran and his brother, in Shibuya, where Sebastian's presence was missed!
I loved Japan and am sorry to be leaving so soon. If I had to choose I would say Kyoto was my favourite place. It has been a lovely, clean, safe and efficient country with helpful, friendly people. I hope to come back soon.
On the 8th we left via Narita Airport for the long journey via Washington DC to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not at all looking forward to 2 long haul flights back to back...
Some general observations about Japan:
- There are hardly any public rubbish bins - surprising for a country so tidy and clean.
- Cycling on the pavements is allowed (and a bloody nuisance).
- It is normal for dogs to be clothed.