22.03.2010 - 22.03.2010
Monday 22nd: We travelled from Tokyo to Hiroshima (about 5 hours away) on the Bullet Train (after a bit of an ordeal trying to find the right counter at Tokyo central station to activate our Japan Rail Passes (it"s huge and our lack of Japanese and their lack of English made things difficult).
When the Bullet Train arrived in the station it was quite impressive to see a team of immaculately dressed cleaners whisk on first, spin all the seats round 180 degrees to face the direction of travel, change the headrest covers, clean the surfaces and brush the seats! Filthy filthy British trains be shamed. There was loads of leg room. Only possible negative observation was a faintly fishy smell which we decided must be due to the snack trolley serving sushi and not a lack of attendance to our personal hygiene.
We have found it surprisingly difficult to book accomodation for the places we want to visit - most of the ones within our budget are either fully booked or can only do 2 of 3 nights we want and so on. We think this is probably because it"s cherry blossom season and everywhere is busier than usual. So our main bit of advice so far is: Book well in advance! Oops. Anyway we"ve managed to sort out a route, narrow down where we want to stop and have booked all our accomodation. Itinerary is:
22-24th - Hiroshima
25-27th - Nagasaki
28-30th - Osaka
31-3rd - Kyoto
4-8th - Tokyo (again, until flight to Argentina)