Day 415 (Tokyo, Japan)
Been in Japan for 3 weeks now and have a little over a week left before flying back to Kuala Lumpur. I am going to live there until at least the end of June and then likely will be moving on to Australia, unless plans change again. My first week in Japan was an interesting one, the capsule hotel in Osaka had a policy of locking out it’s guest from 10 AM till 5 PM which caused some trouble. Some nights if I got home late enough from partying I would only get an hour or 2 of sleep which gave me the horrible idea to just keep drinking to avoid the hangover. I had several groups of people throughout the week to hang out with and it was actually a really good time, although it got tiring after a while. I made some good friends and hope to see them again in the future, some of them I have seen several times more throughout my Japan travels. Also while in Osaka I visited the Aquarium, went to a CS meeting near the castle and did a day trip to Nara to see the deer.
From Osaka I went to Kyoto for a few days with no real plan and ended up resting in my hostel most of the time. It was a good hostel to relax in and is rated #5 in Asia on Hostel World. I met some good people there also but never really did anything except go to a few temples and walk around. It was a good chance to see the cherry blossoms (Hanami) which were perfectly bloomed when I was there, which made finding a hostel quite difficult. I ran into several people I had met in Osaka and got to do things with both of them which was pretty cool. To save some money I took the bus from Kyoto to Tokyo which was almost 3 times less than taking the bullet train so I think was well worth it.
Now I have been in Tokyo for over a week and spent equal amounts of time in a hostel and with a couch surfer. I was happy to get back into couch surfing as I haven’t done it in almost half a year since I was in Israel. The hostel I stayed at was even more compact than the capsule hotel but the owner was very friendly and it had a lively common room sometimes. The people I met here were a mixed bag of cool and annoying and I never really clicked with them as well as I did in the other 2 hostels. Most of my time in Tokyo has been spent walking around and just checking things out, which has gotten tiring and now I feel the need to actually do some of the things I had planned. Going to Yoyogi park on Sunday to see the craziness of people was a real treat and everyone in the park seemed so happy.
Tomorrow I get a tattoo under my left arm on my ribs which will hurt quite a bit. I have planned to go out to a fancy club right after getting the tattoo which I may later regret but it’s my second last day in Tokyo and I want to go to a proper party. I went to a so so one last Thursday and it was not very good. After the club which will be an all night thing, I may try and go visit the fish market which is best to do early in the morning so it should work out well, assuming I have any energy left. After all that I take a rest day and then go to Yokohama the next day to visit another couch surfer. Then it’s back to Osaka to catch my flight to Kuala Lumpur. Wish me luck on the all nighter.