Japan Trip 2011 – Day 1

I finally got around to processing the photos I took during my time in Japan. My plan is to have them organized and put into separate posts according to which day I took them on.

So here goes!

We arrive at Narita Airport around 3:30 pm JST, which is a 17 hour difference from PST. The above photo shows the train station area of the airport. It actually takes around an hour to reach Tokyo Station on the Narita Express (N’EX) from Narita Airport.

The N’EX was the most comfortable train I rode during my entire time in Japan. There was plenty of space for luggage and everything looked new. We opted to purchase the N’EX & Suica package for 5500 yen, which I highly recommend.

After arriving at Tokyo Station, we needed to take a train to Akihabara Station and then switch trains to get to Asakusabashi Station in order to reach our hotel. The JR trains are quite English-friendly and they even announce the stops first in Japanese and then in English. The Suica card further made using the trains hassle-free.

We stayed at Hotel Yanagibashi during our entire time spent in Tokyo. The room was substantially smaller than our rooms in Hakone and Kyoto, but it was difficult to find a moderately priced hotel in a good location. Asakusabashi is only one stop away from Akihabara, so at least that was good.

The hotel was also only a 2 minute walk away from the train station.

Our only plans for the night was Tokyo Tower since it was already late and we were tired.

There was two separate viewing sections in the tower. To go to the higher section the ticket was more costly, but it is definitely worth it since you’re there anyways. Might as well go all out.

Seeing Tokyo was certainly a new experience for me. It was dense urban areas in all directions as far as the eye can see.

Taking photos of the city was actually a bit troublesome since there was glass between that caused unwanted reflections.

Well, that’s all for Day 1!

I’ll try to get the next day’s photos up soon.

12 Comments to “Japan Trip 2011 – Day 1”

  1. Cely_belly says:

    Welcome back!! Thanks for sharing the images. Tokyo looks amazing! I can’t wait to experience it for myself one day. I’m looking forward to day 2! ^^

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    Reltair Reply:

    Thanks! I’m sure you’ll find Tokyo fascinating when you go!

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  2. WD40 says:

    nice, not that I think of it, never did goto Tokyo Tower when I was there 🙁
    maybe next time…

    The hotel doesn’t look bad, pretty cheap, about the same price as the place me and my friends stayed at, was called Super Hotel, pretty big chain of budget hotels across Japan.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Going to Tokyo Tower was more just for its landmark status. I liked the view from Sunshine City more since it had an open-air roof for viewing.

    Yeah, the hotel wasn’t that bad for Tokyo. I’ll have to keep Super Hotel in mind next time I visit Japan. Thanks!

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  3. Shizuo says:

    Damn, I want go to Japan someday. Especially, Tokyo!

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    Reltair Reply:

    I hope you’ll be able to soon!

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  4. Gabrielaaaaa says:

    INCREDIBLE!!! Welcome back!
    In three years time I’m doing my Erasmus in Tokyo! 😉

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    Reltair Reply:

    Thanks!

    Aww, I wish I did at least a semester abroad while in college. I’m sure you’ll love Tokyo! 🙂

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  5. Brett says:

    Thanks for sharing Reltair. 🙂

    Looks like you had a great trip, and I look forward to rest of the pictures from your trip!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Thanks! Another 10 days of photos to go through. >_<

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  6. Fabrice says:

    Awesome view of Tokyo!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, it was even more breath-taking since it was only the first night in Japan. ^^

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