travel to japan and tokyo
15.03.2016 - 16.03.2016
After a good night’s sleep I got the express train to Vladivostok airport to get my flight to Tokyo. This was the first flight of the trip and 2 hours after taking off we landed at Narita airport. After getting through immigration and customs I got the Narita express which ran via Tokyo station to the station Shinjuku close to my hotel. From there I walked 1km to my hotel. In the evening I went for a walk around the area between my hotel and Shinjuku station. It is full of shops, bars and restaurants and everything is brightly lit.
The first full day in Japan I walked down to the train station and caught a train to Tokyo. Whilst I was trying to find my way out of what is a very large station a group of security guards started cordoning off an area next to where I was standing. Several minutes later those standing around me started clapping and bowing. At this point the Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife came past. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera out so did not get any photos. Leaving the station, I walked over to the imperial palace gardens. They are quite extensive and contain walls and buildings from the past 500 years.
I then made my way to the Tokyo Skytree tower, which is the highest building in Japan. It has observation floors at meters and meters, with fast lifts to take you to each. There was a complete view of Tokyo from each floor and from the top it is possible to see mount Fuji on a clear day. Unfortunately, it was overcast and I could only see for 40 miles