My day started off with ear pain. After a quick visit to the doctor, my parents arrived at my house. They drove me to the airport and saw me off. So sweet! After they left, I checked in at business class. I love the business class so much. After, the body scanner I got treated to a bag check for drugs. Well, since I don’t use drugs they found none, a new experience at least. I was supposed to meet a friend who works at the airport, unfortunately; she got called away. Did some shopping before I headed to the KLM Crown lounge to relax with some food and wine. Thirty minutes before boarding I left to get to my gate.
The airplane seat was fantastic, and my meal so tasteful considering it’s airplane food.
Only got two hours of sleep. On the bright side, I had a great conversation with the lovely Japanese lady next to me.
I was surprisingly fit upon arrival at Narita airport. Great, because I still had to exchange my JR voucher for my JR Rail Pass. Busy, busy, busy. It took over an hour to exchange my voucher. Halfway through I felt like I could pass out at any moment, so warm inside and I had nothing to drink. Ended up asking the guy in front of me to keep a eye on my bag while I got some water. When both of us got our ticket, we talked while waiting for the train. I got off in Tokyo, and he continued his way to Kyoto.
After I found the right subway, it didn’t take long before arriving at the apartment’s door. Left my bag inside and went off to find an ATM. While walking back to the main street, I asked someone where I could find one in fluent Japanese. Okay, it may have been more like sign language. He turned around and was about to walk along with me. Just before that, he looked at his watch. Figured he needed to be somewhere, so convinced him to point me the way instead. After 300 meters he appeared next to me again, out of breath. The good man insisted on showing me the way. At the ATM he rushed away, what a friendly man. Too bad the ATM didn’t accept my card, so happy he wasn’t around to experience that. Didn’t have much luck at the bank either, ended up withdrawing money at an ATM in a small supermarket. Exchanged that money at the bank for 20 x 1000 Yen notes. The guard there had good fun seeing me, and the bank cleric trying to understand each other. The Japanese are very friendly, and helpful. Love it here. Never had so much fun withdrawing money. Close to the apartment visited a small temple before lunch.
Close to the temple, I sat down for lunch. Didn’t want to bother with Google Translate to order food. I pointed at the dish the lady next to me was eating and ordered the same. Ramen with vegetables, meat, fish and quail eggs. All that for just eight euro. Delicious!
Around 3 o’clock I made my way to Tokyo zoo. Saw a real panda there, amazing. Didn’t stay too long. Felt exhausted. Enjoyed some nice temples on my way back.
Back at the apartment, wanted to upload my pictures. Too bad, the power cord of my laptop didn’t fit the Dutch to Japanese adaptor, no power. After a subway ride back into town, I found myself a new power cord. Meanwhile, it was six p.m. and therefore time for Sushi.
I stumbled onto a small restaurant with no tourists. Sat down at the bar the Sushi moved by on the conveyor belt. Infront of me a small tab for hot water to make my tea. The man behind the Sushi bar was fun! Japan isn’t expensive so far, I had to pay ten Euros.