While I attempt to play catch up with myself, I will recollect my trip to Tokyo in Japan today. While I admit the city didn’t rope me in or make me love it, there were some completely odd, random and quirky things I noticed when I was there. I thought I’d share my 5 random sights with you. Backpacking in Tokyo incidentally is almost an oxymoron. Though we did hostel it and try to save cash. I was there with my mate Neil.
1. The Dog Statue, Shibuya
This dog statue has a crazy story behind it. The dog waited for its owner to get home from work every day apparently at Shibuya station. The owner always came home. One night, the dog was standing there and the owner never appeared. The dog waited, and waited, and waited. The owner never came home. A bit sad. The dog died in this spot. It’s remembered by a statue nowadays!
2. Love Hotel Street Hill, Shibuya
Also in Shibuya, this bizarre hilly street features a load of “love hotels”. Local Japanese girls and guys get together for one night stands by booking a bed or a room for a few hours. They are all squeaky clean. I wrote about this experience before in my Thirsty Thursdays feature.
3. Sumo Wrestling Museum, Ryokoku
I admit that on this trip we were a bit disorganised, as we missed out on the chance to attend the actual Sumo Wrestling Championships. We didn’t get in early enough for tickets and so it sold out. Crazy crazy busy time, consolation prize came in the form of a museum, which was too busy to let us in. We walked around outside for a bit…
4. Tokyo Metro
I had an absolute laugh to myself getting lost on the Tokyo Metro. It’s a great beast to negotiate! This was one time in life when I was the obvious tourist!! How is the Tokyo train system a random sight? It just is, trust me. I loved it – plus you save money on taxis – you don’t want to be taking taxis in Tokyo – the city is HUGE.
On the metro even if you get lost and get off at the wrong stop, you explore completely off the wall parts of Tokyo, which is how we ended up in Roppongi and some outer suburb I can’t recall! I even bumped into a follower of my blog and got “spotted” in Tokyo. I love this recent video from the Tokyo Metro – it only lasts a minute and shows the experience of being on the Metro in one of the world’s busiest and craziest cities.
There’s more on the official site: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/
5. Cooked Food from a Machine
What? Yes – what? Cooked food from a machine? Even the likes of Hong Kong, Taipei, London and Sydney haven’t grasped the concept of a machine that cooks food for you. Is it for real? Yes – Japan and Tokyo are so futuristic that Marty McFly even looks out of place here on a hoverboard. Indulge yourself in the type of “fast food service” McDonalds wish they had invented.
I haven’t given Japan a chance properly and don’t worry – I will try and head back at some point. My girlfriend is actually going back next month.
Don’t forget to fast forward your watches when you land in Narita, Japan is about 10 years ahead of us all 😉
* Disclaimer – this post is entirely written by me, Jonny Blair and are my views and experiences from visiting Tokyo. This post has been sponsored by Tokyo Metro and all views expressed within it are mine.