This morning we got up at about 8.30am and caught a train to Kamata where we changed lines to Tokyo station. Guess what, we changed lines again, to Akihabara, which is the ‘technology’ district.
For the sake of not boring anyone I’ll start skipping the exact trains we catch. But there are a fair few each time we go anywhere. But they are fairly frequent and clean and safe and cheapish. We pay about 120 yen ($1.30AUS) for each train we ride.
In Akihabara we had breakfast at McDonalds. Jodie wouldn’t be adventurous and order the McGriddle which was a burger made out of pancakes with an egg, sausage, cheese and syrup. Couldn’t blame her though. Then we went shopping! I was very restrained and only managed to buy a couple of power cords so I could use my notebook back at the Ryoken. Jodie bought a video camera and a still camera as planned, saving herself several hundred dollars (compared to Australia) in the process. I told everyone before I left Australia I was going to see the movie star Jackie Chan while I was in Japan. And I did! We ran into him in one of the technology stores. He’s a quite guy and didn’t have much to say and seemed a bit flat, but let us take a photo with him. So he’s a really great guy.
We had lunch in a cafe called Seattle Burger. Our two burgers and drinks cost us about $22AUS total which was a good price for food, and similar prices in other places when we’ve eaten. After lunch we went to Asakusa to see the temple. Jodie was very excited to find the temple from memory when she had last been there about 5 years ago. The front of the temple is lined with a long row of stalls where you can buy lots of Japanese souvenirs.
It was getting quite cold and we could even see our breath, always something fun for people from North Queensland. It got dark early too with all the lights coming on at 4pm which made it seem much later than it was. When we had finished walking about the temple we went for a rickshaw ride with our driver, Tomo. He took us for a 10 minute ride around the district.
We came back to our accomodation for a little while before heading out again to find some dinner. We went to the Kamata area and had dinner in an Italian like restaurant. After dinner we went for a stroll around the Kamata area and then caught the train back home. So endith our first full day in Japan.