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// OCTOBER 2014
To Tokyo and even further...
Narita
Nikko
Nagoya
Ise
Hiroshima
Yoshino
Koya
Osaka
Kyoto
Yokohama
Tokyo
Nara
Kamakura
Seoul
Tokyo
Narita
Nagano
Joetsu
Inawashiro
Shirakawa
Itsukushima
Imabari
Niihama
Sakaide
Onomichi
Yoshima Island
Ako

Tokyo
 

“I was walking down the streets”…

We reached Tokyo and the Ginza Grand Hotel, which was going to host us later on too _after our journey to Korea_ during the last two days that we would be in Japan, before taking the flight back home. Since we wanted to go to the Meiji Shrine temple which is devoted to the Emperor Meiji and to the Empress Shoken (wife of Meiji), who are considered as divinities in Japan, we had to cross the area of Shibuya, a huge commercial center of Tokyo.





Shops with electronic gadgets, restaurants and boutiques with expensive clothes, usually, characterize the most modern areas of Tokyo. We were staying at Ginza, probably the most touristic area of Tokyo. Next to our hotel, the street Chuo Dori becomes, each afternoon, a road for pedestrians only, with cars not allowed there. All the nearby roads are full of shops that sell products and accessories all with the signature of world wide famous firms (Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Dior, Prada and many others). All the Japanese in this particular area are dressed immaculately!





We were searching for the Kabukiza. It is one of the most famous Kabuki theaters in Tokyo. The Kabuki theater is a kind of traditional Japanese theater well known for the stylization of the drama and the actors’ luxurious costumes. Unfortunately, when we reached there, we realized that we should have to wait for a while, before the beginning of the show, if we wanted to find tickets. So, we chose to leave it for the time being and return at some point, during our two last days in Tokyo, after our journey to Korea.





Eventually, we went to an Italian restaurant, were we enjoyed spaghetti with plenty of garlic and pizzas. That was how our first day in Tokyo ended.


4rth of November 2014
Car: Difficult to get it, impossible to return it!

We started our day with a visit to the Asakusa Sensoji Temple, the oldest sanctuary in the whole Tokyo. It is one of the most colorful and popular temples in Tokyo.



Our flight to Korea was scheduled to leave at five o’clock in the afternoon, so we had planned to leave the rental car at the airport on our leaving day. We went all around Tokyo, so as to see as much as we could from the city. Reaching at the airport, eventually, we try to find the spot where we were supposed to leave the car, the so called “return rent cars”. We try to follow the labels, but after a certain point everything is written in Japanese. We go round and round with the car, exiting the airport and heading towards the motorway and entering again the airport for countless times hopelessly.
Eventually, I give up and say to Christos:
« Stop! We have to ask! »
I get off the car, go to the information counter at the arrivals, explain the problem and they give me a drawing with instructions, which was supposed to help us find the place where we should leave the car. Once again I understand absolutely nothing! But then, I remember, all of a sudden, from which gate we exited at first, when we had tried to rent the car, as soon as we had landed in Japan. So, I go there and manage to find the “rental car” office. I go inside with plenty of audacity_ hoping they wouldn’t remember me.

«Hi, I’ve got a car and have no idea where I should leave it».
«It is not my job to take the car back», answers the young employee.
«Ok, but I have to fly to Seoul and obviously I can’t take it with me!»

She keeps staring at me quite lost for a few moments and I stare back! At the end, she asks for my documents, she has a look at them and takes out a paper.

«There is a phone number here!» she says, while she is giving it to me.
«Are you people crazy??? How am I supposed to hold a phone conversation in…Japanese???» I scream, starting to loose patience.
«Just put it in the GPS!» she answers and I stand there astonished and open mouthed!!!

Eventually, she made an exception and accepted to take the car and return it herself. Of course, I don’t have to add that the “return cars point” was only a hundred meters away from their office!...       

Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15 days
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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