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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
 

7nth of November
Feeling at home!

We got up very early, since we had to catch up our flight from Seoul to Tokyo, Narita. Now we were veterans. We had nothing to worry about!

 




We take the train to Tokyo and return to the good old places. At the Ginza Grand Hotel, precisely. Its position is so convenient that we can go there from the station on foot. And we have a really strange feeling. When we reach there we feel at home. I suppose that a part of this familiarity feeling had to do with the building which we already knew, with the fact that we had stored the wifi of the hotel and we could have accessibility to the internet, even when we were still at the pavement, and of course with the friendly smile of the young girl at the reception. We felt that we had our own cozy corner in Tokyo. It was one of those things that actually look funny, but they do happen…



It felt very natural to relax at the hotel which was like home for us, after having explored all the narrow roads around it, in order to make worthy our last yens. I have to say that some of the necklaces that I bought there, necklaces with the signature of Japanese designers, will be treasured and will be among my favorite ones. Even Christos’s objections, as far as my buying, were vanished after an aromatic coffee and a perfect piece of chocolate cake that we enjoyed at an elegant café. Afterwards, we had plenty of time to explore the possible capacities of the note 4 Samsung made in South Korea with Korean standards…

 

8th of November
Tokyo:Today is going to be a long day

We start from the Tsukiji fish market, which is the biggest fish and seafood market in the world of selling at wholesale. It is located in the center of Tokyo, in between the river Sumida and Ginza. The interior market of selling at wholesale is not widely accessible to the public. The exterior market of selling at retail, though, and its restaurants remain an important touristic pole of attraction, for the locals and for the foreign visitors too.





We visited the Imperial Palace, next. It is the residence of the Royal Family. From the large square Kokyo Gaien, in front of the Imperial Palace, the visitors may see the Nijubashi, two bridges which create an entrance to the interior parts of the palace.
 


 

From the fish market to the palace with a taxi. It is not opened for the public, so we can only see the ditch and the external parts. We go back to the hotel on foot.

After all, if your hotel is at the right place you can go all around a city, even as big as Tokyo, on foot. In the afternoon we go to the  Roppongi suburb with taxi of course, why not? Are we poor or don’t we have yen? This is one of my father’s teasing quotes, after a little…monetary adjustment by me! We walk around the area which is known for its intense night life. Two of the largest, recent reformation projects of Tokyo, the Roppongi Hills and the Tokyo Midtown changed the face of the district during last decade.



We return to the neighborhood of our hotel. Just before the night falls, we see in front of us the exhibition area of Sony. Great, I’m thinking. We found the right place to spend our last hours in Tokyo tomorrow.

We try one last time to taste the Japanese cuisine. We search for popular places in the wider area of Ginza. There are queues everywhere! Now, that I find a bit strange about the Japanese. Half of their day, they have to spend it waiting in queues…
 


9th of November
Take it easy. Thessaloniki’s motto, indeed!

Coffee, suitcases, a quick look at Sony’s store and the last images of Tokyo are forever printed in our minds. We saw the most important sights, but there must be always something that will bring us back, one more time, to the Land of Rising Sun…something remarkable enough which could function as magnet and motive.

When will this second time be? Definitely in spring, when we will be able to enjoy the blossoming cherry trees…   

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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