Last Days in Japan

Thoughts on Tokyo

Tokyo is big. Really big. Also, a lot of people live there. If you’re from Australia, at least from Brisbane, it’s basically more people than you’ve ever seen in one place in your life, generally congregated in an area roughly the size of a postage stamp.

We were staying in Shinjuku, which is the home of the busiest rail station in the world – apparently, something like three million people catch trains through Shinjuku’s massive station every day. Correspondingly, it is one of the busiest districts in Tokyo, all the time.

The nightlife is crazy – walking around you’ve got all sorts of people coming up to harass you into their club, restaurant, or whatever. This quickly gets annoying, especially if you’re a tourist, as you’re so easily identified and marked as a target. Still, they bug off when you ignore them – eventually.

We hit Shibuya as well for a night and went to an amazing-looking place called Lockdown (I think) – a sort of horror-themed restaurant where you have to nagivate a chamber of horrors before even making it in. Sadly it was a long wait so we had to miss out, but definitely on the list for next time.

Tokyo’s a great city, but it’s too crazy busy – all the time. I have no idea how people can live there and not go insane.

Only thing I didn’t get to do in Japan that I wanted to this trip was go see Mt Fuji – but that just gives me another reason to go back.

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