9.17.2008

Tokyo, baby!

I'm going to Tokyo!!!

I booked my tickets this afternoon for a November trip. I initially hoped for an October trip to Wales (the homeland), but when that ran into difficulties, I went back to the life list and settled on Japan instead. I'm staying in the heart of the city in the Shinjuku district. My hotel is 5 minutes from the busiest train station in the world, Shinjuku Station, that has 3.6 million people pass through daily. I can't even imagine!

I want to day trip to Nikko to see the temples and Hakone for a view of Mt. Fuji. I'd like to see Kyoto, but I've read it's a bit far to go in one day. I'll also get up at 4:30 (!!!) one morning to head to the Tsukiji fish market. Beyond that, I'm not sure of the plan. I've reserved a boatload of guidebooks from the library which I'll be poring over the next few weeks. I plan to learn some rudimentary Japanese, so I can at least say 'please' and 'thank you' and 'no mammals' (and hopefully never 'help' even though I'll be sure to learn it).

In October, I'll rent a pile of dvds and have a Japanese film festival to help set the mood. I'm a little excited, if you can't tell. I think last year's Paris adventure made me brave or possibly foolish. Maybe there isn't much of a difference.

8 comments:

casch said...

I'm so thrilled for you! You will love Japan! And you are right in the center of things. It's really busy there, but check out the underground shopping centers! You can do this ~ just like you did Paris! Keep us posted!

Rebecca said...

Carolyn ~ You rock! I wish I could take you along to give me good advice and pep talks. :)

Toyoki said...

Waking up at 4:30 a.m. isn't going to be a problem. Our first morning in Japan (Osaka), we woke up at 3:30 a.m. and just kinda watched Japanese TV until breakfast with the tour group at 6:30 a.m. We later found out that our entire group of 100+ from Hawaii all woke up around that time. Had we known that, we would have had a party!

Send me a postcard from Japan, okay?

Bevlove said...

I admire you for taking off on your own to the other side of the world. I know you will have a wonderful time and fond memories that will last a lifetime.

幸運。

Rebecca said...

Thanks all!

Bev ~ What do the Japanese characters say???

casch said...

Becca~You are too kind to me, but believe me, I would LOVE to go with you! We'd have a grand time~~IF I could keep up with you! I'm proud of you!

BlondesPoopMascara.blogspot.com said...

Hey. Found your blog through a comment on Poe's. Hope all is well. Tokyo?! Yowza! That's like...in another country or something right? [Ah]

Bevlove said...

Becca ~ the Japanese characters say ...

Good Luck!