Let the Big Trip Commence
Oh Tokyo.. I am very happy that I started my trip in this amazing city but I feel like I only scratched the surface of this huge metropolis. It did not help me that I was tired after my long flight and ended up in some kind of time wrap due to jet lag. I still tried to visit as many places as possible, absorb that big city buzz as well as relax in some amazing parks or feel tranquil at the temple grounds.
Japanese politeness and helpfulness is just beyond words! I have never ever experienced anything like that before. I had some hipsters or city guys helping me with metro tickets and train connections and a very nice lady giving me tips about the best and cheapest Tokyo viewing points. Everything out of their courtesy and kindness.
What about that famous Japanese etiquette? On my first day I did more nod-bowing and nodding than any other time in my life. At the beginning it felt slightly awkward, especially coming from Barcelona where people tend to be direct and occasionally rude but after a day it felt more natural.
Many people cycle around Tokyo and there is a lot of electric cars around, which I found very impressive. That mind-blowing modernity and technology not only extends to the streets. There are special machines to order and pay for ramen (typical lunch dish) just to speed things up and Japanese toilets with flushing sounds, heated seats and washlets. Like wow!
I really liked that K’s House Tokyo hostel where I stayed is based in a residential area of Asakusa. It is has a friendly and warm atmosphere, it is close to the Sensō-ji temple, right next to the metro and situated in a fairly quiet neighbourhood with local people getting on with their everyday life.