It’s been over a month since we left Tokyo. Between then and now, we’ve been to Hong Kong, London, Paris, Aberdeen (Scotland), and now New York City. I must admit to suffering from a little travel fatigue. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, however, I finally have some time to rest and catch up and post about our circumnavigation of Earth. This should be the last post on Tokyo, a summary of the other things that we did that I haven’t posted yet. Here goes…
Our Hotel, the Subway, Tokyo Game Show
Our hotel was located in an area called Shiodome, which is more of a “downtown” in terms of business rather than tourism. Again, japan-guide.com has an excellent overview of the place, so I won’t reinvent the wheel. Still, our hotel was pretty close to Shimbashi station, one of the major train stations in Tokyo.
Tokyo’s subway has a reputation for being one of the cleanest and most efficient subway systems in the world. Having now traveled on various subways from California to London, I can say that this reputation is well-deserved. The seats are comfortable and the cars are clean. There are no signs telling people not to eat on trains, and people do, and they clean up after themselves (not that they make a huge mess to begin with). There is no graffiti or other defacing of public property.
Having such a clean subway to ride on was a delight and much appreciated during the relatively long trip to Makuhari Messe, the site of the Tokyo Game Show. As I mentioned before, I’ve read about the TGS for years and it was unbelievable to actually participate in it. Unfortunately, most events and activities were in Japanese only and I was not able to immerse myself as much as I would have liked. It was still fun, though, and we scored a number of promotional items, including a Sega tote bag!
Ferry to Odaiba
Odaiba is a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. On this day we took the ferry from Asakusa to Odaiba, sailing along the Sumida River and passing under many, many bridges. We even passed by the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Of course, the most famous bridge we passed under was the Rainbow Bridge.
Odaiba at Night
We spent the entire afternoon and early evening on the island. After dinner, we stopped by a retro arcade and played games like Sega’s Outrun. There were also table-top versions of Namco classics like Pac-man and Galaga. When we went back outside, the stunning night view of the Rainbow Bridge greeted us.
It was getting late so we made our way back to the hotel, but we wanted to come back to ride the ferris wheel, which we did a few days later.
I have always wanted to go to Japan, especially Tokyo. I finally got my wish, and it was everything I had hoped for. We didn’t see everything on the list, but that just leaves something to do for next time. Until then, I shall cherish these memories and photos. Sayonara!