Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s how it felt trying to get a seat on the Sakura train heading to Tokyo. There’s a lot of tourists and traffic in Japan in the spring than there was in the Winter, much more action at the stations and on the trains. Since I was unable to obtain a seat on the train to Shin-Kobe I got to the station super early and stood in line at 11:30 (train leaves at 11:53) and fortunately I was first in line, but wow the lines formed very quickly, and with good reason the train in cars 1-3 (out of 8 cars and 1-3 are meant for non-reserved) was already 50% full! The train left the station and 6 minutes in people were still wandering around trying to find seats between the 3 cars. This may not seem like a big deal, but if you are on this train for over an hour with no place to sit it’s quite a hassle.
I didn’t do much today, by the time I returned to Tokyo it was about 5:00 PM. I decided to get to get my tickets for the next few days since I was there in the station. Let me tell you, Tokyo Station is quite the hassle and very crowded, so if you are here (which you will be) don’t be overwhelmed. It isn’t as confusing as it may look.
The only pictures I have to share today is what I ate while I was on the Shinkansen.
After returning to Tokyo I hit up a bar, Hobgoblin in Roppongi, for a Meetup. There are SO many Meetups in Japan, multiple every day, so if you are a solo traveler, like I am, and want to hang with the locals, this is a great way to do it.
It’s quite late here, so off to bed with me.