The final post.
Well, sort of. The next post will be a collection of photographs from my phone that don’t really fit anywhere.
*Lady Gaga A-YO voice* Here we go!
After we left Sensoji Temple, we headed to one of Tokyo’s biggest and most recent tourist attractions: Tokyo Skytree!
The Skytree features quite a hefty base you have to climb before heading up to the main attraction.
Welp, there it is.
The Skytree, like Tokyo Tower, the previous tallest structure in Tokyo pre-Skytree, is a broadcasting tower as well as a tourist attraction.
It stands at a massive 634 metres tall! At the time of its construction, it was the second largest structure on the planet.
Beneath the tower is Tokyo Skytree Town, a small area of shops and cafes.
I love Assassination Classroom so i really wanted to visit this themed cafe, however the food was kinda plain and expensive for what it was. Plus I hadn’t read Assassination Classroom in years at this point, and hadn’t watched any of the anime, so I wasn’t too bothered.
I’m currently watching season 2 of it, and I’m in love, it’s such a brilliant show. I still don’t regret not going to the cafe as…..
Coldstone exists in Japan!!!
We don’t have Coldstone in the UK as far as I know, and I’ve always wanted to visit one.
I had a mess of chocolate and almonds, it was dirt cheap too. And they all sang as they prepared your order!! I would love to go again.
I miss having ice cream for breakfast. What a great time.
We had to wait a while to get into the Skytree, as the slots were full and it was very busy, but it’s going to be, it’s a mega tourist attraction.
And as it was sakura season, the first viewing deck, the Tembo deck standing at 350m tall, was decorated appropriately!
Can you pick out Tokyo Tower in the fog?
Tokyo doesn’t feel real from above. It’s a never ending sea of structures as far as you can comprehend.
I believe that green area is the Imperial Gardens, it’s hard to remember exactly what we were looking at. Whilst you’re up there, markers and guides are available to decipher what you’re seeing!
You only feel a sense of it all ending when you can see Tokyo Bay, otherwise it feels like you’re in a sprawling metropolis that will never come to a close.
It’s been months, and I still can’t get over pictures like this. There is nowhere in the world like Tokyo.
I love these glass floors, and so does everyone else apparently! It was a long wait to find a place to squeeze on.
At the bottom of the Skytree is a huge gift shop featuring merchandise of various popular franchises in Japan.
More Assassination Classroom!! I bought the above clearfile featuring our believed E Class.
And well, that’s it. That’s the end of my Japan saga!
After this, we just had food with a close friend, said our goodbyes and headed for the airport extremely early the next morning. As a word of warning, if you’re headed to Haneda Airport from Asakusa, Asakusa station is a bloody mess. Rather than being one large station, it’s multiple. Somehow. So the entrance to Asakusa Station right by our hotel was not the one which connected to the line we needed, that entrance was about 15 minutes away. It was bizarre, discovering that at about 6am was not great.
On a much more positive note, my month in Japan was one of the best months of my life. I threw caution to wind, left all my university worries and responsibilities behind, and followed my childhood dream that I didn’t think we could to fruition until I was in my late twenties rather than before I’d even turned twenty-one.
Before this I had been away many times without my family, with me being the adult in charge of me, myself and I. That wasn’t a new or daunting task, but this time I was headed 6,000 miles away, for a month long trip, in an extremely foreign country where English is not as common as it is all over Europe. At times it was a struggle, at times I missed home, as I already didn’t see my family too much whilst at uni. I had a bloody wonderful time, I feel like I can do anything after that. No trip daunts me anymore. I realised just how much I love travelling, and that seeing as much of the world as I can is my main aspiration in life! I don’t think I’ve done too bad this year, with weekends in Hungary, Norway and Sweden coupled with over three weeks in Japan!
I’ve never had such an adrenaline rush as when I first arrived in Japan, I was in Tokyo, TOKYO. The place I’d dreamed of visiting since I was four years old, and there I was, riding the train looking out across the city, surrounded by the salarymen I had read so much about years before. Arriving in Shibuya Station was intense, as it’s one of the busiest stations on Earth, but then we were stood at Shibuya Crossing. Shibuya Crossing to me is the most iconic place in Tokyo, and it went from being a thing I dreamed of seeing to something I crossed multiple times a day without thinking too much of it.
Though every time, I did always have a little thought freaking out that I was crossing Shibuya Crossing.
Yes Japan is expensive to visit from the UK, but yes you can do it on a ‘budget’. Travelling there will always be expensive, but you can do it right when you’re there. It’s not an unachievable goal, and you can make it happen! It took me a long, long time to save up for this trip, and a lot of shifts in a workplace I didn’t love, but it happened! And it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. I made this trip I’d dreamed of forever happen in the midst of my the end of my degree. I pulled it off, and still pulled off a first in my degree. It was a wild couple of weeks.
It’s taken me months upon months to document this trip properly. 2016 has been a busy year for me outside of this trip, but I’m glad I saw it through to the end. I was put off after seeing over 4,000 photos to go through, but now they’re properly categorised and will live on forever!
Whether this is the first post of mine you’ve read, or the final in a series you’ve joined me on, thank you! I hope it’s some use, and I hope it inspires someone out there to visit a place they hadn’t even considered.