Great trips always have a name. Like “10 Year Reunion Cruise!” or “Great Road Trip of 2015!”. My trip in Tokyo went through many different names:
Last Week in Japan
At first, I had no plans about what to do in my last week in Japan. I was going to go with the flow.
Okutama Climbing Trip
Kyle booked his flights to Japan and some of my friends in Niseko decided that they want to go climbing and camping as well in the Okutama region. Sugoi! Kyle is our buddy that Lauren and I met in our training course a couple of years back.
Terrace House Fan Tour + Okutama Climbing Trip
Kyle and I decided that we actually had quite a few things we wanted to see in Tokyo, so we decided to only go camping and climbing for a few days and spend the rest of the time in Tokyo, going to Fuji-Q amusement park, and visiting Yokohama.
Before everyone else arrived, I checked out the Sakura park celebrations and Harujuku. Once he arrived, I learned that all of his ideas (that I mentioned in a previous post) were all from watching Terrace House.
The first night we stayed in a Capsule Hotel. It was a very clean experience, but a bit noisy. Kyle said that the men’s floor was a snoring symphony. I liked that they give you PJ’s to wear so you don’t even need to open your bag. Overall, my experience was good and I would do it again if I was on a budget. Maybe if you stayed at a slightly more expensive one, then you would have less chances of getting woken up?
In those first 24 hours, we walked around Shinjuku, ate soba and teishoku, and visited the super arsty Sumida aquarium.
Sakura Allergy Season + Fuji-Q Planning Day + Okutama BBQ Trip
The Okutama region to Tokyo is like the Squamish region to Vancouver. The major difference is that you can take a train right to the camping and climbing, and it runs every 45 minutes. I wish Squamish had a train because taking the train was the best.
The bouldering in Okutama was beautiful and extremely slippery. We had fancy bbqs with wagyu beef and fish. We rented a hilariously tiny cabin. I spent A LOT of time asking Eileen and Jeff about their day at Fuji-Q amusement park because I was planning on going in a few days, and the park is notorious for having really long lines. I have wanted to go there since I was a kid (and Nagashima amusement park) so I made an elaborate plan.
I started having crazy allergy/cold symptoms while were in Okutama, and also a little bit worse than the allergy/cold symptoms I was getting in Fukuoka. My stomach was feeling a bit mehhhh, but ok overall.
After two nights, the group departed and we all went our separate ways. That was sad. Eileen and Jeff are now in Australia, Mariko and Phil are back in Niseko and Lindsay and Jace are now in Utah.
The Last Supper
Kyle and I took the train back to Shinagawa and checked into our hotel. We checked out Shibuya Crossing and we ate at a standing sushi restaurant and a ramen place. We then took the subway back to our hotel…. and from then onwards is where the final name of the trip was developed:
TOKYO TOILET TOUR 2018
If you are ever travelling and have the flu, gastrointestinal distress, and/or food poisoning, Tokyo is your dream city. There are bathrooms in every subway station, every konbini, every restaurant, and each floor of every store. And I went to all of them, and they were all very nice, free and clean.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to go to Fuji-Q or a bunch of other places I planned because I was busy with urgent matters.
I did drag myself to a few places like the Cup Noodles Museum (did you know they have 2 bathrooms?), the Shinagawa Aquarium in the hotel (did you know they have 3 bathrooms and 1 bathroom in between our hotel room and the entrance gates? ps how was the dolphin show? I missed it because I was in the bathroom), the doctor, and the mega Tokyu Hands store (did you know they have 7 bathrooms?).
I was also able to put my months of Japanese practise to use: TOIRE DOKO DESU KA??!?!?!?! TOIRE DOKO DESU KA??!?!?!?!
Big thanks to Kyle for a) waiting for me while I was in every bathroom in Tokyo, b) not complaining about me being a terrible person to room with in a tiny hotel room, and c) bringing me electrolytes.
I was soooooooooo anxious about flying back to Vancouver (what if there is turbulence and I can’t get to the bathroom?), but it turned out okay. PHHHAAEWFFF. I mean, PFFFT.
I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time in Tokyo.