Tokyo moments

Tokyo (Japan), 24.09.2013

Returning to Tokyo after a couple of days in Kyoto and driving overland, I spent several days in town. I had to organise plenty of things, like the Russian and Kazakh visas, the route through Siberia and Mongolia, onward accommodation and so on. During all this time I did several discovery trips through the city and saw various things. Below is a list of impressions, in no particular order. I just wrote down notes as I spent time around. Continue reading “Tokyo moments”


Tokyo (Japan), 20.09.2013

After a day by foot through imperial Kyoto, the next morning I picked up a rental car at the station. And here I a hefty surprise waited for me: two days of car rental costed over 48.000 yen, or 480USD! 30.000 yen were only for dropping off the car in another city. I thought about the news of Japanese tourists being ruthlessly ripped off in my hometown Rome I had read in the paper some years ago. This felt like payback time, although there were several such moments in my time in Japan. Continue reading “Fuji-san”


Kyoto (Japan), 18.09.2013

Back at the hotel, I picked up my bags at the concierge desk. I handed over my baggage tag to “girl 1”, who passed it to “man 1”, who passed it to “girl 2”, who took “girl 3” and disappeared in the storage room. Then both girls 2 and 3 came out again without bags. Then girls 1 and 3 changed positions, went back into the storage, and came back with my bags. Things take time in Japan, but are done properly and in all order… Continue reading “Kyoto”

Sim City

Tokyo (Japan), 17.09.2013

On this break from the journey through Asia by car, the spectacular beach and sunshine chapter had come to an end now. The next experience was Japan, a country I’ve always wanted to visit for its mix of tradition and culture with futuristic modernity. A couple of weeks back, when I wrote about Bangkok being Metropolis I thought that my judgement would be too shortsighted, since the true Metropolis would be Tokyo. It was not. Tokyo to me was Sim City. Continue reading “Sim City”

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