Tokyo, Japan was definitely the wild experience we were looking for. Our hostel was in a quiet neighborhood but close to public transit and, more importantly, Akihabara, an “otaku” district. We had two days to spend in Tokyo before meeting our friend in Sapporo and we were ready to see as much as we could. The entire first day was spent wandering the crowded neon streets of Akihabara.
The view was incredible with countless highrise buildings catering to anything anime. This includes floors upon floors of books, manga, figurines big and small, maid bars, Gundam cafes, arcades, pachinko (gambling), cat cafes and costume shops. So. Many. Claw machines.
And every one of those highrises is covered in billboards. Walking out of the district is like walking away from a sunset.
The day ended with an impromptu meeting of friends from across the world who happened to be in the right place at the right time. I can only hope their experience in Japan was as amazing as ours has been.
We filled our second day with visiting shrines and getting jam packed into the subway. But nothing could sour our mood. We had tickets to the Robot Restaurant. And the excitement was palpable. We we’re ready to see a crazy light up show of robots and dancing. They didn’t dissapoint. This show dumps you head first into the wild and weird side of Japan. We left with eyes wide open trying our best to process what just left our ears and hearts pounding.
We definitely focused on the more anime centric part of Tokyo, but we new the more traditional part was yet to come in Sapporo. So we had no problem diving in. We had a blast. The city was energetic while remaining respectful and surprisingly clean. The people are some of the nicest I’ve met, even in comparison it to Thailand. I can’t wait to come back.