Narita Airport

Narita to Manchester

*** Spoiler Alert ***    Nothing much to write about here as I was returning home and travelling all day but here’s what happened.

Narita Express

I got up early, grabbed all my stuff and set off for the train station. I got a train just before 07:00 to Shinagawa where I bought a ticket for the Narita Express. I didn’t understand the different types of tickets available so I got the most basic one. I went to the platform. There were signs on the platform saying that all the seats were reserved. I just got on the front carriage which happened to be a Green Car which is First Class. I was the only one in the car for most of the journey and only a couple of people got on this car at another station. A couple of stations before the airport a conductor entered the car and asked me to pay for an upgrade on my Ticket.

Narita Airport

When I got to the airport I headed for the check-in desk and checked in my luggage. I went through security and headed for the departure gate. Before the flight I had a large beer while I was waiting.

The first flight for Zurich left at 11:05 and took over 12 hours.

Zurich Airport

In Zurich there was not enough security desks open although they opened some more desk after customers complained. The staff were quite rude and complained a lot about customers not following the rules (even though these rules were not explained to anybody). The staff man-handled my external hard disk and cameras. I chose not to argue as I had already heard them threaten another customer with not being able to fly that day.

I had a coffee while I waited at the departure gate for the next flight at 17:10 (local time). I took 2 hours to get to Manchester.

Manchester Airport

I arrived in Manchester just after 18:00 and collected my luggage then went through the automated security checks and went home by tram. I was a bit tired and chose the wrong ticket from the ticket machine but I spoke to a staff member who changed the ticket for me.


Index

Introduction

Manchester to Osaka

Arriving in Japan

Kobe and Osaka

Osaka

Kyoto

Osaka to Tokyo

Harajuku

Shibuya & Halloween Photos

Tachikawa

Whistle Stop Tour

Yokohama

Narita to Manchester


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Yokohama

Yokohama

I got up early and caught a train into Shinagawa.

Shinagawa Station

Shinjuku and Kabukichou

I got a coffee and spent some time watching people go by. I caught a train to Shinjuku which arrived at about 10:00. I spent a couple of hours there. I went to Kabukichou and took a few photos.

I had arranged to meet a HelloTalk friend again. On my way back I also took some photos near the station.

Shinagawa Station

I got to Shinagawa at about 12:00 and spent just over an hour there. I had a look around the station and the general area and too a few photos.

Yokohama

I met my friend inside the station at 13:15. We caught a train to Minatomirai Station.

Minatomirai Station

We got there just after 14:00 and walked to Grand Mall Park Round Square where we watched some of my friend’s favourite street performers. There were 3 sets of performers that day. We watched two of them. There was between 100-200 people in the audience. At the end of each performance the performers asked for a donation of 1000 Yen.

After the performances we took a walk through Yamashita Park to Yokohama Chinatown.

Chukagai

Chukagai (Yokohama’s Chinatown) is the largest Chinatown in Japan. We had a look around and had some street food.

My friend had to leave around 18:00. I looked around some more and that caught a subway train to Yokohama Station. From Yokohama I caught a train to Shinagawa where I bought a personalised IC card and make some preparation for my trip to the airport the next day. I used a ticket machine to print out some information about the Narita Express and then asked someone at the information counter which track the train leaves from.

I returned to Kita-Shinagawa and packed my suitcase ready for my flights home in the morning.


Index

Introduction

Manchester to Osaka

Arriving in Japan

Kobe and Osaka

Osaka

Kyoto

Osaka to Tokyo

Harajuku

Shibuya & Halloween Photos

Tachikawa

Whistle Stop Tour

Yokohama

Narita to Manchester


Asakusa

Whistle Stop Tour

Asakusa

I set off just after 09:00 heading for Asakusa. I caught a train from Kita-Shinagawa to Shinagawa and then caught a train to Tamachi Station.

Then I had to leave the station and walk to Mita Station where I caught a subway train to Asakusa Station. I got there just after 10:00 and spent almost 2 hours looking around the area and visiting Sensoji Temple.

Ameya Yokochou

My next stop was Ameya Yokochou. I returned to the station and caught a train to Ueno. I spent about 20 minutes at Ameya Yokochou market and then made a quick trip to Ueno Park before returning to Ueno Station to catch a train to Akihabara.

Ueno

Akihabara

I got to Akihabara about 13:30. I spent about 30 minutes walking around and taking photos before catching a train to Ikebukuro.

Ikebukuro

I got to Ikebukuro just after 14:00. I looked around for a bit before making my way to Sunshine City in order to visit the Pokémon Center.

While I was in Sunshine City, the fire department were showing a video advising children what to do if the there is an earthquake. The audience was made up of children and their parents. They also had a brass band and Kyuta, the fire department’s mascot, made an appearance.

I spent about an hour in the centre and then returned to the station.

Nakano

I returned to Shinjuku and caught a train to Nakano. I arrived just before 17:00. Nakano Broadway is a popular destination for geeks and otaku but I wanted to visit the many izakaya at the back of the shopping centre. I got some food and explored the area for about 40 minutes.

I returned to the station about 18:00 and caught a train back to Shinjuku.

Shibuya

On my way back to Shinagawa I stopped off at Shibuya and took a few photos. While I was there a fire department vehicle arrived to assist an old man who couldn’t seem to stand properly. A security guard and the police had been looking after him before this.

No Pie

After about an hour I caught a train to Shinagawa. I had a coffee at Anna Miller’s. I wanted some pie but they were out of the one I fancied on the menu. I finished my coffee and caught a train back to Kita-Shinagawa.


Index

Introduction

Manchester to Osaka

Arriving in Japan

Kobe and Osaka

Osaka

Kyoto

Osaka to Tokyo

Harajuku

Shibuya & Halloween Photos

Tachikawa

Whistle Stop Tour

Yokohama

Narita to Manchester


Tachikawa

Tachikawa

I set off about 09:00 to head for Tachikawa. I stopped off at Osaki Station to take a look around. I needed to go to Shinjuku and change trains there. On the way I was confused about which train to catch and I wasn’t sure if I had caught the right train, so I asked a nun who was stood on the platform for help. I arrived just before 11:00.

Tachikawa

At 17:30 I met a friend from the UK who I used to work with. We went to an Izakaya that he knew until about 21:00.

While we were walking to our next location, my friend noticed that a policeman was carrying out a security check with a Japan man. Apparently this happens from time to time. This reminded me about something I had seen in the news advising that there was a raised security level at that time.

We went to another Izakaya for a bit and I returned to the station just before 23:00.

I caught a train back to Shinjuku where I changed trains to get to Shinagawa and then changed again to get to Kita-Shinagawa.


Index

Introduction

Manchester to Osaka

Arriving in Japan

Kobe and Osaka

Osaka

Kyoto

Osaka to Tokyo

Harajuku

Shibuya & Halloween Photos

Tachikawa

Whistle Stop Tour

Yokohama

Narita to Manchester