Tokyo. The city that never sleeps, home to the busiest intersection in the world and possibly one of the quirkiest metropolises you’ll ever visit. So throw away your guide book and embrace Tokyo’s strange side with these off beat things to do, or ways to spice up the regular tourist attractions.
If you’re planning a trip to Japan (or have already been) then names like Shinjuku kōen (kōen is ‘park’ in Japanese), Ueno kōen and Meiji Jingū (shrine) are no doubt familiar to you. While these places are quite famous, not many people initially put a trip to a park into their travel itinerary. Which is why I thought that I’d take a moment to introduce you to my all-time favourite park, not only in Tokyo, but in the world.
Picture this: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. February 9, 2013. 0430. Blizzard.
My travel companion and I are dragging our miserable behinds awake, hair askew and false eyelashes stuck in eyebrows. The thrill of the night before fading, we pack away our heels and curlers and our cute hats and makeup. The dizzying feeling of being fabulous in the ice bars is long gone as we knuckle down for a day of flat shoes, jeans and hard-core travel from Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, to Tokyo and then up into our dream hostel in the middle of the Japanese Alps — by plane, train and hire car.
We’ve got one hell of a day ahead, but we’re experienced (hung-over) travellers. So when we find ourselves at Sapporo airport being asked “Didn’t you get the email”, we looked at each other and blinked. Email?