Tokyo – A Gaijin Life for Me

Niseko > Tokyo

This is the beginning of my travels from my ski instructor life in Niseko.

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Mata ne Mt Annupuri!

Part of me is sad to trade the mountains for  skyscrapers. However I chose to leave mini-Australia behind to immerse myself back into Japan. So stoked!

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I am here for a couple days to go to the hospital to get medical check ups for a New Zealand visa and to see the Sakura.

However a last minute booking for cheap rooms in SAKURA SEASON is impossible!

I use AirBnB mostly because it’s cheaper and convenient. Marika, my host this time gave me a good deal of 5000¥ (£36) per night in Yotsuya, 25 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station.

Actually, when I first met her she told me I was lucky and got a free upgrade to one of her expensive apartments. This is it.

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My life for Marika’s upgrade…

Just one catch.

“You can ride a bike ok?”

(I can’t) “Sure”

On Shinjuku’s main city roads at rush hour with my suitcase on my back and no helmet? On a tiny unstable Japanese bike? *sweats*

However I arrived, keeping my life for another day and the sweet apartment. Yoshi!

Ichiran Ramen 

Rated a 4.5 by 1120 people on Trip Advisor and claimed as “the best ramen in the world” by Forbes you can see why I decided to come here.

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Behind the scenes at Ichiran Ramen

Customers will wait one hour and a half for these private booths big enough for you and your solitude whilst you slurp tasty tonkotsu ramen.

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Tonkotsu Pork Ramen with extra toppings

It is very cheap for the quality, starting with the basic noodle bowl with pork and onion for 890¥ (£6.45).

Ramen is usually enjoyed by Nihon-jin after a few drinks after work, much like a cheeky kebab to us Brits (but a million times better).

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Customer service in Japan is exceptional

You can tell it’s a busy place from just looking at this crazy bathroom set-up. Which one would you choose?

On that note, a good first day in Tokyo. Oyasumi nasai!

Travellers Guide:

Train from Kutchan to New Chitose Airport (Domestic Terminal): 2630¥. 2hr 37min. Change at Otaru.

Flight from New Chitose Airport to Tokyo Narita Airport (Terminal 3): 8920¥. Peak day. Jetstar. 1hr 45min. 14kg Check-in baggage.

Tokyo Narita Shuttle Bus to Osaki Station: Willer Travel. 1000¥. Every hour.

Used a Passmo Card on the Tokyo subway and JR lines. Top up at the machines at every station with cash (or credit card).

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