At first, it looked like a sunny day. The skies looked pretty awesome from the place we stayed in Osaka 大阪 when I first woke up. Then when we finally stepped out of our apartment, the skies turned gloomy. With heavy hearts, we made a last check to make sure we brought along everything with us and left the place. It was our last day in Osaka and Tokyo 东京 was our next destination.
Both of us were sad to leave Osaka 大阪 as we really loved the place but at the same time, we were excited on our next adventure in Tokyo 东京! Yes we had mixed feelings. It was around 11am then and we decided to stopped by Don Don Tei which was located nearby. We made sure we were full before taking the train to Shin-Ōsaka Station 新大阪駅 for Tokyo 东京.
We found ourselves at Shin-Ōsaka Station 新大阪駅 at around 12pm+ after taking our brunch and proceeded in booking our seats for the Shinkansen 新幹線 to Tokyo. We took a later train as there were no more seats available (Facing Mount Fuji) for booking, the train we were taking was scheduled to depart at 2pm+.
The 515.4 km ride from Shin-Osaka and Tokyo took us nearly 3 hours and by the time we reached, the skies were already dark. The previous time when I visited Japan, I didn’t get the chance to experience the crazy scenes at train stations and this time when I got off Tokyo station, I was in awe. The crowd that was at Tokyo station was crazy and both me and my girlfriend have to walk together carefully to make sure we don’t walk apart plus we had luggage with us as well. Everyone were running around heading to multiple exits/ways and we were figuring out which path to go on the whole time.
It was quite an experience, totally different from how it was in Osaka/Kyoto. There were much more people everywhere in Tokyo station.
Anyway, we have this arrangement to meet our Airbnb stay host at Omotesando Station which is located nearby Harajuku. The train ride from Tokyo station to Omotesando Station was suppose to be less than 20 minutes. However, we took more than 1 hour to reach due to the fact that we were half lost figuring out the right path to the right train line plus the time spent queuing up for our train. We went on a train on Marunouchi Line (Towards Shinjuku) and switched at Akasakamitsuke Station to Ginza Line (Towards Shibuya) and finally reached at Omotesando Station. So yeah, we spent most of our time on the 5th day in Japan taking train rides, pretty awesome!
The next Japan post will be featuring our cozy Airbnb stay at the heart of Harajuku!
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