Pardon the delay, we’ve migrated to Kyoto the past couple of days and we’re in the process of adjusting to the new pace and environment. Kyoto’s drastically different from the city scape of Tokyo, but I’ll get more into that in the next couple of recaps.
Day 4 marks our last day in Tokyo, and what better way to end it than having a big breakfast through 7-11?!
It’s one of the most convenient shops one can access. The franchise started in Texas, but unlike the 7-11’s in the States, you can find one almost at every other block in Japan offering products such as magazines, food, and stationary items to services such as bill payment and package delivery. It’s the go to places for late night snacks and about most daily essential needs.
And to my surprise, I see NO 7-11 in Kyoto. Lots of Family Mart and Lawson, though. I suppose this would be a proper departure meal.
A quick look at what 7-11 can bring to the table:
And be hold, the best innovation EVER:
The 7-11 in Japan even begin to offer a line of products of their own—the Seven & i collection:
First stop of the day locates within Shinjuku Central Park.
The flea market! I’ve been a big fan of flea markets in the States, so I’m especially excited to check one out here.
This particular one happened on 9/7 and it’s a monthly recurring event.
Always be knolling.
Sometimes you see the strangest things.
Happening simultaneously was a farmer’s market.
Matcha green tea + red bean paste.
Dog portraits. Too bad the artist wasn’t there.
Soon after, we took the train towards our second destination—Atami, a city known for its hot spring.
Dad was happy.
Map of JR, the national transport system. Seems less clustered than the metro map.
It was a 1.5 hour journey from Shinjuku to Atami. The JR system offered two levels of cart. One of them is basic:
With each of us carrying a luggage, we didn’t think this was a good route for the coming one and a half hour.
We paid for an upgrade at $10/person.
We ended with this:
Pretty good investment, if you ask me.
The city’s pretty tiny with the population density of around 600 people per km^2 in comparison to San Francisco, which is about 6800 people per km^2.
This seemed to be a vocational spot for locals; we didn’t see much foreigners here. We did see a chimp.
We’ve never felt so Japanese in our lives.
Then, it was back to reality. Now we felt more like college kids—a night trip to laundry machines.
..and while we wait, we headed out for a stroll:
And finally, the place that we’ve all been waiting for:
It’s a fully nude hot spring, but we were allowed a towel into the pool. And no, ladies and the gents don’t share a pool.
The place also provides shampoo, body wash, blowdryer, lotion, and q-tips. It’s really group bathroom.
That’s a wrap for day 4.