A&E on the World Heritage Train East 2009 travel blog

Kirifuri Falls

Kirifuri Falls, Nikko

Kirifuri Falls, Nikko

Kirifuri Falls, Nikko

Takeshita-dori

Takeshita-dori

Crossing the road, Shibuyu, Tokyo

The "Greatest Rock `n` Roll Heroes" selling their DVDs and CDs, Akihabara...

Implausible sword fighter, Tokyo Anime Centre

Unidentified starlet in action, Akihabara Electric Town, Tokyo


Its been a long day. I started the day walking in the mountains in the North, then roaming all over Tokyo, and now I'm way out west again. Its the bullet trains and my JR Rail Pass that make all this possible, and even a good idea. However, I did read this morning about a derailment in 2006 that killed 170 people, though I'm surprised it was so few considering how fast the trains go.

There was one more waterfall I wanted to see in the mountains before I left Nikko, so I walked up to the Kirifuri Falls, which you can only see from a distance as they are in such an inaccessible ravine. They were in this hillside bowl of multi-coloured trees and it looked absolutely fantastic, best I have seen yet I think, and well worth the slog up the hill.

Then off heading west, trying in my remaining few days in Japan to do all the things I still want to do, mostly in Western Honshu (the main island). I had to change bullet trains in Tokyo (my fourth visit there!), so while I was there I dumped my luggage in Tokyo Station and went in search of strange people to photo. I didn`t see as many as I`d hoped, and could photo even less, but I saw a few, and generally saw a bit more of this other side of Tokyo - not the culture, art, nature and history that I have seen such a lot of so far, but a lot of fun.

First I went to Takeshita Dori in Shibuyu: very crowded, lots of pop culture, but a bit mainstream. Then Shibuyu; similar, but on a hugely bigger scale and still mostly about shopping. Akihabara Electric Town was better, full of anime shops, wannabe pop stars, the so-called `maid` restaurants, and sundried other weirdnesses, some a bit strange I must say. I was then going to go to a gallery, but I'm glad I didn`t in the end, as it took me another four hours to get to Okayama where I am now (again), and I didn`t get here till nearly nine, buthough I did have a very nice bento box on the train. Bento boxes are available absolutely everywhere, and are the Japanese equivalent of fast food, except they are generally comparitively cheap (almost the only thing in Japan that is) and healthy. Each box has little compartments with all sorts of food in, and each is a little adventure in itself.



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