Round the World 2019 travel blog

Maman Spider, Roppongi

Tokyo Skytree

On the road

Photographer in action

Wedding in the park

Jun and Craig

Another temple

Street dedicated to cookware

Sashimi for dinner!

Golden Gai

Whilst not a typhoon, torrential rains have been forecast for tomorrow (but I am used to all that now!!) so we decided to make the most of the day while the skies were still clear. We started our morning by exploring the trendy area of Roppongi, wandering around the museums and streets, soaking up the Japanese atmosphere.

I had booked a cycling tour for the afternoon so after a quick 7-11 lunch of sushi (me) and sandwich (Craig) we took to the subway bound for Asakusa. If you have never been to Japan before, there are three main ways to get around town – bus, the subway or the Japan Rail network of trains. Conveniently the subway trains and JR trains intersect in a lot of places, so it is extremely easy (and well sign posted in English!) to move from one form of transport to another, usually all underground.

We found our way to the bike shop from where the tour commenced, using a very handy free offline map app called Mapsme, and met with our guide for the day, Jun. Even though Tokyo is relatively flat, we each were provided with a really nifty E-bike, which when in operation, takes off as soon at you start to pedal hard. If ever I do another bike tour, I am definitely going to get one of these!

The tour went from 2-5pm and even though it was very overcast and gloomy, it was wonderful to cycle through some suburbs of Tokyo I hadn’t been to before.

Dinner tonight was in Shinjuku, close to Golden Gai where we had planned to have an after-dinner drink. Golden Gai is a very small section of this area, known for its tiny alleys and even smaller bars. The one we chose only had 6 seats and two were occupied by a British couple; he was over from the UK and part of the film crew for the Rugby World Cup.

By the time we had our drink, the rain had set in, so it was off home for us, bracing ourselves yet again for a new storm to greet us in the morning.

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