Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 1, from Narita Airport to Tokyo

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I visited Japan in mid February. In this trip, I went to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone as you see the above map. I also have taken several attractive trains in this trip. I would like to share my experience.

First of all, I arrived at Narita airport by Japan Airline flight from Vancovuer, Canada. I would line to tell you about the first day in Tokyo.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

My flight arrived 30 minutes earlier. My original itinerary was supposed to be the following:

16:30 Arrival at Narita airport
18:19 Departure from Narita Daini station by Narita Express #44
19:17 Arrival at Tokyo station

But I have done custom and immigration in actually 20 minutes! And I went to third floor in the airport terminal building to receive WIFI router at the post office. WIFI route is my life line. I can’t survive without this device. And then I jumped into JR ticket office, booked Narita Express and purchased Suica. And I hopped in Narita Express.

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My revised itinerary was the following:

15:50 Arrival at Narita airport
16:48 Departure from Narita Daini station by Narita Express #42
17:46 Arrival at Tokyo station

I saved 1.5 hour at that point. I expected I would be able to take 30 minutes earlier Narita Express. But everything was so smooth and completed much faster.

I checked in the hotel in Akihabara and left my luggage. I started to explore night in Tokyo.

My first place to visit was this.

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Yes! It’s World famous Tokyo Skytree. But I did not go up. The reason why I visited there was purchasing ticket. I was going to take Yagan railway and Aizu railway on next day. In Tokyo, only Tobu railway’s travel agent sells 2 days unlimited ride ticket. Most of travel agent were closed at 19:00 But Tobu travel agent at Tokyo Skytree opened until 21:00.

By the way, I saw Tokyo Skytree at Kinshicho station. It was better view.

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And then I went back to Akihabara and went to Yodobashi Camera and book store. Because I had to buy the toys and some books for my daughter and my wife. They gave me the wish list. I had to finish my business first. 🙂

I finished the shopping and I was starving. When I planned, I have researched cheap local restaurant in Akihabara. I picked this restaurant.

Akihabara has many electronics stores, “Otaku” culture, AKB48 and many things. But this restaurant is something different in Akihabara.

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That’s why I was there. This old style Japanese dinner can be seen in local area. But it’s very hard to find this style restaurant in the heart of downtown Tokyo.

I had Chicken Karaage (deep fried chicken).

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I was very satisfied with this meal.

After dinner, I went to Shinjuku.

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I had to book Odakyu Romancecar. And also I needed to brush up my memory about Shinjuku station. Because I have received many inquiries about Shinjuku station.

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I would take Odakyu Romancecar on the last day of this trip.

I went to Shinagawa station too. It was same reason as Shinjku to brush up my memory.

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It was 22:40. But there were still very crowded. There were so many passengers at the platform.

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I stayed in Akihabara. My accommodation was very unique and a bit different from a common hotel. I will talk about this accommodation at next post.

Continue to the post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 2, Stay in First-Cabin Akihabara.

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