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Tokyo, Japan: The Place of Peace
Tokyo is the most beautiful and peaceful capital city in Japan where every tourist wants to enjoy its breathtaking nature, historical building, delicious food, and traditional places. A rumor, I had heard that traveling to Tokyo is very expensive. My tour to Japan has discovered an ample travel guide to visit Japan on a cheap budget that will help every tripper who is craving to see the beauty of Tokyo.
I planned to visit Japan from Malaysia, as I am staying here since 2016. In 2018, I got an opportunity to participate in an international conference held by the University Tsukuba in Tokyo, Japan. As my first step, I was trying to book an air ticket at a cheap price because my budget was average. Most of the airline ticket price was expensive that made me a little bit worried. Then I had an idea that Air Asia offers cheap plane tickets with limited baggage. I have no extra baggage, so I can accept this opportunity. Luckily I managed to book a two-way ticket at a low price.
After nine hours journey, when the plane reached Haneda Airport, I had become amused to see the beauty of Japan. Tokyo is both the economic and political center of the country. It is one of the most populous capital city in the world, and the total population is around 37.4 million. This beautiful city has become the host of many international programs and events for example three G7 Summits and the Summer Olympics in 1964. The airport decorated by the digital poster and banner declared they are going to be the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Japanese are very kind, humble, helpful, and polite that I perceived during conversation and asking for help from them. I was thinking that how these Japanese people were indulged in the Second World War. Really there is no country in the world immune from stereotypes. I had a very confusing concept pertaining to Japanese people until visiting Tokyo. Confusions have been faded away when I spent five days here.
According to my pre-planned, I decided to stay with my friend instead of a hotel. He lives in the Akabane area; it is around 30 kilometers far from the Haneda International airport. So, I was looking for the station where can get the train to go to Akabane. I asked a Japanese police officer to help me to find the train station which one takes me there. I became amused to see his hospitability; because, he had taken me to the exact location from where I can get the train. He also paid money for my ticker because of not having the Japanese currency. The tickets cost ¥1400 and the journey takes 55 minutes. Finally, he bowed to exchange greeting when saying goodbye to me. It is the tradition in Japan to bow during exchanging greetings with each other.
I caught the last train from Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Train Station and after 55 minutes, I arrived at Akabane station at 11:45 AM. I saw my friend is waiting for me outside of the station wearing an anti-cold jacket. It made me amused. I felt very cold whenever I came out of the station; because this area was not under air-condition. Instantly, I got out my jacket from my baggage and put on to protect from bitterly cold weather. I am always afraid of cold weather, but it is true that I enjoyed the cold weather in Japan.
It was three minutes’ walking distance from the station to my friend’s house, so we started to walk, and finally, we reached our destination at 12:30 PM. It is the second time when I became astonished to see that my friend did not lock his house. For my curiosity, I asked him why not lock your house when getting outside. He replied to me that there is a very rarely house robbery incident in Japan; even though, you leave your houses without locking them.
Figure 1: Oshiage Station Near Skytree
The next morning, I woke up very early to get ready and for participating in a conference held by the University of Tsukuba. This is the first time I fall in love with the beauty of Japan to see the amazing weather. It was very cold weather with windy and falling snow. This is my first experience to see falling snow in my life. I had a dream to experience this kind of atmosphere that I had only seen in the cinema. My dreams came true through the Japan tour. It is my habit to capture photos; therefore, I captured some photos inside and outside of the station. Now I know how to purchase a ticket at the ticket machine that the Japanese police officer taught me yesterday night. I purchased my ticket to get the University of Tsukuba.
I joined the APEC- Tsukuba International Conference XIII, and they offered buffet lunch for all participants. There was no doubt that this conference paved the new way for me to be connected with academic life in the future. The university appointed few guides to ease our movements in new places. The guides took us to a restaurant for having lunch. It was my first opportunity to test Japanese food. I thought I will not feel comfortable to eat Japanese food when I saw them on the table. My concept turned into reverse when I tested them. These foods were very delicious that everyone enjoyed it.
Most of the food items were preferable to me except eating raw eggs. Japanese restaurant provides raw eggs to eat, and many Japanese and foreigner eat them. I stopped eating in the meantime of having lunch to think that these foods are halal or not. I asked the guide for confirmation, and he replied these food are perfectly halal as well as this is also a halal restaurant. He also said that all restaurants in Japan are not halal, so Muslims should be more aware of having food in a Japanese restaurant. The obesity rate in Japan is higher than in other countries; therefore, they set the different prices of the same food for lunch and dinner. Usually, they set the dinner food price higher to discourage people from having heavy food at night.
Figure 3: Japanese Traditional Restaurant
The gift-giving etiquette is another ritualistic and meaningful custom in Japan. They offer gifts on many occasions; for example, they provided many traditional gifts for all participants at the conference. Nobody can deny the cordial hospitality offered by the University of Tsukuba. Along with me, all participants who come from many countries became glad to them as well as praised. They are treating us very politely. I became confused several times when I was thinking about how they attack Pearl Harbor in 1941 upon the United States. According to my opinion, Tokyo is the most secure and peaceful capital in the world for living without the hassle.
I decided to take rest for the third day because of having extremely tiredness. Luckily my friend managed to approve his two-holidays for giving me more time. We spent the whole day together inside the house with gossiping, cooking, and eating. In addition, we planned to roam around Tokyo the next day. I have to go back to Malaysia after two days, so I need to make a proper plan to see all the best places in Tokyo within two days. We divided the Tokyo city into two zones for visiting them in two days.
On the fourth day, I with my friend followed the train to visit SKYTREE also the tallest tower in Japan located at Sumida, Tokyo. It costs only JP¥450 and around 30 minutes from Akabane station to Oshiage Station (SKYTREE) but need to change platform for two times. Since 2011, it is the tallest structure in Japan extended its full height of 634.0 meters, and making it the second tallest tower and structure in the world, after the Canton Tower, and the Burj Khalifa. The primary objective to use this tower is for broadcasting purposes, for example, they use it for TV signal and radio waves for national broadcaster NHK, as well as few numbers of TV channels.
Every day they allow only 10,000 tourists to visit the sky tree. The ticket option is divided into three types such as combo ticket, Tembo gallery, and Tembo deck. The price of the tickets is around JP¥10,000 for all three decks. Tourists can visit only one or two or all three decks as per their wish. My excitement gets palpable when I was lifting up to the top floor of the Sky Tree. We had visited all three decks. The appearance of the tower changes with changes in the color of light.
I feel that my tour to Japan has been successful when I saw the whole Tokyo city from the Tembo deck also the top floor of the tower. It was an awesome feeling to view the entire city from the top floor at night. After all, I did not forget to buy some souvenirs from the observation levels of Tokyo Sky Tree, it made my journey more effective.
Figure 4: The Main Entrance of the Tokyo Skytree
Good time flies so fast. It was difficult to realize that I have spent five days here. My returning flight schedule was at night; I made it to utilize the whole day sightseeing. In my fifth and final day in Japan, I visited many historical and traditional places such as the Imperial Palace, the Sensō-Ji Temple, National Museum of Nature and Science, and Ueno Park and Zoo. In addition, I tested Japanese street food although these are a little bit expensive, some foods cost cheap.
There are many places where you can buy souvenirs, gifts, and food cheap. I purchased some pens, gift items, and great souvenirs at decent prices from Nakamise Street, Asakusa. It’s an awesome street to visit and walk along on your path to see the traditional temple, and along the walk, you can buy snacks, traditional gifts like kimonos and sandals, jewelry, phone cases, bags, and hats. Japanese people are well organized into a hierarchy. They always respect the senior people in every sector. Traditionally, seniority acted as the prime qualification for holding a higher rank. I have noticed that many juniors leave their seat for senior citizens when I traveled on the train.
In short, Tokyo is not an ordinary place that I forget easily. According to Japanese architect Tadao Ando “Look at London or Paris: they’re both filthy. You don’t get that in Tokyo. The proud residents look after their city.” Traveling to Tokyo was not only a tour it was my experience that I earn in a proper way. I can forget my tour but cannot forget my experiences. So, if you love traveling, you will love Tokyo!