Due to jet lag I didn’t sleep very well last night so after tossing and turning for a few hours, I decided to get up at around 3.30am and skype my family. It was lovely to see their faces again and to catch up on the latest news and gossip.
After this I headed out to the local convenience store (conbini) to get breakfast which consisted of an onigiri, bread rolls, 2 bananas and 2 yakults.
Afterwards we left the house after 7am and headed for Tetsugakudo park which is situated about 40mins walk from Nakano station. It was already quite humid at this time which surprised us. We passed some shrines along the way and paid our respect.
We also walked past another small park which had a small pond in the middle of it.
Finally we reached Tetsugakudo park and walked around for a bit. It’s a really well kept park with lots to see and there is a large baseball court too.
We didn’t stay too long in the more foresty areas as I was starting to suffer from bug bites, so we left. On our way out we saw these beautiful flowers that are so tiny but have so many colours on them.
Next to the flowers were some large statues of significant people who had greatly influenced society.
On our way back down to the youth hostel we picked up some fruits and left them in the fridge before setting back out for Shinjuku. This was our main adventure for the day as we planned to go to Shinjuku central park, go up Tokyo Metropolitan Government building number 1 to the observatory, and go to “Korea town” near Okubo station.
Most people, tourists and Japanese people alike, would take public transport to get to these places but since we’re students and living the not-so-high life, we decided to walk. We already knew it was a bad idea since it was so hot at around 8am and Google Maps said it was about 45mins walk from the youth hostel to Shinjuku, but to save money we decided to take this option.
At the TGM building 1 there are observatories where you can see a 360 view of Tokyo from 202 metres above the ground. There was a bit of a queue but it was free so I didn’t mind!
By the time we were done here it was about 1pm so we headed for lunch inside Shinjuku station. After re-fuelling we headed to ‘Korea town’ which is near Okubo station and it is literally like you are in Korea (not that I know because I’ve never been to Korea but that’s what the guidebook said). The store vendors try to attract you in by speaking in Korean and Japanese and all the restaurants there have a kimchi twist to them. By this time we were shattered so we headed back which took another hour or so.
All in all we had been out and about from 7.30am until 3pm and given the fact we were still jet lagged, I think we did pretty well. But I’m not going to lie, I had about a 2hr nap from 4pm onwards….
Looking back I think we were a bit crazy deciding to walk everywhere but we saved so much money and I’m hoping that my clothes will fit me better from now on, so it’s a win-win situation! Tomorrow we’re meeting up with our friend Ana, who is studying at Waseda university, just outside Harajuku station so I’m really looking forward to that.Took loads of photos today so the ones that didn’t make it into the post I’ve put into a slideshow below.