Friday, August 1, 2014

Tokyo Trip part 2

Finding a hotel is a bigger challenge than finding a flight. The flights are all about timing. With hotels, we have to think about price, location and what we want from the hotel.

Tokyo has thousands of hotels, from the most luxurious suites to tiny boxes the size of coffins. They have “capsule hotels” where a bunch of beds are lined up and stacked on top of each other. It’s like you have a bunk bed with a hundred roommates, except there’s a little bit of privacy in your own little coffin. You even get your own little TV. I don’t know where the bathroom is. Each floor probably has one or two that everyone has to share.

Obviously we’re not going to do that. Between the four of us, we can afford something a little better. We just have to decide what kind of hotel we want, and more importantly, where.

Tokyo is an enormous city. I think that rationally, the best thing to do would be to pick a neighborhood and just spend all of our time there. There’s no way we’re ever going to see even a fraction of everything Tokyo has to offer. You probably have to live there for years to see half of the city. It’s never a good idea to try and cram too much into one trip. With a smaller city like Amsterdam, we could probably get to know the place very well in the amount of time we have. For a city like Tokyo, there’s just no time.

Since none of us have ever been there, that’s not going to happen. We all have things that we want to see and do and they’re not all in the same neighborhood. Tokyo is supposed to have a good MTR system – which I’m sure they call something else – and I know we’ll be using that a lot. Ideally, we’d see one part of the city on this trip and other parts on subsequent trips, but if none of us have been there in all these years, how long will it be before any of us ever go back for a second trip?

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