Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

in travel •  10 months ago

Would you like to read my last post about Japan because this is where I give my impressions on things I have experienced and show photos that didn't fit in my previous posts?

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

This is amazing how a 10-day trip in Japan gave me enough material to write fifteen posts including this one. My 14 previous posts about Japan are linked at the end of this post.

All photos are mine and taken with my Samsung phone.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

In this post I am going to tell you my impressions about things I experienced as a first-time tourist here in Japan and show you several photos that I could not include in my previous posts.

Japanese Money

The Japanese money is the Yen and its symbol is ¥.

Wikipedia definition:

The yen (Japanese: Hepburn: en, symbol: ¥; code: JPY; also abbreviated as JP¥) is the official currency of Japan. It is the third most traded currency in the foreign exchange market after the United States dollar and the euro.

During our stay in Tokyo we have had in hand all their banknotes and coins.

That's a foreign currency exchange machine we used at the hotel.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Having in mind the value of the Yen when buying things was challenging. This ¥10,000 banknote is worth $92 and the ¥1,000 one is worth $9.20.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

The ¥5,000 banknote is worth $46.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

When you have these banknotes, you think that a thousand Yen must be a lot, but it's not, and this requires always trying to know what the value is in USD or for us it was the Thai Baht.

You can roughly say that ¥10,000 is a bit less than $100 to quickly evaluate prices, like skipping two zeros.

¥7,650 would be then a bit less than $76.50.

For the Thai Baht we had to divide by 3.3.

¥10,000 would be then a bit less than 3,000 THB, but it's a headache when you try to convert ¥7,650!

These are the six coins of Japan.

Five of them have numbers and you have to find out for the fifth one!

The ¥1 is useless, you always get it as change, but it's difficult to use it when buying things.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

The ¥50, ¥100 and ¥500 coins can be used in machines, and after a time you will have a heavy wallet full of coins.

Language is also an issue as you can see on this FamilyMart receipt.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Transportation

This is very easy to go anywhere in Tokyo using the subway, train, tramway and buses.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

I say, "very easy" because the city is covered wherever you want to go, but finding directions is more difficult.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

All signs are in Japanese and with very little English, you'd better have Google Map on your phone with 4G Internet on it because very few people speak English and can give you directions.

We went to a place on our last day and when we arrived our Internet package just ended. We were not able to go further and find what we wanted to see. No paper map, at least in English, to help, so we just got back to our hotel. There are numerous free Wifi spots, but don't count on them, too slow most of the time.

That's a good idea to get an IC card right at the airport, so you don't have to buy a ticket each time you travel. You just load the card and it deducts the fare.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

You can even buy a pass for the Disney Monorail!

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Public Toilets & Garbage Bins

Public toilets are amazing in Japan because they are everywhere and very clean. Also, as you can see in the photo, if you have a baby with you, there is a place to hold him or her while you are busy doing what you have to do. Sometimes this baby seat is at the entrance of the toilet and it is available in the men and women's toilets.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

The Japanese know how to sort their trash and recycle. This was very impressive and a lot of countries should follow.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Skyscrapers

There are a lot of skyscrapers everywhere in Tokyo with a view on a never ending city.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Restaurants & Food

There are a lot of restaurants like in this photo that are very small inside and often you have to take the stairs down to a basement to have your meal. This gave me the impression that space is lacking in Tokyo and that the Japanese people are living a bit like mice, having to go underground for their meals.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

The food was good everywhere, in the hotel and at restaurants, even street food.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

That was the traditional Japanese breakfast we had one morning.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Street food and the longest French fries I've ever seen.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Top quality meat at an expensive Korean restaurant.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Food at smaller local restaurants.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

A treat from the bakery.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Vending Machines

Machines are everywhere and this can be intimidating, especially when you learn the money and don't know the language.

This one was at the Zoo.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

A machine to buy your monorail* ticket at the Zoo. No English, help!

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Another machine in a themed attraction park.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

A machine next to a toy store.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

A frustrating machine at a restaurant.

You don't understand! You don't eat!

You have to order and pay, then the machine gives you a ticket you give to the waitress.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Finally, cigarettes are sold in these machines, and by the way, it is forbidden to smoke in the street in Tokyo, so there are dedicated areas where smokers get their lung cancer together.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

That was a French hot coffee I got from one of these machines at the subway station.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Accommodation

We stayed at two top hotels in Tokyo and this was really great. One thing I found different from what we have in Thailand is not getting the welcome drink.

This was at the Hilton Tokyo Hotel!

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

This was at the Hilton Bay Hotel.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Temples and Shrines

There are a lot of Buddhist temples in Tokyo that are very interesting to visit. This one just in the Shinjuku district.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

There are also small shrines like this one next to a hotel in Shinjuku.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Kumon

Kumon is a private and franchised Math school where my daughter study at in Bangkok, so when we saw this one, I couldn't help but to take a photo.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Wanted!

This was on a wall at the underground station and I believe that these people didn't win the first prize in good behavior.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

The Airport

We took the same limousine bus to get back from the hotel to the Narita Airport. Very comfortable buses with toilets inside.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

At the Narita Airport you have free Wifi, which is working great.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

A nice and not crowded check-in hall at the airport.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

A last meal before flying back to Bangkok.

Last Day in Tokyo, Japan!

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and seeing all the photos.

Read my previous posts about our Japan trip here: A Week at the Hilton Tokyo, Japan!, Japanese Breakfast at the Hilton Tokyo!, A Day at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan!, Our First Trip to Tokyo, Japan!, A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!, Second Day in Japan and Eating Korean!, Two Nights at the Hilton Tokyo Bay, Japan!, A Day at DisneySea, Tokyo, Japan!, A Visit of the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan!, A Day at Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan!, A Morning at Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, Tokyo, Japan!, A Week in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan!, A Rainy Day at the Shiba-sakura Festival, Japan! and A Walk in a Street of Tokyo, Japan!

All photos are mine and taken with my Samsung phone.

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It's great that you got the chance to go to Japan and see a lot of new sights. I went to high school in Japan and had lived there for about 5 years until I moved to South Korea, in which I have been living here for the last 23 years. Mingling into new cultures is always such an exciting event in a person's life because the person has to leave their comfort zone and be able to keep a stable mindset due to culture shock. Thank you for posting these pictures of Japan. I haven't been there in such a long time. The drink machines on the side of the street always amazed me as well. It appears that you had some sort of sandwich, a banana bar, chocolate candy, ramen, and some chicken amongst other things according to the Family Mart receipt!

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Thank you @gungho for your long comment and translating the FM receipt, which put me back mentally to the moment when we bought these things. Living there must have been such a great experience for you and South Korea must be good as well. Certainly a country we will go to in the future.

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Great! Just let me know and we can guide you around when you come to Korea if you would like.

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I forgot to say... have a good flight to your next destination and stay safe.

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Thank you very much for the offer.

Love your tour of Tokyo especially as you have taken the family with you. It must have been very difficult in terms of the language barrier doing simple tasks in Tokyo.The vending machines looked a total nightmare.I have trouble with general machiny tickety things and they are in English.lol.

How amazing were them enormous fries.The food looked quite nice too.I cant believe how clean the toilets are.So well maintained here in the U.K the outside loos are awful.

Defo a place to visit but getting a good translator is a must!

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Thank you @pamcooks for your comment. Japan was an extraordinary experience. Public toilets are exceptional and not like in Europe are agree. Their subway stations and trains are also very clean without graffiti like ours in London or Paris. I still have so much food I wanted to try and I gained 1 kg going there... Finally, language is a big barrier. Next time I go, I'll learn some phrases. "Aligato!"

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Lol @gmichelbkk I will learn the most important phrase.When nature calls! Lol

"Toire wa doko desu ka?"

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Well done!

Thank you very much for sharing the highlights of your trip and the tips and advice! All the photos you posted were great. I'm actually convinced that you have material for another 15 posts but you just made 15 very detailed and curated posts :p

I totally agree that the food in Tokyo is really amazing. It's almost as if you can go into any restaurant and the food will be decent! (Almost!) Those fries are really very long. There's always new kinds of food innovation going on in Tokyo, which is why it's a great place to go every year or two.

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Thank you @zhuwa for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed my 15 posts. Food was great and so many things we haven't tried. We bought a lot of Japanese cookies at the airport and ate them all a week thereafter. We will definitely go again.

I really like how clean and organized the city is. How I wish the same would be replicated in our cities over here. We still have a long way to go before things get better.

Amazing photos btw and I hope you and your family had a great time over there.

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Yes, everything was in order there and a lot of countries could go in that direction if it's not too late. Thank you for your kind words, I am glad you liked the photos.

It must have been a phenomenal experience. You are very lucky to live it ... Japanese culture is very beautiful and full of life!...

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Thank you very much @ladyceleste for your kind comment!

I love those vending machines. I heard Japan has vending machines all over the places, is that true?

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Yes, they have them everywhere and for everything. Some of them are frustrating like the one at the restaurant. Thank you @gpalav for commenting.

Thanks for another interesting post.

I was wondering ... you seem to always be traveling ... are you travel blogging for a living?

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Traveling is more like a hobby, but I take the opportunity to blog about it so I can myself come back and remember my trips, share with others and earn some Steem.

Love your tour of Tokyo especially as you have taken the family with you. It must have been very difficult in terms of the language barrier doing simple tasks in Tokyo.The vending machines looked a total nightmare.I have trouble with general machiny tickety things and they are in English.lol.

How amazing were them enormous fries.The food looked quite nice too.I cant believe how clean the toilets are.So well maintained here in the U.K the outside loos are awful.

Defo a place to visit but getting a good translator is a must!

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