Circumstances meant that I had to be in Seoul for work, so this meant the opportunity to hop over to Tokyo for a quick business trip. But due to an er....very unfortunate booking mixup with the airline tickets, I have a day free in Japan before heading back to Korea.
I only flew out of Korea at 7pm, so it's 9.30pm by the time I'm out of customs at Narita. As usual, I'll be catching the Limousine Bus to the city. Y3000 and about one and a quarter hours into Shinjuku.
Shinjuku station is where we get off, but we're now on foot to do the schlep to the hotel.
The Bus will actually drop you off at certain hotels, but not the one we're going to. In these economically more enlightened, post GFC times, I am booked at the Best Western in Kabukicho (ie the red light district :lol: :lol: )
Kabukicho is a rabbit warren of narrow streets, so I make the mistake of trying to take a short cut thru the middle.
At this point I'm totally lost
Weird looking Suzuki Gemma scoot
Kabukicho is actually a part of Shinjuku (which is a commercial/shopping district) but it's where you find all the girly bars and the "Host" bars, which is to say the sort of bar you go to when you really, really must be surrounded by boyband rejects on crack
Before long, the hotel is found...phew
The room is tiiiiiny. My back is against the wall and that's all there is! But hey, it's US$90 per night, has free internet (yay) and is just a place to crash.
It's 11.30pm by the time I leave the hotel again, and we're on a mission.
The area behind Shinjuku Station at midnight. Still buzzing with ppl. They're either students, or salarymen who are completely shitfaced.
But what I need to do, is find some cash. I don't have any yen at all. My usual plan is to find an ATM from a western bank, and take my money out that way, since you get a better FX rate than at the currency exchange. However...the Citibank branch that used to be on the main drag on Shinjuku closed down.
Ooh that's quite nice