初めての旅

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My journey of many firsts.

This trip to Japan in December last year was most certainly not my first, nor was it the first time I shivered in the chilling winter of Japan. It was my first trip to Japan alone, with no one accompanying me besides my camera and my coat draped over my body. Upon landing in Narita Airport, I couldn’t help but be anxious of the one week ahead of me, wondering if anything will go wrong. Fortunately, I had a very enjoyable and exhilarating one week instead, having complete control over my own time and schedule, and the pace that I desired to be at.

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This was the hotel I stayed in – Tokyo Prince Hotel. I had a very comfortable stay there and to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the service and comfort of the room for the amount of money that I paid.

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The view while walking away from the hotel.

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The immediate neighbourhood in the vicinity, with an abundance of options for food and easy accessibility to essential products.

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Flowers that I chanced upon while I was on my orientation walk.

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Tsukiji Fish Market was actually rather close to the hotel; it was only about 2 – 3 train stations away. Dropped by for breakfast before heading over to Hama Rikyu.

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This photo was taken near Ariake Tennis Court on the 30th of December, the day where I went on a very long walk from Tokyo Big Sight, across Tokyo Rainbow Bridge, back to my hotel in about 5 hours.

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Photos of the streets that I passed by while walking back to my hotel after crossing Tokyo Rainbow Bridge.

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I passed by these streets while I was on my way to check-in at the hotel. Since I was more worried about actually finding my way to my hotel and whether I would make it in time, I didn’t pause to take out my camera to take any pictures. However, these views of the streets simply captured my attention the moment I walked out of a train station on my first day in Japan, thus giving me the resolve to make a second trip back.

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One of the many entrances that lead to the Tokyo Imperial Park, located less than 200-300m from the street I took photos of above.

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Sights one can enjoy in the park.

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Places that I passed by on my way back to my hotel. I really love the modern architecture and the environment in this part of metropolitan Tokyo.

This trip to Japan was indeed a journey of many firsts. 2014 was the very first time I started and ended a year in Japan, having spent the first day in Kyoto and the last day in Tokyo, and the year in which I traveled alone for a week. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget, and one that I wish to have again. Hopefully, I can get to make another trip on my own again in the near future.

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