A 34 Hour Day Going to Tokyo Alone
Day 1= Longest Day Ever
A day lasting 34 hours can only be had with a 14 hour time change.
Starting from Indiana and going to Tokyo alone. We stayed in Chicago the night before my flight Thursday morning and I left that morning at 10 am.
Mom was so sweet and came with me to the airport. So technically, I was alone after security. But what an adventure!
Singapore Airlines was a lot of fun getting meals entirely with seafood, walking past the amazing business class seats (they can fold into a bed), and watching the picture perfect stewardess'.
I had the opportunity to be on the upper level of our airbus right next to an emergency exit, so an amazing amount of leg room.
My first look at the Narita airport in Tokyo.
So, I caught a bus at the airport and made into the Keio Hachioji Bus Station where I waited outside a Family Mart and across from a McDonalds (You can see part of the Mcdonalds on the right side). Find out about McDonald's free wifi and free internet connection tips in Japan.
Carrie took me back to their home that night. I didn't think I was too tired, but apparently, I was because the next morning I slept in till noon. So we got a late start on the day but still made time to visit the local park, Ryounan Kouen and have a ohanami, picnic, below the cherry blossoms. The sun tends to get up earlier over here. Later in the trip, I missed the sunrise even when I woke up at 4 am.
There were several cute young boys searching for tadpoles in the little pond. But this boy, in particular, had on his winter coat and no pants or shoes, just a diaper. So cute!
Here's Tomokun among the tulips.
So many pretty sakura, cherry blossoms, still left. I'm so blessed!
Carrie and Tomokun saying Hi in traditional, peace sign, style.
Tomokun is so cute and still acting shy while I'm still a new person hanging around. I'm sure he'll warm up to me, I hope :) He's already taught me all sorts of new words like saru (monkey), otamajakushi (tadpole), and totemo abunaidesu (it is very dangerous).
P.S. (5 years later) Everything I wish I would've known on this trip and since then on my annual treks to Japan, I have collected, organized, and shared in my online course called Japan Travel Genius. Check it out here!