Day 2: Yokohama and Cup Noodle Museum

After a slightly late start, we decided to head down to Yokohama to visit the Cup Noodle Museum as well as exploring the region including Chinatown.

Heading down the trains once again amazed me, even though it was a one hour train ride to the station, but it was quite enjoyable as everyone on the train was quiet and friendly. 

The Amusement Park outside the station. The red brick building is the Cup Noodle Museum
Group Selfie outside the Square. 

After finally making it to the Cup Noodle Factory, we’ve got in and explored the factory before making our own Custom Cup Noodle.

Drawing on own custom Cup noodles

With various entrepreneur themes like “never give up”, “don’t just go with the status quo” and “nurturing ideas – share ideas”, these themes are really inspiring but also are themes that I’ve already seen.

We split up for dinner, some of us went to the catch your own fish restaurant and the other group decided to find a restaurant in Shibuya.

Curry with Tempura Prawns on Rice

After having dinner we decided to head home for the night. Another thing that amazed me was that everything was designed with efficiency in mind, coming from a developers background you can actually see how well designed the train stations are, even though I don’t really know the station I can still get to the right platforms and stuff.

I actually accidentally caught the wrong train again ๐Ÿ˜…. This time I missed my station because it skipped it. Interestingly I met two other tourists from America, and they also got on the same train. So Jonathan if you’re reading this, hi.

So far, it’s been a really enjoyable experience in Japan – every one is respectable to own another (with a lot of “thank you”s and bowing). 

Japan: Day 1

I am finally here! It was a long journey but with a enjoyable short layover in Guangzhou, China (CAN).

The journey in was pretty nice, the scenery as we flew over the Japanese mainland was awesome, you can see fishing boats, as well as some mountain ranges (I guess it’s because Japan is an archipelago sorta).

Mt Fuji on the way to Tokyo Handea (HND). I was sitting in 50A which meant I got amazing views. 

After landing in Japan – the time spent going through customs was barely noticeable and meant that I got out really fast. 

After getting out of customs, picking up the WiFi router and getting a Suica Card. Navigating Tokyo’s metro was pretty hard, I ended up taking a “scenic route” and getting lost by taking the wrong train.

Day 1 Dinner: Japanese BBQ: Omlette Rice

For dinner, we went to Japanese BBQ place and it was really nice, we stopped by Tokyo Skytree on the way back and got a few more delicious foods for todays’s breakfast.

I am somehow really satisfied with the grapes
View from Tokyo Skytree
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Getting Ready for my trip

For my trip to Japan I had to get many things ready.

Passport

My passport expired a few months ago, so I had to renew it. Renewing it was really easy though the Australian Passport Office’s new website https://online.passports.gov.au, as promised I got my passport within 3 weeks.

For the new passport experience: (4 / 5)

Plane Tickets

Because I was going to both China and Japan, I had to book with China Southern Airlines (because of my departure airport from China), it wasn’t that bad though, it only costed a couple hundred dollars extra. 

Overall STA Travel was nice and easy! Would highly recommend to anyone!

STA Travel: (4 / 5)

Another good site to check out is Skyscanner.

Travel Insurance

Getting some decent travel insurance, we originally thought that ordering using my dad’s Citibank Credit Card was automatically going to give me travel insurance – turns out it will if he was travelling with me. (And this is why you always read the PBS)

Anyways, I ordered my Travel Insurance through Travel Insurance Direct which was recommended to me by my friend. And working through what extras I needed was really helpful too – thanks Nick Priebatsch!

TID: (3.8 / 5)

Rail Pass

I ordered my Japan Rail Pass through JTB Travel which was recommended by Japan Railways Group (JR). Service was nice and quick – I managed to get it within 2 days.

JTB: (4 / 5)

Portable Wifi

I also managed to order a portal wifi throughย https://www.govoyagin.com/ which promises Unlimited Data for 14 days – which is really good!

The provider is Ninja-WiFi which has many brands across Japan and has a couple of stalls in the International Terminal at Haneda Airport.

Overall the router is really good and switches across providers such as Softbank.ย 

Pricing (4 / 5)

Connectivity (5 / 5)

Travelling to Japan and China ๐ŸŽ‰

So after 3 years of working on various project(s): MARIE.js and MonPlan during my holidays and studying full time, I have finally decided to take a nice, long and well-deserved holiday.

So I am really excited to be going to Japan and China right after Uni exams. So keep an eye out on this blog especially the Travel and China 2018, Japan 2018 categories, where I will be blogging and uploading links to photos.