One of the biggest learning curves travellers face when coming to Tokyo for the first time is figuring out how to navigate the massive subway system. There is a seemingly endless amount of lines, owned and operated by a number of different rail companies, and the options are endless. It is a lot to take in, and can be overwhelming to try and figure it out if you’re arriving fresh from the airport, especially if you’re only running on a few hours sleep.
What is the luckiest you’ve ever been while travelling? I’ll start, I narrowly missed two typhoons, and dodged an earthquake. Let me explain: The year was 2018, and the destination Japan. My brother and I had booked a 2-week long trip which would take us through such cities as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima in what would be our first time to Asia.
When you arrive at your hotel, the staff handle your passports and credit cards like a newborn baby. Every time you enter a café, restaurant, or store you’re greeted like royalty. The service you receive in Japan is bar-none the best I’ve ever had in all of my travels, and nothing but the best is accepted by those who serve you. The Japanese see it as a pleasure, not an obligation to give you the best experience possible.