Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t feel like I’m ever in danger of being lost in Japan… there’s always a subway station, rail station, or taxi around (not to mention helpful people) to get me back home. Navigating to a specific address, on the other hand, is a nightmare. Many buildings are packed with multiple stores on each of their 5-8 floors and no one seems to get around using street names.
So! Here’s a post to help you find what you’re looking for in Akiba… or to at least make it easier to get a feel for how the area is laid out.
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This map is usually being distributed in front of Gamers, which is just outside the JR station. If you don’t see a stand, it might be too early in the morning, but it should be out by 11 or noon or so. Evidently there was an English version at one point, although this time I didn’t see it on the table… Note on the maps I’ve scanned, NORTH is to the RIGHT. So “up” on the map is west, “left” is south, and “down” is east.
Headed over to Asakusa to visit sensouji… I’m not Buddhist, but I enjoy going through all the motions (and I hope I’m not offending anyone in so doing m(_ _)m)… cleansing at the temizuya, burning incense, throwing coins into the offering box, omikuji ^^
Anyone else want to eat a choco corone after watching Lucky☆Star? Been looking for them in Japanese grocery stores and bakeries but figures that it took a trip to Tokyo to finally get my hands on one ^^;