With my trip fresh on my mind, thought I’d write up a post with tips, suggestions, costs, etc. for making a trip to akiba. I’ve been lucky to have gone quite a few times now, so I think I’ve got at least a few tidbits to share ^^; Of course, this will all be based on my own experiences – I wouldn’t be surprised if folk have better suggestions – keep yourself open to other possibilities ^_^
So yeah… no, no one died and made me the akiba expert… yet somehow I’ve managed to write up quite a novel. Read on if you want an insanely long list of things to consider ^^;
Well, somehow I made it back in one piece. Recommendation: do not get sick two days before your flight. I did, and basically spent the whole time trying to recover as quickly as possible ;_; (thanks for all the well wishes! m(_ _)m) On the bright side, I booked a hotel that was basically across the street from ueno station. i.e. I could get to akiba in about 10 minutes ^_^
Think I’ll go in chronological order, lewt post will follow in the next couple days… (not too much this time, especially by rin’s standards :P)
I guess I could’ve combined this news with the post I just made… but it kinda felt like it deserved it’s own post.
About 12 hours ago I was asked if I could go on a business trip to Japan. 6 hours ago I booked a flight. Barring any problems, I’ll be taking off within the next 15 hours.
I’ll be landing on Thursday (Japan time) and working Friday & Saturday. However I extended my trip to the next Thursday so I’ll have Sunday through Wendesday to have some vacation time (assuming my Japanese coworkers don’t pull me into the office ^^;;;). I believe it’s still tsuyu (rainy season == hot & humid orz) but… it’s Japan!
Pics of/guide through my day trip to Kamakura & Enoshima! Turn back now if you’re looking for akiba-kei shenanigans, those will resume later :P
From the Shinagawa station it was about 1000 yen and 1 hour to get to Kamakura. Really easy to trip to make with no transfers. Also, supposedly a lot cheaper if you get the special kamakura day pass which includes a round trip to Kamakura and unlimited use of local rail in the kamakura area (enoden & odakyu). I say supposedly because I got a late start that day and dashed off to the train station as fast as I could… didn’t stop to try and figure out how to buy one ^^;; Alas it woulda been worth it. The local enoden line was expensive!
Sometimes I feel like my loot posts are just cheap filler (not that that would ever stop me :P)… but regardless, if there was ever a time for a loot post, it’s now.
Today I present akiba loot!
Sadly no… no figures. In the end, given my shrinking available display space and the fact that I’ve pretty much ordered everything I really really want… I just couldn’t find anything I felt like buying. This trip got me back to my manga roots ^^; All told, probably somewhere between ７万円 and ８万円 spent on goodies (though I do have ～１５０００円 unaccounted for orz… did I really spend that much more on food/travel? ^^;;;). Anyhow, let’s take a closer look…
To the promised land! My flight is in less than 12 hours, I think I’m packed… have 2 days reserved for day trips… 5 days for akiba ^^;;
Wish I had gotten around to Teana or KOS-MOS before I left, but these last 3 days have been so busy. I’ve decided to take a computer along, so there’s a slight chance I might post from Tokyo… emphasis on slight ^^;
Anyhow, sorry for the lack of updates lately, and for the incoming down time as I head off… See y’all when I get back~