It's been a couple of weeks since I've returned from my trip. When I did leave the Land of Smiles behind, I took a short flight to Japan for my three day layover. I was not prepared for the 50° weather that met me when I arrived.
I was again without internet as soon as I left the airport, but fortunately for me, the AirBnB host provided step by step directions from the airport using the train system. It was tough, and I wished I had internet to help me research, but his directions were all I needed. Even after they got me there, I was unsure how I was going to coordinate my check-in without phone or internet. To my amazement, the bottom of his directions included instructions on how to access the keys via a key safe. This guy has AirBnB figured out.
The apartment was very authentic. It's exactly the kind of place a local might live in order to commute into Tokyo for work. It was a rural area, but just a block from the train station. You could walk a few blocks to local restaurants, and stores, and still live a quiet and affordable life. The place itself was just enough for one person to live comfortably, and no more. Plus it came with a MIFI for portable internet. It was exactly what I wanted.
I checked out a maid bar, and a maid cafe, again. This time around the staff were young adults. I found their antics to be kitschy and adorable. The girls were cute. I was not the only single male there, but I would recommend going with friends if possible. It could be a lot of fun if you're in the right mood.
I tried some new foods, and checked out some interesting shops. Then I made my way home feeling like a Japanese train expert. When I started planning my next day I found most of the places I was looking at would be closed, or had limited hours.
That's why Sunday I decided to sleep in. When I awoke, I checked out the neighborhood. It was quiet and pleasant, but not much to say about it. I got some fast food, and took a bath for the first time in many years. The tiny bathroom had a great tub. Then I called it a day.
Monday I had big plans for the first half of the day. Then I realized as I left my room for the last time that I would be leaving the MIFI behind. I wasn't the Japanese commuter train expert I thought I was without it. It took all morning to get to the restaurant. Kobe beef is worth it, by the way. Then it was off to the airport. I made it just in time.