Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tokyo (Haneda) Layover

Now that Leon let me borrow some Japanese Yen, I'm thinking I may take a short trip to Tokyo during my layover to Beijing. I have ~4.5 hours total... since Haneda Airport is in Tokyo Bay, there's a monorail which can get me to Hamamatsucho Station at ~6am. From there, it's a 15 minute walk to Tokyo Tower. However, the observatory doesn't open until 9am so I won't be able to go up.

The exchange rate is only ¥79 for $1 so the ¥470 train ticket is ~$6 each way. Let's hope the rain from typhoon Ma-On is gone as well. I actually want to visit areas near Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Akihabara stations... oh well, maybe I'll fly through Tokyo again on my future China trips.


Anonymous said...

sorry you may not have enough yen to visit a soap-land :(

they used to call it a Turkish bath or Turkey-bath until the Turks raised a stink.

totochi said...

Wikipedia: Soaplands began when explicit prostitution in Japan became illegal, as a simple form of bath where women washed men's bodies. They were originally known as toruko-buro, meaning Turkish bath. Following a campaign by Turkish scholar Nusret Sancaklı denouncing the use of this name for brothels, the new name "soapland" was the winning entry in a nationwide contest to rename them.


They had a "nationwide contest" to name whorehouses? Really?!

Anyway, Yoshiwara is not that far from Ueno Station though Sunday morning at 6am is not the best time to visit, eh?

Anonymous said...

3 to 4 am would be better. you would just be catching them closing up although you probably can find a 24 hour place. you want me to see if i can dig out a coupon?

totochi said...

Coupon?! Filler, is that you?