I met my travel group at the airport for 5 am. The first flight was to Vancouver, a pretty standard flight. We had a hefty layover but we passed the time exploring the international departure terminal which had a huge fish tank and we bought some lunch, we also met up with three others from our program. Our next flight was 10 hours to Tokyo. Tony generously switched seats with me which gave me a little bit more leg room, this flight had the same amount of space as regular domestic flights…
As we landed in Tokyo I watched the window with bated anticipation. What would my first glimpse of Japan be? Apparently it was 8 layers of cloud…one layer after another I held my breath for the image that would be forever in my mind, only to be greeted with more cloud. Then I saw it, an overcast parking lot of some sort filled with Japanese vehicles.
Again we had a decent layover, enough to start getting frustrated with waiting. This luckily gave us time to pass through Immigration and Customs, interestingly I was the only one to fill out the immigration and custom papers over that 10 hour span. This took a while and by the time we reached the baggage belt, someone had removed our bags as they were the last ones there. After that we had to make our way to the domestic flight terminal where we met up with a bunch of the students in our program and the professor, this last flight was delayed a bit by “congestion at Narita airport” at this point I was so tired I slept through the majority of the flight.
I’m not sure if it was because I was overly tired or what but these three flights didn’t cause me to have any anxiety about flying, which usually happens at take-off. Throughout the last two flights there was even a decent amount of turbulence and I was fine! The plane and I had a mutual understanding I suppose.
In Osaka Clark meet up with us and they recommended we take the airport limousine (equivalent to grey hound bus) to near our hostel. It cost 620 yen and took 10 mins then we had a 5 minute walk to the hostel and checked in. We are sharing a 4-bed room, it is incredibly humid and the AC is taking its time to kick in.
Tim and I showered then the group met up and we wandered the streets a bit to find a place to eat dinner. We ended up going to a vegetarian sushi standing bar, where we had difficulty finding meatless food, ironic?
I didn’t end up eating as I have been feeling ‘off’ since we arrived in Tokyo, it might be heat stroke, dehydration, lack of sleep or a combination of the three, I feel faint and dizzy at times. I bought this fizzy lemon drink that has 70 lemons worth of vitamin C. These vending machines are every where!
I’m drinking lots of water and we are turning in for the night.