August 13, 2014 marks the day that I get to visit my dream country, JAPAN! This would be my first solo international travel so it’s quite nerve-wrecking and exciting at the same time! Hooray for first times!
Random snaps at the airport. I have to wait for 5 hours before boarding ’cause I don’t want to make my family stay up late and drop me at the airport in the wee hours of the night/day. I was reading a book before this but my eyes got tired from all the reading. Finally, At around 5AM, I boarded my plane.
Take off. Goodbye manila! See you after 9 days! Just look at all that smog. I definitely wont miss the pollution.First sighting of Japan. Freaking JAPAN!!
Touch down: Narita Airport. I feel like a kid in a candy store when the plane’s wheels hit the ground. My smile was like that of the Cheshire cat. Kinda like this -> ^_______^
random picture of their moving walkway.
View from the walkway. Hello Narita Airport. 🙂
I arrived at Narita Airport at around 11AM so the flight from Manila to Japan is more or less 5 hours.
Then I had a little incident at immigration. It’s quite funny actually. While on the plane, the flight attendant thought that I was a returning resident of Japan so she gave me a form for Japanese residents. Since it was my first time going to Japan, I didn’t know what to do so I just kept the form that she gave. There were no instructions given. Or maybe I was asleep when she was discussing. Case in point, I have no idea what to do with the freaking form.
While waiting in line, I noticed that my fellow passengers were holding a similar form but written in english. Curiosity kicked in but was too late. When it was my turn, the lady from immigration asked where is my form. I handed her the empty Japanese form. I did not know what to say. I just stared at her for a good 2 seconds. lol She pointed to the side where a stack of english forms were located so I got one and filled it up. Whew. Blocker number 1 cleared.
During my excitement about the trip, I forgot to ask for my friend’s phone number and address, which is required by the way. I handed the form to the immigration lady with sweaty hands and praying to all the Gods out there that she will grant me entry to her country. To my horror, she did notice that I did not put any contact number in the form. I just said that my friend is already outside (which I am not sure by the way) and we are conversing via Facebook.
By a stroke of luck, there was a Filipina there who works at the airport. She helped me talk to the immigration lady. They allowed me to go out without a contact person to look for in case I did not leave their country after 15 days.
On I go towards the exit. Suddenly it dawn to me, how will I contact Phoebe in case of emergency? Worse comes to worst, I would have to enable my roaming and mobile data and face whatever outrageous charges my service provider will charge. I didn’t have to think about it much because as I exit the airport towards the arrival area, I spotted Phoebe. She was already there waiting for me!
Hugs and stories were then exchanged. After that, we then headed out towards the train platform that would take us towards the city. We bought my PASSMO card. It’s like our MRT card here but reloadable. You can also use it in busses. This will be vital to your stay if you are going to move around a lot.
About 45 mins to 1 hr later and a couple of train switches, we arrived at Ueno (our first destination). Phoebe really knows me well as apparently, Ueno is panda heaven. We had a quick lunch at Lotteria. I was shocked because everywhere I look, there is a hint of panda!
Cream filled Panda buns! I tried this! It is good!
Panda packaging. Panda here, there, everywhere!
Panda cube. I dunno what is inside though.
Panda water. lols.
Panda burger. What I had for lunch. It was yummy and cost about 350 yen
Me eating the panda bun.
It was summer there when I went to visit so I brought light clothing with me.
TIP: You need to know what season it is in Japan before going so you would know what type of clothes to bring. Saves you from buying additional clothing.
I am thankful that I arrived safe and sound in Japan and that nothing untoward happened. 🙂
To be continued..