September 15th, 2007

Manga Kevin

Tokyo Travel Plans

Having been warned that Tokyo Tower is probably not worth the time, cost, and aggravation, we're considering other things of a more obscure nature to do today, such as riding the Arakawa Streetcar Line, Tokyo's sole remaining tram line. So I guess the danger of giant monsters attacking Tokyo or mystic storms zapping the tower and turning us into magical girls is significantly reduced.
Wig Wag

Tramspotting in Tokyo

Having decided to leave the main tourist areas of Tokyo and instead look at the oddball stuff, we set off this morning about 10:30 to look for the Arakawa Tram Line.

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Back in the hotel room after something like ten or eleven hours of trooping around Tokyo, we put together plans for tomorrow. In order to have any reasonable amount of time to explore the oddball little electric railway out at Choshi and not have to spend an inordinate amount of time on a commuter train getting there, we need to be on a 9:40 AM train out of Tokyo, plus allow enough time at Tokyo station to find a couple of JPY600 (large) lockers for our luggage. Looks like we'll be wringing lots more value from the rail passes tomorrow as we go from Tokyo to Chioshi to Tokyo to Narita, probably not getting to our hotel in which we're spending our last night in Japan until after 2130 or thereabouts.