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Old June 7th, 2015, 12:54 PM   #1
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TOKYO - Svartmetall's wife tours! 2015 05 18 - 2015 05 28

The Journey to Tokyo - 2015 05 18

For my wife's birthday, I decided that she deserved a decent gift this year for putting up with my awful work schedule, and also the terrible weather we've had this year in Stockholm so far. So I sent her to Tokyo for her birthday as it is a city she really likes a lot. I, unfortunately, could not go as well as I had to work and couldn't get holiday. So off she went, armed with a "travel guide" that I wrote for her so that she'd not get too horribly lost, and she went and explored the city for herself, and had a fantastic time.

So, without further ado, here is a little chronicle of her trip to Tokyo. She went to some lesser visited areas including some suburbs in Western Tokyo, down to the Shonan coast and also out to Chiba.


First up, however, she needs to get to Tokyo. She flew with Qatar airways from Stockholm Arlanda airport all the way out to Doha before arriving into Haneda International Airport in Tokyo.

First up, Stockholm Arlanda.





She flew out of Terminal 5.










Stockholm Arlanda has a central area called "Sky City" where one can access the train and eat at a number of different restaurants.















A new hotel has been built here in the last year.







You can buy your public transport tickets here.









More to come.
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Old June 7th, 2015, 12:56 PM   #2
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Looking out of the window at the planes.









Arlanda control tower is really quite a stunning centrepiece for the airport.









The control tower rings have a poem on them.






That's it for Arlanda!
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Old June 7th, 2015, 01:00 PM   #3
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Next up comes the flight to Doha International (Hamad International Airport).

Stunning sunset out of the plane window.









A grand tour of the new airport in Qatar - Hamad International was only opened earlier this year and took over from the old Doha International Airport.










There was loads of high end shopping here.














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Old June 7th, 2015, 01:05 PM   #4
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Continuing with Hamad International.







A gigantic teddy in the centre here. That's... Unique!









Continuing on with a very impressive roof.









Directions to the gates.







More high end shopping, though.













There was a fair bit of artwork scattered around, which was a nice touch.











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Old June 7th, 2015, 01:08 PM   #5
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The people mover was under testing. This will make the transfers a lot easier.

















More stunning shops.









Palm tree inside!







Forget normal seating for the plane, look at these - they're really nice!









Next stop, TOKYO!!!
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Old June 7th, 2015, 01:27 PM   #6
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Tokyo - Day 1 - 2015 05 20

After all the glitz and glamour of Hamad International, my wife arrived in Tokyo late at night on the 19th. She therefore stayed in a hotel close to Haneda International in Ōta Ward (大田区). The next day she had to switch hotels, but first, she went for a walk in the immediate area.



She took a little video of the area.







The rest of the area around Anamori-inari Station, located on the Keikyu Airport line was really a microcosm of the quiet areas that make Tokyo so interesting.

Shrines tend to dot the area.











Of course, this being Japan, you're never far from a vending machine.







Or beautiful traditional-styled housing.








Nor are you far from convenience.








Or from trains!












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Old June 7th, 2015, 01:27 PM   #7
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Nice.
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Old June 7th, 2015, 10:05 PM   #8
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Your threads are really comprehensive! And I like the idea that you send your wife, like a travel agent for SSC hehe...Tokyo seems interesting!
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Haha, well, in this case it was because I cannot get much holiday from my work, otherwise I really would have liked to go with her... I love Tokyo, best city I've visited thus far. I hope that this thread will showcase some well known areas as well as some not so well known areas of the city.

Seriously, I cannot stress enough how awesome Tokyo is as a city. I hope that I can convey that properly.
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Nice photos, your wife seems to have the same style in taking photos as you.

Yeah, Tokyo is the world's best city in my opinion. It's too incredibly to express it with words. Photos don't do justice, you have to be there to get the Tokyo feeling.
My brother is studying in Tokyo so I often visit him. I myself have been there 4 times within 4 years, I love it every time I go there.

What airline did she fly with by the way? Qatar Airlines? Did you find the ticket on Skyscanner or Flygresor?
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Old June 8th, 2015, 08:04 PM   #11
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Great, very nice photos from Tokyo
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Nice photos, your wife seems to have the same style in taking photos as you.

Yeah, Tokyo is the world's best city in my opinion. It's too incredibly to express it with words. Photos don't do justice, you have to be there to get the Tokyo feeling.
My brother is studying in Tokyo so I often visit him. I myself have been there 4 times within 4 years, I love it every time I go there.

What airline did she fly with by the way? Qatar Airlines? Did you find the ticket on Skyscanner or Flygresor?
Indeed, I agree with everything you said there! That's why it's my dream to move there. I just hope I can achieve it eventually...

She flew with Qatar airways (they were excellent apparently and she was treated very well in Doha - didn't even require a visa to go on the tour).

I booked her tickets using momondo.se to find the cheapest fare possible. Was a very good price indeed!
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To continue the Tokyo tour.

As always with Tokyo, it's pretty pristine indeed. Even under the flyovers like this it is very clean.







Typical residential roads with some mixed use.









Little shop selling wagashi (和菓子).









Back alleys are even ordered.







In Japan there are little maps like this in each area.







Around Anamori-Inari station (穴守稲荷駅).











Guardian of the station.







Lots more to come.
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Nice pictures so far!
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Thank you, Nightsky! More to come as well right now.
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More photos from around Anamori-Inari station.

Here is a new set of buildings that have been constructed off Kan-Pachi Dori.















A refurbished building it seems.









Backstreets again - the paving is nice.









Back to the temple.

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Continuing around the rather beautiful temple/shrine complex.













Prayers.







Gates!









A tiny shrine.











More gates - a whole walkway of gates!








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More of that shrine.











Gates galore!







Temple.







Map of the complex.







The grounds are really quite stunning. It's surprisingly green despite the massive density of this part of Tokyo.











Modern housing.






Greenery around the houses.













The hotel that my wife stayed in for her first night near Haneda. She transferred to a new hotel near Inaricho station between Asakusa and Ueno to be better located for her explorations of Tokyo for the future.







More to come for the first day of exploring Tokyo.
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Continuing with the tour through Tokyo on my wife's first day. Following this little walk around her hotel near Haneda, she had to change hotels to one in Taito-ku.

She went to Keikyu Anamori-Inari station on the Keikyu Airport Line.













She had to go to Keikyu Kamata station to change to the Keikyu Main Line.















Taking a ride on the Keikyu Main Line towards Shinagawa station.







My wife got a little confused at this point. She left the Keikyu main line train, but she actually needed to stay on it as it interlined into the Asakusa line (which is one of the metro lines in Tokyo run by TOEI). This would take her to Asakusa station in Taito-ku. She took this line to Asakusa station (as shown in the video).

















Interior of one of the trains. All are spotless and well looked after in Tokyo. Not to mention comfortable (the joys of fabric seats).







There, the journey is over and she arrived in Taito-ku. She stayed near Inaricho station.







More to come! My wife visits Akihabara next.
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After settling in to the hotel, my wife made her way straight to Akihabara!

She first caught the Yamanote line at Ueno station.







She then took the train to Akihabara - here's a view out the window of the train.







Akihabara, here we are!











Always got to like the amount of effort the Japanese put into paving.









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