Posted by: Darrell | August 28, 2008

Arrival and then some

So I finally arrive. Customs and immigration were easy and quick. The flight was okay without much turbulence or any other disturbance. However, the personal entertainment center that JAL had, could use some work and many more channels. The food was not too bad until just before arrival they served us sandwiches with deli meat. Not only is it just sub-standard food, but the deli meat made me weary with all the recent Maple Leaf listeriosis outbreak. That being said, the service was excellent and I had tons of room and space.

Inaka (Japanese for middle of nowhere/countryside)

Inaka (Japanese for middle of nowhere/countryside)

Upon arrival, I met up with Ben (some time later) and we attempted to take the train back into Tokyo. However, along the way we had to make a transfer and that’s when Ben forgot his bag at the Station. So we ended up getting stuck somewhere between Narita and Tokyo in the middle of nowhere in some isolated, empty station and ended up waiting 30 mins for the next train. However, we eventually got on our way and made it to Tokyo. Following that, we went to an Izakaya and found some food. The Suntory Premium Beer is absolutely excellent!

After dinner, Ben had to go back to his hotel as he had a seminar to attend the next morning. So we found a Capsule hotel and I stayed there for the night. It was quite an adventure. I am sleeping with many other “salary men” in this small like “capsule” with shared baths, washroom and everything else. However, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds; in fact as a matter of bang for the buck I would say that this is an awesome deal. The hotel included everything from shampoo to toothbrushes, towels and a robe. I was very tired as I did not sleep on the plane so I instantly passed out and woke up the next morning. The most interesting thing is showering with random guys all naked in the same room; but you what, if you don’t try you never know. So I can at least say that I have experienced a public bath and it wasn’t so bad.

Capsule Hotel

Capsule Hotel

Everything is so different that it is always so interesting; however, I have made some funny observations:

  • Guys in japan practically walk around naked and feel no shame.
  • The taxis generally very ugly except for the Infinit M taxis and the Toyota Majesta taxis.
  • Tons of super hot women, literally everywhere
  • McDonalds is a very good, cheap place to eat. And their drink selection is incredible; everything you could ever want on tap, is on tap!
  • Seating is McDonalds is so focused for the business people that nearly 90% of the seats are single seaters

Anyways, I am writing this in a McDonalds and it is time to get a start on my adventure today!

Inside a Capsule

Inside a Capsule



  1. Welcome to Japan dude! I’m sure that you’ll have a good time. For the next couple of days you’re here, let’s par-tay!


  2. That is a very spacious capsule.

  3. Nice blog. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself. It’s kind of depressing that your capsule looks better than my office.

  4. Hey thanks for all the comments! Ben says Hi to everyone as well.

    Ivan, you should try the whole bathing thing the morning after, probably not as nice as some of your clients! Hows the branch?

  5. Capsule looks pretty nice actually.
    Take good care Angai 😉

  6. you even have a mirror. haha… missing your bed back home yet?

  7. hey you have more pics of the capsule hotel? i wanna see how that’s like

  8. Hi there. Thought you might be interested in this: . Cheers, JK.

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