Tokyo is the latest city i travel to after the United States. Compare to other cities in Asia like Hong Kong (the most high density country), the largest metropolitan Shanghai and now Tokyo. This 3 different cities gave me different feeling on them. Hong Kong has the most skyscapper. Shanghai a mixture of historical and futuristic city. Whereas, Tokyo is the most advance, neat and tidy city.
But to sum up the above 3 cities i think the only common thing i observed is the high living standard, over populated resident and bad traffic.
From Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo is approximately a 7 hour plus journey. When i step first step on the soil of the East, i straight away can feel the warm and friendly faces from the local. The culture of Japanese is really a good example to follow compare to the west and the rest of asia country. They are polite, respect others and warm. Finally, i understand why our former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir seek the "anak Malaysia" to practice the "Look East Policy" in 1981. The Japanese has the good attitude that we should learn from.
Well, back to the city of Tokyo. From Tokyo airport to downtown Tokyo the coach takes us about 1.5 hour to reach our hotel in Shinjuku and the fare of the coach is not cheap either it cost me 3,000 yen per trip. The coach system in Tokyo airport is very advance and systematic. You just bought a ticket then wait at the designated bus stop, there will be coach assistance explain to you on the arrival of coach and carry your luggage into the coach. (Damn it is so systematic and punctual)
Look at it... Far Far more advance compare to KLIA or any airport in the rest of the world. The digital signboard clearly stated time of departure, destination to drop off and up and coming coaches. (*the coach is really punctual)
The first meal in Tokyo. I really face some difficulty in this country - the language barrier. Most of the Japanese can't speak other language besides japanese. Luckily the restaurant's waitress is helpful enough to help us order some food to please our hungry stomach. (the food is too delicios that i had a noodle and rice box for my first meal) After we had settled our meal and replenish our energy the walk begins.
Pauline already start damage her purse for shopping in Shinjuku. Look at the shops, is already 23:00++ at night. The streets and the crowd is still alot.
Tokyo a vibrant city and it never sleeps, everywhere is packed with huge crowd. From subway to bus stop and from shopping malls to street. Everyone is walking with a average speed that is faster than the Malaysian. Finally, we surrender and quit walking instead of taking subway back to our hotel. I found that in Tokyo there are plenty of Pachinko shops everywhere around the corner. but i manage to get 1 photo of them near our hotel.
Some Pachinko in Tokyo offers 24 hours but some are not. This is the one that operate 24 hours. Nice and neat environment. I did try my luck in side but still don't know how it works.
Subway exit @ Shinjuku South near our hotel. I think Malaysia should follow such design and creativeness.