It's hard not to compare the two countries when you're in Seoul today and Tokyo the next. The Koreans really dislike it, so I will not say anything here except that it is so much more expensive to travel in Japan. Whether you're paying for food, train rides or hotels, be prepared to shell out a lot more money.
In Seoul, taxi rides are so cheap, I did not even take the train. On the contrary, traveling by cab in Japan is almost out of the question. On days when we were so tired from walking, we didn't even dare think of taking a cab. Mind you, the train system can be quite complex, so you often have to change several trains just to get from one place to the next. And even that includes a fair bit of walking between stations as well.
The only time I took a cab was in Osaka when YK and I were too lazy to figure out the train ride to Osaka Aquarium. The 30-minute taxi ride cost us more than US$50 one way.
This time, the trip to Tokyo was work related. My friend and I were there to attend an exhibition. We landed early in the morning, dumped our stuff at the hotel, had a quick bite and made our way to the convention hall.
|Simple and quick breakfast at a cafe at the train station.|
|A huge sculpture at Convention Centre.|
For the main dish, we had Nagasaki Sara Udon (crispy noodle covered with seafood and vegetables), karaage (fried chicken) and panfried gyoza.