When visiting Japan, how many of our foreign visitors enjoy the experience and learn?
I recently posted around the mega Golden week upon us in May and the emperor and wanted to expand the relationship with work that Japanese people have
Many people are now moaning about this long week because
- flights are expensive and you cannot travel abroad as wanted
- they are full anyway for those who could afford or had booked long time ago
- the domestic travel will be an issue as traffic will be hectic, trains full, hotels expensive
- being away for 10 days in our global economy means we may miss deals, come back on a huge backlog of work
- childcare and schools will be closed so housewives will have a lot of extra workload with no activities to offer
Just today, a friend told me that his company decided to open that week and work as normal not to lose business
Japan has even got a law for recruitment (that they are considering to dismiss). every year there is a huge cycle around employment
Students visit fairs and consider companies to integrate one year before they graduate, they get their contracts and are pampered for the whole year up to the event. all contracts start on April 1 of each year. that day, major corporations integrate thousands and thousands of new employees and run big conferences, and induction trainings of all sorts. the 1st week of April in Tokyo is a long line of young men and ladies in their black suit walking to offices and meeting rooms
it is also the start of a new school year and you see new young pupils initiating their living of commuting with the metro on their own
Akihabara is famously known around the world for the electronics and it is very easy to find when you are going to Asakusa Shrine.
It is located on the Yamanote line, this is the circle line of Tokyo, a circle takes exactly 60mn, so you cannot go wrong, if you take it on the wrong side, dont worry, sit, relax and wait!
Akihabara is also renowned for Anime and a lot of Manga shops complete the landscape, it is a noisy and busy day, but worth it as this is a true Japanese experience
Shinagawa is a business area in Tokyo that offers many advantages, it is central, it is smaller than Tokyo station and therefore easier to locate the Shinkansen platforms, there is less queue at the counter to activate a rail pass for tourists and in general less queue all together
On the other hand, if you wish to activate your Rail Pass, make sure you go from 9.00 to 17.00 only
and the station can be mega busy at peak hours!! watch out!! the station is set as a mega corridor and it can feel daunting to jump in the flow.