After visiting Japan the past two years, I’ve decided to return once again this summer. The 2012 trip was right after graduation and my first time being in Japan and, thanks to rigorous planning by my friends, was a full blown tourism trip, with me doing tons of random figure/gunpla shopping and starting my figure collection. The 2013 trip was still partially a tourism trip, but I had money saved up from working for a year and ended up also partially being a shopping trip, buying figures from my wishlist and starting my Dollfie Dream adventures. This third time around, having more or less visited all the places I wanted to see, was a complete shopping trip, with the central focus being Comiket 86. Japan 2012 was figures, Japan 2013 was Dollfie Dreams, and so Japan 2014 became doujinshis.
This time around, I went with a 3 friends from my local anime club at work, one friend from university, and sorrowmoon meeting us there. For some, this was their first time so they had their schedules packed with touristy plans (my schedule was more or less Nipponbashi -> Comiket -> Akihabara). Either way, we decided to first arrive in Tokyo, take the Shinkansen to Osaka the next morning, stay in Osaka/Kyoto for a week, Shinkansen back to Tokyo the night before Comiket, then stay in Tokyo for the remainder of the trip. Since we were all anime fans in the group, we decided to stay at a ryokan for the 4 days we would be in Osaka.
While in Japan, we used Facebook Messenger to communicate. Two of us went with b-mobile’s 1GB Visitor SIM card option, which I found pretty good (except the spotty reception in Tokyo Big Sight during Comiket, but that’s more the fault of Comiket’s mass attendee population overloading all the radio towers)
Woke up the next day to breakfast buffet. Mix of western and Japanese breakfast. Fanta melon soda, how I really do miss you ;3
Picking up some bentos for the long train ride to Osaka
All aboard the Shinkansen!
My bento box. Luckily I didn’t have to fight any wolves to obtain this one.
Touhou itasha spotted! Featuring Sanae Kochiya on the side and Reimu on the hood (not sure who’s on the back door)
Arrived at Yao Grand Hotel, aryokan-style hotel (since an actual ryokan would be too expensive and we wouldn’t be able to enjoy it anyway since we’d be out all day)
After dinner, we all went to the in-house onsen/bath (no outdoor hot spring unfortunately), which was extremely relaxing and refreshing (no pics of course, sorry). None of us remembered to bring money when we went down so there was no Musashi Milk to be had, but we settled with whatever we had on hand~
And thus concluded the first two days of the Japan trip. Stay tuned for more Japan/Comiket/etc. fun!