KYOTO DAY ONE // JULY 3
i used Garuda Indonesia. for about 6,4 million rupiah return. promo fee. if you can get GA for that approx price you should grab it. they used airbus. so worth it. eventhough they reroute me to Denpasar first. kinda pissed about it. plus GA check in staff in Ngurah Rai kinda acted as an asshole. it seems that if ones travel for 11 days ones have at least one baggage to check it in. counter terrorist procedure or else. the lady in KIX also asked me about this. no miss. im not a terrorist. i just hate bringing lots baggage. give me bad mood. landed in KIX. i used super express Haruka to reach Kyoto. i used Kansai Pass 2200 yen perday. booking first via internet then exchanged it in KIX. please note that its crucial to print out the booking email. i didnt and the lady in exchange counter gave me grunt. Haruka fee is more than 2200 yen without the pass. JR pass is useless for kyoto. the city mostly used bus and another train line. so eventhough JR pass is useless, it still benefit to use it only for Haruka.
please check first schedule for Haruka. it arrives every 45 minutes or so. if you dont want to waste your time in platform, better get in when time is near. seems like you cant get out the platform once you get in. haruka is crowded sometimes. queueing earlier maybe necessary. and queueing in right place in right manner. plus theres reserved and unreserved seat. make sure you dont queue in wrong place. for jr pass you have to queue for unreserved cars. if it too crowded, some ppl have to standing. everyone can enter the cars but some of them are standing. better sit down yes. journey to kyoto is half and hour or so. but if you stand, in some station ppl will get off so keep an eye for seat. usually they will get off in osaka though. this year japan trip i got lots long trip with train. sweet.
arrived in kyoto station. the station is big. but not so crowded. compare to osaka station or else. check in time for my hostel was at 3pm. i arrived at 12pm ish. got time to kill. i eat at the station. if you low on cash like me, you might want to consider eating inside the station. its cheaper. plus if you dont speak much japanese, it dont require much talking. it used some kind of vending machine to place order. after eat i didnt know what to do. im too tired for sightseeing. i want to save my energy for show tonight. basically i just want to sleep. plus i cant sleep well on plane. as always. to kill time i look around for my hostel location. its near kyoto station. after that, i look for seven eleven to print out my concert ticket. already got lawson at KIX. then i head to yadobashi. where i see lots weird things in abundant amount. hey im in japan. whenever my eyes struck at kyoto sign name, i startled. hey yesterday im still in hell hole jakarta. the hell am i doing here. but this year im not so wonderstruck as last year. where i found japan was so unrealistic.
then i headed to hostel. kyoto hana hostel. its recommended. though the front staff kinda ignorant. plus she redo her face many times. this year i lodged at 5 different hostel. only two who check my passport. headed to my room, i like bedroom with curtain. after take a bath etc. i slept. waking in a daze at 5pm. i ran to the venue. (continued to con review). after con i was sooo happpyyy. already 10pm had to walk back but im sooo happyyy. tomorrow i had to head to osaka.
OSAKA DAY TWO, THREE, FOUR // JULY 4,5,6
check out at 10am ish i headed to osaka. i lazily doing everything. i want to cherish the moment. i forgot which train i took. it can be easily be figured out by google maps and then look at train schedule in station. after i arrived in osaka station, i didnt wait until check in time. because my bag got heavy i want to drop it first. i would head to hostel rightaway. but it was kinda confusing looking for my hostel. jhoppers osaka central. it was so cloudy that time. so gloomy. i bought umbrella in umeda station. i walk many miles but turn out i lost it. duh. apparently i cant read manual map. i have to used google maps with gps cursor on it. and then i arrived at the hostel. it was nice hostel. the frontoffice staff was so nice. i was still in a daze after walking long mile and got lost, but she chatted me anyway. i can check in but cant go to room as its not yet check in time. i head out. i didnt where to go. but then i head to osaka science museum. it was so lousy. well probably my mind was not in it. but i found dojima river forum while i walk back. ahhh suicup. then head to mcdonald for lunch. chicken burger with salad was so tasty. i head back to hostel. after that i kinda forgot what i do. probably i slept. and then what i forgot.
osaka day three was for oya show. but had to kill time until afternoon. i think i kill time by going to umeda shopping district. eat lunch in osaka station. and then what i forgot. oh i try curry cup noodle. it was tasty. lunch second time. duh. (continued to con review). day four i started use JR kansai wide pass for five days. 8500yen. i went to umeda shopping district again. went to a mall called Hep Five. and it was full of stylish young ppl. seriously. went to same ramen shop as yesterday. but ordered bigger size lunch. duh. oh i went to Nara! an hour train trip. in gloomy day. so sweet. Nara was great. passed by in front of Gomi records shop. i saw him but didnt dare to enter the shop. hazukashiiii. krik. went to that Deer park. but smell dung badly. after that i went to Ashiya city. i want to visit that barber shop where CBFY cover used it. i found it! theres international school near it. lots mansion. Ashiya was quiet exclusive city. i wonder how Gotch found that barbershop. and then i headed hostel. i didnt go to Namba as i planned. too tired. tomorrow have to go to takamatsu.
TAKAMATSU DAY FIVE // JULY 7
headed to osaka station then shinosaka station to take shinkansen to okayama. finally shinkansen! i used kodama. only one hour to okayama. the train wasnt crowded. reached okayama, i took marine liners to takamatsu. ahhh finally those blue bridge. i did kafka’s pilgrimage. though he used bus. marine liners was packed. lots student in it. arrived in takamatsu. still got time to kill before check in time. though actually i can just go directly to hostel. since the hostel wasnt that packed. i walk to the coast. japan ocean. saw ferries. takamatsu was so quiet. because my bag got too heavy. i dropped it in a locker in takamatsu station. then i planned to head out to takamatsu shopping arcade. it was said that this is longest shopping arcade in japan. but i got lost. i walk too far until i found kagawa university. duh. but finally i found it. indeed it was very long shopping arcade. i found takamatsu dime. and also takamatsu monster. it was near check in time to i want to headback to takamatsu station. i planned to take train from station near the shopping arcade. but turnout they used different IC card. duh. so i walk. it was damn far. takamatsu is bicycle designated city. so they dont establish lots train or bus. after took my bag back, i took train to shuwacho station. station nearest to my hostel. time was ticking but the local train went every 30 minutes once or so. duh. the train only had two or three cars. very vintage train. it only took 2 minutes from takamatsu station to shuwacho station.
arrived in shuwacho station. amaze by its size. it was so small. the hostel located very near to the station. use google maps. the hostel was also small. it looks like typical local dwelling. i opened the door and ring its bell. a women came and said my name. as i already made reservation. the hostel’s name is Chottocoma. its very recommended. i want to get back in there again. the owner was so cheerful. i thought they are foreigner who use english. but turnout they are japanese. they speak english well. especially the husband. while the wife after found out i speak little japanese, she continously used japanese. oh man. she said that including me, there was two times indonesian came to her longing. she was surprised i went to takamatsu for concert. when i asked how to get to the venue by train, she said that indeed there was few train running in the city. so best alternative for me was indeed walking. duh. turnout there was detour route and i should take it. she said that it probably very long route for me. i took it and i realized that when i got lost while ago, i reached that detour route! duh. after walking 30 minutes ish i reached the venue. drenched in sweat. but i accomplished it! (continue to con review). at night i get back by walking too. it was helllish and sweet at the same time. i surely miss it.
it was 10.30 pm when i arrived at the hostel. the husband greet me. and called my name. the wife probably already told him that i went to takamatsu for concert. probably it was so unusual. he seems so intrigued. there was four bunkbeds in my room. but only one roomate. shes japanese i supposed. the room used tatami, and bamboo smell was so strong. the bunkbed was very narrow. i smashed my head everytime. plus the hostel located near highway. everytime bus or train passed, vibration was so strong. i gave me melancoly. though at night i didnt know, i get nightmare and kind of scared for no reason. well another episode. it was nice hostel though. the bathroom was in japanese style. sweet. there was another guests. i saw some foreigner too. i guess mostly they went to takamatsu to hiking or camping. i checkout at 9am. as i had to head to kyoto. i met the wife again, and she kinda relived i made it back to hostel last night. haha. they chatted me for awhile. it was so nice. when i head out to station i felt very strong melancoly. farewell to all of you whom i probably met for first and for last time. but then who knows what future holds.
KYOTO DAY SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT // JULY 8,9,10
i will lodge at friend’s apartment this time. did same route as my departure. but i stopped for awhile in okayama for lunch. and bought starbucks tumblr. this okayama starbucks tumblr only sold at okayama. as well as nagano edition. while other japan starbucks tumblr edition are sold in haneda airport. but in domestic terminal. there was no starbucks in international terminal. used hikari shinkansen headed for shinosaka station. after it, i took local train to kyoto. as my jr pass didnt cover shinkansen ride from osaka to kyoto. i should take express train though. i kind of drained out this time. it was afternoon when i arrived in kyoto station. and i got lost again finding my friend’s apartment. i took wrong bus and headed to nowhere land. probably im too tired. it was already 6.30 pm when i finally arrived in my friend’s apartment. omg. after take a bath i eat then roll around like tired soul. duh. i visited my friend’s campus in the morrow. eat there and it was so cheap. then i headed to fusimi inari shrine and gion. i met maiko/geisha for first attempt. my jr pass officially useless. i should set it on date when i was in osaka. in kyoto they use mostly bus and another train line. i experienced quite many weird route while i got lost yesterday. last day in kyoto i read and slept most of the day in my friend’s apartment. save my energy. i will took night bus to tokyo. and then headed to utsunomiya. before depart, my friend and i eat out. and then night train took me to another city.
UTSUNOMIYA DAY NINE // JULY 11
willer bus is recommend. departing location was in front ibis hotel near kyoto station. the staff was so nice. i like japanese ppl on this section. i said my name and they told me my seat number. i can sleep on the bus. while listening to warpaint. i felt im being carried out to another space. i want to see japan highways. yet they close the window with curtain. i only can peek around. since i dont want to disturb my seatmate. the girl near me wore very short pants. i always amaze with this kind of girl. whenever wherever you gotta keep in style. in japan, probably the competition is strict. mating competition. if youre a snob, you have no future in having awesome suitor. but being yourself is best thing to do. i believe you will got your meant to be. in this earth. or heaven. or hell. the bus stopped every two hours or so. giving chance to ppl to pee. i wonder why the girl near me drink and eat freely. turnout the peeing time appear everytime. i didnt drink or eat during the time. i slept. and woke at 5am. it was already sunrise and we arrived near odawara. it was so cool.
finally arrive in shinjuku at 6.30 am. with dizzy head, i didnt know where to go. i mean yeah i will go to utsunomiya. akg show will be in 6pm. hostel check in time in 4pm. train to utsunomiya from shinjuku will about 2hours. i wander to shinjuku station, to shinjuku koen, then back to shinjuku station. shinjuku koen was full of homeless ppl. it made it kinda scary. i bought breakfast in shinjuku station, and eat it in front of a pond inside a building near shinjuku station. i am officialy 21st century pilgrimage. bored staring pond without fish, i decided to head to utsunomiya rightaway. took shonan shinjuku train. the train stopped at every station. i get off at its last station. i forgot what. i thought it will reach until utsunomiya. but it was not. i had to transfer to utsunomiya line. finally arrived at utsunomiya station mid-noon. i test my luck to directly go to hostel. probably they will accept early check in. probably not. summer is here. utsunomiya was so damn scorching. i hate it when my skin darken because of it. found the hostel. quite near the station. weird hostel. dont want to be there again. the staff said that they accept check it start at 4pm. duh. plus he didnt speak english. duh. i head back to station. near the station there was lots shopping mall. i kill time there. eat lunch. sightseeing etc. drop my backpack on station locker. japan is so convinient. during killing time, there was this male shopkeeper who works his butt off. japanese ppl are so hardworker. every each one of them. it is so fascinating.
head back again to hostel near check in time. finally able to rest after the old staff spit out many hostel policies. in japanese. duh. i dont know why probably im just tired i take out all my bag content. this is why i forgot the collect my wallet back. then i failed to buy AKG goods. great. (continue to con review). ah utsunomiya. after you fucked me did u smoke? lol. the hostel staff didnt stand by at the hostel everytime. in the morning, i accidently ruin my room card. just great. try to find the hostel staff but he was nowhere to be found. asked some other guest and he said that he didnt stand by. just great. but i finally able to get in. then i rushly packed my bag and get off from this damnest hostel.
TOKYO DAY TEN, ELEVEN, TWELVE // JULY 12,13,14
enough business with utsunomiya. i head back to tokyo for final oya show. ahhh. time flies like superjet. this time i took train to ueno, then yamamote line to ikebukuro. had lunch then head out to hostel. already 3pm. oya show was in 6pm. i want to buy more goods. sale started at 5pm. gotta hurry. but i lazying around. (continue to con review). akasaka was so greaaatt. back to hostel. my roomate was sooo chatty i hate it. i like sakura hostel but now i hate it when there was no curtain in bed. day eleven was day to finally bought shopping list. went to shibuya, eat at one of ramen shop there. went to tower records, diskunion, then hmv recordshop and that biccamera shop. found deto handwritings. robert ashley no automatic writings osusume desu. wanting the record instantly. but record shop didnt have computer searching system i guess. thats why they called it DIGGING. i hate digging. duh. theres fuckload of records and youre supposed to search it?! no way man. i prefer look at online catalog, pick one, then order online. then i went to shinjuku. i want to go to kinokuniya vegetables shop. but i couldnt find ittt. i hate ittt. though i already ruin my feet off. but i explore different of shinjuku. i went to kinokuniya bookstore. buy book. go to starbucks. etc. im so damn tired. it was already 6pm. i head back to hostel. im so tired i want to get some shut eyes. at midnight i woke up and wander aimlessly at ikebukuro. many shops already closed. but night shops had just begin. you know selling prostitutes etc. strucked by strong storm of melancolies. duh.
day twelve was day i had to flee back to country where i hold citizenship. my flight was at 11am. so i had to hurry. was it long trip? was it short trip? will i be back to japan again?