21 07 2008

地底神殿

With less than a week til I now leave Tokyo, I have been making a mental checklist and ticking off the things I still want to do in this city. How to say goodbye? How to say goodbye to the city where I did so many of the things that being in your 20s is all about; my first real job, first flat, first time living with a roomate, first hangover, first big relationship, first heart-break …?

All of that was in Tokyo for me, and I have pretty much loved every minute of it. What was left?

I had finally made it to the Tsukiji fish market (just before it closed to tourists), been to Club Yellow (before it closed for good), climbed Fuji ….

What else was there?

I decided my last big hurrah would be underground, to explore the vast and secretive, billion-dollar network of tunnels and drainage canals that lie under the city.

The project, known as G-Cans (above), has now opened to (Japanese-speaking) tourists on guided tours but when my friend Ryu called for me, we discovered it was booked solid for the next four months!

One for when I come back, then.

Instead, I thought I would take a few days of work and just walk around the city, savor the atmosphere, and go back to my favorite places, or fill in the remaining blanks. A few days – just me and the city I love.

As a guidebook I took with me the sightseeing guide from Tokyo Damage Report – the best, funniest and most in-touch of the gaijin-in-crazy-Tokyo blogs, written by some American punk dude I have never met, but who rocks my world. Some of his recommendations I knew and loved before I read about them, others I had never been to and was anxious to explore. So I printed out TDR’s directions and set off, to say “sayonara” to Tokyo.

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3 responses

2 11 2011
Simon.L

i dont know if i should visit this or go mt fuji with friends =( they are in the same day damn!

2 11 2011
ilbonito

The tunnels are really impressive but I was disappointed you don’t really get to go “through them”, you just go down, walk around for ten minutes and go back up. I still loved it though.
If you go to Fuki stop at Fuji-Q amusement park on the way for the legendary ghost house! It takes 30 minutes to get out and is famously so scary it makes grown me cry.

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