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Japan Tokyo Shinjuku Golden Gai Ramen

12 November 2017

Ueno to Shinjuku is not far

Walking across the city from Ueno to Shinjuku

Chances are if you have been to Tokyo that you have ridden on the Yamanote line that goes in a circle around the main parts of the city.
You might then know that Ueno is near Tokyo station, and the opposite side of the city from Shinjuku and Shibuya.
That means I would of course choose to see how long it would take to walk across all of Tokyo instead, the answer, about 2 hours.

The journey goes through some very quiet parts of central Tokyo, there was really only one big shopping area, pictured below, as well as the Tokyo-dome stadium which I couldnt get a picture of.
It is also up hill nearly the whole way, I wasnt really expecting that, I guess I was walking towards the mountains, but I always considered Tokyo to be very flat.

And now, the story of how someone tried to scam me!
I caught the train back, and as I was walking over the overpass near Ueno station, a little Japanese 'girl' came running over crying.
There was no one else about at all, I felt as though I had come out the wrong exit.
Then she proceeded to tell me that she urgently needed money to get home to Kyoto. She had lost all her money and had no way to contact her parents for help.
She spoke absolutely perfect English, and chose to target me specifically.
I like how she selected Kyoto as her destination, knowing that English speakers holidaying in Japan would know where Kyoto is.
I congratulated her on her great English, suggested she should improve her story though, she looked at least 25 years old, too old to be crying because she was going to get in trouble with her parents.
And also, probably best to not have your phone in your back pocket when you are telling this scam story.
She stopped crying instantly once the game was up and scurried off.

Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - This is the one busy shopping area between Ueno and Shinjuku, Kagurazaka.

This is the one busy shopping area between Ueno and Shinjuku, Kagurazaka.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - There were of course supermarkets amongst the residential apartment buildings. This one has a PET bottle recycling machine. I was excited.

There were of course supermarkets amongst the residential apartment buildings. This one has a PET bottle recycling machine. I was excited.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - On the edge of Shinjuku is this temple, which is a shed, a metal frame, and some plastic balloons.

On the edge of Shinjuku is this temple, which is a shed, a metal frame, and some plastic balloons.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - Now we do a bit of Shinjuku neon.

Now we do a bit of Shinjuku neon.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - Godzilla street. Later I will compare to my photo from last year, but it seemed pretty quiet tonight.

Godzilla street. Later I will compare to my photo from last year, but it seemed pretty quiet tonight.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - I came here to have my favourite tomato ramen with gorgonzola and chorizo. I convinced myself that by walking there I would burn off the extra calorie

I came here to have my favourite tomato ramen with gorgonzola and chorizo. I convinced myself that by walking there I would burn off the extra calories. I am delusional.
I am going to have to let my belt out a notch soon.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - In the back streets of Kabukicho there is this walkway through an urban forest.

In the back streets of Kabukicho there is this walkway through an urban forest.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - This leads you to the Golden Gai area. This is now ONLY FOR WHITE PEOPLE. If you want to find all the Australians in Tokyo, go here.

This leads you to the Golden Gai area. This is now ONLY FOR WHITE PEOPLE.
If you want to find all the Australians in Tokyo, go here.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - All the signs in the Golden Gai are only in English. All advertising no cover charge for foreign tourists. Drinks are expensive though, considering yo

All the signs in the Golden Gai are only in English. All advertising no cover charge for foreign tourists. Drinks are expensive though, considering you can buy cans of full strength beer at the convenience store for $1.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - No photos. Oh really. Thats all anyone not drinking is doing.

No photos. Oh really. Thats all anyone not drinking is doing.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - OK, one more of the Golden Gai, I dont understand its allure.

OK, one more of the Golden Gai, I dont understand its allure.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - It really did seem very quiet.

It really did seem very quiet.


Japan-Tokyo-Shinjuku-Golden Gai-Ramen - This is the crossing right by the station, where are all the people?

This is the crossing right by the station, where are all the people?


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