Nerdtour 2012: Tokyo Sky Tree – No, it’s not small!

So, on a sunny but brisk, windy day, it was time for a trip to the Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest free-standing tower in the world. Trust the Japanese to make up for tiny little living spaces by building something humongous!

Nerdtour 2012: A Typical Tokyo hotel…

room entrance

The first night in Tokyo, I stayed at a hotel, partly to unwind and rest from the trip, and partly so I could keep the stuff I’m hauling around close to the apartment I’m going to move into. All campaigns succeed or fail on logistics, and I was determined that … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: Day 1, and lessons learned (the hard way)

So, okay, technically it’s Day 1 and 2, but I don’t feel like counting the day that I travelled here, although it was semi-eventful, in that I navigated the Narita airport support system as well as the Japan Rail system, at least to a small degree!

Nerdtour 2012: T-minus 26 days – Train, train..

Hoo boy, it’s now less than 4 weeks till I leave for Japan!  When it was a few months away, I was kind of relaxed about preparations, but now it’s getting real!  One big preparation question: buy a JR Rail Pass or not?