My Tokyo Trip 2011

Most of these pics had been posted to my personal blog soon after the trip, but I decided to repost them here as well.  2011 was a year of great change for me, I was feeling very “seize the day” and when an unexpected bonus fell in my lap at work, I decided to book a trip to Japan the same day.  I’ve wanted to visit as long as I was aware of the concept of international travel, so I was thrilled to finally be going on my dream trip.  It was unfortunately short, about 4 or 5 days in all, but since I was traveling alone, I was able to sight-see pretty quickly and got to take in quite a bit.

Highlights include:

  • Totally ignoring common sense and all advice and renting a car, driving to RE Amemiya in Chiba, and returning via the Wangan.
  • Visiting a Super Autobacs
  • Karaoke until 5am
  • Sitting in traffic behind an R34 GTR, who was sitting behind a MKIV Supra.
  • 7-11 and Lawson.  Seriously, convenience stores are awesome over there.
  • Seeing all of the city from Tokyo Tower.

I’m making plans to return, although I don’t have any solid details yet.  Needless to say, I can’t wait to get back there.  My camera broke at some point during the trip, so many of these were taken with an iPod touch, so please excuse the quality.

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This track ready TVR was parked right across the street from my hostel.
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This stuff is dangerous, perfect way to kick off my first night in Tokyo.
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Since Tokyo is so safe, I took late night walks pretty much every night to explore the area around my hostel. I ran across this Z32 Fairlady on my first night.

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In addition to cars, I also dig scooters. This particular style is seen very often in the US under different names, most people don’t realize it’s a clone of the Honda Joker.
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Yes, vending machines are almost everywhere in Tokyo. They are amazing.
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I spotted this beautiful R33 wearing my very favorite wheels. As I closed in for a better shot I realized the owner was asleep in the drivers seat. Oops.

 

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CRX in Akihabara.

 

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The Suzuki Wagon R I rented.
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From the drivers seat of my rental car. Time to see if I can cope with a rhd car.
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The Toyota Mega Web is a giant showroom displaying every current Toyota as well as some historical models here and there.

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RE Amemiya

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