Should I go on this trip?
September 18, 2013 2:56 PM Subscribe
Should I go to Tokyo next week? If I should... where in/around Tokyo?
posted by aielen to travel & transportation around Tokyo, Japan (16 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Sometime ago I saw some really good flight deals online, and thought it would be fun to take advantage of that and go on some short trips. So now I technically have a roundtrip flight to Tokyo scheduled for next week (total airfare cost incl taxes etc was around $60), returning around the end of September.
I've been stalling on booking accommodation, sort of because I'm not really sure if I should still go.
I feel like I've been chewing the cud on this decision (whether I should go) for a pretty long time... and I still can't decide. So.. this feels like maybe the most frivolous question I've posted to AskMe but... argh, should I go?
reasons to go:
- The airfare was unbelievably cheap. I feel like I shouldn't waste the opportunity.
- Tsukiji Fish Market will be closed in three years (?) to make way for the upcoming Olympics. So maybe I should visit it before that?
- I still haven't visited Ghibli Museum...
- It could be fun!! I think I'd enjoy myself there if I didn't have some upcoming deadlines that I've been worrying about...
- I feel like I should explore and travel more, in general.
reasons not to go:
- Radiation / Fukushima stuff. I really wanted to visit Tsukiji Fish Market. Except now I'm not sure if it's safe to eat seafood there?
- I already visited Tokyo last year.
- I don't know Japanese. I can't speak it, and the most I can understand are some kanji words (since I know Mandarin). I can sort of pronounce the kana, but basically: everything I can read aloud (the phonetic kana), I can't understand. And the stuff I can sort of understand (kanji), I can't read aloud. I know technically visitors can get by without knowing Japanese, but it's added stress...
- My work is pretty flexible. But I still have a bunch of early October deadlines, both for personal projects and work. I'm worried I might not be able to make those deadlines (or not do my 'best') if I go on holiday. Or that I won't really enjoy myself anyway, because I'll be worrying about the deadlines while in Japan. I think I've been worrying about this stuff so much that it's clouding my ability to make a firm decision on whether to go.
- I recently made another trip to another country. It was fun, but I was kinda tired when I returned.
- At this point, I'm thinking it would be nice to go on a trip if the trip were more relaxing (like a seaside-ish place or somewhere less urban). Except Tokyo seems to entail more shopping/eating/sightseeing/doing a lot of things rather than chilling.
Or.. are there any places near Tokyo, that I could go to instead? Like places that have a slower pace, where I could read and write and relax more (instead of feeling like I should be on the go).
- Accommodation prices are increasing the more I stall.
I guess if I don't go, then I sort of won't have wasted much in terms of actual $, but it does feel like a wasted opportunity. At the same time, I don't want to jeopardize my work, but maybe I could get my act together wrt work (I've been procrastinating, too) if I stopped worrying, and made a decision either way?
If I go, where should I go that might be less hectic and more relaxing (and where I can still get by without knowing Japanese)? I don't mind traveling a bit beyond Tokyo's city area.
Sorry if this is sort of scattered and muddled. Thanks for reading this far. If you have any suggestions or advice I'd be super grateful.