So, on our trip to Tokyo we decided we couldn’t just miss out on the nightlife. Roppongi and Shinjuku are known as the red light districts; and because I hadn’t been to Roppongi before we headed there, falling asleep on the 40 minute train journey.
The Japanese seem to have learnt how to fall asleep on the train rather elegantly, unlike me and Dom. We were mouths wide open, slumped against each other.
1. Make an effort
Firstly, if I’ve learnt anything about Japanese people, it’s that they are immaculate; especially the women; they dress so neatly, hair done perfectly, everything. I felt like sore thumb. I was just walking around in creased clothes with stains on.
The thing you’ve got to look out for in Roppongi is the Nigerian guys trying to lure you into clubs. You will see them everywhere, and we spoke to one, he seemed really nice but you need to be careful. Don’t trust everyone. We heard plenty of stories about people being conned in those clubs…
…one guy told us how how a friend had gone in with a group of people, and when the bill came there were loads of drinks they hadn’t bought – the bill coming to over £1000. When they called it out, the bar man and a few tables in the club were claiming they’d been buying them drinks. They’d got a load of people in on the con, and they were all marched to a cash point to hand them money.
If you’re staying no where near Roppongi, you’ll need to think about what you’re going to do when everything shuts. We spent most of our night in a ‘British Pub’ which shut at something like 4am.
The last train was at 12.30AM and we just thought, oh whatever we’ll go and sit in McDonalds and get the first train home. But it got to the point where the pub was really dead and we were falling asleep – and we made the drunk decision to pay for an expensive love hotel just so we had somewhere to sleep.
Looking back now, planning would’ve been a better idea – booking a cheap hotel or arranging to go out earlier and catch the last train. It would’ve saved us a lot of money!