OMG! This must be one of the most hurried travel itineraries I had for a long time!
Arriving on Sunday evening, I had made the dash for central Tokyo to be able to have a dinner with a business partner. Then it had been a morning meeting the following day (Monday) before catching a Shinkansen to Kyoto, the ancient capital of the country.
Just realize that there is no large luggage compartment on the Shinkansen (not even the first class cabin). Thus I had my large suitcase stuck in front of my legs in the seat area for nearly 2.5 hours! Not a nice experience. What a yoga position! It would have been ok if there were unoccupied seats but sorry not today!
Then I reminded myself that we (Suan and myself that is) had planned to send our luggage via the Sankyu courier service should we do the same trip.
We had observed many locals do this when they arrive at the airport and also seen some do the same at the various hotels we stayed in. These services courier your large suitcases or items to your home (if you are living here) or to designated destination points that can receive them on your behalf. Sending the luggage to the next hotel is a good idea.
Mental note and recommendation to all : don’t bring your large suitcase on the Shinkansen!
Now in Kyoto, it has been yet another hectic day as we spent the morning in business meetings (followed by a very nice lunch, which normally never make it in the complain column). It was a mad rush to the train station with barely minutes to spare after buying tickets for the 1415hrs train at 1405hrs!
Two hours later was at Kansai airport and buying my last confectionery for office and home. Another two hours later I am now in Seoul, home for one night…
It is a miracle I finally found some time to do a blog post. Now I am taking some time to “cool” off and relax before getting to serious work. Tomorrow’s yet another long day of dashing from office to airport and hotel. Next stop – Shanghai.