After you’ve climbed the north face of Everest, surfed the 50-footers at Mavericks, and helicopter boarded the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, what’s left for next year’s Golden Week?
Sadly, you discover that your idea of kayaking the Amazon from its headwaters in deepest darkest Brazil would require longer than five days. But then you see this subway poster at Akasaka-Mitsuke! What about a heart-stopping adventure right in your own back yard?
Of course, it’s rather unlikely you’ll spot any rare blue poison dart frogs while padding your way through Asakusa – even though this uncharted canal will take you through eyepoppingly grim parts of Tokyo that aren’t featured in any guide book – but on the other hand, in the Amazon you can’t stop off at Skytree for some nice sushi and a beer at lunchtime.
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4 thoughts on “Kayak The Untamed Canals Of Tokyo!”
Don’t mock us hopeful Indiana Joneses of Tokyo yet my friend! The tour is actually 6 hours (!) long. I believe it’s the first time I have seen a tour pamphlet in Japan where they actually say “this might not be for everyone”. (^-^)
Har, 6 hours! I admit I didn’t read the fine print! The thing is, I recently walked this neighborhood (starting at Asakusa and ending at Skytree) and it’s about as close to urban blight as you get in Japan. Fortunately, I don’t think you can see anything from down inside the canal, so maybe if you have a really good imaginiation, you can pretend you’re in the Grand Canyon…
Most of urban Japan is just a concrete mess, although it is walkable and hugely interesting, unlike the urban mess we find in some other countries that I can mention but won’t. (^-^;) I think the tour goes way beyond Akihabara and the Sky tree area, and you are right, you wouldn’t see much at all down there, which is kinda the point I guess, to see Tokyo from a totally different perspective. My all time favorite Tokyo photographer Masataka Nakano even made a great book about the Tokyo waterways, called Tokyo Float, although he was up in a tall motor boat and not 80cm above the water in kayak… (^-^;)