Saitama, here we come!

With only 2 weeks to the crucial World Cup Qualifer against Japan, over 1,000 Australian football fans like me are packing their bags to support our team in Saitama.

Getting to the ground is easy via the Namboku Subway Line. Find out just how easy by clicking here!

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About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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6 Responses to Saitama, here we come!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Jean.. Gotta check out the Tokyo Sky Tree, Tsujiki fish markets are awesome – gotta get up early though!! 5am or so it starts – bookings via your reception desk. Odaiba is an island filled with great shopping and onsens.. North East side of Shinjuku station (Kabukicho) is pretty full on area (lots of shops, bars and restaurants). If you have more time, head down to Yokohama and check out Chinatown and the free zoo 🙂 Yokohama is still a big city (more Sydney size) but lots less intimidating then Tokyo sometimes.. On the Yamanote train line in Tokyo, get off at Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Ueno and Tokyo stations, lots to explore around each one.. Enjoy the trip, see you there.. Go the Socceroos!

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  2. chris jarrett says:

    Hey tony i would love to join you one day in japan

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    • TonyJ2 says:

      Hi Chris,

      Fantastic and pencil in early 2014! Western Sydney Wanderers are in the 2014 Asian Champions League. As it works, the WSW group will include 1 team from Japan and 1 from South Korea. Unfortunately the draw does not come out until early December.

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  3. Jean Alaba says:

    Hello, enjoyed your post. On a side note, we will be in Tokyo for about 2 days this June. It will be our 2nd time going there, any suggestions which places we should prioritize? We have only been to Tokyo Disney Sea. Cheers!

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    • TonyJ2 says:

      Jean, that is a hard one! In the next few days I hope to do an expansive post on all the places I have been to in Tokyo, but that’s me. You may hate them all.

      I don’t think you can go past the Asakasa area with its historic temples and shrines. There are free guided services as well that are highly recommended.

      Ueno Park with the museums and galleries is another suggestion. Of course the Imperial Palace area in Central Tokyo.

      There is a great walking guide to Tokyo that you can download from the Japan National Tourist Association. http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-305.pdf

      Tony

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      • Jean Alaba says:

        Appreciate your recommendations, Tony. Will definitely take note of these while planning for our short trip.

        Thanks as well for that walking guide, I foresee us needing that.

        Have followed your blog for that expansive post on Japan, cheers!

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