O-hisashiburi! It’s been a long time!
So yes, I went to Japan last week for a short trip (I will write more about this trip in the next few days, keeping my fingers crossed). And mind you, it was a very eventful trip!
My flight back to Singapore was at 6:10PM. The Narita airport is almost an hour from Tokyo, so I decided to take the 2:33PM Narita Express train from the Tokyo Station. I thought I would arrive at the airport at 3:30PM. The trains never get delayed, unless of course something happens and that is very rare! It is Japan, after all!
A few minutes from the Tokyo station, the train stopped at a station called “Tsuga”. I was busy uploading some photos so I didn’t pay attention to the announcements. Then more than 10 minutes had passed, the train was still stationary and people started to get off the train, mostly Japanese. Obviously, the announcements were in Japanese. Then they tried to do it in English but it was more confusing. So, I asked some Japanese who were still on the train.
Apparently, the train couldn’t pass because there was a wayside fire. They had no idea when the train could run again and they advised us to take another train line. When I checked the schedule, the route would take more than an hour! A cab would be the fastest and easiest choice, but it would cost me about 13,000 yen! Yes, very expensive.
So I joined the crowd and they gave us two of these white ticket for the train transfers:
There were many passengers and I couldn’t waste more time to queue for the elevator or escalator so I had to carry my 18kgs luggage up and down the stairs to the train platform!
With the new route, I could reach the airport less than an hour before my flight! Thankfully, web check-in is available in Japan Airlines so I did it while I was on the train. To cut the story a bit short, I arrived at the airport at 17:10, dropped my luggage at the counter, dropped and paid for the pocket WIFI, sprinted to the immigration counter, and ran to the boarding gate!
Yes, I made it with a few extra minutes to change my sweat-drenched shirt and to buy some boxes of Tokyo Banana.
Lesson learnt: Still take extra precaution even if it is in Japan. But it was fun!