Asakusa is more of a historical part of Tokyo with many shrines and temples located around Sensoji square. I was surprised by how few vehicles were on the streets; the side streets of Asakusa were virtually free of cars with the only traffic being bicycles and pedestrians. It makes sense though, with space at a premium, parking is very expensive, and the train system makes it basically impractical to own a car if you are commuting within Tokyo.
I changed hostels today to a less touristy part of Asakusa, near Ueno, because the rates increased substantially at Bunka due to their nearing capacity. I will be staying at １泊１９８０円ホテル (1night1980hostel) for 2 nights at Agoda’s online bargain price of ~¥1550(CAD$19)/night. It’s not as nice as Bunka, but the only thing I can complain about really is that my mattress is not much thicker than a blanket.
This morning I stepped out into heavy rain and slushy streets in search of coffee and an ATM that would accept my international bank card. This turned out to require quite a bit more walking than I had originally hoped, and within minutes my shoes and pants were soaked to the knee, but reception was kind enough to lend me an umbrella which kept me from getting entirely drenched. I have decided today is a great day to hole up in capsule 704A and a local noodle shop and get some work done until the weather clears. The trick is going to be creating some work that needs to be done.