After well over 24 hours of sleepless transit, I finally found my way to my hotel in Mitaka. This was only possible thanks to the help of my friend Yasuko Okada who met me at Narita airport, helped me ship my bags, and guided me through the seemingly chaotic Tokyo transit system to my hotel. I simply cannot thank her enough!
This map of the Tokyo transit system may look erratic and terrifying, but it is actually a highly efficient system that works like clockwork.
I was the only foreigner on my train rides to Mitaka. The trains were also very crowded!