My stay in Hakone had come to an end and it was time to return to Tokyo for the final few days of my 2019 journey across Japan and Korea. First I rode a train to Odawara and there I boarded a train heading up to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. My Japan Rail Pass had expired, so instead of boarding a shinkansen (bullet train) I bought a ticket for the slower but much cheaper Odakyu Line. It took a little over 90 minutes to get to Shinjuku Station and then I took a subway to the neighborhood with my hostel, which was a bit east of Shinjuku.
After settling in I headed across town to Asakusa and exited the subway at a station along the Sumida River. At this point it was already after sundown and the lights of Tokyo were shining bright. I had hoped to get a decent shot of the Tokyo Skytree but thick clouds meant that I could only see part of the tower. The storm that had dumped so much rain on me in Hakone was still working its way through Japan and I wouldn’t see that much blue skies during these final days. My desired photo had been denied but I still had a pleasant stroll as I walked northwards along the river towards Sensoji Temple. Time was nearly up on my 2019 journey and I would try to savor the remaining days as much as possible.