Visit to Armenia

Actually, today, I am in Yerevan! I came to Armenia by myself today from Japan for some reasons this time, arriving at almost 2am on 18th so that I am writing this entry almost right after my arrival (although I have already taken a nap of 4 hours or so).

Armenia today is not as cold as I imagined but I feel it is obviously colder than Japan at the moment (the weather forecast says it is around 20 C in Tokyo while it is 11 C in Yerevan as of 8am Armenia time). This cool temperature makes me feel kind of refreshed after my long journey from Japan (though my family here asked me what I am wearing only T-shirt in this weather… I feel fine with that).

Narita Airport is always busy with many travelers.

Narita Airport is always busy with many travelers.

Narita Airport

Since it was Friday when I left the airport and still in the morning, there are less people than usual.

From Japan, probably, most typical route to reach Armenia is by using Aeroflot (Russian airplane), first arriving in Moscow and changing airplane there to Yerevan. By including the time for transit, it usually takes about 21 hours. It sounds very long, doesn’t it??? The secret is that people usually have to wait for another airplane in Sheremetyevo International Airport for almost 8 hours while it only takes 10 hours and 3 hours from Japan to Moscow and Moscow to Yerevan respectively.

 

It was rainy in Moscow. Actually, it turned to be snowy when I left the airport.

It was rainy in Moscow. Actually, it turned to be snowy when I left the airport.

There are many shops and restaurants but obviously 8 hours are too much to explore the place.

There are many shops and restaurants but obviously 8 hours are too much to explore the place.

Actually, last time when I visited here with my father, he said that it was almost killing him who is almost 65 years old. Can you imagine yourself spending 8 hours in the airport?

But this time, luckily I was able to find another airplane leaving Moscow for Yerevan earlier than that so I just needed to spend 5 hours which was much better than 8 hours. (You may think that 5 hours is still too long but obviously I felt it was a lot better than doing nothing for 8 hours).

For some foreigners, after arrival to Yerevan, there is another obstacle making you tired actually. It is visa application! Depending on how many people are in line waiting for their turn, it would take another 30 minutes. So, it is highly recommended for you to apply to visa online if you can. Also, please do not forget exchanging your money into the Armenian currency (DRAM) before applying to visa. They do not accept other currencies for the purpose!

View of Yerevan from my family place here.

Today, I will attend a wedding party and tomorrow visiting some tourists’ sites in Armenia.