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Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Chiyoda November 27th 2018

We get up at 8.45am today (positively a lie in for us these days lol) so we can make a disgrace of the free breakfast this morning at the Comfort Inn hotel. The selection is rather eclectic with a mix of japanese and (a token attempt at) a western breakfast. Even though breakfast doesn't finish for another 45 minutes, the only server isn't replenishing anything and just moving things about in the bowls instead, so its first come first serve. I manage to grab some scrambled eggs which have ran out by the time Greg gets there. But Greg is just ecstatic they have cereal as its the first time in 10 days he's had some (when he usually lives on the stuff). We also have a salad and then yoghurt with some mango and blueberries. ... read more
Akihabara at night

Asia » Japan » Tokyo November 27th 2018

It’s about time I wrote an update on what we’ve been up to over the past few months. We’re about to leave the ski resort in Hakuba, Japan, to travel around the country for another few weeks before moving on to Hong Kong and China. So here’s what’s happened since we arrived here at the end of November. We arrived in Tokyo dressed head to toe in jumpers and down jackets fully expecting cold weather, only to find it was 17 degrees. Sweating, we lugged our gear to the nearest station to try and negotiate the Tokyo public transport system, which with three different, but kind of linked, train providers is not as easy as you'd think it'd be! We'd got a few days to explore Tokyo before heading up to Hakuba for the start of ... read more
The Shibuya Scramble
Night time Shinjuku
Neon lights of Akhibara

Asia » Japan » Tokyo November 25th 2018

If you followed my Midlife Crisis Flashpacking Trip series, you may recall that that trip had a couple of false endings while I sorted out terms of employment with a potential (and now my current) employer. I’ve been at my new job for over six months now. Because I had a number of use-it-or-lose-it days off, I decided to visit family and friends in Singapore during Thanksgiving week. When I booked my flights, I chose an option with a 16 hour layover in Tokyo, one of my favorite cities. As this was my eighth time in Tokyo (three visits + five long (12+ hours) layovers), I didn’t have a specific list of sights I wanted to see other than a vague plan to eat breakfast at Tsukiji after landing, and then look for fall foliage. Tsukiji: ... read more
Meiji Shrine

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Odaiba November 21st 2018

I wake up feeling good this morning after another cosy night's sleep. I am honestly in love with this hotel room – the bed is super comfy (a rival to any premier inn), it has great climate control to adjust the room temperature and the heated toilet seat is something I could definitely get used to. And the sound proofing is impeccable – you would literally think you were the only guest staying here and there's no cleaners shouting at the top of their lungs and scraping chairs around at 8 in the morning (we've since noticed from staying in other hotels that they all seem to do their cleaning between 10am and 3pm – what a sensible idea!). Unfortunately even though I am definitely sleeping better, I still wake up at 3am then 5am and ... read more
Hamarikyu gardens
A peaceful park in the city
New York? No, Odaiba

Asia » Japan » Tokyo November 20th 2018

After a very Long travel from Los Angeles we finally arrived at HAN airport our flight was long but Delta airlines was excellent . Time changes are always difficult for us but a big whole day tour in the morning will show us all. Japan having a population of 127 million and Tokyo 13.8 million infrastructure has been created to keep things flowing. There is a whole under ground of tunnels with subways trains and vehicles, the people are welcoming polite and helpful. The cities are clean and I mean clean its respect no garbage graffiti or any thing of that nature any where. The goal is success the children are educated to a high level and everyone has a part in society and stands proud. Our first day and I was a wonderful friendly experience. ... read more
Shutle bus stop
baggage HAN airprt Tokyo
Leaving customs Tokyo airport

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shibuya November 20th 2018

After a bit of investigation from my lovely colleagues at the airport (it's good to have contacts), I find out my case is currently at Narita airport and has been since yesterday. I'm a bit miffed as to why they haven't delivered it already, especially as my only pair of boots are starting to fall apart on me and I really don't want to have to go out and buy new ones. I'm ruminating over the situation when a second later the room phone rings and I perk up with the hope its good news about my case. I am absolutely ecstatic when she confirms it is, and I practically run down to reception. My good karma for helping a women with her case has paid off lol. I run back up the stairs with the ... read more
Myths of tomorrow murial
Shibuya crossing
Me being all artsy

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Asakusa November 19th 2018

I manage to get quite a good sleep considering my history, and the only disappointment is I wake up 2 minutes before my alarm goes off. But I feel refreshed after a well needed 10 and a half hour sleep lol. It helps the bed is super comfy too. After a morning coffee from our coffee machine in the room (a nice little touch), we are raring to go and armed with our itinerary, head out on our first proper adventure of Tokyo. Yesterday Greg spotted a little pancake place just along the road from our hotel, and as much as we love trying and eating food from other countries, the thought of noodles and dumplings for breakfast is something we cant quite get our head around, so pancakes sound quite ... read more
Western meets Asian
Senso-ji temple
Outside senso-ji temple

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Asakusa November 18th 2018

It feels like a back to the future moment as its now 10.30am local time so we've lost 8 hours of time in the blink of an eye. Tokyo airport is huge and customs takes a lot longer than expected which is a pain as we are knackered and just want to get there now. I'm really ready for a hot shower and a lie down, but unfortunately that's a long way off at this point. Once we get to the luggage belt, the cases have already started coming out and I get excited when I see both mine and Greg's cases in the distance at the other end of the belt. It feels like a huge relief as I know all too first hand how often Iberia lose cases from working at the airport. But ... read more
Our cool little hotel
Gyoza dumplings yum
Japanese wrestling

Asia » Japan » Tokyo November 17th 2018

So its finally the night before our epic holiday to Japan and my original plan is to do an all-nighter before our mega 13 and a half hour flight, but in the end I succumb to tiredness and manage to achieve a full three hour sleep – almost a normal night's amount of sleep for me so i'm pretty happy (even though i'm somewhat bleary eyed when the 4 alarms we have set all start beeping at us at 6am). Checking in for the first leg of our flight is pretty straightforward enough and we are surprised to find one of our former colleagues is on the same flight to Madrid as us so we get to have a little catch up. When we actually board the plane, we realise we are also sitting in the ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo October 21st 2018

We spent our last days visiting with family and friends, and biking around the area. I was able to meet with a former student and his family on Saturday. I had not seen Yusuke since he was 7! We had lunch, went for a long walk, and reminisced... We celebrated my niece's first birthday with her family, including her grandmother, aunt, and cousin. I made the birthday cake... On Sunday afternoon, we all went to a beer fest at the farmer's market in Ome, where Dianne's friends had a T-shirt booth. Bill bought one... We took a 16 mile ride with my brother on Monday, up into the mountains near his house. The ride included several miles on a main road frequented by the dreaded dump trucks, but we survived! We went into a small mountain ... read more
Giant perfect carrots from the JA store nearby
Bedding being aired

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