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5-25 - We made it, with ALL the luggage. I would also like to point out that my bag is smaller than Ray's and that he had to go buy a smaller bag to bring his GIANT bag under 50lbs.
We arrived in Japan around 1030 am. We are now 14 hours ahead of Dallas.
10 hour flight, we got on a bus and got to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo.
Checked in and walked around a bit. Very busy area. 2 hours ...
... distance hiking, you should try to walk along the Yamanote-line. It is about 40km and you'll see all of Tokyo."
The only thing I knew at that time about the Yamanote-line is that it is a circular train line around the central part of Tokyo. No idea which stations were on it, or how many, nor whether it would actually be possible to walk next to it. Nevertheless, the idea to walk around the city center(s) sticked in my mind.
... we headed out of the park we headed toward he national stadium. I was hoping it was a football stadium, but disappointed when it was just an indoor arena; we climbed the foot bridge for a better view then moves on. We were already in a good spot to carry on our look at the tourist spots in Harajuku which is the area for whacky shops and people watching. We were rewarded straight away, another queue of people (in the rain) for another western shop selling ...
... modern LCD watch but couldn't find anything like it. After another exhausting day we tackled the metro again and got home 1.5 hours later.
Finding the Japanese to be really polite and courteous people. Even on the trains when you are packed in like sardines, there is no pushing or bumping. And the trains are so quiet, no one talks loud or even talk on their mobiles.
Mum - don't forget to pick us up from the airport on Friday at 1pm !!!
... side streets off Shijo Dori, one of the main thoroughfares, were filled with adults and children sampling the food booths celebrating the festival. Some great street food was to be had. In addition there were game booths for the kids. The whole scene was reminiscent of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Many of the women and children and some of the men were dressed in traditional kimonos. It was all quite colorful and beautiful. By day the central district was typical of most ...