Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama
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... less concrete and more original-looking old buidings. From here, the Tokyo Skytree is visible. The Skytree is the tallest tower in the world. From what I understand, the view from the top is quite spectacular. However, tickets must be purchased in advance and with a Japanese credit card. I guess they don’t want tourists!
The highlight of Asakusa is the Senso-ji Temple. This is the most sacred temple in all of ...
... cool, but by the time we arrived at the Ryokan Katsutero, we were pretty exhausted. It was about 6pm by the time we got there -- what a long day!!
The very nice lady running the place (who spoke practically no English) efficiently checked us in and showed us to our room. Staying in a ryokan is quite an experience. No chairs. Basically no furniture. Just a low table with a tea set on it and lots of tatami mats spread out ...
... and pointed us in the right direction.
We grabbed all the luggage again and headed toward the platform. We had to wait about 10 minutes to board the plane, and it was another 10 minutes before the train departed. While we were waiting, there was a clean-up crew going through the cars. They used only a cloth tape stretched across the door to indicate that the train was not ready for boarding. At the ...
... the best way for ME to remember. So when I come back and you ask me how was my trip, I can look at my notes ;)
So as I was saying, my day yesterday started slowly, at 8:30 I headed out for breakfast, which by the way, heading out is no simple feat. I have to take an elevator down 3 floors, then walk through a hall way too low for me (see the pattern that Japan wasn't designed for people 6 foot tall) and take another elevator to the first floor. I quickly found a ...
... Crossing. We take the Lonely Planet book's advice and head up to the Starbucks above the crossing for some respite and a great view of the shopping crowd madness on the crosswalk. We're not really up for shopping in the endless department stores ...