Hotel Grand Mariage
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... have not shopped that much in Japan before. We certainly have to make sure that when we return to Japan, we can't buy anything, at least, not anything large or bulky.
We checked out of the hotel at 2.30pm. The receptionist was quite surprised as I had booked for another night. I told her that it was easier to do that than to have a late checkout. She ended up charging us 8000 yen instead of the 12500 yen.
No problem with the flight, though as I arrived a bit earlier I had to wait an hour before check in opened just milling around the check-in terminal checking out all the trendy Japanese lol. I jumped in line before it got too long, the queue for the business line was just as long as the economy one. When checking in they asked did I want to swap to Japan airlines which was leaving 40 minutes earlier ...
... an hour early, then got through passport control, baggage claim and customs in a mind-blowing 20 minutes. The airport was so quiet and the Japanese are so efficient, we were stunned at the speed we got through it all. We are now on a very clean and fast train to Shibuya and the first thing I've noticed is how clean it is. Even at the train station, when you peer over the tracks they are spotless. At any other city, there ...
... neighbors one could wish for as their sage advice is always candid and dependable. And to Ron, for the ride to the airport and hopefully picking me up when I land so I didn't have to leave my car there (and pay for parking) and drive home in a mind fog. To Andrea for keeping in touch, to Marilyn for offering the welcome home party.....you've all contributed to this magical adventure for me.
Thanks, and cheers,
... his line from Japanese nationals to foreigners...Seriously? He had the "stamp" all along? This is only one of a million examples of Japanese bureaucracy that exists.
Not surprisingly arrival into Japan must always be treated like a game...usually against the clock. Aided by the memory of long processing times for gaijins, it is crucial that from the moment you touch down you are race against the clock ...