Hotel New Ueno
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... so many people I expected to see the roads packed almost bumper to bumper but this wasn't the case. Perhaps it was just the area we were in or area we could see but there weren't that many cars on the road at all. I am not sure if the excellent public transportation system also helps to explain this. The other thing that I noted was the inability to see the street layout of the city. For example, often when you go up other towers to view a ...
... on the subway and Yamanote line to Akihabara. It's the electronics district, so I wandered around a few camera shops looking at lenses and other stuff. Then, back on the train and over to the Imperial Palace gardens. It was really peaceful as there were hardly any other people walking around. Lots of guard houses and gardens. There was still a lot of snow, so I couldn't really see a lot of the plants the signs were talking about, but the trees looked ...
... back to the hotel - it was still really hot and we were all a bit tired. Ben & I got some lunch at the FamilyMart across from the hotel - noodle/salad snack boxes and icecreams. So good on a hot day! Basti slept for hours. The stroller was delivered to our room (small fee on 2,000 yen - $25) I had a nap and then went to exec club for a drink (happy hour from 5-7!). It was great but thunderstorms were brewing. The place I really ...
After Meiji Shine, we set upon getting some lunch. We looked around busy Harajuku and really didn't know where to go. Thankfully, I had an offline city guide for Tokyo and found a wonderful Ramen restaurant. We actually passed it but I thought it was a tourist trap. It was really good. There were seven soup bases to choose from, then you pick what you want on top: Egg, pork, pork belly, etc. it's just the kind of shop I wanted to show the kids! We then ...
... kind of dance on the street but what's beautiful about it is that everyone is trying to make the morning commute more convenient for everyone else, as well as for themselves.
One thing I can confirm so far is that bowing is contagious - everyone, from construction workers to Starbucks employees to grandpas on the street, will bow to you and you will bow back because it's just the nicest thing to do.