Hotel New Star Ikebukuro
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... of ultra full metro and trains during rush hour, we managed to travel early enough to avoid that experience, and even found some seats available. I suppose it's to be expected when the city contains more than 20 million people! Also, the train/metro stops are quite far apart from each other, so small distances in terms of stops may equal long trips time-wise. We're getting used it.
Meiji-jingu, the largest shinto temple in Japan, is sleepy ...
... to see what was around us...turned out not much other than restaurants, arcades and 'girls bars' which appear to be strip clubs! On our way back to the hotel we called at the 7/11 and bought some beers. Day 2 We decided not to buy into the all you can eat breakfast that the hotel offered, which was pretty much just toast, coffee and soup. We called to the supermarket and bought cereals instead which saw us through our stay...we didn't have bowls, so we bought ...
... back a bit tired and hungry from the long journey we tasted our first Japanese meal Niku jaga which is a soup with meat, potato and vegetables. It was delicious and we soon realised that we would be very happy here. We also experienced our first bathing experience in Japan- washing outside of the bath.... really! The baths are deeper and are put on a timer so that they are daily filled up and the temperature maintained for a couple of hours. You then scoop the water ...
... foods. We stopped to try some dango – sweet rice
paste balls on a stick – they were very, very tasty!
After wandering about the shrine for a bit, seeing another
traditional wedding (and getting rid of the very talkative little old Japanese
man who stopped to chat), we hopped on a shuttle for the nearby Tokyo Skytree. This tower only opened in February and it is
absolutely massive ...
... for this service, but they directed us to a nearby bank. Upon walking into the bank, the guard and exquisitely dressed manager greeted us with a deep bow. We were directed to a desk where the transactions took place with very limited English spoken. I was amused that they wouldn't accept two of my hundred dollar bills because Benjamin Franklin's face was slightly marred.
We then headed ...