Back in the land of neon...

Trip Start Jan 31, 2006
Trip End Dec 11, 2006

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Sunday, May 21, 2006


After our last two trips on the Shinkansen (and some more tasty bento boxes) we arrived back in Tokyo mid-afternoon and headed to Shinjuku where we would be spending our last night in Japan. Although the hotel looked close to the metro station on our map, yet again the scale proved to be confusing and it took us a good 30 minutes dodging through rush-hour Tokyo with all our kit before we arrived at our room.

Anxious not to waste our last night, we headed back out into town for some dinner and to visit Megaweb. For dinner we chose a local restaurant in Shinjuku, Kitchen Shunju. The food was modern Japanese and we had a really delicious meal (which included snapper cooked with rice and tea) with which to end our culinary tour of the country. After dinner we headed out towards Megaweb, an entertainment area in the east of Toyko down by the shoreline. To get there you have to take the monorail across the water from downtown Tokyo. We'd already been across to the Docks area (which is next to Megaweb) when we'd first stayed in Tokyo, but it had been raining that night so our view of the city had not been great. However, this time the sky was clear and we had a fantastic view of the city at night as we headed across the water.

Megaweb turned out to be great - it is obviously one of the places to go if you are a young couple in Tokyo as everyone around us seemed to by on a date or out with their other half. Part of the centre houses the world's largest Toyota showroom and we had good fun laughing at the very small and very ugly cars the Japanese seem to love and sitting in all the top of the range Lexus models we could never afford. I also had a go on the Gran Turismo 4 simulator which was fun if a little uncomfortable (the chair was designed for small, light Japanese people not large, heavy Westerners...).

Next up was Megaweb's ferris wheel. At one time the ferris wheel at Megaweb was the highest in the world and although there are taller ones out there, the view you get out over Tokyo is still spectacular. After riding the wheel we went into the arcade next door and spent a fun hour or so shooting things, racing cars and driving buses (probably the dullest arcade game in the world, you literally drive a bus on a route letting people on and off at the stops). We also had a go at hitting some baseballs (the Japanese are bonkers about baseball) in the batting cages. After the batting cages we were quite tired and it was almost midnight so we headed back to Shinjuku to pack up ready for our flight to Australia the next day.
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