Thursday, 13 November 2014
Early arrival and a 4pm check in at the hotel meant no chance of a nap after flying over night and losing a nights sleep, but hey we were in Tokyo! After a coffee pit stop we headed into central Tokyo, Japan rail pass (essential to buy at home if ever visiting Japan) in hand off we went. The lack of English everywhere does make it hard to figure out what things are and directions but the people of the city were very helpful, even if they do talk to you in Japanese like you understand every single word! First we took in the sights of the Imperial Palace which is absolutely massive, the actual palace is quite secluded but you get a good glimpse. We plan to come back on a nicer day to take it all in! We ended up in a busy restaurant for some lunch of Tempura Chicken and rice, huge meal for not very much money! Being quite tired we made our way back towards our hotel to check in and freshen up!... Which actually ended up with falling asleep and not making it out again! Day 2: We had picked up a guidebook with all the must see's and do's in Tokyo. It was very helpful and made some suggestions that we followed. One of which was the Asakusa district- known for its long shopping streets of souvenir stalls and food stands. The main street, Nakamise leads down to the huge temple Sensoji, which is a very popular Buddhist temple. Aswell as visiting the temple, we sampled giant Japanese rice crackers, deep fried bun filled with custard and one filled with red bean paste, and deep fried ball of pork and onions. All pretty tasty!