We walked 8kms today!!
02.01.2014 - 03.01.2014 11 °C
Well the flight over was fairly uneventful, we flew out of the Gold Coast airport which was nice and easy and managed not to get pulled up for drug or bomb tests which is always good! On the flight over I remembered that I should not watch funny shows because I watched a few New Girl episodes and woke everyone up within about a 3 row radius :/ Once we arrived in Tokyo we were very happy to pick up our luggage unharmed and then had to find our way through the airport maze to the train station where we got tickets for the Narita Express. On our way through the gates some guy in front of us took Marc's ticket and then Marc took Nick's so we had to explain to the scary security man what happened and then run for the train! It took a good hour to travel into Tokyo and while on the train we watched the crazy ads with some heavily eyebrowed girl talking extremely fast.... So that was interesting!
Once we got into the Tokyo Station we had to then walk up onto the street to walk to the next Metro station to catch the subway to our hotel. We were definitely not prepared for how cold it was so basically ended up running around Tokyo dragging our suitcases and snowboards behind us to get back into the warmth! Needless to say we were very excited to finally make it to our hotel and drop all our luggage. We then realised how hungry we were and decided to brave the freezing weather to walk down to find a McDonalds as none of us were feeling particularly adventurous. After everyone managed to order something other than what we wanted due to the language barrier and scoffed it down, we headed back home and crashed for the night.
In the morning Nick and I realised just how awkward the bathroom in our twin room was with the frosted glass bottom half and clear glass top half. It's always going to be weird standing in the shower and being able to look out and see your sibling on their computer! We headed out at 9 towards the Imperial Gardens and after walking about 20 minutes around the outside we realised that it was closed on Fridays So we continued to walk around the outside of it because it was just so pretty and we were amused by how many joggers were passing us. As we got round the other side of the palace the boys started to get dizzy from lack of food and I was freezing cold and in desperate need of a coffee, so we stopped at a Starbucks and were very impressed with the Pretzel Mocha which is apparently only in Tokyo. We then continued to walk along the Marunouchi Naka-dori, which is basically Tokyo's version of the Champs-Élysées, and were planning to head into a department store called Hankyu Men's Tokyo which we were told was for "successful men" but as we walked towards it there were fire trucks everywhere and turns out there was a fire inside! It did seem a little ridiculous to have about 20 trucks there as well as police on every street corner, but I guess with the number of random security guards all over the place that must be normal. Instead we headed towards Mitsukoshi Department Store (the largest in Ginza) and went in to awe at all the expensive clothes and perfectly dressed attendants. It did cause nick to make the comment that "these people must fart money", so I decided it was time to move on!
Our next stop was the Pokemon store, but to get there took another long walk during which we stopped once at a clothes store where the boys bought matching vests and I bought a cute skirt and then at a toy store which was ridiculously crowded and full with random stuff from dancing robots to paper watches. When we finally arrived at the Pokemon Centre, which was also crawling with children, Zac and I waited outside while Marc and Nick went in to explore. After that we decided we had walked enough and caught the subway to Roppongi and then walked back to our hotel after stopping at a 7-11 to get some snacks and beer (which you don't seem to need ID for...).
We are now chilling in one of our rooms, the boys all wearing their vests, and are deciding what to do for dinner. I guess we should do something a bit more traditional after our Maccas and Starbucks stops but we'll see how we go Oh and the other amazing thing about our hotel is that there is a good coffee machine in the lobby that's how I plan on surviving
Will post again tomorrow with our experiences of Shibuya!!