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Ueno Zoo, Akihabara Electric Town and the Tokyo Sky Tree

Should have done some training for this trip... So much walking!!

overcast 5 °C


So last night we decided to first stop at the B & R for a drink before dinner. The boys once again wore the matching vests and we all felt very classy as the waiter took our jackets and brought us the fancy menus. The boys all ordered scotch while I ordered a martini and then Marc and Nick decided they were feeling manly enough to have a cigar. We managed to keep up the appearance of having lots of money until Marc made the comment "After this I'm going to get 15 nuggets!" Luckily no one else understood him so we were safe. We were all amazed by the bar tender who chipped a perfect circle out of ice to put in Zac's drink and decided we would make this place our "local" for the week. After an hour we headed out to find some food and ended up at this really cool little traditional place where I had deep fried octopus, Zac had sushi and Nick and Marc had some suspicious looking meat. I had some sake as well, which was rather intense and I couldn't manage to finish it :( Then we headed back to our hotel, sat around on our computers for a while, and finally collapsed into bed for a well deserved sleep!

I managed to sleep in until 8 this morning, which for me is very late, and then we all went to Maccas for breakfast again before getting on the train to go to the Ueno Zoo!! We were all very excited to see the pandas and monkeys, but we were even more excited when we realised there were also elephants, bears, tigers, rhinos and hippos. Pretty good considering we payed about $6 to get in :)

We spent a good 3 hours at the zoo before Zac and my bodies started to give up on us and we bailed to get some food. We ended up at KFC because it was the first place we saw that we could work out the menu, and after disappointing meals for everyone (the chicken was gross) we got back on the train and set off to Akihabara to check out some of the electronic department stores. We split up again here and while the boys checked out places like Yodobashi Akiba (8 levels of electronics) I found some cute antique book stores around the station and then had an Irish Baileys Coffee at Tully's Coffee. Probably the best thing I have ever tasted and definitely appreciated because of the ice cold weather outside! I bought a cute little watch after that which was navy with a red face and white spots (cutest thing ever!) and then met up with the boys again to head to the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower. We got off at the Akasura stop and walked until we could see the tower in the distance and then followed it, but along the way found some seriously interesting sculptures... some of which the boys had fun taking awkward photos with.... and eventually made it to the ticket office where we then waited another 20 minutes in a ridiculously well organised line. The Japanese sure know how to queue!

By the time we got our tickets I was freaking out more than a little about how high we were going to be, but there was no time to think as we were all pushed into lifts with no space to turn and sped up the tower so fast and smooth that our ears were popping like crazy! The views were rather spectacular from the top and because we got there about 4:30 we managed to see the city as the sun went down and took some cool photos when all the lights came out. There was a section where you could walk over a glass floor, but I certainly did not like the idea of that!

After the lightning speed trip back down to the floor, we took the train all the way back to our station (it's just too easy to fall asleep on the train with all the silence and how smooth it is) and then we grabbed some random food from a supermarket on our way back to the hotel and are once again sitting on the beds in one of our rooms, all on our computers and sharing funny YouTube clips.

Tomorrow we go to Disney land (YAY!!!!) so we are going to have another early night so that we can be up early and at the gates as they open. So excited! Hope you are all enjoying the warmth while we are digging our thermals out of the bottom of our bags :)

Posted by clairebear89 03:15 Archived in Japan

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