So, after Michael meets us in the Narita airport, we promptly went to find the Tourist Information Booth. Those things are a LIFESAVER. All the people there speak English, have awesome maps and even call up the hotels and reserve rooms for you. Our guide even told us which train will take us where.
So hotel, CHECK…. now we were off to get our Rail Passes. One thing you need to make sure of is getting your pass BEFORE coming to Japan- which is what we did. All we had to do was turn in our voucher and we had pretty much free transportation while we were there. I mean, there were a few times we had to pay to use the private subway lines, but whatever. The Rail Pass is the best damn thing ever. The lady helping us out rushed us out of the office to grab the express train into Tokyo – a 45 minute ride in. Even though we were sleep deprived, I did not feel it yet. Couldn’t help but look out the window all the way to Tokyo Station.
Now Tokyo Station… I could write a book on how terribly overwhelming that place is! lol! Its where pretty much EVERY line (private and public) and Shinkansen (Bullet Train) meet up in Tokyo. After getting lost a bit, we eventually found our way. All I know is the Green line up to Ueno where our hotel was. We wanted to hit Akihabara the next day so we wanted to be near.
So we arrive, and I think by some luck we found our hotel. The great thing is we reserved a Japanese style room (which is definitely an experience and suggest it to everyone). We dumped our stuff, and looked around the room. It was a wee bit tiny, but enough for 3 beds on the floor. 🙂
The shower was a shower for one, and I am surprised my fat American ass could fit in there. I did stub my toe a few times though. 😀 We sat, watched some TV, drank the complimentary Green Tea and relaxed. Our stomachs got the better of us though.
We meandered around a but until we found a noodle shop. We had a triple order of Kimchi and started chowing down. This was the first time I experienced the massive appetite of Michael. Apparently he had eaten so much food during his stay in Japan his stomach was HUGE. He slurped his entire bowl before Shaun and I called it quits. Gotta respect the man. That was awesome. One thing I really dug was the fact slurping was allowed and encouraged. I mean, its kinda hard to eat noodles without slurping. Being as this was day 1 in Japan, I FAILED at using my chopsticks. Seeing as I didn’t want to look like the jackass American tourist, I dealt with it and started to learn the art of eating noodles with two sticks. 🙂
We went back to the hotel and on the way, we passed a series of vending machines. I kid you not, they are quite literally, on EVERY corner. We came across Dr. Pepper in the most amazing can EVER.
I mean, she has a freakin’ bottle between her boobs. How can you get cooler than that?
So of course I bought one, didn’t want to drink it (and ended up drinking it).
So yeah, we went back to our hotel, slept for 2 hours and headed out to karaoke. I mean, we were in Tokyo. We had to. Even SHAUN did it. Was fun. Although, the service at the place we were at sucked. We asked for drinks like 5 times before they even arrived. I was stoked though, I got to sing LA BAMBA in Tokyo. And I made sure everyone could hear. Was awesome. So awesome.
By now I was dead tired and we headed home with the masses of Salary Men leaving the bars- going home. It’s hilarious. Some even pass out on the street they are so drunk. We got back to the hotel, put on our yukata, watched some TV, ate some beer snacks and went to bed.