Monday, March 19, 2012

Tokyo Trip: Day 1 - Arrival

On March 6, Jess and I went for a holiday in Tokyo for 6 days 5 nights. It was the end of winter and the beginning of spring in Tokyo. It was still cold but it wasn't as bad as I anticipated.

We flew Air Asia. We got cheap airfare when Air Asia had their promotion last May. The cost of the return air ticket is RM1136 per person.

Jess watching HK drama on her iPad

We arrived Haneda Airport around 10:30pm. By the time we were done with immigration checks and baggage claims, it was already 11pm-ish. We had to hurry because our last train to our hotel is at 12:34am.

I just had to take picture of the toilet at Haneda Airport

The toilet buttons at Haneda Airport

At the arrival hall, we followed the sign to the Airport Limousine Bus counter. I highly recommend this for first time travelers to Tokyo. It's the most convenient but slightly expensive. Of course, the cheapest is to take the train and subway all the way from the airport to the city. But the thing is, all international flights arrive late at night and it will be a hassle to lug our luggage around the train station and figure out which directions or routes to take.

So the Limousine Bus took us to Shinjuku Station West Exit. From there, we took the subway to Higashi-Shinjuku station on Oedo Line. We almost missed our last train. Phew! The cost of the Limousine Bus is JPY1200 and the subway JPY170.

Airport Limousine Bus - JPY1200

We stayed at Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku. The cost of the hotel stay is RM1050 per person. The location of the hotel is very convenient. It's right next to the subway station (Higashi-Shinjuku stop on Oedo Line and Fukutoshin Line). The room is very small but clean and the bed is quite comfortable. I wouldn't mind staying here again. It's also walking distance to the happening area in Shinjuku.

Our hotel room toilet - Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Foam and Shiseido Facial Foam provided

After checking in, we dropped our luggage in our room and headed out for a midnight stroll. We were hungry so we went hunting for food. We passed by lots of vending machines along the way. One thing for sure, you'll never get thirsty in Tokyo because there are vending machines everywhere. They even have hot drinks in the vending machine. It was really nice to have a bottle of warm green tea in the cold weather. :)

Posing with the vending machines

Also passed by a baseball driving range where people can hit baseballs for fun.

Baseball driving range

So we randomly stopped by this ramen shop. Apparently, we had to order from the vending machine and then pass the ticket to the guys behind the counter to claim our food. The downside was that there was no pictures on the buttons for us to choose. All the buttons were written in Japanese and we had no idea what they were. Fortunately, this guy behind the counter spoke some English and he tried his best to explain some to us.

Everything about this ramen was good except for the clams - JPY850 per bowl

The street outside the ramen shop

That's it for Day 1. I will blog about Day 2 soon.

My complete posts on my Tokyo Trip:
Tokyo Trip: Day 1 - Arrival
Tokyo Trip: Day 2 - Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku
Tokyo Trip: Day 3 - Hakone
Tokyo Trip: Day 4 - Tsukiji Market, Odaiba, Ginza and Roponggi Hill
Tokyo Trip: Day 5 - Asakusa and Ueno
Tokyo Trip: Day 6 - Ginza, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Departure

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