Traveling Japan: Arriving Day

We arrived at the Tokyo Narita Airport on a beautiful afternoon. I was very happy when the plane landed since Japan has been on my bucket list for a long while.

After going through the passport/visa control gate, we walk to the airport express train station with our carry on luggage and backpack.

About an hour, we arrived at the Tokyo Station, but finding the correct street exit  to our hotel was a struggle, four exits, S, N, S,and W, to different parts/areas of this big city. Luckily, staff at the station speak English and were very helpful.

When we hopped on a taxi, I showed the driver the hotel location on Google map since we don’t speak Japanese. The drive seemed to appreciate the Google map, we arrived at the hotel in 10 minutes. Thanks to Google!

JR bullet train can reach up to 320 km/hr (199 mph).

Reserved seats on the Express train were comfortable:

Tokyo Station is huge, the main station consists of 10 island platforms serving 20 tracks, plus connections to subways. And, it can be overwhelmingly busy during rush hours.

Each level of the station has numerous shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. I totally depended on hubby to get to the right tracks and finding exits; and we went to many places through this station. During the trip, hubby focused so much on this massive, busy train system that made him exhausted at the end of the day; a good Japanese meal and sake (Japanese wine) helped him recover quickly.

Back to our arriving day… After checking in the hotel, it was almost dinner time. Our hotel staff suggested a food street which was just a few minutes walk from the hotel.

It was a rainy evening, people just got off from work and were on their way to homes or restaurants.

I enjoyed looking at these lovely Japanese lanterns on the food street and took a bunch of photos with my iPhone while hubby was studying the photo menu posting outside of these restaurants.

I also like the old fashion wine barrels outside the restaurant (took this photo the next day):

Here (and many other eating areas in Japan), each restaurant has its own specialized dish. For example, one offers fish and rice with some light side dishes, the next door does ramen noodles, the other makes tempura; and in a sushi restaurant, you get sushi.

The hotel room even provided pajamas and a pair of slippers, not to mention the impeccable bathroom, also toothpaste, toothbrushes, and combs (for two) are wrapped in individual paper bags. Yes, in Japan it’s all about details, and is everywhere.

Stay tuned for more. 🙂

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