It feels like we’ve been travelling for 3 days, but it’s only been about 24 hours since we left Brisbane!
The flight from Brisbane to Singapore arrived early and we had about 4 hours to kill at the airport. It’s a great airport so we had plenty to do (and eat) to fill in the time…
Next was the trip to Tokyo which also arrived early. That was just as well, since it took us ages to find our accommodation! The train trip wasn’t too bad – a lady offered to help us purchase our tickets straight away but had to hurry off before she could actually tell us which train to catch from where. We managed to work it out for ourselves though and got to the station. However, the station in Asakusa has something like 19 exits!!! That’s no exaggeration! We went out the wrong one and started off on the wrong track but another nice lady helped us out straight away and showed us the general direction we needed to go in.
Finding the actual building we were staying in was the pits. The google map instructions I had been given by the owner and looked at on Google maps where just wrong and were sending us up the wrong street altogether. We tried to get wifi at the station so I could suss it out on google maps but that didn’t work and so I left Ela there and took off on my own without luggage to find this place. I knew it had to be around here somewhere. It took some time, but I did find it!
Once we got there, we were hot and cranky but thought we’d best go and get dinner before showering and so on. Dinner was an adventure as well. We ended up at a Korean BBQ, because it had a menu up outside – we couldn’t read it but it gave an indication of price and said it had an english menu inside. We were in!
We ordered a few little (we thought) things: mushrooms, a soup each – mine was Korean Rice soup with egg (which Ela ended up eating) and Ela ordered a Korean short rib soup (which was too hot for her and so I ate it), and some Oolong tea. The meals were really yummy and the nice waiter basically cooked the mushrooms for us, since we had no idea when they were ready to eat! The tea turned out to be iced tea, which hadn’t even occurred to us. Was delicious nevertheless!
There were some weird and wonderful things on the menu!
We headed back to the accommodations (basically 50m up the road!) to dump some stuff and then go walkabout to find out where to buy our tickets in the morning, so we can go straight there. We also wandered down to a road very nearby where I’d seen lanterns in my search earlier. They had to be photographed of course!
We stopped in at a Minimart store (like our 7-11s) to see what sort of things they sell there – they sell all sorts of stuff including meals and alcohol! We bought some water (mainly for the bottles) and some bananas for brekky.
Then we had the adventures with the amenities and finally sleep!
Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.