Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bye Bye Japan

As our flight was at 11.30am and we needed to take the bus (just like when we came to Tokyo) which took 2 hours, we had to wake up early to get ready and do some last minute packing before heading to the nearby hotel to catch our bus.

We waited a while and soon our bus arrived. They loaded our luggage onto the bus and we were off. Such a long ride, and thankfully you dozed off on the way and only woke up as we approached the terminal where they checked our passports before dropping us off.

We had some brunch while waiting to board the flight. Our flight had to be delayed but thankfully we arrived back in Singapore on time to catch the connecting flight to Penang. Again, you fell asleep shortly after take off and woke up only less than 2 hours before we arrived at Singapore.

We met Aunty Jackie on the flight. She was the stewardess on our flight and you were nice to her, showing her your "disappearing hands".

Here's a picture of you having fun on the plane.
And so ends our 2 week holiday.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Our Last Day in Japan

What shall we do on our last day in Japan? We have one more day to go, but several things more to do. Ah Ma wanted to go to Sunshine City in Ikebukuro and we weren't too interested in more shopping, thinking of going to Ueno Zoo to let you see the animals.


As usual, after giving you your moi moi, we headed to Akasaka-Mitsuke station and daddy and I were going to head to the Marunuochi line to head to Ueno while Ah Kong and Ah Ma were to walk to Nagatacho station to ride on the train on Yurakucho Line to bring them to Ikebukuro.

Mummy and daddy were undecided on what we preferred to do, and in the end, we decided to follow Ah Kong and Ah Ma to Sunshine City. We walked and we walked and we rode on escalators going up and down and we finally arrived at Nagatacho Station. What a long walk. Thankfully you sat willingly in the stroller!

We took a (nicer looking train that those we've sat so far) and soon arrived at Ikebukuro station. Pek Kong's instructions were to walk out of the station and we'd see a sign directing us to Sunshine City. But I guess he forgot that there were many exits. And the first exit we took was the wrong one. After doubling back and looking around for signs, we saw the sign indicating Sunshine City. Finally.. We had to walk and walk quite a distance before arriving at Sunshine City.

Nothing much to see there actually.. Now we regretted having gone to Sunshine City. Should have stuck to our original plan of going to Ueno. Too bad. It's too late to travel all the way back to Ueno. So.. we spent our day there in Sunshine City, having Burger King for lunch (too much Japanese food over the past 2 weeks), deliberating whether we wanted to bring you to see another aquarium in Sunshine City (which we didn't) and finally heading back to Akasaka. We'd gone separate ways from Ah Kong and Ah Ma, but in the end, they arrived home earlier than us. We did manage to get a picture the beautiful Christmas tree and also of the fountain. The thirds picture is of the pretty girl preparing out delicious Cold Stone ice-cream. Oh yea.. also took Baby Zen's mummy's advise to try the Godiva drink.. Yummy


Dinner was of course to be with Pek Kong. After all, it' s to be our last meal in Japan with our host. What was for dinner? Have a look.. A quaint restaurant (not very little... it looked small from outside but it had a lower floor for dining). These are what we had as our last meal in Japan.



Here's of a picture we took of the wonderful lights nearby Pek Kong's apartment:

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Of Sushi, More Shopping and A lot of Sight-seeing

We had been trying to decide if we wanted to go to Hakone. Firstly Ah Kong and Ah Ma have already been there in their previous trip to Japan. Secondly, if we were to go, we would need to wake up very early. Also whether to bring you a long. So, to make the decision, we decided to take the train to Shinjuku Station where we could inquire further about the trip to Hakone.


As usual, we made sure that you'd taken your lunch before heading out to Shinjuku. Upon arrival, we headed straight to the counter and after making inquiries, we decided to get the Odakyu Hakone Freepass for the both of us. We did not have to make a decision straightaway about bringing you along, as with travelling with you so far within Japan, there was no extra charge for your ticket.

After buying our tickets for a (VERY) early trip for Tuesday, we headed to Shinjuku Terrace City for a little retail therapy (ahem.. for the eyes). Ah Ma bought herself a nice jacket and after looking around and taking pictures, we headed for Ueno again.
What was on the menu in Ueno? Sushi, of course! We haven't had sushi since we arrived and there's only a few more days to go before heading back to Malaysia. So we took the train, and by the time we arrived in Ueno, you'd fallen asleep. A blessing, as it was a sushi restaurant serving sushi on the rotary. As we had our lunch perched on our stools, you dosed contentedly in your stroller parked at the side of the restaurant (safe and away from harm!)

After a yummy lunch, we headed to Ueno to buy more foodstuff to bring back to Malaysia as well as some food for Ah Ma to cook for tonight's dinner. Soon, we were on the train headed home to Akasaka to rest a little and to prepare for dinner.

We had decided that we would let you decide whether you'd be going to Hakone with us. Since we needed to leave Akasaka latest by 6.30am for our 7am train, we'd bring you along if you woke up. And guess what? You did wake up. Just on time for mummy to bathe you and off we went. With the stroller (despite Ah Ma telling us that it was not possible to use the stroller).

We arrived in Shinjuku Station with ample time to buy something for breakfast before looking for our seats in the "Romance Car", the train that is a faster train. I thought that having woken up so early, you'd sleep in the train. But nooo... you had something else in mind. You played and played in the train while daddy napped most of the way to Hakone-Yumoto and only decided to fall asleep around 15 minutes before we arrived! Sigh.. so mummy didn't get to nap. Oh well...

We waited a while in Hakone-Yumoto and soon the tram arrived and we hopped on the switchback train on Hakone-Tozan Line that first moved forward then backwards, zig-zagging up the hill until we arrived at Gora. When we arrived, there was a large crowd waiting to hop on the cable car to go up to Sounzan. Since it was still early and we didn't want to join the crowd, we decided to walk around Gora and wait for the next tram. It was quite a wait and as we waited the crowd got bigger and bigger. And when we got it, it was rather packed and the seats were VERY close together. As usual, you picked the best time to ask to be breastfed. So how? Luckily mummy had your (current) favourite rice crackers in my handbag, and so that kept you occupied and forgot what you originally wanted from me. Phew... Next was to catch the gondola on the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani. That was one of the points where we could see Mt Fuji. It wasn't too clear that day, but we've had several nice shots of Mt Fuji already, so nevermind... Here's where the sulfur mountain was. The sulfur smell was quite bearable.. or so we thought. We bought the eggs that were boiled in the natural hot springs. Er.. forgot to take a picture of it. Too busy eating. Then off we went to climb the sulfur mountain. And I tell you, thank goodness we decided to bring the stroller. Hey.. we managed to push you up almost all the way. But the moment we neared the top, the sulfur smell was too strong, so we doubled back down to have lunch and off we went on the gondola again this time heading to Togendai.


You loved the rides that we've taken so far. Especially on the gondola. You even disturbed the nice ladies in the gondola, but of course when they spoke to you, you decided to be shy... Here's a picture of you in the gondola and also the view of Lake Ashi from our gondola.

Again, we missed the "pirate ship" that was to take us to Moto-Hakone, the last stop for our Hakone trip. But since it was still early, we wondered around, got you some more milk from the store and also came across this sign.. Daddy could not resist taking a picture of the signboard.
Soon, it was time to queue to board the ship. We managed to get a seat with beautiful view. Here's some of the pictures taken in Lake Ashi as well as of the ship. Next stop, Moto-Hakone. It was a slow ride of around 30 minutes.

From Moto-Hakone we walked a little, enjoying the view (again, I'm thankful we brought the stroller) and we arrived at the bus station, waited a while and when the bus arrived, we headed back to Hakone-Yumoto. You'd fallen asleep even before we boarded the bus and you only woke up when mummy carried you off the bus in Hakone-Yumoto. The return trip to Shinjuku was to be by train. This time it wasn't by Romance Car.. and it was the longest trip back ever! It was crowded and we stopped at one station for more than 20 minutes!
Finally.. yes finally we arrived at Shinjuku station and took a train back to Akasaka where Ah Kong and Ah Ma were waiting for us. What a long long day of sightseeing and interesting travelling. Just in one day we sat on the: subway, train, cable car, gondola, ship and bus. Wow!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Some Shopping Finally...

It's the first weekend we get to spend with Pek Kong and so what was on the itinerary? First we fed you your moi moi and then we were off. Before we started sightseeing the malls/branded shops, we made a stop at Omotesandō, as we were going to make a stop at Harajuku to look at the Meiji Jingu-mae, a shrine built in dedication the Emperor Meiji and his wife. We had to walk a short distance from the subway station. Guess what we saw along the way? Lots of shops selling branded items. And they were each several floors high. Not just one tiny shop lot. What an eye opener! Haha..

We finally arrived at Harajuku and since it was Sunday, there we several street vendors along with the locals dressed in Gothic clothing and make up. Anyway, we made our way to the entrance and it was a rather warm day and in fact, we had to remove our jackets as it was getting stuffy. Furthermore, it was a rather long walk to reach the shrine from the entrance. You initially insisted on walking, but as it was a really long walk and your little short legs could only go so fast, we had to put you into the stroller with a promise of letting you come out to walk as soon as we arrived at the shrine compound. Unfortunately it was a very bumpy road and after sitting quietly in the stroller for a while, you started to protest. But daddy pushed as fast as the stroller could go and we finally made it. Phew..
Entrance to Meiji-Jingu Mae Compound of Meiji-Jingu Mae

As with the many places we have been in Japan so far, it was crowded. And it was made worst with the fact that it was a Sunday. There were many children dresses in Kimono and Hakama. I guess there's a big occasion as some mummies and daddies also went dressed in their best. Here's a little girl in her Kimono and of a lady getting married with everyone taking pictures of her. She posed for so long for her own professional photographer as well as visitors like us to take pictures of her.


We walked around the grounds before leaving. Next stop was nearby Harajuku. There was lots of little shops selling mostly clothes. We made a quick stop to have a light lunch of crêpe and drinks. And we took a stroll back to the train station before heading to Ginza.

Ginza was an interesting place. As it was Sunday, the road was closed to traffic and we were free to cross the road whenever and wherever we felt like it. Managed to get this picture of the road, all decorated with Christmas decorations. We walked into several shops and even into IOIO a large shopping mall.. but it was crowded everywhere. There was even a jam trying to get into the escalator! We got separated from Ah Kong and Ah Ma as they managed to get into the lift while we couldn't as we had to struggle with the stroller, so in the end we had to push our way onto the escalator and when we finally made it to the lower floors, we could not find Ah Kong and Ah Ma.. after searching and searching while mummy waited near the entrance, daddy and Pek Kong found them.


By then it was rather late and everyone was getting tired from all that walking. But before we left Ginza to go back to Akasaka.. we had one more stop and one purchase to make. See that silly grin on my face? Yup, daddy bought me something. Isn't he sweet?


And then we headed home to rest. Dinner was early as lunch was a light one. What did we have for dinner? We went to the nearby restaurant that we walk pass everyday on our way home and out from the apartment. Look at what we had... Yummy Japanese steak. It was heavenly!


As it was still early, we crossed the road to take a train to Shibuya. Yup, the place with the busiest pedestrian crossing. Daddy tried several times to get a good shot of the human traffic. It was rather difficult, but he finally managed these as we were leaving Shibuya to take a train home.

Yummy Japanese Steak Dinner

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Hello Kamakura

It was to be a long, busy day ahead. The plan was to leave the house by 8am as we needed to take a train for 1 hour to reach Kamakura. Pek Kong wanted to come along with us, but he didn't feel too well in the morning, so daddy was our tour guide for the day again. We took the train to Tokyo station to catch the JR Train. Our JR pass was still valid, so we took this train for free. You slept all the way there. By the time we arrived in Kamakura, our bums were roasted! The seats were heated, and boy, were they hot!!

We bought tickets for the Enoden and off we went. First stop on this train was Enoshima. We walked across the Enoshima Ohashi Bridge that linked the mainland to the island. Not a very short walk, but when we arrived, we saw many stalls selling souvenirs and also seafood there. So where to for the first stop? We walked and we walked and we walked first up the steep slope and then on steps and more steps before we came to this temple. It was a temple of the Dragon King. We continued walking and we came to this beautiful beach with many people carrying buckets and eagles flying overhead. Daddy stopped to take some pictures before we walked a little bit more to reach the Enoshima Iwaya Cave.
Enoshima Ohashi Bridge

It was an interesting place, made up of 2 caves. Some parts were low and there was a bridge linking the 2 caves. We saw something interesting on our way to the second cave. I guess it was naturally made by the waves that come crashing in and out. Looks like a tortoise, right?


After exploring the second cave, daddy took you down to the beach to have a look at the little fishes in the water. I wonder what else was there...


Eagles soaring nearby
And now we have to walk and walk back to where we started. But halfway you made a lot of noise, asking to be fed, so we decided to stop and have lunch. It was a simple restaurant with a beautiful view. No time to take pictures.. hehe.. Had to look for a place to breastfeed you and after that we had our lunch of yummy tempura with rice and you also shared some of our food. Only a little...

We wanted to go to the lighthouse, but it was another long walk and we were all too tired, so we decided to head back to the Enoden to take a train. We stopped to buy some things before arriving at the train station and waited for the train.

Next stop: Hase. It was several stops away and the train was VERY crowded. I guess it's because it's a weekend. We were packed like sardines. Luckily mummy managed to get a seat and you entertained a nice Japanese lady sitting next to us. After getting of the train, we walked and we walked again, with you walking too, but in the end, we put you (protesting away) into the stroller as it was very crowded and the sidewalk was rather narrow. And finally, we arrived at the Great Buddha Statue of Kamakura.


We strolled around the compound, sat a while to rest our tired legs and you also had a feed. I actually noticed people feeding there too.. Under their cape, but since i had nothing, daddy sacrificed his jacket for you to have a feed. I guess you're hungry and tired. And off we went after that to go to the next site in Hase, Hase Temple. We had to double back the way we came.


On the way to the Great Buddha, we saw a lot of people holding large rice crackers in seaweed. And of course we also had to try it out. Er.. nothing spectacular. In fact after a while it felt very dry. Hehe.. Never try, never know, eh? And we continued until we reached the Hase Temple. By then, everyone was too tired, so we abandoned the plan to see this temple. Instead, we headed back to the train station.


It was quite a wait before the next train arrived. By then the crowd waiting for the train was very big. And when we finally got into the already packed train, it was very full. And I'd thought the earlier ride to Hase was full! We had to make a few more stops before reaching Kamakura station and even though the train was already packed people still pushed their way into the train! We were all thankful when we finally arrived at the last stop. And if you think this was the crowd leaving Kamakura as it was already late, there was an even BIGGER crowd waiting for the train.


Another short wait and we were off on the train heading for Tokyo station. And so ends, another long day. What was on the menu for dinner? Pek Kong cooked for us, his "house specialty" and it was delicious, after having eaten out for more than a week.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Rest Day in Tokyo

Or so that was originally planned. In the end, we did not stay at home as planned. Instead we started the day by taking the subway to see the Imperial Palace Gardens. Remember that picture that I had posted earlier of the night view from our apartment? Well, we decided to go there and explore the beautiful grounds. And it was worth the time spent there. You had a wonderful time, walking around, and most importantly, jumping on the man holes as well as the leaves that were on the ground. It was then that we realised that this trip to Japan is also your first time walking on the roads and streets. After all, when we're back in Malaysia, most of the time is spent in malls.
Checking out the manholes!

We walked around, took some pictures and you enjoyed running around a garden too. There were many people enjoying the sun and the beautiful garden. As we were leaving you walked by yourself and lost balance. So... you had a bungalow on your forehead. It was all read and spotty as you'd fallen on the road. Poor little thing. Luckily you were easily consoled and continued the walk, jumping on the drain covers as we walked towards the exit.

Running around the Imperial Palace Gardens


We wanted to have a look at the Imperial Palace. Since it was a different entrance from the one we took, we had to walk a distance. That was when you started whinging and crying. We had to stop on and off to pacify you, but it only worked for a while before you started again. in the end, we gave up and mummy had to carry you in my arms, with you indicating that you wanted to be fed. We crossed the road, trying to make it to the subway station, but ended up on a park bench. It was a beautiful park, and so mummy fed you and you fell almost instantly to sleep. I had to carry you for a while more before we managed to put you in the stroller.

We had to change trains to finally arrive at the station to ride on the Yurikamome Elevated train. It was late and we were hungry too. So where did we stop? We stopped at Daiba Station to try to get lunch at Aquacity. But.. as always, all the restaurants had a long queue. Sigh.. so we walked to Decks to try our luck there. Not much choices, but we just made do with a simple lunch. Something that resembled Chinese food. You'd woken up just as we arrived at the station and so you joined us for lunch too.

Beautiful view in Decks

These 2 places weren't too interesting so we hopped on the train to go to Venus Fort. Ah.. that's my kind of place *grin*. Went to buy something that my friend and asked me to help her get. The outside is deceiving as it looked like some warehouse, but when you enter...behold... Venus Fort:

Cool eh? It's got lots of little shops and a beautiful fountain and the "sky" changes like the sky outside.

We had to head home soon, as Pek Kong was coming back to Japan from his trip today. But before we left, we decided to ride the train to the end of the line and back to the first station, Shimbashi. As we were the first to be on the train in Toyosu, we got to sit in the first seat to enjoy the beautiful view all the way back.

We changed trains to get back to Akasaka and you had your dinner while we waited for Pek Kong, in the end we went off for dinner as it was late and we weren't sure what time he'd be back. While you were sleeping we noticed that your cheeks were rather red. Looks like 2 possibilities: sun burn while we were walking in Imperial Palace gardens or heat from the heater in the elevated train. Hhmmm...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Our Trip Out of Tokyo - Continued

Our third day out of Tokyo was spent in Nara and Osaka. As with the day before, we all woke up early to get ready for another long day. We arrived at Shin Osaka station to change trains to Osaka, then to Tennoji and then to hop on another train to bring us to Nara. It took almost 30 minutes by rapid train to reach Nara. Upon arrival, we got some information then hopped on a taxi that took us to the Nara Park where another UNESCO World Heritage site was located, Todaiji.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the residents of the park. See...

They were everywhere. And we even got to buy food to feed them. So we need to beware when carrying any packaging, as they seem to think it's food! Goodness...

We walked a little bit and soon arrived at the beautiful temple of Todaiji, which resides Japan's largest Buddha statue and also being the world biggest wooden structure. The weather was VERY cold. Thank goodness mummy bundled you up well. So hopefully you were warm. As with all the places that we have been to so far, it was rather crowded. There were local and foreign tourists there. We walked around the temple and its grounds before buying some souvenirs and leaving the temple grounds. As we didn't have anything else planned, we walked around the park for a while before trying to eat lunch, as you were hungry. Too bad.. the restaurant nearby was crowded. So we headed back to the station (daddy bought rice crackers for you.. and you were contented with that.. phew) and since there was one direct train heading to Osaka, we decided to have lunch in Osaka.

Family Picture in front of Todaiji


In Nara Park

Another 1 hour train ride, with all of us napping all or most of the way back to Osaka. We took a late lunch at one of the restaurants near the train station before hopping on another train to Osaka-ko. Where to next? The Osaka Kaiyukan. Where?? The AQUARIUM.. yay.. finally we get to see something different.

Got out of the station into the freezing weather. We're near the harbour. That's why... So we tried to walk as quickly as possible to reach the end of the road where the Kaiyukan was supposed to be. Sadly we met with an accident on the way there. We'd stopped at an intersection and daddy was zipping up your jacket (you were walking) when a big gust of wind blew and the stroller went off like a bullet! It zoomed so quickly that before daddy could save it, it crashed into a van that was waiting for the light to turn green. Phew.. luckily no damage there and the driver was ok with the little accident! It was a scary thing when we saw the stroller zooming away, but we all had a good laugh after that... Good thing you weren't on the stroller. We are still wondering if the stroller would have run off if you were seated on it. Lesson learnt: put on the brakes when no one is minding the stroller.. or make sure someone holds on to it all the time.

The Kaiyukan had multi levels, starting from the 8th floor, we worked our way to the lower floors. Here are some of the attractions that we saw there. The main attraction was the Whale Shark. Of course there were others too. Can you guess what species this is?
video

Haha.. it was the attraction of the season: swimming Santa. Cute, eh? We met him on the way to the nursing room. Yup, they had a nursing room there. So convenient. Of course, we could not leave without a souvenir. So what did we get you? Haha.. a whale shark soft toy.

As it was still early, we tried to take a picture of the Christmas tree there.. But it was SOOOO cold, so we attempted to take a picture before running to the warmth of the nearby shopping center. Walked around a little, had dinner before heading back to the station to take a train back to Shin-Osaka. And that was the end of another day.
The plans for our final day was to be a lazy day before heading to the train station to take the Shinkansen back to Tokyo.. but NoOooo.. you decided otherwise.. You had to wake up at 7am and so all of us also had to wake up. Since you were up, we wanted to go to Osaka to walk around the shopping mall.. but NooOooo... you had other plans in mind. You decided to fall asleep just as we were leaving. So we lazed around the hotel room, until you woke up, we checked out, left our luggage at the station before heading to Osaka. But we only had 1 hour to spend before rushing back to Shin-Osaka, buy lunch and hop on the bullet train back to Tokyo.

Xmas Decoration in Hankyu Department Store
As always, you napped almost all the way back to Tokyo. Daddy managed to get this beautiful scenery on the way back. Mt Fuji...

Oh yeah.. by the way, we saw this place that caught out attention on the way to Osaka on Monday. It was a factory with little babies showing their bottoms to us. Hehe.. it was a Unicharm factory, makers of Mamy Poko, the diapers that you are using.. Too bad it was too fast for us to get a picture.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Our Trip Out of Tokyo

We had to wake up a little earlier on Monday. Our bullet train would be leaving Tokyo Station at 11am, but we needed to get there early, in case we got lost. Furthermore, lunch was to be on the train, so we needed to buy our bento lunches and drinks. We had our yummy lunch and soon we all fell asleep, despite the spectacular view.

We arrived in Shin-Osaka Station right on time. After a short walk, we arrived at Laforet, our company's corporate hotel. It was a simple hotel, but daddy loved the room. Have a look and see why:
Can't figure out why? Have a look again:

Got it? Yup, this massage chair. Daddy's favourite spot the moment we get into this room! And he was on it most nights after our long long walks.
Well, after checking in, we rushed off to the train station again. We wanted to either go to Nara or Himeiji. We hopped onto the train with the intention of heading to Osaka and changing trains to head to Nara. But we changed our minds when we noticed that we were on the special rapid headed for Himeiji. Yikes.. what a BIG mistake! It was the "slow train" heading to Himeiji, taking almost an hour to arrive at Himeiji. We rushed all the way to Himeiji Castle, but we were too late. Just missed the last entry at 4pm. So what to do? We took some pictures before heading back to the train station to book our Shinkansen tickets back to Shin-Osaka. Since we had time, we had dinner in Himeiji before heading home.

We woke up early on the next day to head to Himieji again, as we were behind schedule. Since we had already booked our tickets, we knew the time and did not have to rush for the non-reserved seats. We arrived at Himeiji and took a cab to the castle. Hehe.. save our legs to walk the castle grounds. It was a beautiful castle, being a UNESCO World Heritage too..

There were times when we entered the castle area and needed to remove our shoes. It was interesting. We even climbed the castle. It was 6 floors high. Ah Ma gave up after the 3rd floor. You on the other hand obviously followed us. So you got "imperial" treatment, being carried up the stairs by Ah Kong or Daddy. They had to take turns. Mummy could not carry you, as the steps were narrow and rather steep. We even got to stamp on our brochure to "prove" that we reached the top. There were 2 groups of school children at the top too. They were there on a school excursion. How lucky...

After that, we headed back towards the train station. But before that, we had our lunch. Ah Ma insisted that we had lunch in Himeiji as she had read somewhere that wheat was grown in Himieji and so the noodles there is delicious. And it sure was. We all had udon cooked in different styles. And everyone agreed that it was DELICOUS!

Next we took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, our first choice location which we did not manage to get a room. And now we know why we couldn't get a hotel room. The crowd there was AMAZING! So many people in all the places that we visited. So where did we go to? First stop by cab was to Sangjusangendo a temple with 1001 Kanon, Goddess of Mercy. Too bad no pictures were allowed. So we only walked in to have a look pray a little and off we went to the second stop.

Where to? Next stop is Kiyomizudera, another temple. But we didn't see much of the temple, instead enjoying the wonderful scenery there. We took lots of pictures, but here's one of the beautiful view. Amazing, don't you agree?

We were a little late, so we decided to catch the later Shinkansen and so dinner was at Kyoto Station. We originally planned to eat nearby, but it started to drizzle just as we were leaving the station, so we doubled back to the station, walked around, looking at the many restaurants before deciding on one restaurant. Remember how I said before the food that we have eaten is great? Well, the food in this restaurant was... not the best. Too bad.. We did a little shopping before heading to the platform to wait for our train. And so that's the end of our second day away from Tokyo.