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Old 08-27-2012, 06:41 AM   #196
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Yeah I know right? I want some funky looking washing machine with matching dryer and mini fridge

Ooh, or maybe one with interchangeable skins, so you can change it to suit your mood!!
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Interchangeable is always good.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:19 AM   #198
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So many of those Shinjuku streets look so familiar to me; I probably have the same photos. (One of them shows the building housing the Cat Cafe I visited)

And yeah the washing machines are super nifty looking.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:27 PM   #199
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(One of them shows the building housing the Cat Cafe I visited)
Really? You mean we were so close? I love my furbabies
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:39 PM   #200
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Really? You mean we were so close? I love my furbabies
Yep. It's in the 2nd Shinjuku picture (in post 193), in the building in the center that also has the word "Zoo" on it. I love my furbabies too- although we call them furricanes since they're such mischievous little things! (they're about a yr and a half)
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:24 PM   #201
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AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!

The instruction manuals had me

GAH! Disney merch (LOVE the Stitch golf cover thingy) all over Tokyo!!

I'm a FREAK for cosmetics and fake lashes!! Did you get any pics of the ones you picked up?

Still lovin your TR!! Thank you so much for posting!
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:13 AM   #202
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No I didn't get any pics of the eyelashes, but I pretty much stuck to just buying the basic ones. Nothing too fancy
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:23 AM   #203
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After lunch we walked around for some more, and eventually decided on playing some virtual golf. This would have been more fun if DH had remembered he was left handed… As the person setting it up asked which hand he used, and for some reason said Right… Even though we’re both lefties… So we had to play the whole game right handed, which is just weird… It was still fun though, except once you get within a certain distance of the hole it just jumps ahead to the next t off.

DH was way better at playing right handed compared to me. I was lucky to hit the ball in the right direction! Damn you wii! You made me feel like I knew how to play golf!

I thought I had photos, but turns out I just have videos...

On the way out I grabbed some ice cream from Baskin & Robins. I got a double chocolate or something, and something called love potion. I knew I’d like the chocolate, but wow the love potion was amazing!



We started walking the long way back to our hotel. The plan was to freshen up and head out for some dinner, but on the way we stumbled on a place called The Watering Hole – it was basically an Izakaya, but sold beers from micro breweries all around the world. It was a real find. DH loves a good beer.



We went in for a few drinks, but unfortunately they only sold beer and the food menu, which only has a couple of finger foods on it was only in Japanese, so we couldn’t order any nibbles, and I don’t drink. They brought me a glass of water, but it smelt a bit funny, so I didn’t drink it. I try and only drink bottled water when on holidays, as there’s too good a chance that something will upset my stomach.

We hung around here for over an hour though, and DH tried several different beers. We also found these.


Miss Piggy was in the ladies


Kermit was in the mens.



DH would be a regular here if it were closer to home.

We then started making our way back to the hotel. Once we got there and had freshened up we decided we didn’t want to go far for dinner, so we decided we’d try Tribeks which is a bit of a swanky looking restaurant inside CST, on the foyer level. We were given a voucher when we checked in, and I made sure to take it with us. Good thing too, the prices were pretty high.
We were seated at this amazing corner window table, with just breath taking views of Tokyo. We weren’t as high up here as what we were in our room, but because of how the restaurant is built into the hotel you would have views that span further then 180 degrees. We couldn’t get over the view, and found ourselves mesmerised by the trains coming and going beneath us.





I ordered the chefs banquet, which gave me a starter, a main and a dessert. My starter was a cauliflower soup, my main was a steak with something, and my dessert was a cheesecake. The cauliflower soup was awesome. The steak was really tasty but the texture didn’t seem as good as a steak you get back home, and the cheesecake was really nice too, but just plain cheese cake.








and some tropical looking drink.

DH got a tasting plate of deli meats – proscuito, salami etc. Some duck as a main and a crème brulee for dessert. He raved about his meals. He could have gotten another tasting plate of meat it was that good. I didn’t try any of the duck, but he was pretty impressed by it, and then I hogged his crème brulee because it was also pretty awesome.







This was the most expensive meal of the trip, even with the voucher, but it was worth it.

We then headed back up to our room in the elevator, commenting on how we’d managed to leave the best until last.

Next up our time in Kyoto! Better go write it...
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:06 PM   #204
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I think I may have had that same table at Tribeks! I also called the view "mesmerizing" in my blog.
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It is isn't it?? It's funny because it's lower then the view from our hotel room, but because it went around corners it was amazing!
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Ooooohhh......Food and a view!

Sounds like you enjoyed Japanese food on this trip. Looking forward to Kyoto.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:36 PM   #207
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It is isn't it?? It's funny because it's lower then the view from our hotel room, but because it went around corners it was amazing!
Yeah, it surrounds you and it's always in your line of site; unless I was deliberately looking out the window in the hotel room (which I certainly did sometimes), the view there wasn't in my face so to speak.

Looking forward to reading about Kyoto. I haven't been there since like 1993 so I won't have many personal memories to compare.
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I'm still here I promise! New post hopefully up soon!!
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We only had to be up early today to check out. So there wasn’t much of a rush as we packed up our belongings. After last nights success we decided to hit up Tribecks again for breakfast.

They had a pretty extensive buffet breakfast available. I didn’t get any photos – which is really weird of me, I usually have my camera on me at all times, but for some reason this morning all I took was our room key to get back into our room. I knew from last night that they’d put the meal on our room so I didn’t need cash and obviously didn’t want to carry anything else.

This was really handy except it meant I also forgot to take our voucher down.
I had waffles with maple syrup and some sweet roll things – which I realised tasted better with the maple syrup then the waffles did.

DH tried a heap of things.

We then checked out of the hotel and said goodbye to CST. It was such a great hotel and I’d recommend that everyone stay here. It’s really central and has heaps of amenities with really helpful staff.

We dragged our bags into Shinjuku station for the last time and made our way to Tokyo station on the subway – that leg of the trip is part of the Shinkansen tickets. Once we got to Tokyo station we had to ask at the JR counter which platform to head to, because we had no idea what so ever. They pointed us to number 18.

It took us a fair while to find an escalator that was heading in the right direction, but eventually we found it and made our way up.

It was pretty sweltering on the platform and we still had half an hour to wait for our train. Luckily they have little air conditioned waiting rooms along the platform so we made ourselves comfortable and waited.

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Of course the train was right on time. I was a bit surprised though, as we made our way to where we needed to line up for our carriage and stood there waiting for the cleaning staff to do what they needed to do. While we were waiting many people would go to get on the train and be told they had to wait, so they would just stand in front of us waiting… We were warned so many times before going to Japan about how people lined up for the trains and that there was no pushing. It just surprised me to see so many people all at once not doing this…

Anyhoo, we were eventually able to board and we made our way to our seats. We found out that the luggage area is on a rack above your head. I thought this was weird because I was expecting it to be similar to the Narita Express where there are racks at the end of the carriages with locks where you can store your bags. DH managed to heft our bag up there though, and there was plenty of room.

While this was a 2 ½ - 3 hour trip it definitely didn’t feel it. The trains are so smooth with very few stops.

We were sitting on the right hand side of the train. I’m not sure what side you’re supposed to be able to see Mt Fuji on, on a clear day, but we didn’t see it. It was pretty hot and hazy though.





There is also apparently wi-fi on the train, but I couldn’t get it to work. There’s also a power point there somewhere so you can charge stuff.

At one stage we were travelling along on a beautiful sunny day, then we went through a tunnel and came out the other end to a down pour of rain. Made me really start to wonder exactly how fast we were going.

It had finished raining by the time we stopped in Kyoto, but it was still wet out, which made it really hot and muggy.

We knew that our new hotel – The Granvia – was supposed to be on top of the train station. However we were standing on a platform that was out in the open, and we couldn’t really see any large hotely looking places around us, so now we were a bit confused.

We headed down into the train station and had a bit of a look around. Still lost.
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