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Old 07-08-2012, 07:19 AM   #61
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I'm all caught up! BecBennett it sounds like an amazing trip! I know I've said that about everyone's trip...but I mean it!

By the way, the photo of you and hubby on the carousel is just gorgeous. Happy Belated 1st wedding anniversary! And definitely travel as much as you can before you have kids, as well as travelling with kids. Rewarding in very different ways.

Enjoy your week off!
Thanks, it's one of my favourite pics from the wedding, I have it on a canvas on my wall.

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7 days to go So exciting! That is going to fly! (no pun intended )
lol, I know, I have such an action packed week, but I'm trying to get as much done as early as possible so I can relax a bit before the holiday starts. I'm trying to do the whole wind down slowly thing, in the hopes that I don't get sick like I usually do on holidays.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:38 AM   #62
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Toby wants to come too



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Well....there is lots of sushi in Japan.


Toby looks like a slim-line version of my cat Moses.

Glad to see that you're practically packed and ready to go. If I don't catch you, have a great trip. Looking forward to your TR and pics.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:42 AM   #64
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Thanks, flight takes off Saturday night, so still a little time.

Which is good... Have you ever had that feeling that you're forgetting something..?
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #65
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Gosh it's SO close now Bec!

Your cat looks so comfy! He knows you are going away and doesn't want you to go

Funny, years ago when my cats used to sit on my suitcases I was so worried that all of the sniffer dogs at the airports would go for my bags because of the cat scent (and all the fur on them) Never happened though, well not that I know of

Have an awesome trip! Can't wait to hear all about it
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:09 PM   #67
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Gosh it's SO close now Bec!

Your cat looks so comfy! He knows you are going away and doesn't want you to go

Funny, years ago when my cats used to sit on my suitcases I was so worried that all of the sniffer dogs at the airports would go for my bags because of the cat scent (and all the fur on them) Never happened though, well not that I know of

Have an awesome trip! Can't wait to hear all about it
Oh dear... I never thought of that...

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Be careful not to zip him in. Have a great trip looking forward to the tr, make sure to get a Duffy bear and some weird popcorn!
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Aww, such a cute kitty! So excited for you and can't wait to read all about your trip!
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:35 AM   #70
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Thanks!

DH and I are currently at the airport, taking advantage of the sneaky power point hidden behind the massage chairs to give my computer and camera a quick charge.

Starting to wish I'd learned a few words of Japanese!! lol

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Have a safe flight and a wonderful trip! Don't worry if you forget something you can buy it! All you need is your passport and your credit card!!
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:07 AM   #72
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We're finally checked in at the Southern Century Tower Hotel - it's quite nice

We're on the 24th floor with awesome views.

The flight over wasn't too bad, but it was a sold out flight so it was cramped I managed to sleep despite the dude sitting next to me taking up my space. Overall so far I think I prefer VAustralia, but there's nothing specifically wrong with Qantas, so I can't really pinpoint why. I think the fact that Qantas seat 4 abreast in the middle, whereas VA only seat 3, makes it feel a lot more opened.

One thing I like about Qantas that VA doesn't have is that the sides of the headrest move, so it's easier to sleep while sitting up. Virgin should do that to their chairs...

It was pretty easy to go through customs and security at the airport, and then from there it was easy enough to find the JR counter to get our SuicaN'EX passes. I had a good sleep on the N'EX, as it's an hour and a half trip into Shinjuku. The announcements are done in Japanese followed by English, and they're clear and easy to understand. So it would be next to impossible to miss your stop.



We used these directions to get from Shinjuku station to our hotel http://www.gabrielmendes.com/blog/20...s-nex-platform

They were really easy to follow, except the first step tells you to go up the escalators. This might change, but while we were there the escalators were only going down, so we had to take our suitcase up the stairs.

We dropped off our luggage at CST and wandered around for a few hours. We went through Shinjuku Chuo Park







And made our way to the Government building to check out the observation deck. There was a little bit of a line up for the elevators, but we maybe waited 15 minutes, but it was probably closer to 10. The deck is a fully enclosed room, with nick nacks and toys for sale in the centre, and large open windows around the sides. They also include panoramic maps alongside the windows so you know which buildings you're looking at.

There's also a tourist info centre in the government building, so we grabbed some free maps and stuff from there, and started heading back to our hotel to grab some food before trying to check in.

We came across all of these little streets, where it was obvious that we weren't in just any big city. DH was so excited because it was just lined with all of these restaurants. The majority of them seemed to be noodle houses, which usually is fine, but it's so sticky and hot outside at the moment we really wanted something cold to eat. So we kept looking until we found a sushi place. It was really good sushi, but it turns out they put wasabi on your sushi unless you ask them not to I can't do hot food...

I'm currently trying to get my phone to accept the travellers sim that I've put in it, so I can use it for maps ect. when we're out and about. Lucky DH has such a good sense of direction, because when we went wandering earlier I got completely turned around!

We're going to have a little snooze and a shower now, and then head out again. I'll try and post photos tonight.
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Glad to read that you've gotten to Japan safely.

Selfishly, I'd like you to post your picture and keep the commentary coming....but you need to go.rest.sleep.enjoy.sightsee.eat.shop.Disney! first.

Looking forward to reading more!
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OK, so I've added photos from my phone, and I'll add more later on
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So we kept looking until we found a sushi place. It was really good sushi, but it turns out they put wasabi on your sushi unless you ask them not to I can't do hot food...
Me neither. I've never had them put wasabi on my sushi in Japan, thank goodness! But then again, I don't order it a whole lot there.

Say hi to the CST for me! Looking forward to continuing to follow your adventure.
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