Texans in Japan – Day 1

April 4th, 2010

On the way to Shinjuku

On the way to Shinjuku

On the way to Shinjuku

4-3-10
Woke up at 4:45am Texas time. Jumped on a plane to Dallas, and then one headed for Narita, Japan. The plane flight was 12+ hours. If you ask me, that is WAY TO LONG TO BE SITTING! We spent most of Easter 2010 in the air. Thank goodness for in flight movies (i.e. Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, Knowing, The Office re-runs). The airline gave us 2 meals, and a snack. The meals weren’t bad actually (pizza & chicken with rice). The seats didn’t recline much, so we barely slept.

We took a train from Narita (for $60) to the Shinjuku (financial district) around 5pm. Our room wasn’t ready, so we headed out for a quick meal. We found a Yoshinoya, which is the equivalent to a japanese McDonald’s. They have them in the U.S. Tasty meat/onions over rice.

We got back to our hotel after walking around a bit around 6pm. We went up to the 37th floor to have a free cranberry/vodka (thank you, Diamond Status). We settled into our room on the 35th floor, and marveled at the view. Wow! Tokyo at night is gorgeous! After being awake for over 24 hours, we got to bed at 8pm Tokyo time. What a long day!

NOTE: Just some observations here. Most people don’t drive in Japan. You see TONS of scooters and bicycles. As folks don’t own expensive cars, they own bikes manufactured by car companies (i.e. Land Rover, Chervolet, Hummer). Interesting, huh?

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