Our flight from KL was delayed by a few hours, something wrong with the engine-brilliant! Consequently we landed at 11:55; by the time we got through customs etc. the last monorail and metro had stopped. We had a choice, either take a taxi for around $100 to our prepaid hostel room or sleep in the airport until 5:30am when the first metro would start and we could get into our dorm within 45 minutes. It was a no brainer, we are on a travel budget and have come to Japan, not the cheapest of countries-we stayed at the airport! There was an upside; we got to make use of the toilets. All you have heard or can imagine from a Japanese toilet is true. James went in and came out about 10 minutes later. He had only gone for a number one but got carried away with all the awesome toilet gadgets!
It was a whistle stop day in Tokyo so we exchanged our rail passes-special foreigner discount and booked up our trains. With only a 7 day rail pass we had to be organised. It wasn't all boring; we went to the Senso-ji temple and tried a sweet fried dumpling stuffed with bean curd, delicious. We had our first meal of noodle soup at a busy businessmen's restaurant-we were the only two without a suit on and explored the area of Asakusa where we are staying whilst trying to get to grips with Tokyo's metro system.
In the evening James got chatting to two friendly, young Australians and their very loud Canadian mate (who really wanted us to know he was from Canada). I came down an hour later and the boys were very drunk and even louder than before. It kept us entertained for the night and we only bought one round, with another pair of Aussie guys joining us and the hostel giving out free sake (yuck) and plum wine (yum) we ended up a little tipsy. We were invited to go clubbing with a group of young Americans who were 'pre-drinking' but luckily we had the excuse of an early train the following day-a $70 cab fare home just didn't appeal!