After wakening from our night on the floor, we felt surprisingly good. We soon found out that was down to the numbness which prevented the pain being felt! Only kidding, the futon beds which we were provided with were very comfy despite being 2 inches thick, and we both slept as well as we have since leaving the UK. This was helped by the lack of 6.30 alarm bells which we have become accustomed to..!
We had opted for the 'western' style breakfast given our bad experience with dinner last night, so we sat down and waited for our cornflakes and milk. We are still waiting! The Japanese clearly think 'Westerners' eat corn soup and salad for breakfast! Thankfully this was accompanied by bread, OJ and an omlette which went down particularly well.. Fed and watered we left our Ryokan after one of the hosts (an older lady of around 65) offered to help us with one of our bags. As I still don't understand Japanese, I have no idea what she said once she attempted to pick it up, but I know it must have been an obscenity as her eyes nearly popped of her head with fright when she felt the weght of it. Comedy at it's finest..
After the usual 3 trains, we arrived in Tokyo which is very similar to New York on first impression. Skyscrapers everywhere and coloured lighting on every building. People rush about constantly looking like they have no idea where they are heading, so we fitted in just fine! Our hotel was hiding on the 25th floor of a Media tower which confused us for a good 15 minutes, but once we checked in, the views were again spectacular.
Given our relaxed departure from Hakone, we only had a couple of hours to explore the city, so we obviously headed straight for the Sony Building. Full of the latest gadgets including dancing hi-fis and organic televisions, it kept us amused for a while, and the shopping list will be published on the blog soon enough! You really have to see some of this stuff to believe it!
After being thrown out at closing time, we headed to a small Thai restaurant for dinner and then walked back through Ginza, one of the biggest shopping areas. Lights everywhere, and a great buzz around the place (bit Paul McStay there?!). Looking foward to our next 2 days here..
Blog you later,
L & A