25 November 2011

Back to Tokyo prt 2!

This time I decided to stay in an area that was closer to the city as opposed to Kamata. Using Booking.com and managed to find a decent hotel called Hotel Horidome Villa which was near Ningyocho Station. From this station it took about maybe less than 5 minutes to get to Akihabara Station. The first night there I went on a mission looking for the R4 Revolution cartridge which can be used in the Nintendo DS. I never did find it though but I did manage to find a Burger King which was the first one I had ever seen in Japan.

Whilst I was in Akihabara I managed to stumble across a Brazillian Grill/Bar named Tucano's which served pretty nice food at a decent price. The next day I met up with Kaori again because we decided to go to Tokyo Disney Sea since it was another place I had never been to before. Kaori told me that the last time she went to Disney Sea with her cousin she was fortunate to get an extra ticket for free due to a mistake made by the cashier at the convenience store. Also during this month there was a special promotion being offered that allowed anyone who bought their ticket from FamilyMart to receive around ¥1,000 discount on the usual ticket price.

I remember when we got off the train and the Tokyo DisneyLand station we went to the convenience store there and it was practically empty! You would think they would have more than just one in the area when I have seen up to 3 of the same convenience store no more than 100 meters from each other. We were lucky because the day was quite nice with clear blue skies although it wasn't so hot. We were also lucky due to it being a Monday there weren't that many people there however Kaori said the last time she came on a weekday there was hardly anyone in the park but I didn't mind.

The first ride we went on or rather I should say the first ride we waited to go on was Journey to the Center of the Earth. I don't know how long we waited but it must have been well over 2 hours because it felt like forever and a day. There were also a few moments where we thought the queue was about to end then we went around the corner and there was an even longer queue. But through out the day we also rode the Indian Jones ride and ate at the curry restaurant located in the Arabian Nights area where they had the Aladdin themed shops and rides. However due to work commitments Kaori had to leave early so I was left in the park alone. But just as she left the evening parade started and it was a pity that Kaori wasnt there because earlier in the day she said that she had wanted to see it.

Because the parade had now started there were a lot of people crowded around the parks main lake to watch the show. I thought this was a good time to try and get one some more rides whilst everyone else is occupied. Although I had this idea it seemed that others had the same idea which I found out once I got to the Haunted Mansion ride. I have to say that ride was quite surprising and made me smile a lot it also made me wish that Kaori was still with me because I know she would have liked it too. I was also able to ride the Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea Ride but for me that ride was a bit too kiddy for me and I could have done without riding it.

The next day I told Kaori to meet me at Ebisu Station because I wanted to go the Jamaican Restaurant named Aalwai and thought she might want to try their food too. I had tried to go to Aalwai on Sunday but for some reason it was closed but on their door they had a calendar and luckily they were open this day. It was funny because each time I had tried to come to this restaurant it was always closed. But I have to say their food was pretty damn good and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to have some Jamaican food in Japan. Although I would say that their Jerk Chicken was better than their Jerk Pork.

Well this was a short trip to Tokyo this time but once again I had a nice time here and it was of course nice to spend some time face to face with Kaori as opposed to just Skype or just messages via Viber.