Japanese efficiency and Naomi’s pragmatic approach saw us swiftly through Tokyo airport and onto a bus headed for Shinjuku district in Tokyo, although once the bus left we did have to carry the boxed bikes and luggage for 100m or more, still at least we’d arrived. The hotel were gracious enough to store the bikes for us, a bit of a relief as the rooms aren’t huge!!
The first night saw us take in the skyline from a viewing platform in the local government offices…
Sorry about the quality but we had to take photos through glass !!
Then a quick walk to the post office, (24hr service is great) to ask about sending some excess gear home, back to the hotel to pack it all up ready for post in the morning. Hungry we left in search of food, we were surrounded by restaurants but daunted by our inability to communicate, we plucked up the courage and stepped into one and with a bit of pointing, hand gestures and with patient staff we got fed and watered 😉
Day two saw us make the most of the Metro card we’d been given as part of the airport bus deal, we quickly got he hang of the system and after posting our kit back to the UK we headed of for the Fish Market, it’s an amazing place, huge and teeming with life and colour, we had a good look round the stalls, not only fish but hardware, electrics, china in fact just about everything you could want !
Finally stopped for lunch and my introduction to Sushi…
Quite liked it but would prefer a steak if I’m honest 😉
Next stop was to go and look at the Palace, although you can’t even see it, you can only go and see some of the grounds, disappointed but took some photos anyway…
Lovely looking place, just wish they’d let you see more of it !!
Next stop was Asakusa, lots of markets and shops, oh and a Starbucks ! Couldn’t resist a decent coffee 😉
We stumbled across a huge Temple so out with the cameras again…
Looks really old but infant is made of concrete and steel, very nice all the same though!
Found our way from there to a Tourist Info Shop and picked there brains for a bit before heading back to the hotel to freshen up before our last meal in Tokyo.
The morning saw us onto another bus complete with bikes and luggage, heading for the region called The Five Lakes, this is where we would begin our cycling in Japan, in the shadow of Mt Fuji.
Well that’s it for now, we need to get cycling again, no idea when we’ll get Wi Fi again so in the meantime check out the photos on Facebook 😉
All the best