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Tokyo – day one

Our budget and itinerary for our first day in Tokyo, plus what we now know about the city. Our itinerary included:

1, Sleep in after yesterday’s long flight and late arrival

2, Get to grips with new toilet technology

3, Find our way around the subway and hit Shinjuku where sweeping city views can be enjoyed from skyscrapers

Cocoon Tower, one of our favourite high rise buildings of the day.
Cocoon Tower, one of our favourite high rise buildings of the day.

4. Don’t blow too much cash

5, Eat sushi and noodles

Found in the basement of a shopping mall, lots of cheap delicious sushi.
Found in the basement of a shopping mall, lots of cheap delicious sushi.

What we learnt:

1. It’s not as expensive as you might think! – see our budget for the day at the bottom of this page

2. Everyone seems incredibly quiet, friendly and polite

3. Everything works and is clean

4. Japanese seem to be obsessed with toilets, they’re everywhere and have buttons that make strange things happen to you!

The ‘flushing sound’ is for disguising those embarrassing moments whilst in a public WC.
The ‘flushing sound’ is for disguising those embarrassing moments whilst in a public WC.

5. Getting totally lost is going to happen no matter how many maps / iPads you have

6. Tokyo doesn’t have street names and buildings are numbered according to when they were built!!! (Thanks, very helpful)

7. Japanese food is even better in Japan

A great cheap meal of noodles and curry in Shinjuku.
A great cheap meal of noodles and curry in Shinjuku.
Also in the basement of a shopping mall, we found this warm and friendly place churning out great noodles.
Also in the basement of a shopping mall, we found this warm and friendly place churning out great noodles.

8. They love beer too!!

9. Japan could easily be Germany is disguise – think efficiency, cars, and order.

A carbon (well plastic) copy of German food and beer.
A carbon (well plastic) copy of German food and beer.

10. Although the subway is huge, it’s relatively easy to navigate

A well designed signage system makes the subway easy to get around
A well designed signage system makes the subway easy to get around

11. ‘Konichiwa’ means ‘hello’ not ‘thank you’ – so stop saying it at the end of conversations Mike!

12. The internet is faster than Usain Bolt

13. Taxi drivers are cool and wear suits with shirt and tie (and I bet they wouldn’t dare try and rip us off if we ever took one)

14. There are more rules and laws to abide by than anywhere else we know, and even more officials to monitor them!

15. Smokers are not allowed to enjoy their habit whilst walking

A gentle reminder to smokers, to stop walking whilst smoking!
A gentle reminder to smokers, to stop walking whilst smoking!

16. Vending machines are everywhere – and even sell meals

17. The world’s biggest pendulum clock is in Tokyo – the Guinness book says so

The world’s biggest pendulum clock. Massive it is.
The world’s biggest pendulum clock. Massive it is.

Our budget for the day:

Travel expenses: Subway to Shinjuku station and back (for 2 adults) 760 Yen ($7.80 / £5 / €5.90)

Food:

A good breakfast provided by the hotel – free

Lunch for 2 – sushi from a department store – 450 Yen ($4.60 / £3 / €3.50)

Dinner for 2 – Noodles and curry in a cheap restaurant – 860 Yen ($8.90 / £5.70 / €6.70)

Other drinks / snacks and 2 beers for the evening – 1090 Yen ($11.20 / £7.30 / €8.50)

Total for the day: 3160 Yen ($32.70 / £21.10 / €24.50)

*Excluding accommodation

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