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Itinerary for Tokyo (base of operations was the
Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan [ Google Maps]):
2010/09/25 – Arrival in Tokyo (on the Shinkansen from Kyoto); Walking Tokyo
2010/09/26 – Owakudani (Mount Fuji)
2010/09/27 – Tokyo Tower, Akihabara, Asakusa
2010/09/28 – Sushi breakfast (at Sushi-Dai), Shopping, Onsen
2010/09/29 – Departure via NRT
Breakfast on the train.
Our room at the Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro.
The hotel from the outside…and yet another new coffee for me.
Time for a little walk through the streets of Tokyo.
Yep, the “Japanese English” is definitely getting worse.
Outside of Ueno Station.
In front of the Ueno Zoo.
And to finish off the day, live music in front of Tokyo Station.
I started the day with another new drink: a pancake-flavored one.
We wanted to take a look at Fuji-san…so we went up…
…and further up till we reached Owakudani.
The last leg of the trip was in one of those.
Fuji-san is supposed to be over there…
…or so the sign says.
Guess we will have to go and have a sniff over there.
Who would have guessed that breathing the stuff might be unhealthy.
A little 80C pond and a lot of smelly smog.
Visibility has gone down somewhat in the last minute or so.
You can buy volcano-cooked eggs here.
Then it was time to get a ride off mountain…or we would have had to stay here overnight.
Day 3 in Tokyo…Tokyo Tower day.
At least the model isn’t shrouded in fog or clouds or whatever.
Not much to see up here.
What would I do for a clear day.
Time fo r acouple shots with Hachiko while we are waiting for Maiko.
Lunch in the mega-sized bowl.
Maiko is showing us where you can buy some of those…ehm….interesting clothes.
Never seen so many shops selling hats per square km.
Uhm. Maybe not.
And then a stop in Akihabara…
…to test-shoot a couple new Canon cameras.
Asasuka…for some dessert and another couple sets of chopsticks.
Need a ninja suit?
The pagoda of Sensō-ji.
And that’s it for Day 3 in Tokyo.
Day 4…Standing in line for our sushi breakfast.
Finally inside… tea and egg for starters.
Come on…where’s my sushi…
…and it’s gone again.
Sushi is expensive.
…and some more sushi.
Outside there is still a line.
Looking for some fresh fish?
Time to go shopping…
…to get rid of the rest of our yen.
After all the shopping we went to his onsen (can’t visit Japan without going to an onsen)…
…with Maiko and then our trip was basically over.
Except for being stuck at Narita because our flight was delayed…time for some Matcha Lattes.
In front of Stuttgart Airport, eating a melon pan and waiting for the ride home.