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Tokyo - Finding each other


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This is our last day in Tokyo. Jan left the hotel to go shopping in the Shinjuku malls and I had to buy train tickets to the airport. We would meet up at our hotel later in the day; but somehow, at the exact time and place, we ran into each other in the biggest train station in the world. This place is over a kilometer long and has 200 separate entrances and we ran into each other... THIS REALY MEANS SOMETHING. So we went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner. Anyway, here is a bunch of photos from all over Tokyo, a world class city that everyone should visit.
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Tokyo - Shibuya


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We bought subway Pasmo cards when we arrived here and we went a couple of stops last night, but it's been a little intimidating. This is not your typical subway system...
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So here we go, all day on the subway: train changes, station transfers, exit maps, etc.
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The white gloved pushers were out in force in case you didn't get into the subway car (this was the most packed car we have ever been in, anywhere)
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Shibuya subway station is massive and dumps 3-5 train loads of people into this intersection every 5 minutes (the busiest crossing in the world)

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Shibuya is also a huge shopping area
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Meiji Shrine
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Ramen shop. Many restaurants in Shibuya were "closed" when we walked in, even though they were full of locals. This place seated us but we had to pick one of these items from the board and accept what we got (which was pretty good). I gave the waiter a few thousand Yen and he brought some change. We never spoke (we couldn't and he couldn't)
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Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo - Shinjuku


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We're staying in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo. Flew into Narita airport which is 90 minutes by train to the Shinjuku Station (the busiest train station in the world). large_180_IMG_5565.jpg
Our hotel is in the Shinjuku ward. It's pretty roomy for Tokyo with a double bed and a desk.
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Shinjuku's Golden Gai area is 200 tiny shanty-style bars, clubs and eateries. Most have just 4 seats. Drinking Japanese cocktails and conversing with your bar mates over hibachi cooked skewers is the pass time here.
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Here is a little Yakatori place (six seats) Jan found on her iPhone. Yakitori is a Japanese type of skewered meat cooked over charcoal. The owners spoke no English, so they just served us their delicious fare two at a time until we could eat no more. The other patrons bought us a round of Sake.
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Kabuki Cho is an entertainment and red-light district with many restaurants and colorful neon signs.
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Took the Tokyo Metro to the Sky Tree (tallest radio tower in the world).
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Jan went shopping at the Shinjuku station (largest train station in the world) with dozens of malls and hundreds of restaurants. We had dinner just outside the west gate of Shinjuku station at Omoide Yokocho ( “Memory Lane”)
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