Mim's 2017 Japan Trip Day 14

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Mon 2017/04/24 14:29 JST
Mim
Life time student of all things Japan, music, culture, anime and associated vices
Sydney, Australia · Nendtaku - 360 unique full size and counting

Final day of our trip included Tokyo Tower and a stroll through the surrounding area. We had an evening flight back to Sydney so the day was free to chill out and take it easy.

On this last post I'll use this space to ponder out loud what I learned this time and what would I do differently on my next trip.

First off the timing was a little off. We wanted to see the Sumo Tournaments in Osaka hence the early Osaka part and then we wanted to do a special POP Culture tour that JTB runs each year in Tokyo. Sumo is really popular and we lost the lotto draw to be eligible for purchasing tickets so I organised the Asahi tour instead. JTB decided to cancel the POP Culture tour two weeks out from flying so I had to shuffle and find other activities for the group in Tokyo.

The other slight miscalculation (on my part) was that our trip landed in the middle of school vacation time. This could not be helped due to the desire to see the Tokyo International Anime fair so it made the theme park visits more painful due to excessive crowds.. live and learn.

Lastly the weather was a little on the cold side with 12c to 14c average temperatures, which impacted on the cherry blossoms budding late. Had I moved the trip two weeks later we would of had 20c + day's or essentially shirt weather and cherry trees in full bloom everywhere. That said it could of rained all the time so that's neither here nor there.

So pro tip is to travel second or third week of April if you are seeking nice weather and cherry blossoms in full bloom. Assuming no rain that is.

We all bought 3GB data sims for $50aud prior to flying and organised through our agent JTB. This is a must have as it allows you to use Google maps for directions and planning out travel like what stations are needed and lines to switch to all mapped out on the fly.

Speaking of traveling. Next time I'll get that Japan rail pass. It might be slightly cheaper buying tickets when needing them, but its a hassle sifting through your pile of shrapnel for the coins you need each time or breaking notes when you've run short.

Luggage wise I took only a small sized hard case and a back pack. The back pack panned out fine, but next time I'll take a larger hard case seeing as my had case only weighed 10.5kg on the way back and I could not fit everything I wanted into it with all the gifts I bought over there.

Oh yea and I bought a new set of expensive Nike trainers to wear and the left one had a defect that caused some discomfort. Lesson learned is to break your shoes in prior to your trip!

Something I knew, but one of our group assumed otherwise. They loaded up a cash card to use for the trip rather than taking cash. Its far easier simply using cash in Japan and save the cards for big purchases. I took 80,000y for 14 day's and that panned out perfectly even with all the restaurants we ate at. Speaking of restaurants and, as we were traveling as a group, we each took turns picking up the tab for dinner. That friend simply picked up the tab one or two extra times and we handed him cash to fix the error in his ways :)

Small things really otherwise the trip was great. Hope you enjoyed reading!

Day 1 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58238/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+1.html
Day 2 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58242/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+2.html
Day 3 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58243/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+3.html
Day 4 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58247/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+4.html
Day 5 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58248/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+5.html
Day 6 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58254/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+6.html
Day 7 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58274/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+7.html
Day 8 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58275/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+8.html
Day 9 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58279/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+9.html
Day 10 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58280/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+10.html
Day 11 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58283/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+11.html
Day 12 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58287/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+12.html
Day 13 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58295/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+13.html
Day 14 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58296/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+14.html
Loot - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58209/Mim+s+Japan+2017+Trip+Loot+Mirai+visit.html

Pics via iPhone 6

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Sadly many of the cherry tree's around were still not in bloom due to the chilly weather this past two weeks.

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Grabbed a 6" sub for breakfast.

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Not a bad way to get a fresh sandwich for those looking for a healthy option.

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Did find a few trees in full bloom.

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Had a nice sit down in a park while munching on breakfast.

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Random pic of a deserts shelf in a Family Mart.

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Made one last trip out to the Mirai store for an alternate wig and some extra clothes while it was still a cheaper time to do so due to duty free and saving on shipping.

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View from the JR Gotanda train station platform near Danny's Mirai store.

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One of the others in the group brought back another fresh batch of apple pies from that store we found in Ikebukuro earlier in the trip.

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So now we are making our way to Tokyo tower through the temple grounds of the massive shrine nearby.

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Out the front of Tokyo Tower.

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Saw that whacky Mario cart tour go past. I must do this.

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Hmm crapes.

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We never made it into this. Group just wanted to chill and see the tower.

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Grabbed a small lunch in the food court downstairs. MOS burger have a nice hotdog.

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Women have a separate stomach for chocolate, I have one for crapes.

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An Australian clearly named this building... green building.

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Found an Avengers holiday home.

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Real estate in central Tokyo is a little expensive. So you get creative with displaying your supercar collection like the Mac on a lift.

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The most desirable Porsche down there.

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These in another store were really lovely.

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Those whacky Mario cart people...

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A collection of really expensive toys parked here possibly for servicing.

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And a Ferrari show room.

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With a lot of space so they must be doing well.

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Squirrel on a pillar.

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And fast forward collecting luggage from the hotel where we left it in storage for later pickup, hopped on a monorail from Hamamatsucho Station and straight to Haneda Airport we go.

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There's something wildly entertaining around the thought of hard crustations on a pizza. Clearly nothing can go wrong.

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Random mini display booth.

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Oddly for an airport store. The prices were more or less what we saw at Akihabara earlier in the trip.

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Some last minute charging of our devices prior to the flight.

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Last chance for some Japanese food while still there.

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And settling in for the flight back.

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Qantas menus.

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Mim
Life time student of all things Japan, music, culture, anime and associated vices
Sydney, Australia · Nendtaku - 360 unique full size and counting