Truth is, I've been to Japan so many times but I don't understand Japanese at all (except for a few key words)! I tried learning but I dropped out of class because I couldn't keep up with the lessons while working the night shift. I want to continue and go back for lessons soon!
It is very easy to navigate their subway and trains if have 3G internet with access to Google maps. Just a few years ago we had to use paper maps and learn how to navigate our way using our sense of direction. Lots of frustration because there are so many exits and it's so easy to get lost! Now all you need to do is put in your destination and Google will tell you which bus or which train to take. It even tells you which platform to take it from.. and if all else fails, just approach any trainmaster. All of them can speak very simple English. Just show them the station you want to go to and he will advise you which line to take and which platform to go to.
The first time Le Hubby and I went together we did not get a Suica/Pasmo card (similar to our EZ Link card) and had to buy tickets at each station using coins. So mafan! From our second trip onwards we got the cards and life was so much easier! Just tap tap tap and we are through! We can also use the cards to buy drinks from vending machines when we are lazy to dig for coins.
So on Day 2, we woke up early and went to Tokyo Station to meet up with Nat & Ray! Initially I told Le hubby to go ahead and meet them while I go to Shinjuku and get tickets for our trip to Hakone.. but that blur sotong got lost and arrived at Tokyo Station 15mins after I got there even though he had a 25mins headstart. Why? He board the correct train but towards the opposite direction. Kua kua kua kua..... Poor Nat & Ray had to wait for us. Sorry guys!
First up is lunch! We walked around Tokyo Station which was famous for their ramen but strangely couldn't find any ramen shop.. apparently we went to the wrong side and only stumbled on the ramen street after we finished our lunch. Bleah. The lunch we had was BAD. Seriously, not all food in Japan is good... there are bad food there and 2 bad lunches in 2 days was just horrible!!!!
Afterwards we walked around a bit because there's so many cute character shops there!
So tempted to get this New Year Miffy Doll! (I didn't).
So many Gudetama merchandise everywhere!!
We headed back to the apartment for them to check-in and leave their luggage before heading to Sanrio Puroland! My favourite favourite place. Since 2013 I told Le Hubby I want to go back every year and so far I have! ^_^
OOTD shot at the street heading to our apartment
Hello again Sanrio Puroland! ◟(◔ั₀◔ั )◞ ༘♡
Bought tickets for 4 people! JPY2000 per person.
It's cheaper than the full day pass cos we went in the late afternoon.
This year is Sanrio Puroland's 25th birthday!
Tea break time! Taste & looks good! （‐＾▽＾‐）
Make up for the horrid lunch we had at Tokyo Station.
I'll post more pictures in a separate post for Sanrio Puroland. :)
For dinner, we taobao KFC and food from the atas chap chye png store and had a party in our apartment! :)
Stock up for next day's breakfast! （⌒▽⌒ゞ