From the Nagoya castle we headed to Nagoya station to catch the ‘Shinkansen’ (high-speed train) to Tokyo! There was a sense of excitement but also a sense of sadness as our time in Kyoto had come to an end. There was a sense of peace in Kyoto I hated to leave behind.
It was quite a walk to .. and through… the station. I’ve never actually been at a train station before, so it was an interesting experience! Crowded!
Had I been alone, I probably would have stood in the middle of the crowd… just observing the organized chaos… everyone heading somewhere… and many taking a little time out at the scattered stores… snacking at a nearby MCDonalds or grabbing a cup of coffee.
As it was, I wasn’t alone, so I had to hurry to make sure I didn’t get separated from our group. Although our band of merry tourists was usually late, regardless of where we were heading, we somehow managed to get to our designated platform well in advance of our train…
When the train finally did arrive (precisely on time… to the second), it was great, and a little surprising to see, how everyone organized themselves so neatly to let passengers disembark, and then proceed to board the train, all within the allotted time.
The train was comfy… and the journey (if I’m not mistaken … was about 2 hours?? – I’m probably wrong.. :-)… ) was perfect. Many of us, exhausted from the walking and the humidity, fell asleep and recharged. The rest of us enjoyed conversation, snacks and the view… and before we knew it, the journey was over!
At the station in Tokyo we had more time to snap pictures, since we didn’t have another train to catch…
The Tokyo Station Hotel (which is as the name implies.. attached to the station) is beautiful, with some amazing work on the entrance ceiling:
It was a quiet night, still humid, and it was a long walk to our destination – dinner!
We enjoyed the walk, taking in our first impressions of Tokyo. Although initially subtle, there were many noticeable differences from Kyoto – notably the increase in the number of pricier stores and more expensive cars driving by.. 🙂 …. Our final destination was ‘Maharaja’ (https://www.facebook.com/MaharajaMarunouchi)… woohoo.. Indian food! 🙂
Now if you’re familiar with Indian food…. it can be spicy… 😉
And one dish.. just one.. the darkish brown one in the picture below.. was spicy indeed.
I can take spicy food, but I decided to avoid it… some of the adventurous members of our group decided to go for it. After sweat and tears, crying for water and some sweet to cool down… they finally agreed that a slightly cautious approach would have been better.. 😉
The meal was delicious… hot and fresh…. and I loved every bite of it.
Especially when we topped it off with a deliciously cool ‘Mango Lassi’:
Spiced-up and cooled-down we headed to our hotel in Tokyo: The Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu…. ! (http://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/en/hotel/TE/TE_AKASA/index.html)
The next blog post will cover the hotel and our first stop in Tokyo: The Isetan Department Store! 🙂 (http://isetan.mistore.jp/store/shinjuku/foreign_customer_service/index.html;jsessionid=bZtbVpqhpP0Fw036svHxdQBMtnwL1NrnJSpP4XQlvhczbYFkYpKH!950945644)