Celebrating Food! Celebrating Life!

Japan Nov 2009 Day 1

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 Public Area Christmas Decoartion

Massive Christmas Deco at T3 Changi Airport. Its a ball-shaped dome which opens up like an umbrella periodically and plays music.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 Transit Area Christmas Decorations

Another deco for xmas in the transit area. Lotsa tourists stop by on the way to their boarding gates for some quick shots.

SQ A380 flight from Singapore to Narita

Stewardess serving  refreshments on SQ638 to Narita. Its a overnight flight. So no dinner served as it was 2345h when we boarded. Our first A380 experience! Chose a seat which doesn’t have a seat in front of it in exchange for more legroom turned out to be a mistake. With no foot rest extension from the seat in front (cos there isn’t a seat in front!), I kept slipping downwards while sleeping. And the meal table is wobbly. The screen is stowed away on the left of the seat. But I could do with the extra legroom. Oh well… you win some, you lose some.

Keisei train station platform underneath Narita Airport

The train station underneath Narita Airport. Initially we were kinda apprehensive about being able to locate the Keisei Line. But it turned out to be a breeze. Just follow the signs :)

A couple also waiting by the railway tracks

Along the railway tracks

Onboard the Keisei Limited Express

Travelling onboard the Keisei Limited Express. Being the first station, there was still a lot of room. Once the train hit Narita, the working crowd came pouring in, all rushing to Tokyo to work. We got off at Nippori station which connected us to the JR Yamanote Line. Taking it anti-clockwise, we got to JR Otsuka Station where our “hotel” is located.

Street garden along Otsuka JR Station

WMT Higashi Ikebukuro is about 400 m from JR Otsuka Station, a leisurely 5 min walk. A large section of the walk runs long a part of the track of the Toden Arakawa Line 都電荒川線 whose sides are lined with a rose garden where we could literally stop by to smell the flowers. What a treat!

Street garden along Otsuka JR Station

There were camellia bushes too!

Street garden along Otsuka JR Station

Shops along the way have their own mini gardens too.

Street garden along Otsuka JR Station

An interesting plant we spotted along the way.

Street garden along Otsuka JR Station

Shots taken of street garden along Otsuka JR Station

Toden Arakawa Line

The Toden Arakawa Line 都電荒川線 which runs through to the prestigious Waseda University. We had to walk along its tracks every day to get from JR Otsuka station back to the apartments.

West Shinjuku

After a quick deposit of our lugagge (we couldnt check in yet as we were way too early), we hopped on the JR Yamanote line again to Shinjuku.

West Shinjuku

West Shinjuku

West Shinjuku

West Shinjuku

West Shinjuku

Photographs taken around West Shinjuku with lotsa skyscrapers

Sumitomo Building

Small shrine outside Sumitomo building

On the way to Sumitomo Building to have lunch

Enterance to Donto

Buffet Lunch from 11am - 2.30pm @ 1000 Yen

Lunch Buffet at Donto, 49th floor of Sumitomo Building at West Shinjuku. The Japanese are not accustomed to using the word “buffet”; “viking” seems to be more commonly used in Japanese to mean “free-flow” servings of food without restrictions, once you’d paid for it that is. At 1000 yen a pax, we thought this is a steal!

Office crowd having lunch

Lots of local office crowd

Our lunch

Closer view of our lunch

Our Lunch

Donto

Close up of the rice

Donto

Salad greens with egg and bits of spaghetti.

Donto

Tempura

Donto

Nanban tori karaage with tofu and broccoli

Donto

pan-fried salmon

Donto

maguro sashimi with bits of fresh seaweed.

View from Donto

Another view from Donto

View from Donto

On the way to Tokyo Metropolitan Building

On the way to Tokyo Metropolitan Building

On the way to Tokyo Metropolitan Building

On the way to Tokyo Metropolitan Building

On the way to Tokyo Metropolitan Building

On the way to Tokyo Metropolitan Building

After lunch, we headed to Tokyo Metropolitan Building and took some shots of the area on the way there

Tokyo Tourist Information Center

Tokyo Tourist Information Center on 1/F of Tokyo Metropolitan Building . Good place to stop by for information, maps and guides.

View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

Panoramic view from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

Shinjuku Chuo Park

Shinjuku Chuo Park

Shinjuku Chuo Park

From the top of one of the viewing observatories of the Tokyo Metropolitan Building, we spotted a waterfall within Shinjuku Chuo Park

Shinjuku Chuo Park

Shinjuku Chuo Park with some autumn foliage (koyo) in sight. Much of it had already fallen, much to our dismay.

Maps and Guides

Maps and Guides from the Tourist  Information Centre at Tokyo Metropolitan Building in West Shinjuku

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