Japan March 2016
Saturday 5th - Monday 21st March 2016
A trip to Japan in March 2016.
Saturday in Tokyo
Saturday 5th March 2016
First day in Japan of this trip. Landed at Tokyo Haneda in the morning (first time for me to arrive there from London, much closer to the centre of Tokyo than the usual Narita), then got the shuttle bus to Shinjuku, and checked in to the Park Hyatt. Lunch at Al Dente, an old favourite of ours in Shinuku, then I had an afternoon nap while the girls went out to meet one of Chie's friends. In the evening we went to a kaiten sushi place in Shinjuku.
Sunday in Tokyo
Sunday 6th March 2016
Another day in Tokyo spent mostly just trying to recover from jetlag. Alas we only had one night at the Park Hyatt (it was so comfortable, I was reluctant to leave), so after checking out headed over towards Tokyo station where we'd be staying in a brand new serviced apartment place for the next two nights. Lunch at the new vegetarian ramen place in Tokyo station, another nap in the afternoon, and then in the evening I looked after Erika while Chie met up with some of her friends.
Monday 7th March 2016
We had decided to take Erika to Tokyo Disneyland on this trip to Japan, particularly as it tied in with their season of Frozen themed special events, and Erika loves all things Frozen. Unfortunately the weather was really bad, it pissed it down relentlessly all day, and it was a challenge to actually enjoy it.
Tuesday at the Office
Tuesday 8th March 2016
The girls got the shinkansen to Hiroshima in the daytime today, while I worked at my company's office in Tokyo.
Asakusa, Ginza and Yurakucho
Wednesday 9th March 2016
Worked at the office in Tokyo in the daytime. Having not had the energy to venture far from my hotel the previous day, today I determined I should go a bit farther afield, and visited some of my old favourites in Tokyo - Kamiya Bar in Asakusa, Ginza Lion in Ginza, and the vending machine bar in Yurakucho.
Jiyugaoka with Tanaka-san
Thursday 10th March 2016
Met up with Tanaka-san in Jiyugaoka in the evening.
Off to Hiroshima
Friday 11th March 2016
Worked in the office in Tokyo in the daytime, then got the shinkansen to Hiroshima in the evening.
Saturday in Hiroshima
Saturday 12th March 2016
Fairly quiet day with the family in Hiroshima.
Sunday in Hiroshima
Sunday 13th March 2016
Went to see more family in Hiroshima - this time Chie's cousin, and her aunts and uncle.
Monday 14th March 2016
Took Erika to visit the Anpan Museum in Fukuoka again.
Tuesday 15th March 2016
My birthday at the Otani Sanso Hotel, in the Yumoto Onsen.
Wednesday 16th March 2016
Second day of our two day trip to Yamaguchi prefecture, in the daytime we took a boat around Omi Island.
Thursday in Hiroshima
Thursday 17th March 2016
Spent the daytime in the centre of Hiroshima - first an unsuccessful attempt to get some coffee, then took Erika to a kid's play area for a bit, then okonomiyaki at Nagata-ya for lunch, and some more miscellaneous shopping before heading back to the family home in the evening.
Friday in Hiroshima
Friday 18th March 2016
Last full day in Hiroshima for me on this trip. Didn't really do much in the daytime - just a trip to the mall in the afternoon. In the evening we went out for sushi with Erika's Great Grandmother.
Hiroshima to Tokyo
Saturday 19th March 2016
Got the shinksan from Hiroshima to Tokyo, which took up most of the afternoon. Dinner at a vegan restaurant in Shibuya.
Sunday 20th March 2016
In many ways the main event of this trip to Japan (and my last full day) - Kanako's wedding.
Back to London
Monday 21st March 2016
Although the girls were staying on for another week-and-a-bit, I flew back to London today.