Last night, we all slept in the Tatami Room at the Washington Hotel. They had turned off the air con and the room was hot. We complained and the front desk guy came up to open up the two windows which did not open to the outside BUT to the foyer below. So there was no fresh air coming in and when we were going to bed we had to shut it because poeple were loud and the ciggies smoke were drifting into our room from below. We were not happy campers at all. I think Dave should move out!
Lucy and I left Aizu on the 8.17 am train to Koriyama, then we had 8 minutes to transfer to the Shinkasen (bullet ) train to Tokyo. I was in a state, panicking as usual, asking people where the platform etc. We got to the platform and a few minutes later, this apparition appeared very slowly (I was picturing the train to whooosh into the station!) looking like something I have never seen before! It had a veeery looong nose before you can see the cab where the driver was. Our seat was on the second floor. Everything was so clean. When the train started to move, I decided I had better find the toilet before it went into warp speed. Oh, the toilet was clean too!
When we got into Tokyo station, we were at a lost as to where to head for to go to our hotel. Dave said go on the subway but this Japan Rail lady said to go on the Yamanote line, which is train above ground. Anyway, we decided to do what she said and fumbling around the area, we ended up on the Yamanote platform with no ticket but we jumped on anyway, on the advise of this girl who spoke English and was at MichiganState once. We paid at the other end but we really need not have paid because our Shinkasen ticket was good for that line too.
We found our hotel after fumbling around and getting out at the wrong exit; had to walk on the streets to get to it but if we had gotten out at the correct exit, we could get into the hotel with no problem at all.
Reiko , the relo person, took us to the Furniture Rental place and much to Lucy’s dismay we were there 4 hours over!!! Phew! I was exhausted. But i think I got most of our furniture rented. I think Reiko helped me organise in my head how to manouvere (sp???) the subway and when i need to do that and when I shd just use the Yamanote train. The Yamanote train goes around in a circle so it shd be easy…hope hope.
Tomorrow is Lucy’s day so more later..