30 June 2009
Chilling in Yokohama
Sorry for taking so long to get this, but there's a lot of photos to comb out. Without delay, let's get into the first day of my trip to Japan this year.
Surprisingly, our first stop is not anywhere in Tokyo, but in Yokohama. So we took a bus straight from the airport (Haneda) to Yokohama.
Charging the Suica card. We keep them from the previous journey last year (and the year before) so we don't have to purchase individual tickets all the time. Another good thing is that Suica cards don't seem to have expiry dates, therefore we can keep them for future trips.
We planned not to spend our first night in a hotel, so we stored our suitcases in the lockers inside the train station.
Close the door, confirm the locker number, present the Suica card to pay for the fee and voila, it's done. A receipt appears afterwards for reference. To open it, just present the Suica card. There will be extra charge for storing items longer than 1 day.
Alternatively, there are coin lockers, which means instead of using Suica card to pay you insert a coin and take the key out after locking your content inside. My sister used them often for storing her shopping stuff so she can shop some more without having to carry them around.
World Porters, a huge mall that we have spent inside for the afternoon.
A panda with scary glowing eyes XD
Lunch: Omurice (オムライス) - literally rice within a huge omelette.
Dog sculptures made out of charcoal. These are surely impressive! Apparently having charcoal in your room is good for absorbing odours, but I am not sure.
Yokohama is celebrating its 150th anniversary of opening of its port, and therefore there are various souvenir and goods here and there. Here are the starwberry cheesecake flavour KitKats.
A quick picture of the mall's ground floor
Dinner in Manyo Club (part 1 - Tonkatsu + Curry
Dinner part 2 - I think was a little hungry that night
Dessert - An ice-cream of matcha (抹茶) and vanilla flavour
Tuna roll - even though I am not really into seafood, I somehow really like tuna and salmon sushi
Hot spring egg, or onsen tamago (温泉卵) - which are semi boiled eggs.
Looking at the Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel from the roof of Manyo Club. It normally displays its lights like a clock, but does some fancy light 'performance' every 15 minutes. A great sight at the nighttime I gotta say~
Well, that ends the first day of my trip to Japan. It was the first time we didn't spend in a hotel for the first day of a trip. We arrived pretty early that day and didn't sleep much as it was a late flight and around 4 hours of flight, so we didn't do much and spent most of the time relaxing in Manyo Club. Hope you like the photos so far. Will get around to day 2 sometime next week.