After the initial worry about our flight being overbooked, it turned out that it wasn’t a problem. Having been contacted twice by the airline to change to an earlier or later flight, I stuck to my guns and stayed with the same flight. There were about 150 Japanese school children returning to Japan on the flight, and we thought it was going to be very loud. As it turns out, they were all really well behaved and most of them just went to sleep after dinner.
Our arrival into Tokyo was pretty much on time and passed through customs and immigration with no hassles. Once we collected our bags, it was out to the limousine bus pickup point, that would take us straight to our hotel. The decision to take the Limousine bus was great. I chose a hotel that the bus dropped us at without having to take a train and then walk and get lost. Seriously, it was soooo easy! When the bus left each stop, the personnel working at the bus stop bowed as the bus drove out…. It was our first experience of watching the Japanese bow.
The bus took about 1/2 an hour to get from the airport to our hotel
Shinjuku Washington Hotel
Our room wasn’t ready at the hotel (after all it was only about 9am), so we left our bags with reception and headed out to visit the city!
To see where else I went on Day 1 in Tokyo, please see my summary page.
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Narita International Airport
Shinjuku Washington Hote