Tokyo Day one
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The difficulties of last night spilt over into today. Our toughest day yet began with a trek to find the tourist information centre in the Tokyo government building in Shinjuku. It was signposted at first but then the signs dried up and we ended up trapped in a sub terranian maze beneath the city. We eventually managed to find some steps back up to the street and from there found the entrance to the building we were looking for, and lo there it was． We were glad we hadn`t given up as the staff were very sweet and helpful.
We had some tickets to book for our upcoming trip to Mt. Fuji so we set off in the direction of the ticket office for the Highway Buses, which cost 700yen and take about an hour and three quarters from Shinjuku station.
We headed into the maze that is Shinjuku station and set off for the Imperial Palace. We managed to get off at the wrong stop but a very helpful lady put us back on the right track, literally. The Imperial Palace was yet more disappointment. It may have been our mood but we really didn`t think it was anything special. We sat down and decided to go to the Yasakuni Shrine and the Yushukan War Museum.
We were starving but still hadn`t managed to find any vegan food. We headed off to Tokyo Tower which if it looks familiar, is because it is.It`s a copy of the Eiffel Tower except painted red and white! Just as we got to the tower we stumbled across an organic cafe which had veggie options. Not exactly the Japanese food we were hoping for but it was good to eat. Tokyo Tower was awesome, by sheer fluke we had timed it just right and got up to the viewing platform just as the sun was setting.
Elated we made our way to the Kabuki-za theatre in Ginza district and, as is the way when you feel positive, everything was easy and we arrived without any hassles. The performance can be several hours long which might be great if you are into it but we were really just interested in a tasting, so opted to see just one act, which was just over an hour and only cost ￥900. We hired an earpiece translator and commentary, which you really have to do to get anything at all from the performance. Have to say it was totally brilliant, really interesting and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.
All in all we had a brilliant day. The delights of the morning were made more so by the trials and tribulations of the morning.