December 24th, 2007 – by: koticphreak
Asahi Building. Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
Woke up early again, still having trouble sleeping more than 5-6 hours on these floor beds. Watched some TV for a few hours while I waited for Alex to wake up, took a shower, it costs 200Yen for 10 minutes of water, which is ludacris that you have to pay for shower on top of paying for the room, but I guess when you think that we paid only $30/night/room, what's another $2/day for showering? Plus, they have 10 stories, rooms on floors 2-10, and 10 rooms per floor, gotta limit the single shower use somehow. (I think that means 90 people at full occupancy, and 1 shower). Alex finally woke up, we continued the previous night's convo about money issues, figured out some things, didnt like the area we were staying in, decided we'd switch hotels and booked a new one, Akihabara Washington Hotel, highly recommended, read the review! Went to Asakusa
, saw the asahi building, some other cool things which was more culture shock, then went to a cool temple/shopping area.
More Temple in Asakusa. Tokyo, Japan
Did some cultural templey stuff like breathing in the smoke, dropping 5yen in the thingy, drinking the water, getting a fortune for 100yen. Walked around the area, bought some souvenirs. Ate Lunch at McDonald's, and it is not anything like american McDonald's, shouldn't be allowed to have the same name! The meat is just different, so so so different, the fries are different too, it just doesn't taste the same, and it doesn't taste better either, this was the first time Japan disappointed me. Around sundown, we went to Shibuya
, saw the popular crosswalk where they have diagnol crossing and its just super duper packed and its also the spot they usually show in movies when they show tokyo. Ate dinner at "Lotteria", another Japanese fast food place.
Pagoda in Asakusa. Tokyo, Japan
We met up with some of Alex's friends there, walked around a little, went to a "Izakaya", which is basically an all-you-can-drink bar/restaurant. It was approximately $23 for 90 minutes of all we could drink, there was a touchscreen at the end of the table, and each time we wanted another drink, we ordered it on the screen, and within a few minutes, it was there, great service! So we got fairly drunk, and the last train is at midnight, so we left there a bit before midnight, ran to the station, caught the second to last train, alex was feeling sick, so we had to get off a few stops later so he could hurl in a bathroom, then we caught the last train, but when we got to the connection point, the last train going to where our hotel room was, already past, so we took a taxi cab from there, cost us about $15 to go 2 miles or so... Passed out.