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Little souvenir =) I always do this sort of stuff, I remember putting in my pocket Tower of Pisa, Egyptian Pyramids and french sister of Tokyo Tower so I couldn't resist... =)

As usual we woke up early despite going to bed really late (I think it was about 2am when I finally closed my eyes). I felt really upset because I realized that it was almost half of my trip already and I didn't want to leave Tokyo so fast, I haven't been to Imperial Gardens and so many other places... 

After packing up I made some pictures of Tokyo Tower and at 10.30am we checked out of the Tokyo Grand. We went to Hamamatsucho Station where I went to buy tickets for my mom's trip to Narita airport. I had a timetable for Narita Express so I knew which one she needed. I explained it all to the ticket officer and it looked like he understood and gave me the tickets. They were completely in Japanese, and he wrote which one is for which trip.

Here we go...come to mama! =)
I felt relieved and we took the train to Tokyo Station. We had some time before mom's train to Narita and mine to Kyoto. We went outside Tokyo Station and had a nice walk around, not far away though since my mother still held a grudge towards my superior knowledge of maps...

We passed by some business building where there were plenty of young people in their black suits, I guess they had some sort of company selective interview because we saw a guy in a suit outside that same building who looked like practicing his speech, it was somewhat odd and amusing at the same time. A little bit farther from that building there was a bench and the other guy in a suite looked like crying - he was probably rejected? Strangely enough - it was Sunday.

My best-loved window view...
 

Other streets were pretty much empty. After that we returned back to Tokyo Station and went to Starbucks. We had a talk about our family matters and it was time to say our good byes already...

Since we had to take different train lines we had to go separate ways but I decided (just in case) to take my mom to her train. I felt a little uneasy because I was afraid that she could lose her way somewhere in the labyrinth of passes. She put her ticket into the ticket gate and...it got rejected! We went to the ticket officer and showed him her Narita Express ticket but he told us to go and buy another ticket. I was standing dumbfounded there not knowing what exactly went wrong with the ticket I bought in the morning... We didn't have much time and at the same time I didn't want to buy the same ticket again because I didn't get any explanation of what went wrong with the first one.

Tokyo Station, Shop decoration =)
I tried to get the answer from the guy but you know what - that it's practically impossible - they just don't speak English... They called another guy, I guess it was supervisor and he said again that I need to pay for another ticket. Well, I felt like my brains were about to explode. They took me to the ticket office where there were girls who could speak some basic English which was more than enough for me at that moment. My mother started to get angry with me because she thought that it was my fault for buying the wrong ticket but I was sure that I didn't do anything wrong, so I was pretty much under pressure plus not enough time... I started to explain what was going on to the girls at the ticket office and they said that the ticket for Narita Express is still valid and there is nothing wrong with it however I need to buy one more EXTRA ticket for regular fare.
Around Tokyo Station
As you can imagine that was basically the end of me, my brain was about to leak outta my head since common sense just left the building... I asked if my mother will need to change the trains since she'll have two tickets but eventually I figured it out that it's just two bloody-hell-tickets for one-freaking-ride and that guy from the ticket office just didn't sell me the second ticket by mistake (or maybe he just hated westerners?)... What sort of ticket officer are you if you can't do your job properly and it's a basic stuff he should have known? Well, I nearly had heart attack, I'm tellin' ya... I bought that second ticket but I didn't have time to take my mom to her train and I prayed hard that she'll make it to Narita safe and sound... 

I dashed to another wing of Tokyo Station to my platform.  It was nearly 4pm and I had a reserved seat ticket to Kyoto by Hikari train at 4.03pm. I was standing on the platform and saw a lady dressed in kimono. She looked really beautiful but I couldn't dare take a picture because she had so mean look on her face that I thought she'd jump on me with her fists =) I was also stressed enough from the ticket ordeal so I was just looking around waiting for my train...

LostInSpace2010 says:
I was angry because it was not our fault and they couldn't explain it right so I was about to bash my head against the wall trying to get to the point... =)
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010
alyssa_ob says:
I had my train tickets rejected too! Apparently you are supposed to have the regulare JR ticket along with your train ticket and put them through at the same time. Even then it didn't always work.
Posted on: Aug 02, 2010
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Little souvenir =) I always do thi…
Little souvenir =) I always do th…
Here we go...come to mama! =)
Here we go...come to mama! =)
My best-loved window view...
My best-loved window view...
Tokyo Station, Shop decoration =)
Tokyo Station, Shop decoration =)
Around Tokyo Station
Around Tokyo Station
Around Tokyo Station
Around Tokyo Station
Around Tokyo Station
Around Tokyo Station
Empty Streets, so unusual...
Empty Streets, so unusual...
Busy town on Sunday
Busy town on Sunday
City contrasts
City contrasts
Streets
Streets
Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms
City views
City views
Streets
Streets
Streets
Streets
Colors...
Colors...
Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station
Going away...
Going away...
Tokyo
photo by: maka77