Our Final Full Day in Japan
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We were on our final day and excited because we had quite the day planned, unfortunately it ended up being sort of a bust, but I am getting ahead of myself. We had decided that we would head out to Odawara where we could take a tram to
So, we decided to see if the rains would pass in an hour and went into the local Starbucks to grab a coffee.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much to write as we stayed in the city for a couple hours hoping for a miracle that never happened. Though in the Starbucks I dropped my change three times and each time this nice guy from Europe helped me pick it up before I dropped it again (not on purpose). I think I was possessed for a few moments.
We also saw the honor system in place yet again in
After two hours, we decided it was time to head back to
Because it was pouring in Tokyo after we returned we didn’t really get to see too much though we had the best waffles on earth and met a Japanese guy who spoke to us for a good 20 minutes about the US and Japan.
Our main goal of the night was to see the Monkey Waiters in
Finding this place is difficult and even with a map. We ended up walking it and it took us well over an hour. Other diners that night had taken a taxi and it took a lot less time. The map made it look closer! The place is run by a couple and a friend who comes to help out when busy. At first we were the only people there, but soon three other groups showed up.
The owners are very nice people and even with limited English make you feel at ease, but for me this ended up not being the best experience. The meal was now 35.00 Yen and though there is a lot of food, most of it was not the best. It was very fatty meats, including pork, beef and chicken skin stir fried at your table. There also was soup, dumplings and a salad. The dumplings were amazing and salad was good, though later on I watched one of the baby monkeys play with some of the food before it was taken out of the box to be chopped up. Not cleanly.
All the tables were wondering where the monkey waiters were as they were the main focus.
You do get to have photos taken with the monkeys and the owners are very courteous and really want to make sure you have a great time. The problem is that the format has changed from what it originally was and not in a good way. People just wanted to see the monkeys and have their photo taken while being handed a hand towel by one of them. But now it had become a circus and to me somewhat exploitive. If you want more information, please feel free to email me, especially if you are planning on going.
We ended up taking a cab back to the train station with another couple and in the end, we agreed, though mostly the females that we weren’t very comfortable and the price was a bit outrageous.
So, unfortunately the day was like a bad Twilight Zone episode, but one out of nine is pretty good odds. Besides I had more birthday cake waiting for me at the hotel. Making the celebration now 3 days!