|Near the New Sanno|
ANY-way, SMS arrived and we were so happy! We took the KEISEI Skyliner to Nippori. There we transferred to the Yamanote line, which is sort of the railroad beltway around Tokyo. We got off at Nishi-Nippori and then took the Chiyoda subway line to Nogizaka. We were staying at Hardy Barracks for the first night. We went out exit 5, hooked a left then crossed at the first intersection. There was a large cemetery on our right and a park on our left. Then we saw the barbed wire fence and the U.S. Army sign and knew we had arrived.
Hardy Barracks is cheap ($55/night for two!) but the Winter is not the best time to stay. It was cold! And the sheets and blankets were super basic. Whah, whah, first-world problems. But I would prefer not to stay there in Winter again.
|Traditional Japanese breakfast room service at the New Sanno and some pictures from Hiro-o|
That day, we walked around Roppongi Hills. Then we went to the Meiji shrine followed by walking up Harajuku and Ometesando-dori. We went to the awesome French food court in Ometasando-eki (train station) but we weren't hungry so we just thought about the food we'd order if we were. Ha, ha.
|Illuminations and SMS' new friends|
At Nanbantei, we got two dinner sets which equaled a LOT of yakitori. It was a multiple course meal in a super warm, cozy restaurant. The staff was really nice and the head guy spoke really good English. We had a really nice, leisurely time. We got there around 6 and were able to get in without reservations, although it looked like reservations were a good idea since a group of 4 people were turned away later in the evening. How did I know four people got turned away? Because the otherwise nice head waiter loudly shouted, "No room, no reservations!" about three times before the guys left. A little weird but also kind of funny.
(BTW, you know what else is really funny? Watching Lost in Translation after being here for awhile. I get the movie so much better now.)
After dinner, we went to Tokyo Midtown to check out the Christmas illumination. It was really beautiful and SMS got some really nice pictures of the two of us.
The next day, we went to the Imperial Palace where we were disappointed to find out that it appeared the emperor had forgotten his brunch date with us. Maybe next time.
Then we headed to Yokosuka so I could show off the apartment. SMS loves it!
|Home at last!|