Arrived Tokyo on Japan Airlines. Service was great, food was average, drinks were often topped up. Seats were not too comfortable though legroom was very decent.
I especially liked the fact that they offer bottled mini sakes which come complete with a sake cup for every bottle (see picture below). Read about how unhygienic water can be if not from bottles, and was thankful for the bottles of water provided on board.
Haneda airport has a Edo market/ food street selling many types of Japanese/ western fare, snacks and condiments, necessities, etc. they also have a pop town to cater to kids and the young at heart.
I’ve missed the Sichuan beef soba for the longest time and finally had it again, it was bliss! The soba tea was also something I loved so when I asked about the sales of the tea, an elderly waitress who spoke very good English conveyed that the tea was not for sale. She then packed a few tea bags for me to bring home. She was so sweet!
Checking in at Keio Plaza Hotel was quite a wait, and they took a long time to provide us with wifi login details, slightly disappointed with their service. However, the stay was pleasant. Location of the hotel was of close proximity to Shinjuku Station. Will include the luxe Lounge in the next post.
For dinner, a friend brought us for some delicious ebi/ tomato based tsukemen. It’s out of this world, the stock was so thick and savory and rich, those with smaller appetite may wish to share a reduced noodle portion between 2 to begin with.
Walked around Shinjuku and visited the Omoide Yokocho. A busy place filled with kushiyaki stalls, naturally the BBQ smell fills the air on the whole street.
For dessert, we got some cream cheese, fresh cream puffs and cream roll from Oahu in Odakyu mall. They were yums!
Went to a nearby supermarket (locals call it supaa) and got a few sauces, soup stock, sakes, etc… A fruitful night…