DAY 25 Imperial Palace Gardens and an Awesome Lunch

DAY 25 Imperial Palace Gardens and an Awesome Lunch

November 7th, 2019

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Imperial Palace Gardens

Hotel: Tokyo Bay Hilton*

Food: Ain Soph Ginza*

We started our morning with a convenience store breakfast of fruit and onigiri. I think I was a bit over that combination by this time! We took our time as we needed to go to the post office to send stuff home as there was no way we’d be able to fit everything in to cabin baggage. The morning in that respect was wasted because the post office opened at 10, for us to go buy the box, then the short walk back to the hotel room to pack it and borrow packing tape from the hotel front desk (who gave us some really awesome packing tape). So by the time we were able to get on with our day it was already around 11:30.

The itinerary said Mount Takao but as my foot was still really sore, that kind of walking was out of the question.

I couldn’t stand the thought of carrying our bags to the next hotel so I used Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza’s luggage forwarding service. For three smallish bags (cabin baggage size) we paid about $45AUD to have our stuff sent ahead, however the luggage wasn’t going to arrive until the next morning. So I packed one backpack with what we needed for one night and the next morning. $45 very well spent, as was the money to send stuff home which we’d budgeted for as part of our expenses.

I was not going to leave Tokyo without trying one of the Ain Soph restaurants. We’d bombed with Ain Soph Soar when we were in Ikebukuro due to their closing times, and the other day Ain Soph Ginza was closed (despite business hours online saying they were open). Not to be defeated, we went back to Ain Soph Ginza to try again and it was well worth it, because this one of the best vegan meals I’ve had anywhere:

Then we were off to the Imperial Palace East Gardens. I wish I’d read more reviews about this as I had assumed it was you know, really nice gardens and a lot of stuff to see. Instead we spent around half an hour walking through grass areas with me convinced we were in the wrong location or walking the wrong way, but we were correct. The gardens are more a flat kind of grassed area with some trees and when we got to the palace there wasn’t much to see there either as you can’t go in (which I knew) but even at the you-shall-not-pass point there wasn’t much to see. We ended up sitting down for half an hour just to take a break and noted lots of tourists who did the same thing as we had done, walking around wondering if they’d missed something. I still don’t know if I’d missed anything, but looking up reviews I see a lot of comments along the lines of don’t go out of your way to see the Imperial Palace area. I have to say I agree as I felt we wasted a good two hours that could have been spent on other things.

Then we took our time walking to Tokyo station, stopping in at stores along the way.

We bought a few more souvenirs and gifts then took the train to our next hotel. From Maihama station we took the Hilton shuttle bus to our hotel, the Tokyo Bay Hilton (one of the splurge hotels on the trip, as everything else in the area was either more expensive or too far away and I didn’t want to waste time waking up at 6am to catch trains to Disney).

After we checked in, we went to the hotel convenience store Seikatsu to get cash from their ATM and food for Tokyo Disney the next day. I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw the store was selling the T’s Tan Tan cup noodles! They had two flavours so I bought both and had them for dinner. So very good! Aaaand no photo sorry. We purchased our 2-day Disney passes from the hotel desk (cash only) and called it a night.

On to Day 26.

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