Having somehow escaped from our previous evening at the 300 Yen Bar without serious hangovers we took the opportunity to have a good lie in and didn’t get up until 10am!
First stop of the day was Tokyo Dome City which is an extensive entertainment complex including the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, an amusement park, shopping, restaurants and much more. We had a wander around the shops and observed the Thunder Dolphin rollercoaster a couple of times before deciding that one of us was too scared and the other too hungover to jump on!
The plan was to pop over to Jiyugaoka for breakfast, which is an area known for its sweets and bakeries. Unfortunately for us hungry, early risers, most of these venues do not open until 11am. Breakfast for us was, therefore, a teriyaki burger from the Family Mart (no big surprises there) which was really tasty!
We had day trip had been planned in advance and it had taken quite a bit of organisation to ensure all of the transport connections left us with enough time to spend seeing everything we wanted to see and it was essential that we stuck to our itinerary. JAL (Japan Airlines Group) offer a discount domestic air fare for overseas visitors to Japan, the oneworld Yokoso/Visit Japan Fare.
Severely jet lagged having arriving in Japan the previous day we woke up incredibly early, much to our delight, as this was to be the day of the Yamathon. This is a walking/running route that visits every station on the JR Yamanote line, the challenge being to get a photo at each one. We had already decided that we would be going anti-clockwise and the plan was to make it to Ikebukuro for lunch.
We landed at a very rainy Haneda airport around 3pm and had made it to the hotel by 4pm. Although we were tired we made a concerted effort to unpack, shower and then head straight out. As it was the first night we decided to go balls out and try our hands at conquering a few of the many izakayas (something we had been previously nervous about doing due to our lack of language skills). Having previously stayed in Shimbashi we knew there were a lot of bars and restaurants in the area, and that we were only 2 Yamanote Line stops away, so we decided to walk it.