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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Japan Rail Pass And Shopping Trip To Aeon Mall in Narita

Aloha Everyone,

Today was our first full day in Tokyo.

We took the hotel shuttle to the Narita International Airport where we had breakfast at Starbucks. Three brewed coffees, 1 quiche and 2 scones plus 1 banana came out to Y2,300 or US$18.40.

The Japan Railroad (JR) Green Pass is a prepaid first class pass for Japan railroad system. Available only to those who purchase abroad, the passes entitles you to travel in the 'Green Car', the equivalent of 1st class, on all Shinkansens and some express lines at a reasonable price. Our primary activity for today was to get our green passes issued and to make reservations for our first major train trip tomorrow.

For lunch, we took the hotel shuttle to Aeon Mall in Narita City.

J.J.'s special oyster plate, my Mother's pork and sashimi plate and my fish plate which tasted like butterfish were all excellent.  After we were seated, we saw a line form and people patiently waiting for over 40 minutes for a table.

We purchased food for dinner and fruits for tomorrow's train trip. Then, we took a taxi back to the hotel.

It is 3:16 pm Tokyo time. J.J. is taking a nap. My Mother is busy organizing her suitcase. I will do some yoga, take a shower and try to make up the hours of sleep I lost over the last two days.

Aloha -- Cathi