DAY 4 - NAGOYA TO SHINJUKU

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Got up just in time to check out, and headed straight the main station, sad to leave Nagoya, but excited for Tokyo. Massive queues at the station but eventually we got our tickets and boarded the Shinkansen back to Tokyo. We later found at that this train was the first one that had run all day due to tailend of the typhoon causing havoc with the transport system.

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Journey essentials. Beer and a browse through the first batch of photos, whilst chatting F1 with the english father and son sat across the aisle. These 2 gents had sat next to Jenson Button on the way back from the circuit yesterday.

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If the weather is good you get a great view of Mt. Fuji from the train.

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Arrival in Tokyo, and Shinjuku Station.

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In Japan, you are never more than 50ft from a vending machine.

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Arrived at the hotel just in time for sunset, with amazing views over Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Tokyo really seems to come alive once the sun has gone down.

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Heading out in to Shinjuku for a bit of exploring, we headed to the Golden Gai area for a few drinks.
There are plenty of cool little bars and eateries in this area of narrow alleyways. We had settled for a few in the a bar full of chandeliars. It was so small that there was a hole in the floor above the bar so that bar staff could serve people on the floor above. You just had to be carefull not to fall down it when venturing to the loo.

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We went to Rokkasen for dinner, on arrival there was a sign which said there were no more tables for the night but we went up in the lift anyway and managed to book a table for a coupld of hours later. It was worth the wait.

We were lead to our own private booth, the menu was confusing but our waiter spoke good english and explained how it all worked. We went for a set menu and the waiter brings out the selection of raw cuts for you to cook on your own grill which is built into the table. Our first experience of Matsuzaka beef was incredible, like no beef I have ever tasted. The view from the window wasn't too bad either.

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After dinner we went to do a bit more exploring and walk off our food. It was nearly midnight and everywhere was still rammed.

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Work never seems to stop, maintence work being carried out after midnight - wouldn't get that in the UK!
Also a DJ busking playing funky house and playing the sax over the top.

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