30 November 2014, last day in Tokyo! Mom and bros took the morning flight while i take the evening one. I had this wild thought to purposely lose my passport so i have an excuse to stay longer :D. I did most of the souvenir snack shopping today, on top of my one and only place to visit in the morning: Rikugien Garden.
The day started early as i was already at Komagome Station by 09:00. Komagome stations, a JR Yamanote Line, is the closest to southern entrance to Rikugien Garden, however, it only opened during Autumn Period. There were small line of queue when i came. and after paying 300 yen entrance fee i started exploring the walking trail through the forrest, small river which leads to the small lake / pond at the middle of the garden. Rikugien is among the most beautiful garden during autumn in Tokyo, being in late autumn, i could still see some red and yellow maple tree leaves, and other trees which colour resemblance cotton candy. It’s relatively small garden, strolling around with leisure speed will probably take only 1-2 hours. Walking path is a bit narrow, i don’t think its good idea to jog here. There is a tea house near the central pond that sells green tea accompanied by Japanese Mochies.
When i exited the park at around 11:00, it has been quite crowded, surely its pretty popular among tourist.
the next stops are Yodobashi Akihabara for toys, Ameyoko Market at Ueno for cheap souvenir snacks and Street Character at Tokyo Station for.. sightseeing (too expensive to buy :p) . I didn’t buy as much as i did on previous trip though, plus i kept reminding myself not to be impulsive :).
When i was strolling around the Tokyo Station, i got text from SQ that says my plane will be delayed by.. 3 hours. but i have reserved the limousine bus to airport at 16:00 anyway. So i got back to hotel, grab my luggage and a box and drag them to the bus station.
Obviously i arrived to early for a flight that was delayed by 3 hours. When checking in, i played fool by pretending not knowing that the plane is delayed, when the lady at the counter told me, i showed a sad full of disappointment because-i-got-tight-schedule kind of face, in expectation she would upgrade me to business class. And… mission failed. as a gesture of apology, SQ gave me a 2,000 yen dine and shop voucher at the Narita Airport.. that’s definitely worth a very fine dinner :).
I didn’t rush to immigration / passport control queue, instead, i was looking for a place to have shower. There is one located at central building, 2nd floor. The cost is 1,030 yen and its only valid for 30 min. Bathroom amenities are provided such as Shampoo, Shower Gel, Towel, Hairdryer (even Bathroom Slippers!). But one-blade razor and toothbrush set will cost you extra. The shower room is surprisingly very spacious, unlike typical bathroom in Tokyo hotel. I guess i have to nominate this place for the best showers place in airport.
After shower, i got through the passport control, it was 8.30pm and then i just realised.. shops and restaurants are closing.. now how the hell i could spent my 2,000 yen voucher if every stores are closed! a cleaning staff told me that Dotour cafe is open till 09:00 pm, so i rushed there (which happen to be at the very corner of the building), and spent my voucher for to-go Iced Caramel Coffee and lots of takeaway bread and muffin :|.
Singapore Airline, being an awesome servicing airline and knowing that many passengers vouchers are just a useless paper, provides some snacks and tea and coffee at departure gate. Thumbs up for their service.
after two hours waiting at departure gate, i finally boarded.
thanks again Tokyo, you’ve been the most amazing city i’ve ever been.