Japan Trip 2017 – Day 13

The thirteenth day of my Japan Trip 2017, and what a view!

If you haven’t read Day 1 & 2 of my Japan Trip 2017 blog series, please do so before reading this post for context and continuity’s sake. Day 3Day 4Day 5 & 6Day 7Day 8, Day 9Day 10 and Day 11/12 are also available to read.

New day, new city? That’s right, we’re in Yokohama! Which is actually not all that far from Tokyo (like a half hour express train from the heart of Tokyo). Despite that the place definitely has a different ~vibe~, at least where we stayed did. It almost felt like a more casual Tokyo but I couldn’t even put my finger on the reason why… anyway as I teased at the end of the last blog our hotel in Yokohama is the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel located inside Yokohama Landmark Tower which is the second tallest building in Japan! Floors 49-70 of the building have a five-star hotel and our room was on the 54th floor and, it was certainly an amazing experience to have a hotel room up that high!

We stepped out from under the underground subway station expecting to be greeted by sunlight only to be steeped in shadow. We turned around to find the behemoth building blocking out the sun! At least there was no getting lost trying to find it!
Directly beneath Yokohama Landmark Tower.

5 star hotel, huh? Swanky… Surprisingly enough this 5 star hotel was cheaper than all of our other 3 star Tokyo hotels. I say surprisingly but given the size of the building (the amount of rooms it probably has) and the fact its not in Tokyo means they probably have a hard time filling it up and so have to be comparatively affordable. And can we take a moment to talk about that view…

The view from our 54th floor of Yokohama Royal Park Hotel in Landmark Tower.
Lunch at a fish and chip shop underneath the tower. The fish batter had weird green herbs in it but was still nice.

So what did you get up to on this day anyway? Not a lot, as is usually the case on the day we check in to a new hotel. We walked around the waterfront district, which was very pretty and scoped out some things to do on the next day as we’d be staying in Yokohama for 3 days.

Some weird thing near Landmark Tower. This is a very useful caption, I am good at this.
There was a smaller fun-fair style place on the tower side of the bay, with the larger amusement park ‘Cosmo World’ being on the other side.
The aforementioned ‘Cosmo World’ amusement park. This is but a tease as we didn’t visit it until the next day.

Right so, “sightseeing” things around the hotel. Surely that wouldn’t take all day? Well I had to find the nearest Animate and scope that out too! Which we did, and we found lots of goodies, none of which I have photos for from the actual day. Oops~!

Of course, so what other pics do you have? Food of course! Now this might seem like a weird pick for dinner, but we went to Sizzler. Yes, the American buffet chain, why? Because Sizzler’s in Australia pretty much all closed up like 15 years ago (there still might be one or two floating around) so seeing as how there was one in Landmark Tower, we had to go!

All the food I had.

Did it live up to your nostalgic expectations? Simply put, no. It was okay, but not worth the cost, but still experiencing a Japanese Sizzler was still interesting. Amongst the buffet they had “uniquely” Japanese things like steamed rice, silken tofu and edamame.

Uh-huh… And then? Here’s some night photography of the areas around Landmark Tower.

There was a tall ship permanently docked in the bay outside the hotel. No, We didn’t go on it.
Landmark Tower by night.

And is that it? More or less! It was a relaxing transitional day, we spent a lot of the evening lounging around the hotel, enjoying the view. Speaking of which, here’s what the view from our hotel room looked like at night.

I could stare at the view for hours.

Thanks for reading, look forward to day 14 when we visit a museum for noodles and ride overpriced rides!

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Author: Cactus Matt

I love anime and more recently manga too. What else do I need to write here?

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