We tried to take it a little easy today on the walking as I definitely did not bring appropriate shoes and we have been running through clothes like crazy where it is so hot here. Grabbed breakfast in the hotel this morning and did laundry. Mandi decided to stay in the majority of today but I wasn’t about to lose time here.
Brandon (@archer23) and I headed out to Shinjyku and our first stop was one of the bigger arcades that I have ever been to. I then proceeded to smash Brandon in 2 of 3 games at ‘Air Hockey’. This was a little different than American air hockey where we play with only one puck. This was played with one puck for part of the time and was worth 100 points. At random intervals about 20-25 smaller pucks would drop down into play and be worth 30 points a piece. To say the least it was chaos when those hit. A couple of other cool things they had Mario Kart racing and DDR
Next we went to Sinjyku Goldengai & Hanazonogai which was basically a HUGE bar district:
Even though it was daytime and everything was closed it was still really neat to see how small these bars were. Most were standing room only and would hold about 5-8 people depending on the size. Brandon said that most were foreigner friendly and some would have a ‘table charge’ where you would have to pay 800-1000 yen ($8-$10) to come in for a table.
Next we headed up to another observation deck to check out the city.
After the observation deck we headed to lunch back at the ‘fast food’ sushi place.
After lunch we headed back to the hotel to shower/relax and then off to dinner next door to the hotel at Gyogo. Here they served a type of Burnt Ramen which was also very good.
Here was also tried a variation of Sake which tasted like a strong white wine.
Next we headed to Oktoberfest! This was a lot of fun and pretty much everyone was drunk and singing a long with the band. Japanese people appear to not show very much emotion during the day but they were all having a blast this night.