The first night in Tokyo, I stayed at a hotel, partly to unwind and rest from the trip, and partly so I could keep the stuff I’m hauling around close to the apartment I’m going to move into. All campaigns succeed or fail on logistics, and I was determined that this one would succeed!
This hotel is the Monzennakacho Toyoko Inn, which I passed by nearly every day on the first trip I made here. It wasn’t until I was planning this trip that I realized I could save much time and energy by lugging all my stuff to this hotel, leave it at the hotel once I checked out, make a quick trip down to Shinjuku to check into the apartment (filling out pages and pages of agreement forms) and pick up the key, and come back and haul the stuff two blocks to the apartment. That part worked like a charm, but I’ll write that up in another post.
If you’ve heard that living conditions in Japan are tight with small rooms, you heard right! I had a single at the Toyoko Inn, and it was barely big enough for me (of course, I’m kind of “plus size” even for an American ^_^) and my stuff. But, it was comfortable, I was able to grab quite a bit of sleep there, and took a nice leisurely shower the next day. The free breakfast helped as well, to start me on the day!
At any rate, here are some pictures and a video of the hotel.
Here’s the video “walkaround” I took, too!