Day 10 Tokyo - Niigata

Trip Start Apr 04, 2010
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Trip End May 11, 2010


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Leaving Tokyo around 9am we headed for then city of Niigata on the west coast, we had decided to spend a night in Niigata before catching the ferry across to Sado island the following day just to make things a little easier for a change. Arriving in Niigata the amazing tourist information staff booked us a comfortable 3 bed western style hotel (with an en-suit :D ) around 10 minutes walk away.

Wako Hotel whilst showing its age now would have been crème de la crème back in the 60's or 70's when it was built, the hotel let us drop our bags off as it was still early in the day when we got there and our room wasn't ready yet. Grabbing an armful of souvenirs out of his bag Morgan was on his way to the nearby post office to tackle the world of sending a package overseas without speaking a single word of Japanese that could be helpful when some may say “unfortunately” we past a large multi story building called “animate” which is basically a big shop full of the stuff we love. An hour later and much less yens in our wallets we headed across the road to the post office, Giulietta mailed some of her new acquisitions home (which will take 2 months to arrive by ship), I sent some postcards and Morgan airmailed a 2.5kg box of goodies for around $45. Now I made this whole procedure sound easy, don't get me wrong a lot of sweat and tears went into mailing our goods and if it wasn't for the very patient Nippon Post employees it could have been a lot worse. In our efforts a map of Australia was drawn, around 3 staff members were utilised and a lot of hand gestures were undertaken.

When we got back to the hotel around 4pm we tested out our new beds by having a nanny nap, which may have turned into a few hours of sleep. Once awake I attempted to fit all my newly acquired belongings into a box the size of my head which just wasn't going to happen, so back to the post office I went to get a new bigger box that I could fit a small cat in, or in our case a baby macaque snow monkey. After squishing everything into the box, which ended up weighing 4.5kg I went to the post office and sent it off by EMS courier for a low low coast of 88,000 yen, which is around $100AUD.... which is a hell of a lot of money and makes you realise that maybe, just maybe you shouldn't of sent those 2kg boxes home and carried them with you for the next 4 week but alas it was done and gone and my bag was that much lighter with a lot of empty space for me to fill again.

Dinner was an assortment of pre-packaged buns and rolls with weird and wonderful flavours which some people may say isn't really dinner, well tough bikkies they tasted too good for me to care. We used the ancient computer in the lobby of the hotel to get in touch with the outside world again and to let our hosts on Sado island know what time we will be arriving the next day then headed off to bed.
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