Travel With Me | Symphony Restaurant Water Cruise Around Tokyo

Two days after my awesome night time helicopter ride over Tokyo, I was set to enjoy the views of Tokyo via a day cruise with Symphony Cruises. My tour guide, Matt and I arrive at the Hinode Pier

I originally thought this was just a small boat tour around Tokyo but to my surprise, it turned out to be a restaurant cruise and it was on a huge ship.

Just like a restaurant, you made a reservation and when you arrive at the pier, you check in with this gentleman

The ship was supposed to leave at 11:50 am but they were running a bit behind (turns out there was an obscene amount of people (a few large bus loads) who were also supposed to be on this cruise and they were just waiting on them but it wasn’t a long wait, we were on board by 12 noon. We enter the ship to see this life preserver showing the date of the cruise and this beautiful chandelier

Now I said this ship was huge but to understand how huge it was, let me say there were two restaurant levels. We were on the bottom level and other tourists were on the top. One level was the $50 trip and the other the $30 trip. Here is a photo of our level

With the $50 trip you have a huge buffet which you can see below. The photos are of the middle part of the table, I couldn’t get the entire table in one photo and by the time I tried, the other guest had already swarmed around it.

After we devoured shrimp, scallops, steak, salmon, beef stew, etc, they brought out the elegant and moist tasting desserts and fruits.

After we had our fill, we went to the top deck to see Tokyo in all it’s glory

The whole trip lasted about 2 hours and was wonderful. As you can tell from the photos it was a beautifully sunny day and a perfect day for a cruise. I had a blast.

My Time in Tokyo, Japan Part 2

It’s no secret that the Japanese love things American – McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Starbucks (like in America, there’s one practically on every block), Hip Hop music, Paris Hilton but I was shocked to see what else was here, check out this list

1. Cold Stone Creamery – there’s one in my hotel

2. TGI Fridays

3. Chilli’s

4. Bubba Gump Shrimp

5. 7-Eleven

6. Outback Steakhouse – Wait, is that American or Australian?

7. Taco Bell

Anyway, I could go on and on but you get the drift.

The top part of this post was just basic observance, I didn’t take any photos of them. Now on to the real topic – my activities in Tokyo. Let me start by saying my tour guide Matt is the best thing since slice bread. He is so awesome, so so awesome.

If anyone plans to go to Tokyo, Matt is the guy to see. He created such a fantastic itinerary for me. I basically only saw my hotel room when it was time to sleep. I left in the morning and got back usually around 10 pm.

A flight to Tokyo is damn near 12 hours and your skin takes a real beating in that closed off dry contaminated air, so Matt set me up at a Spa called HALF DAY SPA Heartsease for a facial.

It was a spa for women only so he was chased out which made it quite difficult for the first 15 minutes I was there trying to say what I wanted since I speak not one word of Japanese and their English was well…. as good as my Japanese, LOL

Anyway, once all was set, they started me off with the best green tea I’ve ever had

After I was done with the tea, I was led to a changing room, where I was given am off shoulder robe/dressing gown and slippers then off to the room where my facial will begin

The facial was in four parts, the first was your basic massage cleansing gel but the second part was really different – it was a cleansing foam but my face and decolletage was completely covered with this very thick foam

The foam is a whipped cream-like foam made out of Barley rice grounded with ancient stones into a fine powder, the active force of water is added and the cream is whipped like a normal facial cream. This allows the cleansing foam to go deep into the pores and remove any dirt that might be there.

Travel With Me | Yes, I am in Tokyo

After what seemed like days on a plane, I am finally in Tokyo. My new friend (my tour guide), Matt was nice enough to meet me at Narita airport and we took the train to Shibuya to my hotel – The Shibuya Tokyu Excel Hotel.

I am behind in posting some event stories, which I hope to catch up on during this trip, but I have to write about my experiences as well (boy that’s a lot to do) but as I don’t have actual events to go to (I’m missing about 4 or 5 I think as I’m away).

Anyway, here are some photos so far

It’s so strange, at about 4:30 pm, it was so dark already. It looked like about 8 or 9 pm outside. The above photos were taken at about 6pm Tokyo time, which is 4am New York time.

Anyway, back to the trip, everything ran smoothly, they even fed you (A lot). I had full meals and full snacks (not pretzels but a turkey sandwich and chocolate as a snack). For dinner I had BBQ beef, 3-pc shrimp cocktail, salad and a Ghirardelli Square as desert… yummy.

Anyway, I’m off to sleep a little