The flight from Brisbane to Tokyo was nine hours, being a daytime flight the kids didn’t sleep and so they got to watch lots of movies and they didn’t complain.
We arrived in Tokyo at 6pm (7pm Brisbane time) and by the time we grabbed some food and caught the Narita Express to Shibuya where our apartment is it was 9:10pm and the kids had fallen asleep on the train, which was fine but we then had to wake them and navigate the walk to the apartment with our suitcases through this:
It’s called the ‘Scramble Crossing’ and we’ll be using it a few times a day as it’s between our apartment and the train station.
We were a little disoriented for a while, we had a printed google map but it had street names in English and the street signs were obviously not in English, we tried a taxi but they are only small and couldn’t fit us all in with our cases. I eventually got my phone maps working, we got our bearings and we found our little apartment at about 10:20pm with the key left in a lock box padlocked to the front fence as promised.
The kids were pretty shattered when we finally arrived and the centre of Shibuya was pretty overwhelming, but they were excited too and handled it all pretty well.
EditShibuya was much less overwhelming in the day light next morning and we know our way around the local area now. We are in a fantastic position, with the busy city within 100m on one side and huge parks and temples within 500m on the other side.
In the light of day we noticed these plaques on the gyound which show some street names in English.