Saturday, June 6, 2009

Day 11: Sayonara

We woke up early.  We had to - the airport limousine bus was due to pick us from the hotel at the ungodly hour of 7.15 a.m.

breakfast with a view


Check-out was smooth and then we were on our way to Narita Airport.

we had front row seats

The ride took just under 90 minutes.

As always, we had second breakfasts at the airport.

breakfast set

tsukimi ("moon-viewing") udon - the egg is the moon

As we lined up to enter the restricted area, we realised to our horror that the jam we had bought from Hokkaido and painstakingly carried all the way to Tokyo would be considered a liquid and that we would have to jettison the two bottles, given that our luggage had already been checked in.  We crossed our fingers but to no avail; our jam got confiscated by airport security.  Sigh.  Oddly enough, the crab miso paste survived the blitzkrieg.  Go figure.

The flight back home was uneventful, punctuated as always by a meal or two. Served out of Narita, the meals were a cut above the rest.

lunch on the A380

lunch on the A380

It had been a most satisfying trip. We had seen a whole other side of Japan, at its best pastorally speaking, and gotten to know our favourite city, Tokyo, a little better. Till we next set foot on the isles of Japan, we could only dream of our next trip.

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