Thursday, December 10, 2015

Japan Chronicles: Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome, Tokyo

Japan

        A looooooooong overdue post. One year delayed to be exact. It's just that we enjoyed Japan so much that it was a bit too overwhelming for me to write about it. I didn't know how to start it. There were too many photos. So I've decided to make a photo blog post instead :-) And then I started doing the post, but couldn't stop telling stories and backstories. So I've decided to just make a series of Japan posts. So here's my first installment!



Family

        Our Japan trip last year was a Christmas gift to my dad from my generous Tita Lourdes. It was her treat for my dad and my sister. So Richie and I thought it was a great opportunity to tag along with my dad on this out-of-the-country trip. So he bought me and Rain tickets as well so we could bond with my dad too! (Thanks hun!) And then my Tita Lourdes decided to get include us in the accommodations, Japan tour and Disneyland tickets as well as our Christmas gift. Thank you Tita!!! :-)


Mt. Fuji seen from the plane

        As you approach Japan air, you can already see Mt. Fuji! Such a magical sight! It was my first time ti see a snow-capped mountain. Correction. It was my first time to see snow. Period. Even if it's miles away


Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome Tokyo

        We checked in at Royal Park Hotel, The Shiodome, Tokyo. This is where my Tita Lourdes always stays when she goes to Japan so this is where they booked us as well. A hotel from that occupies Basement 2, 1st floor, and 24th to 38th floors of the Shiodome Tower. The rest of the floors below are occupied by offices.


Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome Tokyo

        This is the hotel lobby. It's actually on the 24th floor of the Shiodome tower. And I forgot to take a photo but on the left side of the reception is an ATM-like machine which changes your USD to HKD. Pretty cool! Of course the exchange rate is a bit higher. But better than nothing.


Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome Tokyo

        We stayed in a standard twin room. It was very classy, the size was just right especially for tourists who plans to always be out touring anyway. Just make sure you stuff your luggage inside the closet so you have more room to walk around. Another thing we noticed was that their bell man we women. I felt a bit weird and ashamed of letting them carry our luggage.


Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome Tokyo

Here's another view of the beds.


Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome Tokyo

Come morning, this is our breath-taking view!


Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome Tokyo

        Here's the bathroom. I like the layout because as you can see, the bathtub is inside the enclosed shower space. So in case your toddler splashes water and makes a mess, the water will just go to the shower area, not on the whole bathroom floor.

Shiseido Hotel toiletries

Shiseido toiletries. Why not? 

        Shiseido toiletries. Why not? They come in big pump bottles too! This is brilliant because it's more environment-friendly instead of using plenty small plastic bottles. The down side? I don't think you can take it home. Haha! Monica Geller would go crazy to have this for her permanent collection.

Shiodome underpass

        The great part about this hotel is that right below it is an access to a grand underpass which connects the hotel to Shimbashi and Shiodome train stations. Japanese people take the train a lot. They have like 16 or something train lines all in all. The most complicated I've seen. So you really have to have a map of the train lines when traveling around. Cabs are way too expensive. And always wear comfy shoes because there's a looooooot of walking from one station to another. This is also why all their underpasses are very nice. The one in the photo above an uncovered part of the underpass. It looks more like a park already.


Shiodome underpass

        There was even a park there filled with Christmas lights that blinks choreographically with the Christmas music.


Shiodome underpass

This is another shot taken in the morning. 

Shiodome underpass

Shiodome underpass

        There are also wooden tables and chairs there where you can chill and eat. I just had to try McDonalds Japan hehe.


Tsurumaru Japan

        While Royal Park Hotel is awesome, I would have to say that the BEST PART for me is the udon place that is right below the hotel by the underpass. My Tita really made sure she didn't fail to mention this to us while she briefed us before leaving. It's called Tsurumaru. It's affordable and delicious and just an escalator ride from the hotel.


Tsurumaru Menu Japan

        Here's their menu displayed outside. This is really affordable considering it's in Japan. You know how they say everything is expensive in Japan. But this is really affordable and delicious! 


Tsurumaru Japan

        The inside is very laid back with a cafeteria style wherein you point at what you want, pay for it, then get a table. They serve lots of yakitori and lots of noodles.


Tsurumaru Japan

The chairs are bar-stool style. As you can see the place is not very big.


raw egg and soy sauce broth udon

        Now this. THIS. Is the noodles that I can never ever forget!It's a raw egg and soy sauce broth udon. It looks dry but the broth is at the bottom. Just mix it all up!


Tsurumaru Ramen Japan

        And Rain really really loved it too! Because we both loved it so much, I ordered another bowl. I couldn't help it!


Tsurumaru Ramen Japan

My Dad and Tita Bablou enjoying their hot udon!

        Want to know the sad part? They close early :-( So we only got to eat here on our first night. On the other 3 days we arrived late from all the touring and they would be closed by then. I really hope they make their operations 24 hours. Good thing there's a Family Mart there as well.

        Anyway that sums up my Japan hotel post. For rates, reservations, and for more information, head on to their official website at  HERE. Coming up, our Mt. Fuji - Hakone tour!


ROYAL PARK HOTEL THE SHIODOME, TOKYO
1-6-3 Higashi-Shinbashi,
Minato-ku,
Tokyo 105-8333
TEL : 81-3-6253-1111

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