Saturday we decided to go figure out the train system on our own. So, we hopped on the bus at 1020 and made it to the front gate 20 minutes later. We then took about a 15 minute walk to the train station, Yokosuka Chuo, and bought our PASMO cards. Mr. Garytt is young enough that we don't have to pay for him for another year and a half! Mackenzie's card has her name printed on it and then Kris and I got plain cards. We loaded them all up with money and headed through the gate. Mackenzie thought she was quite a grown girl because she was able to take her own card and roll it over the sensor and wait for the big blue arrow telling her to pass. :) We headed into the station and, thanks to a train app, found the correct train, hopped on and headed on to Yokohama. We arrived at the Yokohama station about 35 minutes later, where we hopped off of the Keikyu Limited Express line and hopped onto the JR line that runs into the center of the city. Once out of the train station, we head for the ferris wheel!
First, we walked across the Kishamichi Promenade - a boardwalk built over an old railway connected to the other side with a bridge built in America and then shipped to Japan. This bridge is probably beautiful in the Spring since it's lined on each side with cherry trees.
|These guys know where to go!|
|Mack's paw and our pizza|
|Mack's 2nd choice|
We found it, but unfortunately we didn't have enough Yen to pay for a ride. We got ourselves a map of the place, it's all in Japanese, but it at least shows the prices for all the rides. As we stood by the flume ride - yes, there were people riding a water ride in this amusement park in 40 degree weather - but, as we stood by the ride Mackenzie stated, "This is definitely somewhere we will bring Aunt Tisha and Uncle Clayton!" On our way back to the train station we decided to walk through the Queen's Mall so we could be in the heat for a bit. Well, this mall is probably the biggest mall I've ever seen. We walked for quite a ways (and found a Krispy Kreme in the process!!!!!!) before we found the moving walkway to carry us from the mall to the train station since the littlest feet in our group were desperately looking for a bench - or, Mommy's arms, as it turned out, since the walkway was broken in the direction we were going. Ugh! We had an uneventful journey home, Garytt took about a 15 minute nap. We walked back to the base, and sadly, watched the bus pull away from the front gate bus stop. Which meant another 40 minute wait for it to come back around. Kris hollered, "if we run up this hill we can make it to the next bus stop and catch it there" HA HAHAAHA...boooo hoooooooo....we did run, taking turns carrying the boy, and we almost made it. Luckily, the bus driver saw us running and took pity and waited. Shew! Three weeks sitting around in the hotel has killed my muscles and cardio. We all took a great nap that afternoon and then went to bed early and all slept nearly 12 hours!
Lessons learned on our first excursion: Make sure you take lots more Yen than you think you'll need, just in case you accidentally put way too much on the youth PASMO card (we probably won't have to refill her card for at least a year!). Google the food options where you're going so Her Highness has something to eat. Take more Yen so I can go shopping!!!!! Oh, and the train is loads of fun for the little ones!
Definitely making this trip several more times!
|Not sure what the deal is with creamed corn, but you can buy it in almost every vending machine here. And, the red box underneath means it comes out hot. Might have to try this just to see what it is. :)|