Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Day 2 (March 12th) - Arrival in Tokyo

We arrived at Narita airport, Tokyo, at about 7am in the morning. The time in Tokyo is GMT+9, which is two hour ahead of Jakarta. Due to the lack of sleep, most of us felt quite exhausted. The temperature in Tokyo was very cold for us who lives in a tropical region, but thankfully I brought a very good wool coat with me (which I wore almost all the time in Tokyo, except when sleeping).

Before departure, I got an email from the ICPC World Final committee that there will be some people welcoming us at the Airport at 8am, therefore we waited quite a while in the airport and make some phone call back home with a public phone. We decided not to rent any cellphone because it was too expensive and require some credit cards. Having waited for a while, we noticed nobody showed up as expected, and decided to take the Limousine bus for Disney Resort, which will take us to the Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel (which resides in the Disney Resort complex).

(Photo taken by Ms. Yenlina Prasetio)

When we go outside the airport building waiting for the bus, we learned how cold is 6 degree Celcius in temperature (which never happens in Jakarta). It took about an hour for the Limousine bus (which, despite of its name, is just a normal bus) to reach the Disney Resort.

Its quite weird to know that the Hilton Tokyo Bay hotel, is just a 4-star hotel (not 5), but I think the facilities are just about the same with other 5-star hotels I ever visited.

Because the check-in time for Hilton (and most of the hotels in Tokyo) is on 3pm, we decided to leave our baggage in the hotel and take a walk around the Disney resort complex.

Besides Hilton, there are also other hotels in that area. Across the street from Hilton Tokyo bay is the Bayside Station of the Disney Resort Line, a monorail train that goes in a cycle around the Disney Resort area.

We took the train to the Ikspiari, a mall with a very good architecture, which combines an indoor and outdoor shopping arcade. There is a theater, a Disney store, several shops and restaurants in it.

We were very lucky to visit Tokyo in the early spring, as we can see beautiful flowers everywhere.

Before going back to the hotel, we had our lunch in there.

(Photo taken by Mr. Raymondus Kosala)

We went back to the hotel for check-in. Had to wait for a while because there are many people queuing.

The rooms are quite good, just like a standard hotel room.

(Photo taken by Felix Halim)

(Photo taken by Ms. Yenlina Prasetio)

Because we hardly had any sleep since departure from Jakarta, we decided to take some rest, as our registration was scheduled at 6 PM.

(Photo taken by Mr. Raymondus Kosala)

After the registration process, which include checking on the team notebook, we had some dinner (sponsored by IBM).

The IBM CyberCafe opened up just after the dinner, offering internet access for everyone in need. It was in the Matsukaze room, which seems to be normally a tepanyaki Japanese restaurant. There was also a chess board, some card game, the Dance Dance Revolution, and some snacks and drinks.

(Photo taken by Mr. Raymondus Kosala)

The second days' story ended as we went back to the hotel room and take some rest.

Continue to Day 3

-Andrian Kurniady

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Xanae Lewis said...

Riding a Limousine bus for Disney Resort is indeed a great idea. You will be able to feel the comfort and amazing experience that you are looking and wanting for. I have tried Limo bus as well and it felt fantastic.
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andieclark said...

You're right Xanae, it's so much fun and soothing to ride a limo bus. It adds thrill to your Disney adventure. We had a hummer limo hire in Perth for our family gather last month and it was an awesome experience.