My Sydney - Tokyo return JAL economy tickets were about $1300. Unfortunately, Sydney Airport shoved us to the deep dark corner of the airport. In addition to that, we had to board a bus on the tarmac to the plane (on the return trip, the same bus took us back to the deep dark corner of the airport).
|JAL Economy Seat|
|JAL Sydney to Tokyo Main Meal Economy Class|
The choice for the main dish was beef stew or chicken mustard. Chicken dishes tend to be highly variable in dodgy settings such as economy class airline food so I went for the beef stew option. It was pretty good and I enjoyed it. Stew is successful airplane food.
Overall, I thought the meal was great for economy class. I had it washed down with umeshu.
|JAL Sydney to Tokyo Light Meal Economy Class|
I enjoyed the main meal substantially more than this lighter meal before landing. It wasn't bad per se but perhaps it simply didn't cater towards my personal preferences.
Partly because it was a day flight, the 10 hours on the plane wasn't bad. I watched three movies: World War Z, The Internship and Fast and Furious 6 and that helped pass the time fairly enjoyably.
The flight was on time and arrived according to schedule. Overall, a good flight.
Keio Plaza Hotel
Keio Plaza Hotel is a 5-star hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It is absolutely huge - with almost 1500 guest rooms. It's main selling point is its fantastic location in the heart of Shinjuku and close to the train station, good food and shops. Our South Tower rooms were about $280 AUD/night including 2 breakfasts.
|Keio Plaza Hotel South Tower Room|
|View from the Room|
Omoide Yokochō/Memory Lane/Piss Alley
|Map From Tokyo Teleport Plus Video Guide Iphone App By HoodHot Inc|
Shinjuku Omoide Yokochō (Memory Lane) is also known as "piss alley" and is known for where Japanese salarymen go after work to get some yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and beer. This is Japanese street food at its best. There are numerous restaurants with little decor along this tiny alleyway. I really love this and everything about this.
|The Restaurant We Picked|
|Sat at the Bar|
|Nama Birru (beer)|
One thing I've found about sashimi in comparison to Australia is that salmon and oyster sashimi in Australia is just as good if not better, but tuna, scallop and kingfish sashimi tend to be better quality in Japan.
|Deep Fried Crispy School Prawns|
|Uni (sea urchin)|
The quality of sea urchin in Australia is shocking and even then, still a really rare find. A lot of places list sea urchin on the menu but when you order it, they say it's unavailable. It has come to the point I have simply stopped ordering it for fear of poor quality.
Having found such good quality uni, I knew I was definitely in Japan.
On top of it all, all the dishes had the perfect amount of sauce/salt ratio. I didn't need to add any extra condiments to anything or found anything overly salty. Everything we ordered from this restaurant was really really fantastic. The price was very reasonable too. For all of that food, the bill only came to 5580 yen which is about $60AUD.