I did nothing much today. I'm trying to repair my body as much a possible before the onslaught of a photo tour which starts with a fast 5am breakfast tomorrow.
So I've had an easy day, repacked and moved to the Haneda Airport Hotel in preparation for meeting the rest of the tour. I couldn't face towing a 23kg bag 600m to the station while carrying a 10kg camera pack & laptop bag with a shonky back. I need to be in better shape for tomorrow so I splurged on a taxi to the airport. We fly to Hokkaido first thing and hit the ground running. 'Wear your cold weather gear' was the instruction, there won't even be a bag drop at the hotel... straight into it.
Eeeek what have I done?
Space is at a premium in Tokyo. Hotels are very expensive and while the public areas are luxurious, that all vanishes when you get to the room levels. I thought my room for the last 2 days was big coz I could lie on the floor and had 1 metre width between bed & furniture in which to do stretches. This airport hotel room is bigger in terms of stretch space on the floor but the bed is smaller & the bathroom much smaller. It has a bath but my feet touch the end when I'm sitting upright in it. That is more like the hotels we stayed in in 2018.
The smallest bathroom I ever experienced was in a traditional Ryokan in Shibu Onsen (where we went to see the snow moneys). The floor space between the toilet & the wall was only large enough to house a pair of bathroom slippers - no way could you get your knees in there.
Oh that's another rule: bathroom slippers are used only in the bathroom. House slippers are worn everywhere else but only indoors. There is a notice in my room which commands that you do not wear slippers or nightclothes outside your room unless it's an emergency. Another little factoid for you - hotels here usually provide you with pyjamas too. But it's one size fits all.
I've included some photos to give you a bit of an idea of Tokyo. Will do more when I come back from Hokkaido.