Meeting Seiko at Asakusa
The first order of business the next day was to activate our JR Passes. On our last trip, this task was easily accomplished at the airport when we arrived, but if we activated them on arrival this time, they would expire before we completed our visit to Hiroshima so after a pleasant breakfast at a coffee shop around the corner, we headed off to Shinjuku station.
Shinjuku Station is the busiest train station in the entire world, and certainly one of the largest. It consists of seemingly endless underground corridors, most of which are packed with impatient commuters moving purposefully forward. The pleasant morning soon took on a nightmarish quality as we trudged along, totally lost and confused. Everyone we asked for help pointed us in a different direction. Finally, after much frustration, we found the elusive counter, activated our passes, and made our reservations.
The only bright part of the morning was finding these cute Halloween cakes in a bakery.