I was a tad bit worried about my girls going on the train for the first time. The Japanese are not loud on trains (or anywhere, for that matter) and Thing 2 has no volume control. However, they did great! We didn't get lost, no one got smushed in the door, and we didn't have any meltdowns on the train. Thing 2 particularly enjoyed how fast the trains were.
We arrived near the base of Landmark Tower, Japan's tallest building and home of Japan's fastest elevator (apparently, your ears pop on the way up!). The bottom of the tower is a big shopping mall and I could probably spend a lot of money in there. It's got an H&M with "American sizes" which is a pretty important thing to note, from what I hear. Anyway... we stopped in McDonald's to get some lunch and though the burger wasn't fantastic, it tasted soooooooo good. I think I was just glad to have something besides a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (one of our staples lately).
After we finished lunch, we headed to the play-place, BorneLund. It looks like it is in cahoots with Haba, the toy company. IT. WAS. FANTASTIC. I don't know why we don't have more play-places like this in the States. Instead of just tunnels and slides, it had different toys - mostly wooden - a huuuuge ball pit, running and jumping areas, a play kitchen, dress-up clothes, marble runners and lots of other things. It was like something you'd find in a Children's Museum, but without the cost of a membership somewhere. It DID cost some money however, but wasn't steep.
Here is some more information about BorneLund from the Yokohama Visitor's Guide:
|Area||Minato Mirai 21/Sakuragi-cho|
|Opening Hours||10:30 - 19:00|
Open everyday unless otherwise noted
|Address||3F Leaf Minato Mirai, 4-6-5, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, 220-0012|
|Closest Railway Station||Minatomirai Station: Minatomirai Line|
|Ticket Info||under 12years old: 600 yen *for 30 minutes, and after that 100 yen per 10 minutes period,|
Adult: 300 yen (facility fees)
|Eating Facilities||vending machine|
|Barrier free||elevator, disabled stall, service dog|
|Childcare||baby changing table, nursing room|
|Foreign Language Support||Japanese, English|
|Credit card||Most major credit cards accepted|
There is also a Toys R Us in the building next door, so we swung by there to let the kids looks at toys for a little while. We left around 10am, had lunch, played, went by the toy store and made it back home around 3:00pm. It was a nice little day trip for us and helped build my confidence about exploring more of Japan.
However, even though we've been in Japan for a month now, I still had many, many moments today where I said to myself, "Holy crap. I'm living in Japan."