The plane-ride itself was uneventful but tiring. We didn't manage to really sleep, and sitting for a nine-hour flight (one hour faster than scheduled!) is really tiring. We had a bit of hassle exchanging the Train Pass exchange vouchers for the actual pass: the procedure was quite involved, and was executed by a girl who had just the right hairdo for starring in one of those Japanese "hair-horror" movies... Her handwriting was beautiful.
Of course our hotel is too cheap to be serviced by the "Friendly Airport Limousine", so we had to walk with our luggage for a bit through the busy streets of Akasaka (it's lunchtime, so everyone is out to grab a bite). Lots of eateries very close by, so we'll manage. It's also close to where we were staying five years ago, and to our surprise we did recognise quite a few spots. Still, the GPS receiver served its purpose well in finding the hotel.
Officially, check-in time isn't until 15:00, so we were four hours early. But luckily our room had already been prepared, so now we can grab a quick shower to rinse off the grime of "airplane marinade" before we head out again. The room is small but has all the neccessities, and even some more things like a tea maker.
Also, the internet connection in the room is pretty speedy. They even supplied a UTP cable!