Usually train fare from Shichinohe-Towada Station to Tokyo by itself is about 29,000yen (~$390 CAD) and the Ana Intercontinental starts from about 18,000 per night per room, but the package for both was 26,000yen!
Since the hotel was in Roppongi, we decided to do sightseeing around the area. I've never really had much of an interest in Roppongi mostly because of it's slightly seedy reputation as an ex-pat/foreigner trap. (I went to the Outback restaurant there once with some fellow JETs once, but that's about it.) However, other than the larger than usual number of hustlers on the street trying to drum up customers for clubs, etc., it wasn't really all that bad or even much different from other touristy parts of Tokyo at night.(Then again if I looked more obviously "foreign"perhaps my impression would have been different--like maybe the hustlers would've been aggressive/persistent.)
Anyway, we went around Roppongi Hills and were able to see a lot of things in a limited amount of time. Our timing was good since the streets were lit up for Christmas.
Le chocolat de H"a chocolaterie by the (apparently) famous Japanese confectioner Hironobu Tsujiguchi. (Japanese website: http://www.lcdh.jp)
|"maron" (chestnut) cake|
I much preferred the The Dragon Quest Chronicle of a Quarter Century exhibit at the Mori Arts Center Gallery. Even though I've never really played the games, I enjoyed it because it was interactive. When you enter, you choose your character type--warrior 戦士, martial artist武関家, magician 魔法使い, or priest/cleric 僧侶--and get a quiz card to complete throughout the exhibit. If you answer the quiz questions correctly (the answers are fairly obvious) you get a small present when you leave! They also have a mini show/performance where audience members participate to fight and defeat a boss.
|with my "martial artist" quiz card|
|quiz completion prize|
すぱじろう that was actually open until 8am. The interesting thing about the restaurant was that for the same price you could choose between a small, medium, or large portion of pasta. (I wasn't very hungry so we split a medium eggplant tomato sauce spaghetti and a tomato salad.) They also had a natto (with eggplant) spaghetti!