We left from Helsinki on the Finnair flight AY073 to Tokyo Narita. It was really busy to days before leaving, and for Minna it was especially hard, as she had to do a lot of work before leaving. Actually missing last night's sleep almost completely and fixing crashed IT systems to the very last minute before leaving to the airport.
Finally on the Friday (18th Dec 2015) afternoon we managed to get into the Finnair business lounge to start off the journey with glasses of sparkling wine.
The flight to Tokyo was uneventful. Being so tiered, we slept though most of it and arrived to Tokyo Narita at scheduled time on Saturday morning 9 AM local time. Luggage arrived promptly and we cleared immigration and customs quickly. Then we bought tickets to the Skyliner train with 2 days Tokyo subway. It wasn't immediately clear where to get the tickets, but by asking around it didn't take that much time. The tickets cost 5100 Yen per person, and the biggest surprise was that you could not by them with credit card, cash only. The Skyliner train was comfortable and took us to Ueno station in less than an hour. Outside it was sunny, 11 degrees. Then at Ueno station we took the subway Hibiya line to Akihibara, where I had reserved hotel Remm Akihibara from booking.com. We arrived just before noon, but the checkin time was actually 3 PM. But as a special favour, we got our room early without extra charge. The room was nice, modern and very clean, but also quite tiny. But we intended only sleep there, so good enough for our purposes. The location was very convenient, as it was quite easy to reach from the airport, but excellent for also going anywhere in the city by the subway.
On the first day we went to see the Ginza area, then Roppongi district, and finally see the night views of the city from the Tokyo tower. Then back to hotel for a dinner at a Korean restaurant and a long overdue overnight sleep.
Here is the complete gallery of the 1st day pictures: