Hello again, Tokyo
posted October 29, 2019 12:23 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun December 29 at 7:00 PM, Sheraton Miyako Tokyo
Tokyo, 1-chōme-1-50 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tōkyō-to 108-8640, Japan (Map & Directions)
Hey, it's been a while. Lets meet again!
OK, I went ahead and picked a date, time, and place. We can update the place if the yakitori spot works out.

There's a shuttle from the Meguro Station to the hotel every 15 minutes.
posted by Runes to Meetup (31 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Glad to hear you're coming back! Where abouts are you going to be staying?
posted by Ghidorah at 8:59 PM on October 29, 2019

Haven't figured that out yet, so if you've got suggestions we're open to it. So far we've bought plane tickets, and are working backwards from there to what we want to do/see. My kid is doing a fellowship in India, so Japan was a logical place to meet halfway to spend time together without either party having to lose a couple days to travel.
posted by Runes at 7:11 AM on October 30, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'm pretty useless when it comes to figuring out places to stay in Tokyo, sadly. What sort of things are you looking to do this time around?
posted by Ghidorah at 10:50 PM on October 30, 2019

I'll be overseas then and can't make it, unfortunately. Y'all have a good time!
posted by lesser weasel at 10:32 PM on October 31, 2019

Right now our favorite selection is a rental in Chuo: https://www.vrbo.com/9228212ha

which TBH almost looks too good to be true. Anyone familiar with the area?
posted by Runes at 8:42 AM on November 3, 2019

That listing is flying a few red flags...

1. It says there are two bathrooms, but the floor plan shows one toilet and a separate area with a bathtub. Most people would count that as one bathroom.

2. It says "Asakusa area" but Asakusa Station is more than 30 minutes away on foot. Most people would call that dishonest.

It makes you wonder what else they're lying about.

Unless you really need seven beds (but with only one toilet), I'd keep looking.

(The area itself is okay, mostly office buildings but there are several independent contemporary art galleries scattered among the office buildings. It looks like the "owner" speaks only Japanese, which seems like it could be another drawback compared to a hotel.)
posted by Umami Dearest at 5:52 PM on November 3, 2019

Fair enough. Any favorite hotels? My experience with hotels in Japan is that they're tiny.
posted by Runes at 5:49 PM on November 4, 2019

Sorry to have left you hanging, unfortunately, I'm not really up on places to stay. You're right, though, most hotels are pretty tiny, unless you pay a fortune to upgrade to surprisingly small.

As far as things to do, you'll be here right in the busy time for year end work parties, and a lot of places that are good for groups to while away an evening together will be booked up in the coming weeks. It might be a good idea to solidify plans and hammer down numbers in order to get a reservation. I'd love to try to wrangle things, but I won't have any sort of free time until after the middle of December, which would be leaving things a bit late, and all I know are beer bars, anyway.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:35 AM on November 13, 2019

OK, we're staying at the Sheraton Miyako in Minato-ku. Any night is fine, but maybe Friday or Saturday is easier for locals?
posted by Runes at 6:21 PM on November 19, 2019

Hey, Sheraton Miyako is right around the corner from me.
So, Ghidorah did some thumb sticking to his forehead thing to me last night which means it is up to me to plan this? Shrug? There is a weakness in some area of my mastery of pop culture. Or, he's just goofing on me.

Here's a Doodle Poll with a couple of extra options just in case. For now I ticked "Yes, if need be" for everything because many variables, plates in air, family stuff, etc.
posted by Gotanda at 8:14 PM on November 30, 2019

Sorry, my parents are going to be coming in, so I won't be able to attend this time. Dang.
posted by Bugbread at 3:04 AM on December 1, 2019

It looks like the hotel has a couple of bars, at least one of which has private rooms. I'm happy to ask them if that'll be easier.
posted by Runes at 12:06 PM on December 2, 2019

Too bad, Bugbread. Hotel is fine, but may be harder for others to get to. No station nearby but there is a shuttle bus. Let's see who else is in and when. Thanks for ticking all the boxes, Runes. And, I'm guessing the +2 is the family, right? Anything special they or you need?
posted by Gotanda at 5:27 PM on December 2, 2019

Just to check, Runes, are we looking for all ages sorts of things, or drinks, or? Any particular requests for food/drinks you'd or your family would like to try?
posted by Ghidorah at 6:59 PM on December 2, 2019

Yes, +2 is my wife and my adult daughter. Wife has some dietary restrictions (no gluten or corn), but we're willing to try anything. They've never been to Japan but are excited to visit.
posted by Runes at 2:23 PM on December 4, 2019

Seeing as we're just over a week from the first potential date in the poll above, we should probably decide on one (assuming this is happening at all).

I edited my response to the poll as I made plans for the evening of Sunday the 29th. I seem to recall Gotanda suggesting that lunch might work better than dinner, so maybe the afternoon of either the 28th or 29th?
posted by Strutter Cane - United Planets Stilt Patrol at 6:31 PM on December 17, 2019

Hey, forgot about this for a bit but would love to be there. I'm booked up for the 28th unfortunately.
posted by 23 at 1:26 AM on December 21, 2019

We're here! Well, on the bus from the airport. Shall I check with the hotel?
posted by Runes at 11:47 PM on December 22, 2019

The hotel does have a lightly occupied lobby bar with plenty of seating. And a shuttle every 15 minutes to/ from Meguro station, and is a short walk from Shirokanedai subway station. It might not be the best option, but it is one.
posted by Runes at 4:03 PM on December 23, 2019

Oh, I live pretty close to Shirokanedai. I know a good yakitori place in nearby Tamachi that would be good for ~8 people, or there's plenty of stuff in Meguro. I guess we just need to pick a day?
posted by 23 at 9:43 PM on December 23, 2019

That works for us. I think Thursday midday is out for us, kiddo wants to go to borderless that day.
posted by Runes at 12:29 AM on December 24, 2019

Time to make a choice. Don't know what all else you and the family have planned, Runes. People are kind of all over. Strutter, Ghidorah, can you pull this together? I'm going to be a bit busy and mostly offline the next 24 hours.
posted by Gotanda at 3:43 PM on December 25, 2019

We're taking it day by day, but I went ahead and formalized it so that everyone gets a notification. I'm happy to change the location/time.
posted by Runes at 5:26 PM on December 25, 2019

In that case, I was premature in going from "maybe" to "no", but I already have plans at that exact day and time. Tomorrow or Saturday would work better for me, though not 23, according to the poll.
posted by Strutter Cane - United Planets Stilt Patrol at 6:45 PM on December 25, 2019

Now I realize you may have meant just changing the location and/or time on the 29th. I could make a lunch, but not dinner.
posted by Strutter Cane - United Planets Stilt Patrol at 10:07 PM on December 25, 2019

Sorry for not being in touch. Unfortunately, I don't think I can make this meetup, and I'm sorry I won't get to see you this time, Runes. I hope you're having a great trip, and I hope the meetup goes well.
posted by Ghidorah at 3:00 AM on December 26, 2019

Dang, sorry we're going to miss you this time.
posted by Runes at 4:41 AM on December 26, 2019 [1 favorite]

See you tomorrow!
posted by Gotanda at 3:50 PM on December 27, 2019

The hotel shuttle is every 15 minutes at Meguro. from next to the taxi stand at the West/JR exit.
posted by Runes at 11:43 PM on December 27, 2019

We're in the lobby bar. I'm wearing a black hat.
posted by Runes at 1:49 AM on December 29, 2019

Hey! That was fun! Runes, you gotta come back soon so we can have another meet up.
(And, in true Tokyo meet up fashion, no picture.)
posted by Gotanda at 6:15 AM on December 29, 2019

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