For the last leg of our Japan trip, we stayed in its capital city: TOKYO.
From Kyoto, we took a bullet train that will take us to Tokyo in about an hour. The train ticket cost us 14,000 yen and that’s about S$176.00 – quite on the pricey side, but what the hell, right?!
Day 01. Gundam Front Tokyo. Odaiba.
For our first day in Tokyo, we didn’t have much on our itinerary as we arrived at our Airbnb place at around 2pm, head on out to find a sushi bar and find a nearby tourist spot to while away the time.
These are sushi, believe me! Haha! I didn’t took a lot of photos of the sushi ’cause I was too hungry to care!
We spent the rest of the day at Gundam Front Tokyo in Odaiba and in this replica of the Statue of Liberty.
Day 02. Meiji Shrine. Shibuya Crossing.
For our 2nd day in Tokyo, we went to Meiji Shrine in the morning and spent the rest of the day in Shibuya.
Meiji Shrine is accessible through the Harajuku Station and is just a few miles away from the train station. It’s quite wonderful how you come to realize that with all the hustle and the bustle of the (Harajuku) area, you still find these Shrines and Temples that are all as solemn despite of it being located in one of the world’s largest and probably busiest Cities.
To get to the main Shrine, you had to walk through this forest-y area with trees with roots as large as on the above photo.
Minutes after reaching the Shrine, we saw this procession for a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony, I guess. It (quite) stirred a commotion among the tourists (ehem!) and security had to shoo every tourist (that mostly held camera) away from the bride’s way.
DISCLAIMER: I am not too sure if this is indeed a traditional Japanese wedding, I didn’t do my research, sorry.
In the afternoon, we went to the famous Shibuya area where we found the statue of the loyal dog, Hachiko and of course, the Shibuya Crossing.
This is too cute not to post! This girl beside my boyfriend is one of the pedestrians waiting for the green light. While she waited, I took the chance to photograph her and she didn’t mind one bit. I think this is what they call the “Lolita” trend in Tokyo street fashion. It’s like, girls wear flamboyant “era” dresses paired with knee-high socks or stockings, sometimes with ribbons and A LOT of laces in their clothing. Cute! Just cute!
Every person who knows me well, knows that I love Hello Kitty. At Shibuya, we found this arcade with claw machines with stuffed animals in it. This one here is not the usual claw machine, it’s like a “hook machine” (or whatever they called it) and so instead of claws clawing your target, it’s a hook, hooking it.
We weren’t really supposed to linger inside, just passing by. But *le boyfriend was curious and went in, and in we saw Hello Kitty. I actually fell in love the moment I saw this model. I don’t really collect HK stuffs, not into those things but when I see a model that I like, then I’d most probably get it.
My boyfriend played until 4-5 tries and nothing happened. He then go around the arcade and watched this certain guy playing the same “hook machine” thing and so I watched as well. At first it was just like he’s being stupid at all, not even hooking the hook at the right place, just tugging at the side of the target. After a couple of minutes, we realized what he was trying to do! Alamak, he is such a genius! And so my boyfriend went back to Hello Kitty and mimic the guy’s strategy until he got me this!
I think I squealed in joy when Hello Kitty dropped from where she was hanging and in to that hole that read “PRIZE OUT”. Hashtag Happiness. 🙂
After that fun time at the arcade we went back to the crossing and did some more selfies and groupies.
After mingling with the pedestrian in the busiest crossing in the World, we went to have our dinner then to Tokyo Tower (if only from a distance) then went home.
For the rest of our trip in Tokyo (Days 03-06), will have to post soon on a separate entry. Hang on!