Let’s go Tokyo 2015/1/12

I actually did a slight modification to my last post as I found myself rush through last night.

Let’s go through Day 2! 🙂

I woke up at around 6am and went out at around 7am. Took the subway to Mejijingumae station. First stop was Meiji Shrine.

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Before you enter the shrine, you are expected to “cleanse” yourself using the water outside the temple. I have no idea how to do it so I watched what the locals do. I am surprised that they aren’t feeling cold while washing their hands in such cold weather. Both my hands were freezing and I can barely feel its existence.

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I was lucky enough to be able to get to see 2 events happening on the day. One is due to the annually 2nd Monday holiday to celebrate all Japanese who have reached 20 years old and the other is a marriage happened.

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I wanted to write down my wishes on the wooden blocks but I just can’t find any place selling it. The gift shop didn’t display any of it. From what I read it cost 100 yen and none of those displayed were at 100 yen. I was puzzled and have to leave this place with a big ?.

The next stop I went was Takeshita Dori. This street is full of cheap products and also fashionable products I guess? You can also get a number of gifts here for your friends if you would like to have. I found Daiso where I got myself quite a number of snacks to be brought home.

As I shopped around, I saw this Cafe Crepe and immediately I went to queue for a crepe. Despite the cold weather, I got myself a Chocolate Cookie Crepe. Its chocolate ice cream along with oreo cookies (my guess) and a good layer of crepe for ~ 500 yen (I think so).

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After that I found out the location of Kiddyland and went in to enjoy the warmth. There were a variety of toys/ plushes from Rilakuma to Hello Kitty to Snoopy to Lego and many more. They have 5 levels for you to enjoy the “aircon”. So if you are in Harajuku and have to be in a winter period and have no idea where else to shop, KiddyLand is a good choice.

For some reason, I found myself at Omotesando Hills. I wanted to list it in my itinerary but I can’t find the exact location on any sites. So it was surprising for me to locate it so easily there. I had my lunch at the top floor where the store is called Ramenzero plus. Their ramen costs slightly higher than usual at > 900 yen but the ambiance was so much better than other shop houses. More space to walk too.

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I have no idea what I got myself since its all in Japanese. My bet is some ramen. Lol.

I spent a few minutes there to catch more warmth before heading down to Shibuya.

Shibuya, I have no idea what’s with the crossing. Its just a group of people crossing and everyone is giving it so much hype. I spent 2 hours in one of the building at Shibuya and I actually wanted to come back during dinner time for dinner and see the lighting at night.

In the end, I went back to Shinjuku. Finally found Shinjuku Gyoen but I didn’t realized that they have a closing hours in which, my arrival was their closing time. Lol! At that point, I have no idea what else should I do. Should I continue on at Shinjuku or go to Shibuya?

The answer was go Artnia. I went to Artnia for dinner. Unfortunately, there was a crowd and I have to change my plan and yet again. So I went to a random shop house in Shinjuku and ordered a set meal. It was so cheap that I immediately ordered it.

I spent the remaining hours at kinokuya shinjuku where I saw this book in one of the section listed as top seller in Singapore.

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I like what was written in that page. I thought the metaphor was good.

Anyway, after that I went straight to Artnia at around 8pm and the crowd seriously vanished! I guess they have curfews on winter period? Lol.

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After that 5 minutes walk back to hotel.

That’s the end of Day 2.

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