日本: destination tokyo

November 14th, 2010 / by / in: travel / 4 Responses

Tadaima! I’m back from Japan and I had an awesome time. Tokyo is definitely my favourite city in the world.

I have about a billion photos to post, but I’ll start from day one.

Tokyo, here I come!

At YVR, on our way to NRT.

Fell asleep immediately after landing at 7pm Tokyo time. But the next day there was my favourite thing ever: Japanese breakfast! We stayed at the same hotel as last time, the Shibuya Granbell, which I highly recommend.

Heading into Shibuya Station. We already had Suica cards from our trip to Tokyo earlier this year, so we were ready to go. The Tokyo subway system is very easy to use, even if you can’t read Japanese. It’s also extremely efficient! Trains always come EXACTLY ON TIME.

Saw this Suntory ad all over the place, but always found it very amusing.

Went to Shinjuku Station to book tickets to Hakone for the next day. They have a nice English-speaking booth if you ever need to do this.

Outside Shinjuku Station, in front of the entrance for the Odakyu Line. (Tokyo has many privately-owned subway/train lines.)

A view looking out from Shinjuku Station.

A walk through Yoyogi Park is an excellent remedy for jetlag.

So pretty!

Some sort of Pocky/Pretz thing happening. 11/11 was the 11th anniversary of Pocky and Pretz! We later saw people everywhere with giant inflatable sticks of Pocky.

MY FAVOURITE PLACE. These are all over Tokyo and I find myself pulled towards them like a magnet. I am addicted to UFO catchers.

I ended up putting a lot of yen into winning Rilakkumas. CHO KAWAII!

LaForet in Harajaku. Basically a huge teen mall, but it’s fun to look through.

Takeshita Dori in Harajuku, which is crazy wall-to-wall people on Sundays. Lots of cuteness, teen stores, pink, and crepe stands.

Girls waiting in line for… something.

A place in Harajuku that has AMAZING GYOZA. So good and so cheap. There was a long line to get in, but it was worth it. We went back again later in the week. (Google tells me it’s called Harajuku Gyoza Lou.)

Steamed gyoza. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Fried gyoza. Also mmmmmmmmm. If you ever go here, make sure to also order the cucumbers in miso and the cabbage. So good!

Yes. You should eat here.

Looking down Omotesando Dori. You can see the famous Kiddy Land on the left.

Unsurprisingly, Marc by Marc Jacobs was the same in Tokyo as it is everywhere… only more expensive.

Even the manhole covers are pretty!

Are these suicide barriers? I don’t know, but everyone lines up in front of the gates in a very orderly way.

I attached a Rilakkuma (one of my UFO catcher winnings) to my bag so I could pretend to be a real Japanese girl. EVERYONE has toys attached to their bags, cell phones, cameras, whatever.

Stay tuned for more! Next stop, Hakone.


4 Comments to 日本: destination tokyo

  • melissa says:

    That’s funny, because at the hotel we stayed at in Japan there were three breakfast options: Japanese, Western, and French toast. Most of the Japanese people I saw got the French toast breakfast!

  • cheryl says:

    No, Grandpa has only lived in Canada. He says he grew up eating rice and maybe some veggies for breakfast. He has never heard of natto. I googled it and showed it to him and he thought the soybean part sounded good, but maybe not the fermented part of it!

    Can’t teach an old dog a new trick!

    If he could, he would be eating pancakes every morning. It’s all about the syrup. Who needs protein!

  • melissa says:

    What! Did he live in Japan? Because it’s really normal there… Google “Japanese breakfast” and you’ll see. It’s usually miso soup/protein/rice basically. I love Japanese breakfast!

    Did he ever eat natto? It’s really common there for breakfast too but I don’t really like it.

  • cheryl says:

    Grandpa likes the picture of Mike and his mustache! However, he says they NEVER ate fish for breakfast! I think they must unload that stuff off on the tourists…

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