Thursday night – flight is delayed…naturally. Time to watch the most recent episode of Survivor. **Spoiler alert**
Good thing the delay wasn’t unbearably long…”Everyone is trying to leave the city for the Easter Weekend and the runways are backed up” delays…of course Sydney Airport couldn’t have possible known that and planned for it.
First up, after arriving in Tokyo – dump stuff off at the apartment, get changed, freshen up, and head straight out to Sekaido! SEKAAIIDDOOOO!! I wrote about my trip to Sekaido last time I was in Tokyo and well, I knew I needed to go back because you can never have too many calligraphy supplies. I spent a good hour in there, and we only went up three levels. Seriously, if you like art, craft, calligraphy, novelty stationery, stickers, anything – GO TO SEKAIDO. I’m shouting because it’s so important. Obviously, When I was in there, we were too mesmerised to remember to take any photos…so you’ll have believe me on how awesome it is. Have a photo of the outside.
Also, as much as we didn’t care for the cherry blossoms, we saw some and they were actually pretty cool.
So, the rule is go to a Michelin Starred restaurant every time we go on a trip. It only started last time we were here. This time we went to Nakajima – they don’t take bookings for lunch so we arrived about 15 minutes early to wait in line. Apparently, it’s the cheapest Michelin Starred restaurant in Tokyo. What’s in the menu, you ask? Sardines! All sardines. Lunch sets are priced at ¥800 – comes with rice and miso.
Eat fast and you can fit more food and shopping in the day. Naturally, that meant spending two hours in Tokyu Hands in Takashimaya and again…so many things to see so no photos – HAH!
All the food halls in Tokyo are full of amazing food – the only down side is the lack of seating!! We bought cake from Henri Charpentier and then headed to Starbucks for some drinks you can’t get in Sydney.
Time to dump our day of shopping off at home so we can come back out later for dinner and then shop some more. Not before stopping off at the Shinjuku station PABLO and the Family Mart to raid the Haagen-Dazs freezer.
Okay, after shovelling dessert in to us we made our way out to dinner in Jingumae for some tonkatsu. Chen loves tonkatsu.
When we walked in they asked if we were okay to sit on tatami – we thought we were. Chen spent the whole time at dinner doing yoga, trying to get into a comfortable position.
Oh good, we finished dinner early and had a chance to get some fandom shit done at Kiddyland! There’s a good selection of Studio Ghibli, Sailor Moon, and Doraemon stuff there. Obviously, there’s a bunch of other stuff like Star Wars, Sanrio, and whatever else – but I wasn’t looking. Too busy fangirling.
So, we were meant to go to the Tokyo Skytree for a cheese fondue restaurant…but then we saw – OH, what’s that?! A pop-up Doraemon cafe? Sorry Chen, no fondue for you – catfood for me instead!
Now that lunch was done with, time to look for ice cream!It’s located on the fourth floor of the Tokyo Solamachi building.
Just outside the building there’s a mad Studio Ghibli shop and I spent waaayyy too much time in there. I bought things…many things. Go there and also buy many things.
Oh, there was also a Pokemon Centre there where Chen had a good ol’ time. It’s smaller than the one in Sunshine City Alpa in Ikebukuro, but that one is so out of the way.
Okay, now we’re done with the Skytree so time to make our way to Kappabashi Kitchen Street. oh look, Hokkaido milk soft ice – better get some!
Apparently, the orange street is great for their restaurants and shops.
So, an hour, about 8 lunch box and multiple other purchases later, we were finally out of Kitchen Street. I didn’t both taking photos this time because…how different can one street get in a year?!
Woohoo, time to get to Tokyo Station to get some more fandom shit and junk food and omiyage!
OMG look at all the Sailor moon goodies! These are the ones I didn’t buy. Didn’t buy – better take photos instead.
Get up early – take the train to Shin-Yokohama and get to the ramen museum!
Oh, there’s a whole chunk of time with no photos. We went to Loft in Yokohama as well, and it was so much better than the crappy Ginza one we went to! It was haauuuugggeee!!!
Anyways, back in Ginza for some ICE CREAM!
And now, time for some straight up good sushi train! We went at like 4pm and there was a line?! What?! Not too long, but the restaurant was full and that’s because the sushi was goooooooooooood.
Time to check out the Tokyu Hands in the Tokyu Plaza. It is fancy in there. Oh look..a chocolate shop.
Last morning…better walk to breakfast so I can try to catch that damn elusive Farfetch’d! FYI, I didn’t catch it. We walked because it was peak hour and we did not want to experience that again. One morning was enough.
Time to get to Shinjuku now that peak hour was finished so Chen could play some Mario Kart.
Okay, then we spent the next two hours shopping in Lumine looking for a bag lol. Time for a snack break!
Time for lunch! We spent about an hour looking for where the airport limo bus would leave from! It’s a completely different place from the Narita one. my gawd. Can’t go to Japan without Marukame.
Alright, get home, shower, pack, get to the airport….to eat some.
Time to go through all the goodies we bought on the weekend!