Day 2: Tokyo - 22/03/2013
We rose bright and early and walked down to Harajuku street: farking awesome shopping! We didn’t realise how close we were to the main part of Tokyo. The place you want to be.
We drank amazing coffee (the Japanese do a really good coffee!!) from the Streamer Coffee Co and wander down a lane way with a mix of vintage and new stores and the odd dog clothing stores…yup! They treat their dogs like babies and they dress them and walk them in prams! Almost as crazy as San Francisco.
We spent almost all day exploring Harajuku and everything amazing it had to offer. We didn’t realise that the shops opened at 11am so we were just getting to them as they were opening up!
Several shops in and I had already eyed off 2 bags, 2 tops, 3 dresses and 2 jackets which I will be going back for when we come back to Tokyo next week.
You could almost spend all day in this pocket as every shop has something you want to look at and there are so many little lanes filed with great things. There are new parts and old parts which creates a great mix of shopping.
I’ve never seen so many camo and denim jackets in my life. Every second shop had a stack full of second hand jackets. My favourite op shop in Harajuku was called Chicago. Amazing!!!
That night we experienced real Teppanyaki, it was incredibly delicious and fun!
After dinner we walked to Shibuya to see the famous and busy Shibuya crossing. It’s was HUGE, so many people in the one spot! I’ve never seen so man different types of people in the one spot. There was your average amount of men in suits, then there were the tourists, then there were the Harajuku girls and the teenagers growing up in this awesome city. Everyone looks so interesting I wanted to know them all!!
We watched the crossing and people for a bit from a record store that only sold Japanese music. I am now fan of J Pop!! After watching we decided to get amongst it and we went for a walk through the crowds.
Shibuya reminding me a lot of Times Square, there is lights and tall buildings everywhere you looked. We walked into a shopping tower which I assumed was only 2 stories high but it kept going up and up and up to finally stop at 8 stories high!! All woman’s clothing and shoes and accessories sorry boys! There was a men’s version across the street which is not really worth the visit unless you’re a fan of Ed Hardy clothing. Japan is a girls shopping dream I have not been anywhere else with this many options for clothing stores. There is a set of shops on every corner and they are all good!! Forget America, Japan is the world’s best shopping destination!
More photos later.