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.
Day 1: Tokyo - 21/03/2013.
We arrived at Narita Airport at 7pm on Thursday the 21st of March. After a 9 hour flight and making our way through customs, we took the 90 minute airport bus to Shinjuku station which connected us to Harajuku Station. I highly recommend doing some research on how the train system works before jumping in the deep end like we did!
It was 9:30pm on a Thursday night and there were thousands of people weaving their way through Shinjuku Station. We managed to work out the train fair and what train to take despite everything being in Japanese! We also didn’t look very hard for any elevators so we had to climb about 4 sets of stairs to get to our platform with two heavy suitcases.
10 minutes later we arrived at Harajuku station and made our way to what we thought was our accommodation just off Takeshita street only to arrive and have a couple from Melbourne answer the door! Our hosts accidentally gave us the address to their studio that they also rent out. Whoops! Ok so back onto the main street to find a pay phone and call our hosts to get the right address.
Normally something like this would send me into a meltdown but fortunately it didn’t because the streets felt so safe and it’s a very easy city to navigate your way around. I felt safer walking around at night in Tokyo then I do in Brisbane.
We finally got to our accommodation which was only 5 minutes further down the road thank god because it was so cold, New York City winter cold!
Our hosts LP and John were amazing and super cool. Their apartment walls were covered in art, lights and beautiful wood.
We drank green and brown rice tea and went off for dinner at 10:30pm. We were so tired!!
They wanted to take us to a really good ramen place but they were closed so we went to a Chinese restaurant on our first night in Japan. We were off to a good start!!
Finally before settling into bed around midnight after a whole day of traveling we met the other couple staying in the apartment. Solveig and Anders, they were from Oslo, Norway. They were such lovely people who we later went out with for dinner and too many drinks and some karaoke but that is a whole other story!
P.s. Sorry if there are any spelling or grammar mistakes. I am fresh off the plan!
Also if you are interested in checking out where we stayed in Harajuku, Tokyo here is the link - https://www.airbnb.com.au/users/show/771694