Sunday, November 29, 2015

Travel Diary: Tokyo part 5

Day 5: Asakusa and Akihabara
We entered the temple area of Asakusa through Kaminarimon.
There was a cute (?) police box too!
 From Kaminarimon starts Nakamise shopping street, leading to another gate,
behind which is the main temple. 

It was so sunny and warm day ♥ (like most days there really)
The five-storied pagoda
There is also an old amusement park in Asakusa, called Hanayashiki.
There is many smaller temples and statues around the area!
Around the temple area, in addition to tourist shops, you can find many shops selling food:
Ningyouyaki and Suguremon
Melonpan! It was so good ♥_♥
You can eat fresh and still warm melonpan in Asakusa, it was so sweet and fuwa-fuwa~~
We also tried some age-manjuu (fried rice cake with filling). So tasty!
Mine is anko again, the another one is matcha
 The little side streets around the temple area were interesting too, and in one of those I found...
...some mochi! ♥
This is the same kind of anko mochi than before. The one I ate in Oiwake Dango in Shinjuku was so much better because it was fresher, but this was also good~
The variety food you can find there is very large; in addition to ones early mentioned, you can find nikumans, rice crackers, anmitsu, ice cream etc etc!
You can easily fill your stomach with just snacks!

It could have been nice to explore Asakusa more thoroughly, but because of the lack of time, we visites only an area nearby the temple.
From Asakusa, we headed to Akihabara, the center of otaku culture.
... First thing we did there was to eat again ^_^"
Even though I wasn't hungry I couldn't resist a taiyaki! One sees them so much in anime and manga, and now I finally got to taste it!
blub blub it was so cute~~
Maids, anime, games, and electronics everywhere!!
One of my destinations in Akiba were this store:
Gachapon Kaikan!
The store was filled with gacha machines (capsule-vending machines) like this:
Make sure that you have lots of 100 yen coins with you! The machines don't accept other coins. Most of them cost 300 yen. Playing gacha is so much fun, I could have spent more money there but I was too stingy. I even left without any Kamen riders noooo!
Also went to Book-off again. Sneaky pictures:
"Please refrain from stand-reading the comics"
 They just standed there in the aisle, reading manga the whole time, and forming a human wall. This wasn't even as bad as it was in the Book-off of Shinjuku, where they blocked the aisles completely. Lol the Japanese respecting the rules, but well, it's a common habit there :'''D
Akiba was a really fun and colorful place. Because my companion isn't interested in anime, we didn't visit many of those stores...
Instead of proper meals, we just ate the snacks... that day I really ate enough anko ^^", some food from 7/11.
Mild Strawberry au lait (looks better than it tasted),
Mushroom Inari sushi (rice in a fried tofu pocket) and
THE MOST DISGUSTING food I ate while in Japan; Mochitto Hokkaido Melon pan. I don't know what that green thing was, it was so artificial and just plain bad.... I couldn't eat even one bite.
To be continued! 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Travel Diary: Tokyo part 4

Day 4, Harajuku and Shibuya

The plan for the day was shopping in Takeshita street!
The street isn't long, but it's packed with different shops so you can spend a lot of time here.


Takeshita street also has a lots of crepe shops.


The plastic models look even better than real crepes...


Baes were also chillin' in Harajuku ♥

To be honest, after all the hype around Takeshita street I felt a little dissappointed about the place. There were many shops selling exactly the same clothes. The street was still fun and I even managed to buy something though I'm fundamentally bad at buying clothes.

After shopping we wanted something to eat. I had one taiyaki shop in mind, but we couldn't find it so we had to eat crepes again.
Ti-ra-mi-suuu~ (lol), strawberries and cream

Even though it was good, eating crepes twice in a short time was too much.
Then we took metro to Shibuya, rode so many elevators, got disappointed by the art gallery of shopping mall Hikarie and managed to find our way out after wasting time.

There a certain someone was still waiting:


The famous crossing!

Another fun thing you hear about Japan is conveyor belt sushi, so that's what we decided to have for lunch.
The name of the place we went was Genki sushi.
It was so fun and easy. There was a touch screen where you could place your order, the plate(s) came quickly in front of you on the rails. Imo rather than being conveyor belt sushi, this is train sushi. :D But that's even better, the fresh sushi comes straight from the kitchen instead of circling around for hours.

Natto-rolls, Inari sushi ♥, and tuna
We ate only five plates each, while someone had a high pile of plates, like 15.... It was cheap and tasty way to get your stomach full, I can recommend the place!

Then we went to the shopping mall Parco for an art gallery, but there was a private event so we couldn't get in there. Parco was nice still a nice place, especially the book store in the bottomfloor, and...

...One Piece store in the top floor!!!

Note the awesome lamps!

When we got out, it was suddenly dark.

The crossing from another angle
We were still stuffed from the sushi, so our evening snack was only some matcha oreo.
To be continued!