Tokyo adventures part III

And here’s the third and final part of my little Tokyo adventures series! If you haven’t checked out part 1 and part 2 yet, you definitely should ;D

So for the last few days left in Japan we decided to revisit the places we’ve been before a last time but also do more “touristy” things. Starting with

Day 7 – Shibuya 109 and Yoyogi Park

We went to Shibuya again to get some more make up from that cute store and check out the Lush store we couldn’t find last time, maybe they have different things than Lush in Europe.

So grabbing something to eat in Shibuya after going to that make up store again, some random dude took a picture of me, since apparently I looked “cool”?

Our next goal was checking out the Lush store in Shibuya which was a bit of a disappointment to be honest; They had almost the exact same things like we have in Switzerland and nothing I have never seen in another store before.
But I still got a couple things from the Spring collection and a shower gel with a Japanese Lush-employee on it (yeah, I’m weird and thought it was cute, okay?)

The last stop in Shibuya was the huge shopping mall called “109” where we hoped to find one of these cute photo booths.
Unfortunately even after going through all 6 stories (!!) of this mall and a quick detour at the Etude house store our search was still unsuccessful and we decided to head back to Harajuku again, yes, I know you’re probably already judging us but SORRYNOTSORRY.

This time we wanted to get the more expensive Lolita dresses from the store “Too Alice” (shoutout to the absolutely lovely sales assistant there!) we absolutely fell in love with the first time. Lucky enough both of the dresses I wanted were still there one of them was even the last of its style!

Since it slowly got darker we decided to look for the Sakura spots at Yoyogi Park which was right behind the Harajuku train station.

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Of course we didn’t go straight to bed but rather watched tons of animes on my laptop ;D

Day 8 – Hamamatsuchō and Sushi in the evening

The last day in Tokyo was coming closer so we went all out on doing as many tourist things as possible! First stop was to finally go and see some cherry blossoms close to the Tokyo Tower in Hamamatsuchō!
Japanese people are literally going nuts over “sakura”. Obviously it’s quite an event since the cherry blossom trees will only bloom once every year in Spring!
I think we were almost a bit to early for the cherry blossoms but we kind of got lucky!


Although me being terribly afraid of heights I agreed on going on to the Tokyo Tower which basically looks like the Eiffel Tower of Tokyo. On the way there we had to go through the Zōjō-ji Temple were loads of cherry blossom trees were blooming! It was so beautiful!!

I’m just gonna skip the part with the Tokyo Tower since I was basically feeling like crap since I really wanted to come over my fear but miserably failed at it, welp!


After getting off the tower (finally!) we went to the 7Eleven at Hamamatsuchō and headed back to our hotel.

I felt like having sushi for dinner so I checked the nearest high rated sushi restaurant at our location. After we got up to look for that restaurant and finally found it there were already people waiting outside to get their turn, arghh.
Kind of annoyed we decided to return to the pizza place we went to a couple days ago just to find out they were COMPLETELY BOOKED OUT for the evening, great.

We couldn’t find anything else to eat so we returned to the overfilled sushi place, took a ticket and waited for 47 MINUTES!! You might wonder why the hell this sushi place was so popular, well guess what; The sushi there is so cheap that one regular plate with 2-4 sushi rolls was  only ¥100 which is about, what, 1 franc? That’s almost for free you guys!


Anyways after 6 or 7 plates each we were full and exhausted and ready to head home, happy but tired.

Day 9 – Meiji Garden and Purikura at Harajuku

Time literally flew by so we’re already at our last full day in Tokyo! Since it was our last chance we had to return to Harajuku ONE LAST TIME.
Not (only) to go shopping there but we wanted to properly check out the Yoyogi Park (which was right behind the train station opposite Takeshita Street) and we were still eager to find a Purikura booth to take cute pictures!

Learning from our mistake last time when we were strolling around at Yoyogi Park packed with all of our shopping bags, we wanted to start off going through the park with only our backpacks first!

We wanted to find out if there are any Sakura trees in the park itself, so we paid an entrance fee to see the inside of the Yoyogi Park: The Meiji Shrine Inner Garden!

Although there was a really strong scent of rotting trees in the forest it was so peaceful over all and extremely beautiful to look at! Unfortunately we were a bit to early to see the blooming cherry blossom trees 😦

After enjoying the weather, walking through the whole garden and taking plenty of pictures we headed back to our favourite place in Japan: Takeshita Street (for the very last time though!)

The first thing we were heading to was the kind of obvious but also hidden Purikura spot right at the beginning of the shopping street:

After being a bit confused and overchallenged with all the people or actually only teenage girls in there we were able to take two sets of cute pictures of us!
Unfortunately we couldn’t really edit one of the two sets because the editing booth was nowhere near the photo booth (yes, there were always two booths per set).

Next stop was the overfilled accessories store called “Paris Kids” which also sold cute things for older people and not only kids haha
We made it through the store, had a quick stop again the dollar-store “Daiso” and returned to one last shop where they sold loads of anime goodies!
We actually wanted to revisit another cute accessories store as well  but I just couldn’t handle all these people around me anymore so we headed back to our hotel!

My last Harajuku haaaul 😥

Since it was our last day we decided to “celebrate” with having our dinner at TGIF’s and it was awesome!

We had the friendliest waiter EVER who even complimented us on our looks and was ALWAYS smiling! After that we headed back to our hotel to pack our suitcases 😦

We went to bed quite early because we had a long journey ahead of us the next day!

Day 10- Heading hooooooomeee

Well I guess there’s not much to tell here anymore but we got up quite early and went straight to Narita Airport to check in our luggage and then fly back to Switzerland; I was sitting behind a guy for twelve hours who was laying back so hard and also pressing the chair down with his table that I was basically trapped in my chair *rollingeyes*.

As always I wasn’t able to fall asleep in a vertical position so absolutely exhausted we arrived in Zurich in the afternoon, bought loads of food and went straight home where I was already falling asleep on the couch!

So last but not least here are my

Tips for going to Japan (that we would have been glad to know before!):

– Get a pocket wifi if possible (you’ll be glad to look up things on your way!)
– Get a map
– Get a good translator or learn the basic stuff in Japanese if you don’t know any words
– Don’t talk (loudly) in public transport
– Dress weather appropriate (because a lot of people  there don’t!)
– Drink enough (even if people there apparently don’t; you’re a tourist anyway so..)
– Always say sorry and thank you and bow if you want –> do it with a smile as well!
– Don’t try to confuse the people there, keep it simple with your questions!
– Do as your told so the system works
– Don’t clean your nose in public, sniffling is okay tho
– Also wear a mask if you’re feeling ill or want to prevent getting ill;  No one will judge you
– Apparently you don’t have to offer your seat in public transport to elderly or sick people only if the it’s an assigned seat
– Try to avoid rush hour (around 9 am in the morning an 5 pm in the evening) or you will get smushed
– Don’t just randomly smoke cigarettes on the street there are smoker spots for that
– Don’t just leave your garbage somewhere or throw it on the ground –> take it home with you and throw it away there
– NEVER TIP ANYONE they really won’t accept it and feel uncomfortable if you insist on it..


So I guess that’s it 😀 Now you know how it was in Japan for us ;D We definitely want to return there one day but also explore other places besides Tokyo!

I also want to include a little announcement or information for you here:

There’s been quite a lot going on in my personal life with work, my dance group, Cosplays, music gigs/festivals and other stuff and I noticed I couldn’t get myself to sit down and write a post, since I’ve been always super distracted. I need to clear my mind for a bit but I will still keep you updated on my life over on my Instagram 🙂

I hope you guys understand but I need to take more time for myself and just relax since there is a lot going on right now 😮

Thank you so much for understanding that there won’t be any new posts in the next weeks but I’ll try to come back as soon as possible!

Hugs and kisses,
Vanessa

 

P.S. If you want any links to stores or places we went to hit me up in the comments ;D

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One thought on “Tokyo adventures part III

  1. Just skimmed this text (yes, even old folks skim!), but loved the pictures and the great advice at the end! You clearly had so much fun. Next time come and visit us in Nagoya! It’s a city worth visiting – trust me! If you fly ANA they won’t charge you for the extra flights between Tokyo and Nagoya either – at least that’s what has happened to us (and we weren’t buying expensive ticket either).

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