I spent three days in Tokyo, with one day spare for Kawaguchiko, visiting Mt Fuji. I get myself a three day Tokyo Subway Ticket for ¥1500 before I start wandering around.
This pass can be used widely, unlimited rides for Tokyo Metro Subway and TOEI Line. Follow this link for more info Tokyo Subway Ticket
I checked in at RetroMetro Backpackers, located near to Tawaramachi Subway Station and the adventure began! First pit stop was Shibuya, a quick glance at the Shibuya Crossing, it’s rather smaller than what I imagine (blame it to the fast and furious). Hurriedly went to Shinjuku Station and bought a bus ticket to Kawaguchiko for the next day trip, before heading to Nippori Textile Town for some serious fabric hunting.
Nippori Textile Town
How to get here? Nippori Textile Town is near to the JR Nippori Station. From Shibuya I went to Ueno Station and change to JR Train to Nippori for ¥140 one way.
Being a craft person, this place is a heaven to me. You can find a different range of fabric, sewing patterns, buttons and sewing related things and even a good quality of Kimono. I’ve found one that I fondly into, it was sea-foam green, golden flower on it, second-hand Kimono that will cost you ¥2500, but the minute I tried it on, it was meant for kids, the sleeve is way too short and I have to say goodbye to it, and move on.
I read comics since I was young, I grew up watching anime, and Akihabara is a must even though I no longer into this manga/anime thingy. Most of the store here close at 8pm, some will close even later, it will be best to get here early, just before it’s getting dark. Panchiko is everywhere, so do the catch and win games, electrical goods, action figure (yes!), comic and anime (hell yeah!). I get into each and every shop (that selling action figure) looking for the second-hand/rejected item/last season’s figure which is way cheaper, some is not in a good shape but it did look like vintage to me. I didn’t buy any, I couldn’t find one that I like. huh.
I die laughing. Kirimi is weirdly funny and I couldn’t figure out what Kirimi really is
aww.. I love K-ON they are so kawaii, especially Yui
No, this wasn’t a car show
At night, lit up with neon ads, that is why they name it Akihabara Electric Town
Tips & Tricks X How to Survive Tokyo’s Subway
1. Print out Tokyo Subway Map, or you can simply get it from the hostels/hostel
2. If remembering the line name is hard for you, then remember the colour
3. Missed your station? no worries, stop at the next station or reroute to the other station
I have this love hate feeling towards Tokyo.