Back to Tokyo again. I went to Asakusa before visiting Fuji-san, and missed the bus, as mentioned on my previous post. why Asakusa? Asakusa Nakamise Dori, located in Asakusa is one of the tourist spots to buy souvenirs. Therefore, do not expect the souvenir to be cheap, it is still a little bit expensive. They have a different range of souvenirs, and some local delicacies. Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate), Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine are famous among tourist too, get there in the morning and you can see the local stop by for a while, and pray before they start their day.
The other alley along Nakamise Dori Ueno Third day in Japan, last day in Tokyo before exploring the other side of Japan. Did I go to Ueno Park? I didn’t have much time to do so, and I don’t feel like strolling in the park either. The third day itinerary is kinda pack and I must be freaking tired walking for the whole day. I purposely went to Ueno/Ameyoko to buy an extra bag that cost me ¥980. Where did I get the information? Here
You can buy Sankosen as souvenirs too Shibuya Those who’ve been to Shibuya, how many times do you have to cross the street for the best still shot or video shot of people crossing? Me? Numerous time. I went there twice, in the afternoon and at night, and it was Saturday, you can expect it to be flooded with people. Somehow I wish it was raining when I get to Shibuya because I’d love to see the umbrella scramble.
One of the best place to capture the scramble, level 2 Starbucks, I once heard rumours said they’ll stop you from taking pictures of Shibuya Crossing here, but rumour is just a rumour or did I just get lucky?
Saturday night in Shibuya Another conversation Ichie: Where Shibuya’s neon ad picture? Me: I didn’t take any (with the non-guilty tone) Ichie: Why? Me: You can always google it from the internet Ichie: But you can get the Shibuya Crossing’s picture from the internet too Me: Yeah but I want to be part of it Ichie: =.=” I got so lucky, it was Halloween festive in Tokyo, youngster put their costume on and wander around, and me, chasing every one of them for a picture.
When I saw him, I have a second thought, should I or should I not, then I told myself, sometimes you cannot get a second chance, so I chased him all the way from Hachiko Statue to I-don’t-know-where-am-I-now
Earlier that day, I used Kuroneko Yamato courier service to send over my luggage to Narita Airport in advance, and I will pick it up there before flying back to Malaysia. I bought fabrics from Nippori Textile Town, for my personal project and bought souvenirs in advance so I don’t have to carry it with me for another 6 days. The courier service costs me ¥1952, they charged it by the weight or by measuring the size. Their service is available at any participating convenient store, I sent my luggage at the Family Mart Convenient Store, near to Shibuya Station and I’m good to go.
Ah..this is one of the best street in Tokyo, no, not the one with the high-end brand. Spare some time and wander around the small street, they named it Cat Street, where you can find a vibrant Tokyo’s street fashion culture and some independent local designer’s store. I fall in love with it. But yeah, it is a bit pricey, and I want it badly, but I was on a very tight budget.
How to get to Cat Street? I started from Hachiko Exit at Shibuya Station, go to the right of Shibuya Crossing, turn left after the Big Camera Store and walk straight till you get to the American Apparel, slight right and enjoy the Cat Street, wait, do not give up, and do not turn back (I almost did haha) you have to walk few minutes more before you get to the Tokyo’s most fashionable alley! or get your map from GoTokyo
I love local designer, I would rather have their collection rather than all those high-end brand (well, you couldn’t afford one) but yeah, I am very supportive when it comes to local designer, and you could possibly be the only person to own that collection (because their collection is limited)
It was already 10pm when I get to Roppongi, after spending the whole night at Shibuya, patiently recording the people scrambling at Shibuya Crossing. You can view Tokyo from Tokyo City View Observation Deck at Mori Tower, and it will cost you ¥1500 roughly around RM45, and I told myself NO, so I just wandered around the Roppongi Hills before rushing back to the Willer Bus Station at Shinjuku for a night bus ride to Nagano.
Japan Tips & Tricks
Electrical outlet is not available in cafes / restaurants (including Starbucks) or by the sidewalk, even at the train station, like we always have in Malaysia. Be prepared, charge your devices to the max, bring power banks yes, I myself have two power banks, one rechargeable, the other one is the portable battery power bank. Being Malaysian (or Asian) I know how much we love our devices (smartphone, camera, iPad, etc.) and sadly, the battery run out way too fast! But, fret not, some McD has one outside their store (including the one in Shibuya), so if you run out of battery during your exploration in Japan, McD will save your day.
I think I love Tokyo. Will it be too much if I ask you to write me a poem?