Breakfast of the day: Steamed pork buns, fried chicken bits & spam musubi
After an exhausting first day, we wanted to get an early start on day 2. Waking up early, we started day 2 with a quick breakfast at 7-11 downstairs. I have heard a lot of good things about the 7-11 in Japan and all the yummy delights that they have. True enough they do have a lot of variety of food.
Then we were off to Tokyo tower. We had a choice of going to ……..
The New Tower – Tokyo SkyTree
The Old Tower – Tokyo Tower
We chose the latter – the Tokyo Tower just because it looks different and Qkiddo thinks that it looks like Eiffel Tower. Tokyo SkyTree looks a lot like the Seattle Space Needle.
It is about a 10 minutes walk from Akabanebashi Station to the tower itself. We were so early that the Tokyo Tower wasn’t open yet when we got there. 😛 Maybe we should have just slept in a little.
While we were waiting for the Tower to open, it started to rain! 🙁 Rain means that we would not be able to see any view from the Tower, so we decided not to go up the tower and proceeded to our next destination – Harajuku.
We actually ended up not taking the 2nd train but decided to walk through the neighborhood from Yoyogi to Harajuku. It was very fun walking through the neighborhood and seeing how different the houses are from those in USA. Most of the Japanese houses are very tiny and rarely have garages. It is probably different outside Tokyo but in Tokyo, they are definitely on the small side. CJ was definitely surprised by the differences. On the way, we came across this cookie shop – Cookie Time. The smell coming from the shop was too alluring not to stop by.
The freshly baked chocolate chip cookies were so good! So were the Affogato and ice cream shake thingy!
Arriving at Harajuku, we headed to the heart of Harajuku – Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) – a pedestrian-only street famous for shopping and food. Harajuku is between Shinjuku and Shibuya and famous for its extreme fashion especially among the teenagers. On Sundays, many teenagers dress up in Cosplay fashion and hang around the Harajuku Bridge. We were hoping to see some of the famous Cosplay fashion that day, unfortunately it was a rainy day and we didn’t see them.
It was pretty crowded even though it was rainy. Luckily the rain stopped when we started walking along the street.
Apparently crepes are very popular there. There were many stores and this was one of them.
We couldn’t resist stopping at Calbee and got some potato chips to munch on while walking.
And couldn’t resist making another foodie stop at Koi Taco for Takoyaki!
Besides eating, we also stopped for a little shopping at Daiso & the Disney store to pick up a couple of “available on in Japan only” Tsum-Tsums for CJ.
Then we continued on a very long walk in search of the best tonkatsu at Maisen Shibuya for lunch.
Yum! It was a delicious meal! I wish we have it here in Seattle. After lunch it was another long walk to Shibuya Station. Yes, we walked again. Of course, there are other options like taking the train or the bus but we decided to walk in order to see as much stuff as we can. On the way to Shibuya Station, we were able to check out Pierre Hermes for macarons and Aoyama Farmers Market.
At Shibuya, the one thing that we wanted to see was the Shibuya Crossing – the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world!
Since it was raining, there wasn’t as many people crossing as usual. Yes, the crowd above is considered a small crowd. I can’t imagine how many people there are when it is a big crowd.
After a little shopping, we took the train back to Shinjuku. We went to Omoide Yokocho aka “Piss Alley” aka “Memory Lane” for dinner. It’s a very interesting alley just tucked in one of the corner of Shinjuku Station.
There are many tiny restaurants in this narrow alley and I mean really tiny! They are known for their yakitori, unique foods and drinks. I would liken this place to happy hour alley! It is definitely more for adults and not stroller-friendly.
Each of the restaurants have very limited seating. We went into one just for the experience and enjoyed some yakitori. It was an interesting experience. I would come back again but without CJ. This place is not very child-friendly.
With that, we called it a day and went back to the hotel. Thankfully the shuttle bus back to Hyatt Regency Tokyo was just across from Omoide Yokocho because we were tired of walking. Exhausting but fun!