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Tokyo, Japan Summer 2013 – Part 1

Tuesday May 6th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Highlights of my trip to Tokyo, Japan last June! Unfortunately, I wasn’t actively blogging at the time. I can’t get my mind off of Japan right now, especially with all this down time in between getting things ready. I’m still waiting for my certificate of eligibility for my visa and it doesn’t seem like I’ll get anywhere with apartments until June.

I was only in Tokyo for 3 days. It’s definitely not enough so I’m glad I’ll be able to go back and visit some more this year. I have so many places I want to see!! I know I’m not being fair to China, given I spent 2 weeks there and Tokyo was a pit stop on the way back. I love you and miss you too China! I’ll have a post one of these days and I’ll definitely be back to visit within the next year or two (hopefully).

We stayed in Shinjuku, I picked it because it was very central to all of the places we planned on visiting. I don’t think anywhere was more than a 15-20 minute train ride. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The staff was super nice and it was maybe only a 5-7 minute walk to the train station. Course, later we find out the hotel has a shuttle that takes you to the station :/ could have avoided getting lost a few times.

This is on the way to the train station, I think NYC has one too?

Only I get happy about 100 Yen shops, I think they’re really cool. This one is small but still had a lot of neat stuff. I later came across a much bigger one in Shibuya that you could probably buy your entire household goods from. We picked up a couple snacks and umbrellas cause the weather was supposed to continue raining the entire time we were there. I don’t recommend buying umbrellas from 100 Yen shops though. Ours didn’t last us a day before it broke. In the umbrella’s defense, the wind was pretty strong.

My first dessert in Japan! I don’t know how people in Japan stop eating. There’s just so many yummy desserts, drinks, and foods everywhere you go.

I LOVE the train system in Japan. Maybe it’s cause I don’t have to ride it everyday yet and I didn’t have to deal with crazy Tokyo rush hour but I think they’re fun and so efficient. We never had to wait more than a few minutes for the next train to come.

Inside a mall in Odaiba, Hello Kitty pastries! I didn’t try one unfortunately.

And of course a Hello Kitty store right next door. If I could have taken her home with me, I probably would have.

Main reason for the mall? Gundam Front Tokyo! It’s located on the top floor of the mall, the 7th floor I believe. It’s a Gundam lover’s paradise. The museum is small but still a good walk through. They don’t allow photos of inside the museum but there’s opportunities for photos before you enter and in the gift shop. There’s a lot of neat concept drawings and the creation of the anime/series.

I WANTED THEM ALL! Strangely, I couldn’t find a kit of Deathscythe Hell or Deathscythe Hell custom :( If you love Gundam models, this is the place to be.

You’ll have to go back outside to see the Gundam. I think it’s actually in front of the mall but we entered through the side/back so never saw it walking in. There’s also a mini Gundam Cafe nearby but the actual Gundam Cafe is in Akihabara.

This hot spring was a super lucky find and I highly recommend visiting Ooedo Onsen Monogatari to anyone in Tokyo. Website and information can be found here. One place I knew I had to visit was a hot spring as I’ve always wanted to go to one. I found this place online and it had really good reviews as well as an actual English website with information. I wanted to visit here the first night we arrived in Tokyo but it was too late and the trains had stopped running. When we were chilling inside the Odaiba Mall, I was randomly looking on my iPad to see what else we could do that didn’t involve us being outside in the rain. Long story short, I ran across this hot spring and was like “wait a minute, that’s the one I was trying to go to!” and it just happened to be in the vicinity. We hopped on a taxi and spent nearly the rest of the day there.

The rates are pretty affordable but I think with everything I did/ate there, I ended up spending over 60,000 yen!

The interior is designed to look like an old, quiet Japanese town. It’s so relaxing.

Lots of games and cute stuff as well, of course it all costs extra.

More yummy foods!

This is the outdoor foot bath, there’s stones at the bottom that’s supposed to help your feet relax and massage them as you walk through. I couldn’t do it though, it hurt my feet way too much D:

This was one of the best experiences I had! For a little bit extra money, you can soak your feet in this pool for 15 or 30 minutes and the fish will come up and eat the dead skin off of your feet. It sounds weird, I know. Once I finally got over how ticklish the fish were, it was really amazing and felt so nice. My feet had never felt smoother. I would love to do this again.

Next up…GINZA! I’m sad some of the pictures turned out blurry. Clearly, I need to work on my night taking shots while attempting to walk fast.

Can you believe it? This is a wedding dress.

We passed Ginza on the way back to Shinjuku and the pretty lights were an instant attraction. Unfortunately, by this time it was around 10 PM and most of the stores were closing if not already closed. Ginza is popular for all of the higher end stores that you can find in Tokyo.

I think I had tonkatsu every day, no joke. I love this stuff.

How cute are these? They almost look too pretty to eat.

More pictures later, I’m trying to not to super spam with pictures. I took so many, yet at the same time I feel like I didn’t take enough. :love:

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