In this final part of our journey in Tokyo, I'll show you what else we can do right before we head back to our home country.
Given that we have more than 24 hours left, we can explore as we like and do more than just picking up some souvenirs for gifting.
So what's better than savour ourselves with more Japanese food?
Japanese Yen (¥)
Let's make things easier by starting with things to do from the morning.
There is this interesting and also quite famous photo spot situated in between a junction where Harajuku meets Omotesando - Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (東急プラザ表参道原宿) entrance.
As you can see, this cave like entrance with pieces of mirrors on the wall akin to a kaleidoscope. Surprisingly when we arrived, there wasn't anyone taking photo. Or is it too overrated already? Haha!
On the other hand, the rooftop garden terrace upstairs where the Starbucks is at was filled with people. 🤷🏻♂️🌳
experience Harajuku, you will need to go over to the opposite side, where Takeshita Street (竹下通り) is at. Along the way you will find all kinds of shops selling food serve on sticks, desserts and gifts - and things that can appear to be funny and odd at the same time.
If you are a fan of Calbee, you will want to try their freshly prepared potato snacks and grab a few boxes back home while you're queuing up. They usually have promotions of their own products there or else just taste test them all! 😂
Now we head south to Shibuya to do some postcard posting in which FattyBonbon is into. While I, head out to grab a bag of fried chicken of course!
There are so many sauces to choose from, you will simply want to try every single one of them.
I did try them all by squeezing them onto individual pieces of chicken strip but I can only recall the taste of Sweet Chili and Chocolate sauces. The chocolate one wasn't sweet, also an interesting combination!
It took roughly a 5 minutes walk from the post office to reach this ice cream shop that is located in an alley. The shop is rather small and only has a few stools for customers to sit down and enjoy their ice cream there.
Strongest Green Tea ice cream is actually very enjoyable, especially when it is coupled up with the Hojicha for a contrasting flavour. 🍵🍨
Pricing for a two flavours ice cream in a cup is 470 yen ($4.37) and if you are choosing one of the flavours to be the
Level 7 : Green Tea (the strongest green tea flavour there is), the price will increase to 650 yen ($6.05).
There are price differences when you opt for a single flavour, triple flavours as well as seasonal flavours.
When you had too much food and got much time left in the middle of the day, would you visit a museum or an art center?
Though there isn't much to see here - because most of the exhibitions are not free, still it is pretty fun to walk around.
Would I recommend anyone to drop by? Not exactly, no. However I will recommend visiting
other pay to see viewpoints such as the new Shibuya Sky, Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo City View and Sky Deck.
After a whole day of loitering around Tokyo, it is time for dinner!
This high end udon noodles shop is located within 15 minutes walk from the art center, and so there's where we had our dinner.
Looks and feels like a high quality Udon shop that we should try at least once in Japan. 🍲🍜
Also, there is a Don Quijote couple of shops right next to it. A good place to do some last minute shopping or hang out a bit after a full meal before leaving for the train station.
Well, I took a swig in before heading to the dinner place - classic me. 😏
Because we weren't that hungry at that time, we went to grab a can from the convenient store and chill at a park for a moment and enjoy people watching.
P/S: Highly recommend this drink if you haven't tried it before.
We all know Japan is
very different yet ultra awesome in its own way. And to acquire some
interesting Japanese items that you can bring home, you simply just need to pop into Mega Don Quijote.
You may not know this yet, but your guess is as good as mine in this shop. 🧐
Alternatively, if you want to get cheap seafood for dinner within the city, you will want to come here and take a look. There are many stalls that were selling food but we sat at this shop named Minatoya (みなとや食品) because they are selling both of the food that we want to order in one place.
Not only is the seafood rice bowl we ordered were nice and actually tasted pretty fresh, their takoyaki was the real deal. You will get a lot more than what you pay for - FREE condiments! Mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce, seaweed flakes, and the dried bonito flakes are all free. Yes, now you know why. 😏😈
All great trips have to come to an end. Here, in this airport before you check in to spend a fortune on your duty-free stuff (or all my leftover Japanese Yen 🙂) - you can still enjoy proper Japanese food here and swing by this free observation deck to take a one last look.
Wonderingwhen will we come back again?, to enjoy an truly out of this world country - Japan. 🛫
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