Wednesday 27th July, 2016
Ry left early to go to a jujitsu class, so I woke a little later and did some laundry before meeting up at Korakuen Station at 12.30pm.
Don’t judge me but since I’d never been before and I was really craving mashed potato, we had Bubba Gump for lunch.
We had the cookie skillet and I caught a Bulbasaur too so it was a pretty productive lunch.
Oh and this creepy duck kept following me around the shops…
Once Psyduck had been safely tucked away into a Pokeball, we headed over to the beautiful Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens.
As per Ry’s request, we squeezed in a quick stopover in Akihabara before heading to dinner at Kaikaya (again) at 7.30pm.
After dinner, I picked up a few cute snacks for souvenirs for friends before crashing at midnight.
Thursday 28th July
After a mediocre brunch at the Tokyo Garden Mall, we visited the National Film Centre which, unfortunately, we found pretty dull and all of the descriptions were written in a really pretentious, long-winded way which made it really hard to read.
The gorgeous National Art Centre in Roppongi was exhibiting Rembrandt, Renaissance Art and calligraphy.
They also had an awesome gift shop full of awesome postcards and cards! <3
After a rest at the café, we headed over to the Mori Museum and sometimes I worry that I’m not Asian enough but once I’m in a sea of Doraemon, I feel culturally relevant again.
The comic book exhibition on Le Louvre was really interesting!
That view, though.
We decided to head to Ebisu for dinner at Shake Shack.
The Smokeshack is my all time fave burger.
It’s the perfect size, light and TASTY AF.
Friday 29th July
For brunch, we headed to a famous, old ramen restaurant in Shibuya called Kiraku.
It was pretty good but a tad too greasy for me.
That girl behind us is my spirit animal.
Our next stop was Asakusa, which had loads of awesome souvenir shops down Denbouin Street and Nakamise Shopping Street.
Ry ate all of those by himself in one sitting.
I LIKE BIG LANTERNS AND I CANNOT LIE.
We also visited the beautiful Senoji Temple.
Incense burners are one of the articles used on a Buddhist altar to purify the body of the people visiting the temple.
Therefore, people believe that the smoke from the incense burner has a healing effect.
Many people covered their heads with the smoke which is based on the belief that by ‘healing’ your head, you will be smarter.
After wandering around Asakusa a little more, we devoured some ice cream…
…before having tapas at Vinuls in Ueno.
To walk off our dinner, we wandered around Ueno Park, catching a few more Pokemon on the way back to Shibuya.
Saturday 30th July
As it was such a gorgeous day, we had a little picnic of salads, takoyaki balls, milkshake and coffees at Ueno Park.
Weekends call for mojitos.
Again, we walked around the temples and markets before having another little pedal boat sesh in the lake.
We walked to Akihabara for Ry to pick up his final crucial figurines.
If you find yourself in Tokyo, you NEED to get ramen at KYUSU JANGARA in Harajuku because it’s the best that I’ve ever had.
THAT SPICY COD ROE IS LIFE.
After dinner, we walked through Yoyogi Park, caught some more Pokemon and crashed at midnight.
Sunday 31st July
On our final full day, we checked out the Tokyo National Museum which had some really beautiful displays and the gift shop had loads of beautiful art prints and postcards.
ICE CREAM TIME!
We chilled in Ueno Park for a few hours.
In Omotesando, we visited one of our favourite shops, Flying Tiger (simply known as ‘Tiger’ in the UK).
Next up, we did a spot of shopping in Harajuku where we found a shop that had the most beautiful Totoro goodies so I picked up a few presents for friends.
KYUSU JANGARA again for dinner because IT IS THE BEST RAMEN EVER!
We took a final walk home through Yoyogi Park before enjoying an ice-cream sandwich a sensible amount.
Back at the airbnb, I treated myself to one last bath before flying back to Hong Kong the next morning.
If you fancy a city break, I really cannot recommend Tokyo enough 😉