Hello everyone! I'm back! I hope you all enjoyed my guest bloggers. I have so many photos to share with you all, I think I'll have to break it down into three or four posts. I took over 1000 photos, and narrowed the ones for here down to about 100 so i'll hopefully not bombard you all too much! Anyway, enough rambling - on to some photos!
A wedding in Meiji Jingu Shrine.
Meiji Jingu is so beautiful and it's completely massive. It's right beside Harajuku station and Yoyogi park so you can make a whole day of exploring this part of Tokyo.
Obviously Harajuku is a favourite part of Tokyo for me because the fashion and shops are so cute. The girls in 6% Doki Doki were so gorgeous, I wanted to take photos! Almost every shop in Japan has a sign up saying no photos unfortunately.
No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Daiso. It's a chain of 100yen stores throughout Japan and there is a massive one on Takeshita Dori (the main street of cool shops in Harajuku). Daiso is full of Japanese oddtiies and cute gift items, basically anything you could want. I found Japan so expensive compared to last time I was there in 2007 as the exchange rate has changed so dramatically. Last time I came home with a suitcase full of keyrings, toys and notebooks and things because they were so cheap before but this time even keyrings and things were around £8 and it seemed silly to spend money on those things when there's so many cool things to do in Japan that I could be spending money on. Because of this, Daiso was a godsend for me!
Daiso - everything for 100 (+5 for tax) yen, which is about 88p currently. Last time I was in Japan 100 yen was about 55p.
A dog wearing shoes. The Japanese seem to go mad for dressing their pets in clothes.
The streets of Tokyo are full of these little machines for toys and keyrings for about 200yen. You never know which one you're going to get so it's always fun!
Kiddyland is an awesome, fun place to visit in Harajuku. It's a massive toy shop with themed floors, Hello Kitty and Studio Ghibli heaven! Usually it's 6 floors but the building has been demolished and is being rebuilt so this is the temporary one around the corner. Still massive, I couldn't believe this was just temporary! I bought a Kiki's Delivery Service purse (love that film!) and a fancy Llama for my skating helmet.
We went to Harajuku twice on this trip, the first time we had amazing Tempura at a restaurant we found opposite LaForet, and the second time we went to Jangara Ramen which is often called the best ramen in Tokyo. It was delicious! It's at the very top of Omotesando on the left side walking from the station.
Jangara Ramen - amazing marinated pork in it!
This is not Jangara in the 2 above photos, I don't know the name of the place but it's right beside our hotel (Sunroute Plaza) in Shinjuku. Good gyoza there as well!
Another thing you will see all over Harajuku is crépe stands. They are not like French crépes, instead they are stuffed with fruit, chocolate sauce and lots and lots of sweet cream! The Tamagotchi shop (yep, you read that right!) also serves mini donuts. They looked so cute and yummy but I was already full.
Well I have a lot, LOT more photos to share but this already seems like a lot for one post. Coming up, lots of cat café's (not like it sounds!), Akihabara (geek town) and plenty of stunning night views - so until next time darlings xo