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Tokyo Travel: A Day In Harajuku
Back in February I spent a few days in Tokyo. Here's a look into my day spent in Harajuku :) It all started at the Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park. I mistakenly took the subway from my Airbnb to Harajuku in Tokyo's famous rush hour. The train was absolutely packed and there were men working for the station who helped show people on. Luckily, I grabbed a good spot and was able to hop on and off easily without being squished. I then took a peaceful walk through the nearly deserted paths leading to the shrine. I was able to walk around, catching glimpses of monks rushing around, and listen to some chanting. I got myself a talisman for peace of mind and headed back into the bustling city. I then took a loooooong walk to the best latte I've ever had. The cafe is called Streamer Coffee Co. and their military latte is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It contains chocolate, green tea, while chocolate, and espresso. I know that sounds like a total mess but the flavors meshed perfectly! I was able to hang out there for a while, using their wifi and reading the book I brought with me. Once I felt ready to leave, I headed to Number Sugar. This tiny shop sells handmade caramels in all different flavors. You can buy adorable box sets and the lovely girls working there will be sure you get exactly what you want. They aren't even that expensive which is awesome! It was about $0.70 for each piece (twice the size of the photo, I had already eaten most of it haha!) I got vanilla caramel and almond caramel! After that I went to Kiddy Land where I went to each of the 4 stories trying not to buy everything that had Totoro on it. I was pretty successful and only got myself a Spirited Away mug, though I did buy quite a few presents for friends and family :) From there I ventured down Harajuku's most famous street filled with places selling crepes, crazy Japanese fashion, and tons of toys. It is here that I found my true love. I really love takoyaki. They're just batter, onions, pickled ginger, and squid (tako in Japanese) fried in a special pan and covered in a mayo-sauce, fish flakes, and some spices. They are HEAVENLY. This man made works at Koi-Tako (aka Love Squid) and made me some perrrrrfect Kimchi Takoyaki (yeah I know, why Kimchi in Japan???) But then it got weird... You can't see it really well in the photo, but they put GOLDEN GLITTER on my takoyaki. Why you ask? I DON'T KNOW. I ate it though, and didn't die. So, there's that. I grabbed a sakura green tea (oi ocha is the best bottled tea EVER) and headed back towards my home in Shinjuku. I'd give yourself a solid 2-3 hours to take Harajuku in at a slow pace. It's worth it!
[Travel Diary] Three Days in Tokyo 2017
My mom and I just got back from a week in Japan, where we spend 2.5 days in Tokyo, and 4 days in Kyoto! I already shared my videos of the sakura in Kyoto, but wanted to share my Tokyo videos and photos too! Here's what my trip looked like~ First 2 Days: We arrived late night at Narita Airport, and took the train into Tokyo. We were staying in Shinjuku, so after we got to the AirBnb and dropped off our stuff, we headed out to the Golden Gai to look around and find food. The Golden Gai is a collection of really tiny bars and eateries that usually only have 5-6 seats. Its fun to just wander the alleys and see what you can find :) The next morning we headed straight to Harajuku to visit the Meiji Shrine. It was early in the morning and it was sooo peaceful - definitely check out my video, its gorgeous! After that we grabbed breakfast in Harajuku and just wandered the shopping streets. I hit up my favorite used clothing store and found some cute things^^ After that, I was lucky enough to visit YouTube Space Tokyo! It had an amazing view of the city and is a studio where lots of YouTubers can come to make videos and use YouTube's really expensive equipment haha! The next day we went to the Imperial Palace to see the cherry blossoms but there weren't that many out yet, then headed to a Peter Rabbit themed cafe that was ADORABLE. The next day we went to Kyoto, and you can check out all that footage HERE! Last day: After 4 days in Kyoto we came back for about 24 hours in Tokyo before our flights home :( We dropped off our bags and headed to Shibuya Crossing because it wouldn't be a trip to Tokyo without it! We sat in the Starbucks overlooking the crosswalk and just people watched for hours. The next morning I had time to grab coffee at a cafe I've really wanted to go to, and then we headed to the airport. It was a really chill time in Tokyo but was a lot of fun! Thanks for joining me on my trip^^