- Odaiba including Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise and Palette Town
- Stores including Candy, Opening Ceremony, La Foret Mall, The Virgin Mary, Fafi x Faline, Maison Martin Margiela, Katie, Spank Me Darling and 6%DOKIDOKI
- More general photos from Shibuya and Harajuku, Daikanyama, and Sweets Paradise cake buffet
Day 2: Asakusa and Odaiba
Sweet potato flavoured ice-cream. I’d seen somebody post this on tumblr saying it was their favourite, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I didn’t dislike it, but nor did I really like it either… It was a totally bizarre combination of sweet and savoury and creamy that I could only finish half of before it was too much!
The brand new Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリ) visible at the end of the road.
Nyan de Cafe cat cafe
At the front of the driverless monorail.
Palette Town Arcade, Odaiba
There was a ton of awesome stuff at Palette Town, and the enormous arcade was amazing! I played a ton of claw machine games and even a real-life baseball game which I’d seen in a few animes where you hit actual balls being pitched from a machine. Also TONS of gachapon, my favourite! I can never have enough phone charms.
Day 3: Shibuya and Harajuku
While in Shibuya we checked out Candy (see FAKETOKYO.com), yet another store on my list which was really incredible to visit! It’s definitely smaller than I expected, but nonetheless amazing. I also had a look in Sister upstairs, which stocks a lot of really beautiful vintage and overall more feminine styles of clothing. Opening Ceremony was nearby (which was something like 7 or 8 floors high?!), and it is the second physical store of OC I’ve visited, the first being the one in LA.
This is when I went to La Foret (ラフォーレ原宿) shopping centre for the first time! It stocks a ton of amazing brands, with stores including Joyrich (ジョイリッチ), GR8 Japan, Monomania (モノマニア), Mercibeaucoup (メルシーボークー、), Topshop etc.
Day 4, Daikanyama, Harajuku and Shibuya.
Maison Martin Margiela store.
Katie the Store, Ebisu, Shibuya.
I’d seen photos of Katie products and I knew a fair bit about their staff, in particular Risa (@RISA_DOLL). The style is very sweet, feminine and pastelly, and a lot of their designs feature heart motifs and cherub prints. While it is on the pricier side, many of their products including their jewellery are handmade.
Katie the Store entrance.
Katie clothing is so girly and cute ♥
Some of the super friendly Katie staff!
Takeshita Dori, Harajuku.
Super busy on the weekend of course!
Fafi x Faline
While in Harajuku we ran into the staff from Tokyo Fashion who were lovely to meet. It’s fascinating to see them in action, and sure enough I was able to recognise the spot where they take most of their Harajuku snaps, just outside of Nadia. Below is Juria (@Juria41/Juri41) getting snapped for them.
Design Festa gallery, Harajuku.
The Virgin Mary, Harajuku
Known by its unique Cult Party Kei style, The Virgin Mary was another famous store in Harajuku that I was dying to see! The whole vibe once stepping inside is definitely something that needs to be experienced in-person. The interior is decorated with things like doll parts, antique chandeliers, ribbon, lace and old stuffed toys, and a very eerie kind of electronic music is playing. So amazing. And of course, the well-known sign out the front with hair forming the letters. The staff were lovely to talk to, and we spoke to the owner Ari the most (pictured below with the bob haircut and the bow in her hair). After she found out I was from Australia too like the rest of our gang, she told me she loved koalas 🙂 hehe
Spank Me Darling!, Shibuya.
In the evening we hooked up with Tavuchi again, and before heading to dinner together she took us to Spank Me Darling!, the 2nd Spank! store.
Day 5, Harajuku.
As the trip went on, the days became a little less hectic and super busy days had some more chill days in between. Like this day, I took my time wandering around Harajuku by myself which I loved! Shopping alone can be ideal for me because I’m incredibly slow, I like to be thorough and spend a lot of time thinking about whether I want to purchase something or not. Some of the best and most inspiring times in Tokyo were when I was just exploring on my own and at my own pace.
Sweets Paradise (スイーツパラダイス)
I actually went to a cake buffet!!! This was on my list of things to do in Japan after I saw it on Lucky Star, and I stumbled across it by accident. I think it was something like 1300 Yen for just myself, and that was for about 1 hour and 20 minutes of eating as much cake as I pleased. My favourites were the strawberry shortcake, the sliced eclair cake and the green tea flavoured cake. There was a very small savoury section too that from what I could see was pasta and vegetables. Drinks on offer included various teas, juices and milk.
And some snacks from 7/11. Can I just say – 7/11 in Tokyo is FREAKING AMAZING. It’s one of the things I miss the most about Japan. The selection of food including sandwiches, onigiri (rice balls), salads and ready-made meals (which they heat up for you at the counter) are the bomb. I do suggest for those of you who can’t read any japanese and plan on buying onigiri at 7/11, learn the japanese words for some of the main flavours… I think next time I need to write up a Rice Ball Guide for myself, because whenever I bought them it was basically lucky dip.
Day 7, Shinjuku and Shibuya.
I checked out the LUMINE shopping centres in Shinjuku by myself on this day, and picked up a Green Tea Frapuccino at Starbucks, so good.
Yet another super famous store in Harajuku! I’ve always loved their accessories and how the staff members dress. This store does not allow photography inside, only photos with the staff members, so I got my photo with staff member Vani!
That concludes the epic Part II of my Tokyo activities! Part III (most likely the final part) will be coming soon. and thank you for all your comments and interest on Part I. If you do have any questions at all, go right ahead and ask them, I will reply to your comment below 🙂
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