Content in Part III (the final part!) of my Tokyo adventures covers Day 8 to Day 13:
- Tokyo Disney Sea
- Kamakura temples
- The La Foret Private Party, Harajuku
- Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
- Stores including Wut Berlin, Mercibeaucoup, Wagado, Meme’s Park, Nude Trump, Hayatochiri, Candy, and Shibuya 109
- Yoyogi park
- Leaving Japan :'(
- BONUS PICTURES from throughout my whole trip
Day 8: Disney Sea (東京ディズニーシー)
For Hayley’s birthday we visited Disney Sea! Attractions included Indiana Jones, Tower of Terror, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Aquatopia, Stormrider and more.
Mermaid Lagoon! My favourite place in Disney Sea.
Day 9: Koenji/Harajuku
After an epic-long Day 8 at Disney Sea, we left this day for more relaxed activities, so I chilled in Koenji and shopped all afternoon in Harajuku! This was the day I mentioned in Part I that I met Juria at Avantgarde.
Day 10: Kamakura
I’m sure people say this all the time but… the strawberries in Japan are the most perfect strawberries I’ve ever seen. They look like they are made of wax or something, none of them have a single bruise or dent! Are they more selective with the strawberries that are packaged in Japan? I am curious.
This is where I tried a toffee strawberry for the first time which Sakiko, a Japanese friend of Hayley’s, bought for me! :’) They are simply a strawberry coated in crunchy hard toffee with a salty cracker on the back, and the strawberry is super warm and sweet. It was insanely delicious, I definitely prefer them over toffee apples/candy apples!
Daibutsu (Great Buddha) (大仏)
Evening: The La Foret Private Party, Harajuku
After a long and amazing explore of Kamakura, we headed to Harajuku and stopped by McDonald’s for a quick bite to eat before heading to the party. This was the coolest McDonald’s I’ve ever been to. Never have I seen so many amazingly dressed people inside a McDonald’s restaurant (well of course… it’s Harajuku), and it feels cooler/more acceptable to eat in one here than any other places I’ve been. This is also the first McDonald’s I’ve visited where I’ve seen girls applying false nails (glue, polish and all) inside the restaurant.
La Foret Private Party
The party was pretty big and it had a ton of guests. The dress code was “Ribbon” but nobody stuck to it at all. Basically the store was open for shopping, but with a DJ, free drinks (one of which was electric blue and looked and sort of tasted like detergent?), food samples and lots of Street Snap hunters about. Some stores also had previews for collections that would be stocked in upcoming months. Some familiar faces I spotted at the party included Juria, Ikeda Hirari, Marina and Ayaka.
Day 11: Ghibli Museum, Mitaka (三鷹の森 ジブリ美術館) plus Harajuku and Akihabara.
The museum was so amazing *___* and a lot bigger than I had expected! There were strict policies about photography so I do not have any pictures from inside, only the outside of the building. The building itself is very pretty, it’s quite a tall structure with bridges going between different sides of the same floors and beautiful Ghibli film-themed stained glass windows. On the first floor there is a super tall and skinny encaged spiral staircase you can climb to reach one of the higher levels! So much fun. You are also allowed to watch one Ghibli short film per visit, and we saw “Mei and the Kittenbus”.
The entire museum really has the feel of a rabbit warren and even some doorways you have to crouch to walk through, as the motto on the website states “Let’s become lost children together” (迷子になろうよ、いっしょに). Definitely the perfect museum for me.
Planning my outfit for the day.
Ghibli Museum ticket! It’s a real piece of film. Can you see which movie it is from?
The gift shop definitely has a more of a, how could I say, educational or artistic feel? It features a lot of books and cards, also a little bit of clothing, homewares, but overall a lot less commercial than say, Disneyland for example, which makes perfect sense as it is a museum and not a theme park! But in other words, it doesn’t have all the kinds of Ghibli movie merchandise I had expected. It was ridiculously crowded while I was inside though, but I managed to snag the last light-grey (the prettiest colour hehe) Totoro stuffed toy for my sister! He is so lovely and well made, I knew I couldn’t leave without one.
Orangina is so good! I wish they had it in Australia. It’s like a cross between Fanta, orange cordial and fresh orange juice.
Day 12: Kitakore, Yoyogi Park and Akihabara
A lot of people reccomended Yoyogi park to me and I’d read about it in tourist guides. I’m really happy I got to visit! It’s very pretty and the trees are gorgeous, but my favourite part is watching the people. Some are having large picnics, some are playing sports like catch and badminton and others are practicing group dances together. We even spotted a girl and a guy self-recording a video of their choreographed dance (below), the kind I always see on youtube!
Brandon kindly accompanied me to Akihabara that evening, because being a foreign girl in Akihabara alone at night is not the smartest idea! A lot of things were closing by the time we arrived, but we still saw a ton of maids promoting their maid cafes on the streets, and we even got to visit the massive Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ) as I was still on the hunt for a black and/or dark green sailor uniform. The store is really tall with a ton of levels and kind of like a discount store mixed with K-Mart, Target, Walmart etc. but Japanese. While I didn’t find the exact uniform I wanted, there was a HUGE amount of cosplay costumes and maid costumes! I was tempted to get a cute Japanese maid costume just for fun.
Day 13: Koenji, Shibuya and going home.
Prior to day 13, the last day of the trip :'( I had already been up until about 2am packing my back to be sure I could fit everything into the bags I had brought along (which miraculously, I did!!). In the morning I had my last breakfast, checked out and headed to meet Brandon, Hayley and Henry for lunch together at Freshness Burger (the same place where we had our first lunch in Tokyo, aw). I spent a couple of hours in the afternoon in Shibuya, essentially to visit the enormous Shibuya 109. It is pretty big indeed and has a TON of stores, with the vast majority being gyaru style fashion. I was not able to take any photographs inside (as much as I wanted to) because there are super strict no-photography rules with signs on every level reminding you. I also had a look in some random nearby shops and picked up some more socks! Cos you can never have enough socks.
I headed back to Koenji to grab my bags and I hopped on the train to Shinjuku around 3pm, as my flight was for 7:50pm. From Shinjuku it was back on the N’EX train to Narita Airport, and I spent the ride staring out at the scenery (which I could actually SEE this time, the ride to Shinjuku when arriving was at night so I could barely see anything outside) and feeling sad about leaving while using my portable internet for last time before I had to return it to Softbank. When I checked-in at Narita I was expecting to be charged for my luggage being about 5kg overweight for my main suitcase, but I got a trainee girl at the counter and ended up not being charged?! Super lucky! And then I went to eat an early dinner straight away because I was super hungry from the journey. Shortly after browsing duty free shopping and buying an eyemask I boarded my flight back to Sydney :'( Which was super comfortable and I slept for a few hours which was exciting for me. I had exit-row seat again and an older japanese woman next to me was so sweet and sort of took care of me the whole flight? Like she showed me how to open my blanket (which they stitch together with a breakable thread, something I’ve never encountered before) and asked the flight attendant for new headphones when she saw mine weren’t working – SWEETEST EVER :’)
But that’s not all! I have a bunch of additional images taken on my compact camera from throughout the trip!
✰ BONUS PHOTOS ✰
Putting an outfit together for Day 1.
In the Candy fitting rooms, Shibuya | Inside MeMe’s Park, Shibuya
NUDE TRUMP, Shibuya.
And that concludes the final part of my amazing time in Tokyo! I hope enjoyed these posts and that you didn’t get drowned with content. Once again if you have any questions, go right ahead and ask below. If you asked a question in Part I or Part II, please check the comments for your reply 🙂 I’ll be back again soon with my regular style of posting, please look forward to it ( ´=ิ◞▽◟=ิ’)
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