Tokyo, we are definitely friends today. Thank's for the amazing weather, I'm glad we agreed that rain is boring and we can save that for Wednesday, when I have left you for Shanghai. So this sunny day, we started the day with some Dean & Deluca goodness and green tea Kit Kat's, for energy.
We went to the Harajuku area where there is a large park with a beautiful temple. On a sunny day this place is perfect for a walk and there is a lot to see, like the sake and wine barrels, donated in memory to an old king. The best way to start the day if you ask me. We came across what looked like a wedding party in procession through the temple, which was so quiet and respectful. So interesting to see something so incredibly different from what we are used to in Europe.
We then went in to Harajuku, which is so charming, to take a look at such a different area of Tokyo, and grab some ramen for lunch at a local place. English menu is necessary!
From Harajuku we went on to the Park Hyatt Hotel, which featured in Lost in Translation, and seemed like a great place for a coffee Which it definitely was, the view was pretty amazing, and the coffee was good. Word of warning though, it cost £9. Yes, that's £9 for a cappuccino. It's wild.
We didn't stop there! When you get up early, you get a lot out of the day... So we went to Roppongi Hills, which I must admit I wasn't such a fan of, but interesting to have seen it. If we hadn't been to the Park Hyatt, this would be a great place to see the view of Tokyo, minus the £9 coffee...
Back to the hotel for a quick nap and then out for a Japanese meal: Sushi! We asked our concierge for a local place, casual, with great food, and she pointed us in the direction of a sushi place which was a 3 minute walk from the hotel. This place was filled with locals, the food was great, but the only word of English anyone spoke was "beer". This makes ordering a bit difficult. But we were given an English menu with pictures, after trying to decipher a traditional menu without pictures with very little success. The lady next to us had little problems ordering, and devouring, her serving of fish head. Craziest thing I have ever seen, it was a case of telling myself that I can't stare at this woman eating. Stop staring. Really.
And then the sunset over Tokyo. I am ready for day 3 now, Ginza and the shopping district, here we come!
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x