Hi! After a few weeks of not posting, I’m here with a new post! I’m trying to get this done within a year, unlike the previous one.
Today is going to be a busy day as we are set out for Harajuku (Omotesando) > Tsukiji > Harajuku (Omotesando) > Asakusa > Tokyo Sky Tree.
As my mum’s company is at Harajuku (Omotesando), we had to bring her over. I actually planned to let my dad sleep in while I bring my mum there but after deciding to get breakfast at Tsukiji, he came along as well.
Well…due to exiting the wrong exit, we got lost and took a while to find our way to the building. We then left mum to her business and started heading to Tsukiji for breakfast.
Day 2 : Tsukiji (13th May)
I decided on strolling through the outer market so that was where we headed. We got lost, again, because we went in the opposite direction.
Tip : After exiting the station, walk to your right instead of your left. You should be walking away from the 朝日新聞 (Asahi Shinbun) building instead of towards.
After crossing through a building, we were finally there!
People people everywhere.
Grilled Scallop / Hotate.
Looks too good so we got pulled into the queue. They take orders batch by batch which confused a lot of people so me and my dad were acting as a guide for quite a while, explaining the system.
I got to admit, I think the guy doing the grilling is cute.
Dad with one of my scallop.
My dad ordered a raw oyster as well.
Here’s a close up.
It tasted quite good actually. So after that, we walked around some more and snacked on some fried tofu like stuff. Those were so-so.
So we came across a stall selling daifuku and I had to get one cause I can’t resist me a good strawberry. The owner specially got a freshly made one for me so the strawberry stayed chilled.
That was great! Next was fried sotong for my dad and when I went away to get a cone of maccha ice cream, he sneaked off to get a few more raw oyster. He was really doing quite well for someone who can’t speak Japanese.
He was so chummy with the seller that they were sharing smiles and laughter by the time I got there. The price for this stall was a lot cheaper (added plus : the oysters were huge!) then the previous scallop shop we went to so he was feeling a little cheated.
Many restaurants inside.
Rather sunny that day.
We spotted a long queue and wondered what it was. Turns out to be Takagoyaki on a stick from what it looks like a famous store. Being singaporeans, we joined in.
That’s my ice cream.
There’s a lot of pictures taken with my dad’s phone so I’ll have to extract those. In the meantime, please use your imagination.
Anyway, the tamagoyaki tasted a little too sweet for me, should have gotten the salty version. After that, we were really full from all the snacking so we headed back to Harajuku to meet with mum.
A very very wonderful place to shop. I got socks while Dad got some stationary at Daiso. Like I said, I didn’t shop much because it’s simply weird to be shopping while being with your dad.
Since we still had time, I went to Kiddy Land.
One of Tokyo’s most famous and popular toy stores, Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids, including a Snoopy Town and Hello Kitty Shop on a total of five floors. The Omotesando store was reopened in July 2012 after being reconstructed and redesigned.
Taken from Japan Guide.
I found a picture guide on how to get there : Here
So yeah, heard stories about it. Star Wars goods graced the entrance while I browsed around, getting a Nanoblock Kamen Rider Fourze and a soft, cuddly, very cute platypus plush toy.
Although we walked there, there’s a metro station as well. After meeting up with mum, we then headed over to Asakusa.
Day 2 : Asakusa (13th May)
It’s Kaminarimon (雷門) time! But first of all…
You see it? The thing I’m obsessed with?
The golden sperm!
I had to take this whenever I come across it cause it’s so hilarious. Okay, it’s ‘Asahi Flame’ designed by Philippe Starck the year I was born and had nothing to do with fertility.
Here’s the thing you have been waiting for.
Dad just had to hold it.
Nakamise Shopping Street.
It leads to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple and sells all sorts of stuff.
Nearing the temple would be another lantern.
Notice the words are different.
The bottom of the lantern is revealed.
The Sensoji Temple.
You can see the Skytree from here.
A bit of a tiny one.
After that little bit of sight seeing, we were going to conquer the SkyTree!
The famous Moomin Cafe, located just outside the Skytree station.
The Solarmachi, connecting mall, had a very confusing layout. And we got lost in it. I knew there were many restaurants inside but I simply can’t find it so we settled for Mac instead. I went off first, thinking of buying the tickets to go up to the observatory hall in advance but wow, the queue! I then noticed that after getting the tickets, you’ll be ushered up to the observatory hall so I abandoned that idea and simply wait for my parents to finished their meal before getting the tickets together.
Luckily, the queue shrink a lot when we got there. We only waited about 15mins before we got our tickets.
Elevator to Observatory Hall
Warning, ears are going to pop on the way up.
We were a lot higher up then when I was at the Tokyo Tower. Everything looked so tiny! The best suitation to use my ‘Toy’ camera mode!
SkyTree 3rd birthday!
Rare non-filter view.
Another rare non-filter view.
It’s a foggy day…
Through the looking glass.
It was dark when we left. We then managed to get the restaurants I had been looking for and got a great hotpot / nabe dinner before heading back.
Can you see the light-up SkyTree?
And that’s it for Day 2!