2015 Trip to Japan : Day 2

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!

Tsukiji Outer Market
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 and Scallop
Dad with one of my scallop.

My dad ordered a raw oyster as well.

Close Up
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.

Me with my huge Daifuku

Gobbled up soon after.

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.

Oysters that entice him.

More oysters shots.

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.

Holding my ice cream
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.

Got it.

Grilling the tamagoyaki.

Rolling in the egg~

Adding on the oroshi daikon…

Getting a seat at the side of the stall…

Time to eat!

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.

Takeshita Dori
Takeshita Dori.

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.

Kiddy Land
Kiddy Land.

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.

Omotesando Metro
Omotesando Metro

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…

Must take picture
You see it? The thing I’m obsessed with?

The golden sperm!
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.

Hold it!
Dad just had to hold it.

Back of Kaminarimon
The back.

The street
Nakamise Shopping Street.

It leads to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple and sells all sorts of stuff.


Nearing the temple
Nearing the temple would be another lantern.

Inner lantern
This one.

Notice the words are different.

Bottom of the lantern
The bottom of the lantern is revealed.

The Sensoji Temple.

You can see the Skytree from here.

A bit of a tiny one.
A bit of a tiny one.

After that little bit of sight seeing, we were going to conquer the SkyTree!

Asakusa Station
Asakusa Station.

Told you.
Told you.

Moomin Cafe
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
Elevator to Observatory Hall

Up there!
Warning, ears are going to pop on the way up.

The view.

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!


3rd Birthday
SkyTree 3rd birthday!

Interaction Screen
Interaction monitor.

Rare non-filter view.

Toy mode
Toy mode.

Another rare non-filter view.

It’s a foggy day…

Close up
Close up.

Through the looking glass
Through the looking glass.

Look down!
Look down!

SkyTree Mascot.

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.

Skytree night view
Can you see the light-up SkyTree?

And that’s it for Day 2!


Trip to Japan : Day 2

Back again for day 2! Today, it's off to the museums!

So we alight at Noborito Station and just follow the Doraemons! Or the signs, if you want to be boring. Once you got to the correct exit, the bus station is right in front.

And with it, a bright blue bus waiting to cater you off to Fujiko's land!

The sides. Pay attention to the stops.
How many do you actually recognise?

We actually have to wait for the 2nd one as the 1st one is filled to the brim. We don't mind though since it's barely a 5 mins wait.

Inside of the bus is filled with… DORAEMON~

Queuing up, waiting to go in.

You enter batches by batches at a time in order not to clog up the museum. And it works as at each point, almost a little to none crowding is encountered. Once you get off the bus though, the staffs will guide you to where you are supposed to line up. Do prepare your tickets brought from lawson as they would check it before letting you queue.

Looking at the brochure that are handed out.

Giant's / 剛田 武 Goda Takeshi's lineart on the cover with our tickets.

I'm in charged of the tickets. So when it's you turn, they will usher you into a lobby. There, they would give information on the rules and regulations. No photo taking is allowed in the museum except for certain areas and please do not shout or run about and all that. Basically, just be polite.
They would then point you to a counter where you are to change your lawson tickets to the original museum tickets (comes with a movie tix for a short movie) and audio guides are available for rental at no extra fees with 2 languages to choose from (I think… Japanese… English…).

It was an eye opener, the museum is filled to the brim with Fujiko's works and also show what his workplace is like. Awesome office by the way.
There's an exhibition that stood out : 5 – 6 panels with Doraemon and Nobita (Hologram!!) teaching about how a manga is created. I loved it. It did get a little crowded with everyone wanting to look at the panels but still manageable. So after all of that, we made our way over to the play area.

First thing we saw. Doraemon manga corner!!

It's one of the rare areas that photography is allowed. Beyond that is a play area and gachapon machines as well as a purikura machine. It is also where you get to watch the mini movie using the ticket they gave you.

Look at the cute illustrations on the wall!

The red arrow shows where you head to watch the mini movie.

Do not enter at will though, the panel you see in the pictures shows you when the next movie will start so please wait until that time and show your tickets to the staff manning.

Our tickets. You have no idea what you'll get as it's all random.

We missed 2 shows that result in us being a little behind schedule so do take notice of the timing shown! You do not want to miss the mini movie just because you ran out of time! It's about 30 ~ 45 mins between each show timing.

Look! The 'What if..? Phone Booth' !!

It's just right besides the entrance to where the mini movie is held. Time to try!!

Unfortunately, it's out-of-order at that moment… And I asked so nicely for a magical world…

Doremi's Gachapon machines!!

Close up! ¥200 per try.

And of course, what's Doremi without Doraemon!

Close up of my baby!

We went wild here on the Doremi's portion of the Gachapon machines. Both Doremi and Doraemon offers different toys so do take a look before trying. KK and me is trying to get the exact figurine of Doraemon (as seen in the manga corner, reading manga and biting into his fav. sweet). So we spend around ¥2000++ and got almost double of all except the one we are aiming for. Finally the crowning moment! And the king is me! YATTA!! I literally jumped upon having the capsule contain the Doraemon in my hands.

And since we had so many extra, BP turn to a family who is about to try and ask if they want some figurines. Their reactions are priceless. They have no idea why a group of strangers just dump them almost the entire collection of figurines. Baka Gaijin. Lol. Better to give it away then to throw them away right? Environmentalist. Like who are we kidding. \( `.∀´)/

Try the purikura machine if you can, it's an old version where's there's not much options and choices but can anyone resist a Fujiko's character background?? ¥500 per try if I'm not wrong.

Signs on the wall. Look out for them, they are bound to be magical.

Since we missed the show time, we decided to go up to the cafe area and get a bite.

Petrified Doraemon! I'm so glad the phone booth is out of order…

Only can be seen while you're climbing up the staircase so do look around but not so much that you fall and break… any parts on your body. (; ̄д ̄)

Here's Pamen and Booby! I admit it, I google their names.

Come to think of it, we got Parmen collaborating with Doraemon for our mini movie!

Do take a picture with Doremi!

Or Q-Taro!

And here's the iconic scene/place where Nobita and his friend often hangs out.

This is also where politeness comes into place. People are queuing up to take turns so please do not just bounce in and start posing. Do look around you to see if there's a queue or not before butting in.

Do take note of the forest around as there are often surprises waiting!

Dokodemo Door!! Bring me to Japan! … It works!! ヾ(@°▽°@)ノ

Ooohhhh. The statue moves!! As seen in Nobita and the Hunts of Evil~

An iconic scene from Nobita's Dinosaur.

Why hello there.

Snakes? Pipes? Bamboo? Dragons?

After that round of photo taking, we realised we are really hungry. And as the cafe has a long snaking queue and we're running out of time, we decided to pop over to the take-out area which is really a fast-food restaurant.

* A note, there's a small gift shop that specialise in selling food items that are very cute. I got doraemon shapped pasta and KK got her very own copying toast!

Entry number… 1! Inari Sushi + Korokke set.

Entry number… 2! Hamburger set.

Entry Number… 3! Sandwich set!

Close look at entry number 1. Staring Koroske.

Looks and smells really good.

Entry Number 2 Cup. Adorable isn't it?

Close up on 2. And yes, BP is eating whatever Doraemon is eating.

I got to say, the burger itself looks exactly like what's in the pictures.

Number 3. Notice how the cheese is shaped like a bamboo copter and the entire sandwich itself is the dimension pouch!

It was after breakfast that we went back down to find out we missed another show. Failures. So in order not to miss another show as we are already running late, we sat in a corner and try to wait for the next show. But it's due in another 30 minutes! So, taking extra care about the timing, we went to the gift shop located downstairs.

The gift shop is awesome. there's a lot of items available and I finally got myself another transparent doraemon umbrella to replace the one I lost only to lost it again. (;*´Д`)ノ

So after watching the mini movie, we really have to rush back to the station and started heading towards Mitaka. The reason as to why we have no allowance of time from 1 location to another is that we have another museum lined up : Ghibli Museum!! And the ticket is stated at 2pm! So we panicked a little, well I did, and try to get to Mitaka as fast as we possibly can go.

The instructions is as what you see in Noborito station, follow the signs and you'll see the bus stop soon after.

In full Ghibli style!

On our way to a magical world~

We made it on time and board the yellow friendly 'Cat Bus'. I'm pretty sure we are allowed to think that. Country to what the Fujiko shutter bus, the inside of this bus is pretty much the standard.

We arrive at this beautifully decorated place and started heading inwards to queue up. Remember kids, buy your tickets in advance or else you'll be like the uncle who is yelling to see if anyone got an extra ticket.

An escape from the wind.

For us Singaporean bodies, it's cold today.

Beautiful architecture.

The rest, as per Fujiko's Museum, no photography is allowed. I'll not state much but what I can tell you is that it is amazing. The works and exhibition they have on display amaze me to no ends. You even get to know how anime is made and how painstakingly each motion will take about 3 – 8 pages of drawing. The atmosphere is really good and it makes you feel like you're entering a magical dimension.

We got 'scolded' (as hard as the Japanese try, you guys can really try harder on the scolding part) as we went down a beautiful tiny spiral staircase only to be told when we're done that it's for kids. Ah. That explains the size.

Photography allowed area. Up the spirally staircase. Again. This time allowed.

In we go.


View from the staircase.

I'm the king of Ghibli Museum!! (((\(@v@)/)))

Right on top, you'll see Castle in the Sky robot, standing there, always guarding.

He's looking.

It's huge… and beautiful.

Same thing applies, queue to get a shot. After that, we look around and went back down to the little area.

There's a totoro sitting in front of the window and this is what's below. Snoot imps!

Yeah… It's pretty hard to resist poking at them.

They made up the entire area to be a scene that could come straight out of a Ghibli's movie.

Yea.. I'm so cold that I'm thinking about starting a fire.. Oohh! Firewood!

And after this, we went to where the cafe is, got turn off by the queue again.

This is right outside, very near to the cafe. It's for you to wash your hands as you admire Jiji.

After which our day is finished!! So we head back out to catch the shutter bus.

Us 3, waiting in the freezing wind.

Our tickets. It's cool how they include film strips in them.

Oh yes, we did catch the mini movie as well, before we exit so do not forget to catch them! The gift shop, to be honest, was not as good as the Fujiko's museum (my opinion) so I only brought a badge of the iconic Cat Bus as well as a packet of film strips bookmarks of Arrietty and Spirited Away.

And so the bus drop us off back at the Mitaka's station and we went into the attaching mall to find dinner.

Here's what we found :

Yes, people here love to pair carbo with carbo. But my goodness is it good. Pair it up with a glass of beer to complete.

That's all for now! Till day 3!!