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2015 Trip to Japan : Day 3

Hi, it’s been a long time and much had happened, like how I quit 2 jobs and started making up.

Enough about my life, it’s time for day 3 of our short 2015 Japan trip! Day 3 is going to be a very short post as all we went to was Yokohama to eat, shop, yakiniku… okay, mostly eat. It also marks the 1st day we used our Kanto 3 days Railway passes so all trains rides are included.

We specially went to Shibuya station to get all the express trains tickets (To Fuji-san and also the N’ÉX express to the airport) in advance. Booking the tickets were a breeze, all you need is to tell them where, when and if it’s 2-way. Be sure to show them your pass before you make any bookings so that they’ll know you’re using the pass.

After a light breakfast of sandwiches and tea, which my dad was craving for (especially Lipton), we hopped onto the train bound for Yokohama and off we go!

Once we reached, all we had to do was to follow the signs to know which exit to exit.

Chinatown!

Chuukagai.

The other side of the gate.

Photo op!

We took a lot of pictures while I had nagging suspicions in my head as this gate doesn’t seems like all the pictures I saw of Yokohama’s Chinatown. Turns out I was half right. This is only the head of the path to Chinatown.

So don’t worry, you are at the correct place, you just need to walk down and follow the path.

Cross the road to get to the 2nd gate!

It’s a blue gate this time!

You’re getting closer.

Once inside, you’ll see this…

Directions.

Just keep walking down…

Now this looks more like it!

Chinatown!

While we were on our way, we spotted a lot of resturants lining all the way up selling lunch sets that were getting cheaper and cheaper by the minute. But we did try to tahan all the way till we reach the last gate and simply run into the nearest restaurant that had lunch sets.

Our breakfast.

Yes, the sets pair wanton noodles with fried rice. I, on the other hand, got myself a chili ebi lunch set.

After that filling breakfast, we started walking around. Sasuga Chinatown. Almost everyone working there is a chinese.

I got my Nanko Sensei Wallet for ¥400 here!

Panda!

After all that shopping around, we went into a cafe and got drinks. After resting for a little while, we proceed to Minato Mirei, which is just a station away.

I wanted to go to a mall which had great reviews but was a little distance away so we started making our way there.

The famous Yokohama Skyline!

The ship was an attraction but we forgo that.

Ferris wheel with a clock. All the better to see time with my dear.

I’m actually quite glad to make our way to the mall as we pass by all the famous landmarks in Yokohama.

They have swan boats, we have dino boats!

Close up of the ship.

Hard Rock Cafe.

Fancy deco.

Anyway, the mall was a dupe. There was nothing to shop except for the Disney store. I got myself a nice Chip & Dale bag and awesome hairclips of Monster Inc. Mike, Alice in Wonderland Cheshire cat and also Winnie the pooh (they comes in a set).

Pardon the picture, took it with a phone cam.

We then got ourselves some light lunch from KFC before heading back to the station as we feel that the mall there would contains a lot more.

We were right! The mall right next to the station proved to be a joy to shop! All 3 of us got things we wanted! My dad kept on pestering me to go back to shop for the next 2 days and I truly wanted to but time did not allowed that. I’ll heading back there the next time I visit Japan!

I had reservations beforehand for a Yakiniku all-you-can-eat restaurant so we started making our way there. My mum would be meeting her colleauge there and we’ll get dinner together.

Yakiniku!

Close up! Love the sausages.

I did all the ordering and we had a great dinner although we stink on the way back.

And that Day 3!

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Trip to Japan : Day 3

そろそろ続きなきゃすべて忘れちゃう。

Day 3!!
It's the day of Akihabara + Harajuku.

It's also the day in which we found out that no matter how many onigiris we glomp in our hotel room pior to heading out, we can never muster the strength to do anything unless we get our breakfast outside before starting.

Which is why our first stop is the-all-famous Gundam cafe in Akihabara!!
It's rather easy to find, a stone's throw from the station. Forgive the missing pictures, I just can't muster up any strength.
Anyway, once you enter, you'll be guided to your seats. They do have waiter/waitress trained in english so it's easier then usual. They'll most likely hand you an english menu so for those who want to know the Japanese names of the dishes, you'll have to wait till you're at the counter to order.


The table. With our drinks.


Our number tag.


How adorable is this?


KK ordered latte.


It comes with Haro's cacao form!


BP's Meal. Cream sauce Humburg with pasta as a side dish + rice combo.


Mine. Hayashi rice with Haro's (?) face if I'm correct…


KK's. Hamburg with pasta as a side dish + garlic bread.


Full View.

They all taste pretty okay though really pretty to look at. For those Gundam fans, like KK, will realize what they are supposed to be but for those non-fans like me will most likely be clueless and just take them as an artform. Sorry about not taking any pictures of the interior of the cafe cause I feel really awkward to go around taking picture while others are sitting just next to where you are snapping away just eating. People are doing it but it's just me. It's morning + I haven't got my breakfast yet + not many people (so most eyes will be zooming on you). So for those who wanna know how the interior decor is like, go visit.

Ohhh. KK took pictures!


From where we're sitting.


Point of attention : Glass Door.

Their gift shop is right next to the cafe so do take a peek. They offer loads of cute stuff that ranges from food ~ umbrellas. KK when slightly nuts there.


Yes, they sell Gundam dorayaki.

Unfortunately, it had been raining since morning and it's not letting up any time soon. So we actually walk through Akihabara in the rain. Not the best condition. Plus I'm bad and grumpy with rainy days. So I need to apologize to both KK and BP cause I am literally bringing down the mood.
KK wanted a Nintendo 3DS and heard that it's cheaper to get it in Japan. Region-lock be damned but she mostly plays japanese games anyway so it's not a bother. We compared a few prices and found out that a brand new 3DS is not much different from a 2nd-handed one.

I loved the fact that there's 2nd-hand games just about everywhere. Since my DS lite is still working fine (plus there's no region-lock on that one), I'm free to go crazy getting all the games. I got a couple of Kindaichi, plus one with a crossover with Conan, 1 Layton and even the Miles Edgeworth Investigations 2 which is not released in english for a very good price! Most of the games are about ¥1600+ (~$20) so it's cheap!!

We also ticked off KFC from our list of 'Fast-food to try in Japan'. Hurray!

After which we went to Harajuku!! The rain stopped and I'm finally waking up from my moody self.
Takeshita Dori is awesome! Once you step out from the station, the street in front of you is it. There are millions of clothes and the style ranges from everywhere to everywhere! Not to mention most of it is cheap! Think ¥1800.


I got this for ¥1600. It's comfy enough.

It has always been my dream to get to wear this kind of shoes as the weather in Singapore is way too hot and humid to do so. Mission accomplished!!

We also found the world's best omurice in this street as well. ¥1900 for a set meal. You get to customise your omurice + drink + salad + soup + dessert! But the main point is that it's delicious!! It's really good! That said, I'm really not too fond of taking pictures of food and usually dives stright into eating so I'm afraid there's no pictures regarding this heavenly omurice.

We are supposed to go to Laforet as well but I spend all my money on the street and all the shopping bags are getting heavy so we left for home/hotel.

And with that day 3's a wrap!

Ps :


Gari Gari Rich. Napoleon flavour.

Try it at your own risk. I got KK to buy it for me as a bet and it fired back on me. It's horrible. Like tomato stew frozen with chuncks of frozen tomato in it.