Day 14: Post-China Adventure – Tokyo
I didn’t book a tour for my first full day in Tokyo, Japan, but elected to walk around the city on my own. I started the day at around 9:30 AM and walked to the subway station which was located about a 10 minute walk from my hostel, Khaosan Tokyo Origami.
The subways are very good in Tokyo & are the best way to get around.
My first stop was Omotesandō which is a mix of a residential and commercial stores. My favorite part was seeing some of the people’s houses – they were very nice considering their location! I passed a McDonald’s and was surprised to find out they deliver in Japan!
McDonald’s Delivery Cart
After Ometesando, I walked to a famous street in Harajuku called Takeshita Street. This is where some of the more “diverse” teenagers of Tokyo shop and hang out. It is also a very popular tourist destination. I was very amused by the number of crepe stores on the street – I must have passed at least 10 on the three block street!
Crowds at Takeshita Street
Then, I decided to walk to Japan’s National Olympic Stadium which looks like an upside down boat.
National Olympic Stadium of Japan
After the stadium, I decided to grab a Coke at one of the vending machines that are all over Tokyo. There are literally 2-3 on every corner and they sell everything from soda to coffee to green tea!
Cool alley with graffiti I passed along the way
After my Coke, I walked to another famous area of Tokyo – Shibuya. There were a lot of department stores in that area, but the most famous part is Shibuya Crossing where over 3,000 people cross the street at the same time on a normal weekday during rush hour! I was there on a Saturday, so it was mostly just tourists taking pictures.
I also grabbed a small bite to eat while in Shibuya. A bowl of white rice with pork and soy sauce cost less than $2!
Lunch was delicious & cheap
Then, I hopped on the subway and headed to Shinjuku. This part of the city was definitely more “Japanese” than the other parts I had visited that far. I passed a few Internet cafes that are open all night and have beds & showers in them. This is due to the fact that the Tokyo Metro stops running shortly after midnight, so many people who go out at night get stranded in the city. I also checked out a hentai bookstore.
I also found Godzilla on top of one of the hotels.
Then, I walked over to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building because it has a free observation deck with great views of Tokyo. The city goes on for as far as the eye can see!
The city just goes on & on
Tokyo Tower & the Tokyo Skytree are in the distance
Then, I walked back to the main area of Shinjuku and found a really cool street along the way. It had a bunch of small, narrow restaurants which are what I think of when I think of Japan. I grabbed a skewer of chicken and leek as well as a skewer of tomato wrapped in pork.
Alley with very cool Japanese restaurants
Restaurant I ate at
Cooking the meat