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Temples, Traditions, and Ramen

Early Sunday morning I hopped on the subway from Dobustsuen-mae to Osaka station. I tried grabbing some delicious ebi-mayo rolls but the closest conbini was sold out… I settled for some pastries from a bakery in Osaka station and then made my way to the train.

A ticket from Osaka to Kyoto was only $6. I didn’t expect it to be so cheap and I was pleasantly surprised. I was kind of lost waiting for the train but the signage was abundant and I had enough WiFi to give me some google maps directions to exactly what train to get on. We pulled in to Kyoto station just after 11am and I was speechless.

fb_img_1451365423762.jpgKyoto station is HUGE! I wandered around for a bit, not really knowing where to go. I wasfb_img_1451365427726.jpg by myself, with a few goals in mind of where to go, and that was it. I looked for the kitkat
store with no luck, grabbed a pumpkin milk tea and then went outside. It was a warm autumn day and I was so happy. The station was bustling with people, all eager to explore the city like I was. I purchased a $5 bus pass, which  was good all day for any bus in the
city. I had three places in mind to go to in Kyoto and all day to do it. The only set plans I had were not until the evening, where I’d meet a friend for dinner and Fushimi Inari.

I set off on my first bus, to a place I’d dreamed about going for almost a decade. The bus was long and full to the gills, but I was so excited. I had my kindle with me so the journey was easy enough, and before I knew it the bus was emptying at our stop. I walked quickly up the road to see a bunch of small shops and restaurants full of life. The temple was across the street in a wooded area. I paid my $5 entry fee, completely worth  it, and made my way inside. Kinkakuji temple, or the Golden temple, completely took my breath away. I was shaking, nervous and excited. It’s completely ridiculous to feel that way about a temple but this place was beautiful. This place solidified my love for Japanese architecture and allowed me to grow as a person. I went from a teenager who wanted to go to the land of anime to a young woman eager to see more of the world.fb_img_1451365445815.jpg

It was all thanks to my friend James. He had been to Kyoto during his exchange year in Japan. We sent emails all the time and the pictures he sent me were burned into my mind forever. I was kind of teary eyed looking at the temple, I took my time, took it all in and took many pictures. Kinkakuji has been on my small bucket list of places to go for years, it was possibly the first entry on that list and I finally made it. I wandered the temple grounds, basically floating from place to place. I bought some mementos but I knew this place would be a part of me forever.

After a thoroughly enlightening experience, I wandered slowly back down the street. I stopped in the shops along the roads and looked at all the souvenirs they had to offer. I wasn’t really in a shopping mood, and that’s an odd feeling for me. I was completely and utterly happy. I fb_img_1451365480169.jpghopped on a bus back to Kyoto Station (my centralized point) and decided it was time for lunch. As I ascended the many escalators in Kyoto Station I was treated to a wonderful performance by a high school orchestra. Not only were they really good, they were also playing Disney songs. I sang along and sat and enjoyed the show before heading to Ramen Street. Ramen Street is a name for a section of the department store in Kyoto Station. Famous enough to have its own name but I didn’t think it was the greatest. The restaurants all seemed to serve the same stuff and they all had varying lengthy lines out front. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with ramen in Japan so I just picked one that looked appealing and bought my ticket. Turns out I was not wrong, and I enjoyed the second best ramen I’ve had  in Japan. Nothing beats that creamy delicious ramen I had in Shinjuku though… After filling up, I headed back out to Gion, where I’d explore the historic area of Kyoto, maybe catching a glimpse of a Geisha…

Originally this was only going to be two posts but to save your eyes I’m going to make a 3rd post. It’s hard to believe I was only there for 2 days but my last trip to Japan was one to remember. Sorry for the delay in my posts, lots of stuff going on at home so I’ve been a little busy!

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Next post really soon!
Until next time!
B

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Kyoto

On one of my last weekends in Busan I decided to step out of the country. I really don’t know when I’ll head over to Asia again and I needed to strike this one city off my bucket list before I left.
Kyoto has been on my list of places to go for almost ten years. One of my best friends went on an exchange to Japan in the tenth grade and they had went on a field trip to Kyoto. When I opened the email and saw Kinkakuji I knew I had to go. It was one of first times a picture took my breath away… So I decided to treat myself to a trip to Osaka.

fb_img_1451365380797.jpgI had a long weekend at the beginning of October so I took a few days to myself and then flew out of Gimhae in the afternoon on Saturday. Each flight with Air Busan required me to board the plane by staircase, and there’s something glamorous about that for some reason, no matter who is shoving you… I loved flying Air Busan because the staff was friendly, the snacks were good, and the flights were painless. Immigration getting in to Osaka was easy too. I was feeling good getting into KIX. I decided to take a risk with WiFi this time going to Osaka.

Now usually when I go to Japan I rent a WiFi router from SoftBank. I have had no issues with it and it’s fairly inexpensive. Since I was only going to be there two days, I decided to try one of the free WiFi apps they advertised in the terminal. This was a blessing and a curse. Blessing: I didn’t spend $40 on a router, nor did I have a temporary charge of $400 on my card (they do this for security purposes). It also allowed me to enjoy being alone and the sights and sounds of a beautiful place. Why did I enjoy it so much?? The curse: it rarely worked. It was as if I had to stand in one foot and hop up and down to keep a signal. It didn’t cost me anything but it also did not benefit me too much. I was okay on my own but if you need a constant connection, you should not use the app TravelJapan Free WiFi. Yes it was free but it was not convenient in Osaka or Kyoto. Maybe it’d be better in Tokyo but I really had a hard time. Luckily I planned ahead and wrote down the important directions.

My hotel in Osaka was sort of traditional. It was a hostel type building but I slept on a tatami floor. I had a tiny room to myself, perfect for me, and it was quiet and relatively clean. It was kind of old, but the staff was really friendly and helpful. I stayed in a place called Backpackers Hotel Toyo. It has a great location in Osaka, only 2-3 stops from the Dotonbori/Namba area and also located near Shin-Imamiya station on the JR Line. The hotel was super close to the Dobutsuen-mae subway station. Lots of conbinis around and I even saw people with Donki bags but I didn’t have enough time to scour my area of town.

After finding my hotel, I dropped all my stuff off and headed back out. fb_img_1451365415554.jpgTaking an afternoon flight only allowed me a few hours in Osaka, but I made the most of them. I left my hotel just before 8pm and was in Namba, lost and confused, just after 8:15. After wandering around and shopping, I found my way to the familiar Shinsaibashi area. I grabbed a few tsum tsums for my collection (limited edition Halloween ones!!) and then spent far too much money at Donki. I can’t say enough good things about Donki. It’s my favourite store in Japan.

After I was all shopped out, I headed back to my hotel not before stopping at Family mart. Japan is obsessed with Halloween and I was excited to grab a bunch of goodies while I was there. I tried lots of pumpkin flavoured things… It had started to rain so I hurried back to my hotel and settled in for the night.

Conbini food in Japan is amazing and I was so happy be reunited with my ebi mayo rolls. Mmmm.

fb_img_1451365386668.jpgNext post I’ll detail my day trip to Kyoto, which was amazing in itself. Chicken hearts, creepy foxes, little lizards, and the Golden temple await you!

Thanks for your patience and happy new year!!! I hope your holidays were amazing and please look forward to some new posts for the new year!

Until next time,
B

 

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One Month Left.

wpid-img_20150923_142530.jpgI apologize for my absence, and I’m thankful for my new followers! Hello! 🙂
As of today, I have one month left at work. One month and a few days left in Busan. I’m still unclear on my leaving date as I’m trying to work out the logistics of everything. It’s so crazy to me that I’ve already been here for almost a year. The time has flown by so quickly.

I feel like the first 9 months were on fast-forward. Weekends were filled with new people, new places, new foods, it was amazing. The last two months have been equally as good but more refined. I’ve got into patterns of heading to Seomyeon most weekends to shop, making my way to Gwangan every month for the foreigner market, spending most Sundays in bed relaxing. Or throwing myself into whatever plans people had going on. It’s been wonderful and insane. That’s the best way I can think of it.

Part of me had to withdraw from seeing people after August. It had been a super social month for me, and though it waswpid-img_20150912_143518.jpg wonderful I was pretty drained. I do feel like I spent September wisely though. I finally made my way to Maitre Artisian, a beautiful French Bakery in Namcheon, I found Honey butter chips in a store for the first time since my birthday (I think the craze has died down!), went back to SOL pizza for a delightful dinner, had Gumbo House again (I need to go once more before I leave, I think!), and I even went to a zumba class! September has been pretty successful.

My last weekend in September was spent in Busan, on my Chuseok staycation. I got some errands done, had a housewarming night in, and contracted a wicked cold. It came at the best time where I could be lazy all weekend… I also did some shopping and saw a movie. All pretty mundane stuff but it was nice to have a break wpid-img_20150924_211027.jpgfrom work.

I really only have three weekends left in Busan as two are spoken for! I’ll be heading to Gangwon-do to High 1 ski resort for an alpine rollercoaster and a k-pop concert! Then I’ll be going to Osaka and Kyoto the following weekend for a last-minute trip to see the Golden temple (another thing off my bucket list!). I’m hoping to volunteer at BAPS the 18th of October, and then the following weekend, the 24th-25th, there will be the Busan Fireworks festival! The weekend after is Halloween and it might be my last weekend in Busan. I am still uncertain of when I’m going home, but it will be early November.
I don’t know what else I want to do before I go home but here’s a tentative list:

-Dr. Fish! I want to try it out and I found a place, I have to try to go!
-Gumbo House and SOL and Papa’s Tacos one last time.
Delicious dakgalbi one more time…
-Fireworks festival
-Go  to go to the Studio Ghibli architecture event at the Busan Museum of Art
-Go to Gyeonju to see Anapji pond at night. I have already been to Gyeonju but I haven’t seen Anapji at night, it looks beautiful from pictures so I want to go back!

As for this blog, well I have some thoughts and ideas for the future and I hope you’re as excited as I am!

My next couple posts will hopefully be more informative, and I hope you enjoy them!

Until next time,
B!

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Kitkats in Japan! – A guide.

Kitkats and Japan seemingly go hand and hand nowadays. Japan has the most varieties of kitkats in the world and they’ve become a sort of phenomenon. On my previous trip to Osaka, I grabbed a lot of varieties. This time in Tokyo, I had a little less luck but still was able to get a few new ones that I’ve never tried. This is my personal guide to buying Kitkats in Japan. I should note that the flavours are SEASONAL! So if you see ones you like, grab them! Chances are you won’t be able to get them next time you go. The spring seasonal flavour was carrot apple (it was delicious) and the summer flavour was cookies and cream (also good). Keep your eye out, and if you need to ask a local for the current varieties!

wpid-img_20150323_235553.jpgIn Osaka:

I had a lot of luck in Don Quijote in Osaka. The location on the Dotonburi was full of different varieties when I went during March. At the front entrance, near all the crazy busy checkouts, there is a bunch of food! It was here that I got bags of the Easter special: Apple Carrot, a black tea flavour from Kyoto, a bake kitkat (you toast it in the toaster oven) that was cheesecake flavour, and the typical green tea flavour (found nearly everywhere). Don Quijote has a bunch of snacks from all over, so scour the sections for surprises. I’ve talked about Don Quijote a few times and I really love it, so if you’re in Japan make some time to go.

I also had luck at the airport, Kansai International Airport. In the duty free shops and even a small sandwich shop, I was able to grab red bean, strawberry cheesecake (in a Mount Fuji box!), wa-ichigo (a real strawberry flavour), ichi matcha (strong green tea), and Sakura Macha (Cherry blossom green tea). I had a lot of luck on my first trip to Japan, and I was able to stuff all of them into boxes that I sent home.

At the Kitkat Chocolatory, they handed out a sign that said there were special kitkats at Osaka Station. I didn’t make it down there on my first visit to Osaka, so I’m going to try and go next time!

In Tokyo:

I feel like I had more luck in Tokyo, though the amount I brought home seemed to be less than I brought in Osaka. I saw a lot of varieties I didn’t see before. I had a lot of luck and came home with quite a few! In Tokyo you could find them in wpid-img_20150814_194142.jpgmany places, I’m going to list the places I had the most luck.

Don Quijote in Akihabara had many varieties, in big bags and small boxes. My friend bought green tea and dark chocolate. Both are standard and available at most conbinis in Japan too. I didn’t see anything new so I didn’t get any.

Lawson’s is a convenience store chain in Japan. In the location in the Musashi-koyama subway station I was able to find and purchase raspberry kitkats. They are easily the best kind I’ve tried, but I’m a bit biased because raspberries are my favourite.

Souvenir shops also keep a stock of many varieties. I grabbed some hot chilli pepper flavoured ones from a souvenir shop under Tokyo Station. Almost all souvenir shops in Japan stock some variety of kitkat. My friend also purchased some strawberry cheesecake flavoured ones, and some green tea ones.

In the souvenir shop in Diver City Tokyo Mall I was able to buy bags of the cookies and cream flavoured kitkats, and even some green tea red bean kitkat balls. They were strange but still good! They also had the Mount Fuji box of Strawberry cheesecake kitkats, which my boyfriend devoured after he got to Korea J.

Duty Free shops in the Narita airport (specifically the Akihabara Electric Street duty free shop) had all the varieties I saw in Osaka, and some of the ones I saw outside.

wpid-img_20150731_192215.jpgKitKat Chocolatory in Seibu Department Store with a name like that I expected a lot more. The chocolatory is merely a 10 foot counter in a department store. It was busy and packed, but they had a huge variety. They also do seasonal flavours, and they change out the varieties often. When I went in Tokyo they had several kinds in small boxes: Strawberry Maple, Orange Cocktail, Ume (Plum), Ginger, and Butter. The small boxes are stylish and contain 4 mini kitkat bars. They’re about 400Y each. They also always have boxes of Sakura Matcha kitkats. They had single sticks that were about 300Y each, in dark chocolate, white chocolate, and raspberry. I didn’t buy any but they appeared to be larger than your average kitkat stick. They had some larger collection boxes including a variety of fruit flavours: passion fruit, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and then they showed that other varieties were available in special places across Japan (like Kyoto station and Osaka station).

If you go to Japan grabs some kitkats, they make for excellent souvenirs and they have kinds for everyone! I’ve tried a lot of kitkats in my life, more than I can even list! They’re really hard to come by (in weird flavours) in Canada, so I’m glad I got to go straight to the source.

Hope you enjoyed this sweet post 😉

Until next time,

B.

This is the final post in my Tokyo a go go series.
Find the main post here!
Go back to Day One!
See where I stayed in Tokyo.
Go to Day Three!
Check out my Tokyo Transit Tips!
Go to Day Four!
Read my Robot Restaurant Review!
Check out day Five!

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Day five: Tokyo talk, too-sweet pork, and Tomorrowland.

My FINAL day in Tokyo started really early! I was up at 7am and out of my hotel by 7:30. I love travel days because they require little-to-no makeup and super comfy clothes. The train to the airport went super quickly, and before I knew it I was on my 30 minute trek to gate 99. I think I finished it in less than 30 minutes, but I shopped a lot on the way so I kind wpid-img_20150802_112558.jpgof lost track of time. Airports in Japan can be the best places to get kitkats or other Japanese specialties, and they’re only a little more expensive than they’d be in town. I purchased some Black Thunder chocolates for my coworkers, and a few other things. I also went into the Victoria’s Secret in the terminal (and then ran back out after looking at the prices). Once I was finally at my gate, I had some time to chat with my boyfriend, preparing for his own trip soon to visit me! And I really took some time to absorb what had happened.

I had visited one of my dream cities: Tokyo! I remember being 14 and dreaming of going to Tokyo. It was everything I imagined, as a child and as an adult. It was wonderful and confusing, frustrating and fantastic, and charming. I had a pretty good experience overall, and I got to do a lot of things on my list. Japan is a beautiful country, and I really enjoyed my time there. I’m looking forward to going back one last time before I leave Korea. I really want to go to Kyoto and see the golden temple. It’s a place that has been on my bucket list since I was 14. I was glad I got to experience it without my rose-tinted glasses on. Being in Osaka really put Japan into perspective. I expected Japan to be super easy for me, with my years of anime watching, one year of Japanese language studying, and a general positive travel attitude. It was not very easy in Osaka, and though I had a good time, I was frustrated a lot and felt kind of put-off. Being in Tokyo was a lot easier, it is a very accessible and super accommodating city. There’s a lot of English everywhere. And though there was a lot of English in Osaka, there was much more in Tokyo. I could appreciate Tokyo for things more because of my attachments I developed when I was younger, and I really did. One of the highlights was seeing Hachiko in person. Though it was in a sort of dirty, crowded area (right outside of Shibuya station) I was really happy. I’ve loved the story of Hachiko for many years and even wrote my Japanese speech on Hachiko and how I related it to my dog, Belle.

Traveling is such a great thing, and I know it is a passion for many people. I know that my future is sort of up in the air right now, but I’m enjoying this little bubble I’m in. I hope that travel continues to be a big part of my life.

wpid-img_20150802_113553.jpgOn the plane we were served a weirdly Japanese meal, with pork that was too sweet and delicious fish mixed with rice. There was also a yummy piece of mochi, so I was happy. I watched the first hour or so of Tomorrowland and I have no plans to finish it… Haha. As we touched down in Busan, I was thankful to be going back to my apartment. I spent a good amount of Sunday just hanging out in bed, and cleaning for my onslaught of company.

August has been a wonderful month, and it’s flew by. As September approaches, I’m in my tenth month of work! I’ve had jobs a lot longer before but I worked so hard to become a teacher, and now I’m almost done my first contract. I don’t know what the future holds, but for now I’m enjoying the fear (and excitement) of the unknown.

This series is nearly done! I have one more post planned and it’ll be up very soon! After that I’ll have some monthly recaps for you, and my final month in Busan bucket list!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Tokyo-a-go-go series! I’ve really enjoyed writing it!

Until next time,
B.

This is a post in my Tokyo a go go series.
Find the main post here!
Go back to Day One!
See where I stayed in Tokyo.
Go to Day Three!
Check out my Tokyo Transit Tips!
Go to Day Four!
Check out my Robot Restaurant Review!
Check out my guide to Kitkats in Japan!

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Best view in Tokyo: FOR FREE.

wpid-img_20150731_160239.jpgWhen I was Tokyo I saw two of the best views of the city: one during the night at Tokyo tower, and the other during the middle of a humid summer day in Shinjuku. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building is right near Tochomae station, just outside of Shinjuku. If you go to Shinjuku station you’ll see signs pointing you towards it. It’s on the “other side” of Shinjuku, so opposite all the cool stuff like Godzilla and the Robot Restaurant. I detailed my version of events in my post of about Day 3 and Day 4. Shinjuku is a pretty cool area of Tokyo, it’s more chilled out than other areas, but I came to enjoy it in my time in Tokyo.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building was a part of my changed opinion on Shinjuku. I really hated Shinjuku when I first got there because it was really wpid-img_20150731_162219.jpgconfusing, I was hangry, and I didn’t know what to expect. When I finally made it to the Government Building, it was like an oasis because it was nice and cool, and best of all, it was free. The building is basically like any government building but they open up the 44th and 45th floors for anyone and everyone to go and look at the city. The building basically houses a lot of the workers for the 23 wards of Tokyo, and most of the city. You can read more about it here. It’s a beautiful building and the observation desk is really cool.wpid-img_20150731_155824.jpg

You line up, go through a metal detector quickly and then you’re into the elevator up to the 45th floor. You can either go to the North or South observatory. We opted for the South observatory because it’s the one we came to first, haha. The elevator goes up the 45 floors super quickly, and though it would have been cool to see outside as you ascended, it was a closed in elevator. You can see so much of Tokyo outside the windows, and there was a lot of information in English, Chinese, Korean, and of course, Japanese posted. It showed you everything you could see out each window. On a clear day you can even see Mount Fuji.

wpid-img_20150731_160147.jpgThe observation deck is open daily from 8:00am – 6:45pm, making it possible to see a nice sunset. Any time would be good to go because it’s nice to escape what can sometimes be madness in Tokyo. It’s nice to just sit up there and watch the people go by. We spent nearly an hour up there, and it was totally worth it. I’d go back next time I’m Tokyo just because it’s one of the best things you can do for free. It’s a great thing you can do with a group of people or even by yourself (woo, solo travel!).

If you’re ever in Tokyo make sure you go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building!

Until next time,
B.
This is a post in my Tokyo a go go series.
Find the main post here!
Go back to Day One!
See where I stayed in Tokyo.
Go to Day Three!
Check out my Tokyo Transit Tips!
Go to Day Four!

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Day four: Hentai, Humidity, Harajuku, and Godzilla.

IMG_20150801_215358On Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to get ready to go. Megan had conked out before midnight the night before, and she was still sleeping soundly when I left. I sent her a message to let her know where I was. I enjoyed my breakfast, and then started to wander around Akihabara. I had been through there before but only at night and only brieflywpid-img_20150801_105636.jpg. I took my time this morning seeing as Megan still showed no signs of replying to me. I went in and out of gift shops, looking at various things I could buy. I explored endless UFO catcher machines and arcades. It was really fun. I even went through every floor of the Animate store, a place I saw in a Youtube video. Akihabara has many things, and the Animate store had merchandise from just about every anime I’ve ever heard of, and many wpid-img_20150801_111056.jpgthat I hadn’t. Some merchandise including body pillows and lots of anime porn, aka hentai.

I used to be really into anime when I was in highschool. I collected plushies, watched only Japanese subtitled anime, got into J-dramas, etc, Even though that part of my life is somewhat in the past, I still appreciated and loved the things I saw. Akihabara would be like heaven for anime fans. During my time in the Animate store something really sad and personal happened, which I don’t really want to elaborate on too much right now, and I had to take some time to myself. I kind of put myself into a quiet area and tried to pick myself up. Thankfully I had some really good friends who talked to me and I was able to make the most of my last day. After wpid-img_20150801_140653.jpgfinishing in the animate store, I made my way to a convenience store where I was able to grab some limited edition Lotte Fits Super Mario Brother’s gum, and a weird coke float version of Calpis (a milky soda).

Megan got back to me,  and she was going through some stuff too. Saturday was not starting off too great. I was sure she was almost ready to go, so I picked up some things I had my eye on and then made my way back to our meeting point. We met up in the afternoon and made our way to Harajuku to go to Meiji Shrine.

It was super hot in Tokyo during our entire time there, and Saturday afternoon was wpid-img_20150801_141356.jpgno exception. We made our way to Meiji shrine, walking through the big gardens and seeing many fish and turtles, and nearly missed the entire shrine. When we made it to the shrine, I made a contribution to the shrine, even doing the traditional clapping/offering. It was a fun experience. We were really lucky too because we got to see a wedding procession. I only took one photo because I felt that it was inappropriate, but many people were shooting pictures as if it were a movie. The group of people were small in
number, but the bride and groom looked beautiful. We ended our time at Meiji shrine by getting a fortune from the shrine maidens. It was pretty interesting but they are just full of general statements. I enjoyed my time though!wpid-img_20150801_152413.jpg

wpid-img_20150801_154643.jpgAfter finishing at Meiji shrine, we headed into the madness that was Harajuku. Our cooking instructor from Thursday warned us that Harajuku was very busy and often filled with people, but I was not prepared for the sheer volume of them! There were tourists from all over, many languages could be heard. People were looking in the many shops in Harajuku. We barely stopped in any because it was just so hectic. We did go to the Disney store (again haha), and Swimmer. I’m really sad that I didn’t get to go to Kiddyland, but that will have to be on my next trip to Tokyo. Megan and I were not enjoying our time, so we headed off the main street and found a tourist shop. I took some pictures with funny Harajuku glasses (that were impossible to see out of) and Megan sorted out our restaurant reservations for laterwpid-img_20150801_161553.jpgthat night.

It was after Harajuku that we headed back to Shinjuku. Starving, we looked for a ramen shop. I had some somewhat disappointing ramen when I was in Osaka before, but this time I was wpid-img_20150801_174131.jpgnowhere near disappointed. I was completely satisfied with the creamy delicious pork ramen. The noodles were thinner than I was used to but I still gobbled the entire thing. After the delicious dinner, we had wandered Shinjuku, I found a cool arcade (Japanese arcades are awesome) and then we finally found the good part of Shinjuku. Shinjuku station is the 7th largest transit station in the world. It was no wonder that we kept getting lost in it… When we finally made it to the other side of Shinjuku, we found Godzilla, the Don Quijote, and the Robot Restaurant.

Shinjuku is actually a pretty cool area. I was pleasantly surprised to find after our fail of a day on Friday. I didn’t think much of it until we got into the brightly lit night wpid-img_20150801_190840.jpgarea. I enjoyed my time in Shinjuku more than I imagined, and I was able to take in
a lot of the sights in my short time there. We had arrived just after 8, and we spent a bit of time waiting for Oliver. We all
met up just before 9 and finally made our way to the robot restaurant.

wpid-img_20150801_223004.jpgNow Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku deserves a post of its own, and if you read this before I make it, GO. Go there. It was one of the best things I saw in Tokyo. Read about my experience at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku here.

After the restaurant, we had to hurry to find the subway. Thankfully on the Shinjuku line we only had to ride one subway to a sister station to wpid-img_20150801_202032.jpgAkihabara. We nearly missed the last train but made it! It was a mad dash, literally. Shinjuku station is TOO big, haha. After getting back to the hotel, I packed my bags and made sure I was ready to go.

My final day in Tokyo was approaching, and unfortunately only one place was on my itinerary: Narita Airport.

That final day post will be up soon, thank you so much for reading!

Until next time,
B.

wpid-img_20150801_225008.jpgThis is a post in my Tokyo a go go series.
Find the main post here!
Go back to Day One!
See where I stayed in Tokyo.
Go to Day Three!
Check out my Tokyo Transit Tips!
Check out the best free view in Tokyo!
Check out my review of the Robot Restaurant!