Saturday, 24 October 2015

Pinkuiropixie and Mr's Trip to Tokyo!

We are back home in the UK and are really missing the bustling streets of Tokyo! It's been quiet on the blog while we have been away but we have lots of posts planned over the next few weeks! LOTS! So make sure you keep coming back to the blog to see what we did on our holiday in Tokyo ^^

Before I start to tell you about our first few days I wanted to tell you all that Mr, who up until now appeared only for special posts, will now become a regular author on the blog! ^^ My blog is called Life in the Kawaii Lane and my life wouldn't be half as kawaii as it is if it wasn't for my Mr (<3), so I asked him to join me on OUR blog, and he said YES! So make sure you keep an eye out for his posts!! ^^


After an 11 hour flight we landed at Haneda Airport at 8.30am on Thursday 24th September! It was our first time at Haneda Airport and it was very nice and easy to navigate. Once we cleared security we came out of arrivals and headed towards the seating area just outside. Before heading into Tokyo we wanted to pick up a portable WIFI unit. There are several companies at the airport where you can rent either a WIFI unit or phone with WIFI, it's not a cheap service, normally charged by the day, but we wanted to make sure we were contactable for family reasons. There are areas in Tokyo that have improved the facility of free WIFI so unless you want it for reasons like us, you can just stick to that.

After sorting out our WIFI we headed towards the monorail. On our past trips to Japan we have purchased the Japan Rail Pass but as we planned to stay in Tokyo this time we purchased a Suica card each. If you only want to go to Tokyo I would highly recommend it! It made travelling really cheap! JR Passes are usually around £150 each for a week of travelling, and can be used on both the Shinkansen and JR trains. We spent just under £100 each across 19 days and the Suica can be used on all train companies except the Shinkansen. The Suica can also be used in some shops and vending machines. By buying our Suica at the airport we managed to get the super kawaii monorail version that is only available from Haneda Aiport!


How super Kawaii is it!! You can return your card at the end of your holiday but we decided to keep them as a momento! And they are vaild for up to 10 years, so we may get to use them again! ;)

So we headed for Shinjuku which would be our home for the next 19 days and it felt like home when we arrived! We have stopped here each time we've visited Tokyo but stopped in the sky scraper area, this time we went to the busy side of the station! After settling into our hotel, we headed out to familiarise ourselves with the area around the hotel. The lights of Tokyo feel so familiar now!


It's become a bit of a tradition now to go for a walk around Shinjuku on our first night, hit up the arcades, and to visit the Shinjuku Gift Gate!


This is an awesome shop and packed to the rafters with Sanrio items! You can't take pics inside so this is the best I got. I picked up a few bits on our first visit, including a Suica pass holder (just another reason to get a Suica!):


The other items I picked up were part of the Sanrio Halloween range and I will show you this in a separate post! Don't miss it! It's super Kawaii!

On our second day we headed to Odaiba, it was a rainy day but you can't let that stop you in Tokyo! Our first stop in Odaiba was Palette Town:


Palette Town is a large indoor entertainment complex which includes the Venus Fort shopping mall. The mall is styled as an Italian city, with plazas, fountains and a changing sky scene on the ceiling.


There's lots of shops here that you can visit, including a small Kiddy Land where I picked up some super cute new hair accessories!


Kiddy Land also has a much larger store in Harajuku that covers several floors so it was nice to be in this much quieter version, even though it was only a tiny amount of what the large store stocks ^^ After Palette Town, we headed for the Gundam outside Diver City!!


This is a lifesize replica of a Gundam and normally has loads of people around it taking pics, but as it was raining we were some of the only people there! This also meant the shop at the base of the Gundam and in Diver City were also empty so Mr picked himself up some awesome Gundam items. He is going to do a post on these so check back later!!

After a day of shopping in Odaiba we hit Shibuya on the Saturday. When in Shibuya you have to visit the famous Shibuya 109!


It's full of boutiques specialising in fashion, accessories and cosmetics. Whatever your style is it's always worth having a good look around! After 109 we visited a few more shops that we had on our list before visiting the Disney Store.


It's a super cute store inside and out! Inside there is a spiral staircase to take you to their upper floors, its like going up an enchanted tower! ^^ Here I topped up my tsumtsum collection (which I will post about separately) with any tsums they had that I was missing. After here we visited a melon pan shop as Mr is a huge fan! We had seen this shop on an NHK World programme and as soon as we spotted it Mr said we had to go! The shop is called World's 2nd Best Freshly Baked Melon-pan Ice Cream ^^


Basically they sell fresh melon pans stuffed with ice cream!! Mr queued up and ordered the chocolate ice cream melon pan:


They top it with toasted melon pan bits straight out of the oven! Mr said it was brilliant and just what he wanted on a hot day! If you are in Tokyo he recommends you give it a try!!

Sunday is Harajuku day and I couldn't wait to get there!! So much goes on in Harajuku on a Sunday, and we weren't disappointed. We arrived at the top of the Takeshita Dori and took the obligatory photo of the famous gate:


If you wait at the gate the screen scrolls round to a camera facing you taking pics! Although it was still September, Halloween had appeared to have taken over most of the stores on the Takeshita Dori with Halloween clothing, accessories and stores all dressed up for it! At the opposite end of the street is the newly famous Moshi Moshi Box and clock by my favourite designer, Sebastian Masuda!


The clock is decorated Decora style so I loved it! I wish they sold mini versions of it so I could have one in our home!! After visiting the Box we walked down Harajuku Street which is also full of shops, not as quirky as the Takeshita Dori but still very much worth a visit! It's over this side of Harajuku that you will find stores such as 6%DokiDoki, Candy Stripper and New Era, which is a must visit for Mr! This area is known as 'Ura-Harajuku'.

It was over in Ura-Harajuku that we started to experience the stranger side of Harauku that you only see on a Sunday! While we were taking a break at the side of the road I spotted this man with a cat pushchair, yes they have these in Japan!


I counted 13 cats! Yes 13!!!! All just sitting in their pushchair relaxing. People were allowed to pet them and they seemed quite normal, but still a rather strange sight, even for Harajuku!! As I turned around from taking this pic I spotted several people all dressed as Wheres Wally! I say a few, but the longer I stood there the more appeared!!


Out of no where we were smack bang in the middle of a Where's Wally flash mob that were meeting to celebrate the creator's birthday! There must have been hundreds of them!


They stretched down one side of the road, across the bridge and up the opposite side of the road! One man dressed as Odlaw even posed for a pic for me!


It was awesome to watch! There were men, women and children taking part and they looked like they were having a ball!! After they disappeared down a side street we headed back to the Takeshita Dori, which had gotten very busy since the morning:


After a bit of people watching we headed over to Yoyogi Park for a rest as Sundays can also be very lively there as well! We sat and watched the Rockabillies dancing:


 I love how they dance like they don't have a care in the world!! We also came across a skateboarding dog:


And yes, he was actually pushing and riding the board himself!! After this we headed further into the park where we came across a lady with two meerkats, dressed as a bride and groom:



As you can see, the Harajuku area isn't just a Kawaii fashion centre, it's a fun place with lots of cool people and things to see! No Kawaiister visiting Tokyo could miss out on spending a Sunday in Harajuku, it's a must! ^^

We hope you liked today's post and come back for the 20+ posts we have planned over the next few weeks!!! We have lots to show you and some very handy tips to you get the most out of your kawaii trips to Tokyo! 

Catch you later Kawaiisters!!
Pinkuiropixie and Mr ^^

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