Tokyo – Omotesando, Shibuya (Day 9 – Dec 2015)

Before we checked out from Sheraton Disney Hotel, me & Jaydon explore the grounds of the hotel, since we didn’t have time to do it the last 2 days due to the our fun at Disneyland.

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We checked out from the hotel and took a train back to Tokyo stations before catching a Taxi to our next accommodation in Tokyo. We stayed in Mercure Ginza Hotel for the remaining days in Tokyo. After checking in to the hotel, we met the Hor Family at Omotesando, which is located at Harajuku Area.  Omotesando is a one kilometer long, tree lined avenue, serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. Numerous stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants, including several leading fashion brand shops, stand along the avenue. Our plan was to meet at Omotesando and walk towards Shibuya through Shibuya Cat Street.

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But on reaching Omotesando, the ladies and the kid were so immerse into Kiddy Land that we spent nearly an hour shopping for toys in the 5 story toy shop. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids, including a Snoopy Town and Hello Kitty Shop.

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Harajuku is famous for its youth cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults. The focal point of Harajuku’s teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.

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Reluctantly, we left Kiddy Land and made our way to Shibuya Cat Street (there wasnot a single cats in sight. Not sure how the name of the street came about) which is a pedestrian street with lots of interesting small trendy shops & fashion boutiques. There are many trendy cafes along the street and one of which is SUZU CAFE 神宮前. SUZU CAFE is located on the 2nd floor of a small building. This cafe is not prominent along the street and it seems that you will only find this cafe through word of mouth. The food is nice and the price for the set lunch was pretty reasonable. The Cafe was really cozy and we did not mind spending the whole afternoon chilling out in the cafe, if not for the smoker that was puffing his pack of cigarettes away.

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After lunch, the ladies were strolling and enjoying their window shopping alone Shibuya Cat Street towards Shibuya.

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With the number of stops they made into the shops, Jeremy  was getting restless as his goal was to reach Shibuya crossing before the sky turns dark.  Shibuya crossing is an intersection that is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens. What makes the intersection interesting is that the intersection will get flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot.

Jeremy decided to advance to his goal, while the rest of us continue to stroll and shop towards meeting up with him at the crossing.

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As we did not have our dessert and coffee at SUZU CAFE, we decided to head up to L’OCCITANE for dessert and coffee. Though L’OCCITANE is known for its skin care products, they do serve nice coffee and desserts in their store cafe. It is probably one of the most prominent cafe at the intersection and it seems to be one of the few cafe where you can have a coffee while watching the crowd of people walking across the intersection.

Night falls and we decided to head back to Omotesando for its Christmas Winter Illumination.

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Despite having a late lunch and a tea break in late afternoon, we were hungry when we reached Omotesando. Naturally, we left it to Jeremy to bring us for dinner. After a bit of walking, we landed in Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten. They serve one of the better tonkatsu I ever tasted. The pork chop was juicy and tender. It was a satisfying dinner.

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We had to bid goodbye to the Hor Family after dinner as they will be heading back to Singapore the following day. Though it was only 2 days, we really enjoy travelling with them. We would not have the fun at Omotesando & Shibuya, if not for the Hor Family. See you again on another trip!

 

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