Our second day in Tokyo was definitely less about historical culture and way more about new and popular culture as we headed to Harajuku for the day. If you haven’t heard of this area of Tokyo, it is a shopping area in the centre of the city that is known for its’ cute shops and pop culture items. There is a style of dressing called Harajuku, because groups of girls who dress up in a doll like manner get a lot of items from this area as well as being seen in the area regularly. Unsurprisingly the street was really busy because this area as well as being popular with people who live in Tokyo is also as we demonstrated popular with tourists. We spent most of the day wishing we either had enough room in our suitcase for the cute things or wishing we could fit into the cute things properly. The biggest difference we noticed between the style of clothing in Japan compared to that of the UK is that it is less revealing and is more about being cute rather than sexy. That and they have whole shops dedicated to adorable socks.
For the first part of the day we ate only dessert, starting with a waffle/crepe cone with matcha ice cream (probably not vegan…) and brownie pieces. Then later in the day we shared a massive thing of candy floss, that was three different colours/flavours. Eventually we decided we had seen everything there was to see in the area for one day, and after a couple purchases for our friends back home we headed to find dinner. So naturally we hoped back on the train and went to a new area, and found a place inside a shopping mall where all the food came with refills of rice, which after only noddles and dessert for a couple days sounded like a dream. We ordered a selection of croquettes (the potato ones were the best), which came served with the aforementioned rice, miso soup and enough cabbage to sink a toy ship.
After our meal we went to Tokyo station to get our bearings before the next day, and tried to find a garden that turned out to be a fancy building… thus ended our adventures for that day.
The Bullet Train, expensive, so fast that when it passes another train your eyes hurt, but it had a huge amount of leg room and as a tall gal I wasn’t going to complain. Naturally we began to play silly games for the 3ish hour journey to Kyoto, hangman, squares, and folded drawings (this yielded to horrifying results). Once we reached Kyoto and had checked in to our hostel we headed straight out to get our bearings and find food. We didn’t search very hard for food, we bought the first thing we found in a food hall on the ground floor of a shopping centre. Red bean stuffed fish shaped crepes… at least I think it was crepes, we weren’t really sure but we went to the river to eat them and discovered that they tasted amazing. And after the intensity and craziness that is Tokyo, Kyoto felt like a breath of fresh air. As the sun went in it began to get cold again so we bought instant noodles and headed back to plan the next day and sleep.