Ketchup and Mustard

We ordered a hot dog at a cafe and got the coolest package of ketchup and mustard. Both are in one package. You fold the package in half and it cracks open allowing you to squeeze both out at the same time through pre-packaged holes. Very cool!!

Two More Sleeps

Our trip has been great but time is winding down. I think we are content. We have seen some new things, stayed in another new area of Tokyo and visited some favorite places. With a few more days to go we are feeling about ready to return home. The tight spaces, intense crowds and the commuting by train all take a toll over the days. We have decided to omit Yokohama off our list this trip. The thought of taking the train to Yokohama and then taking more transit around the city to sight see is a bit too much for us at this point. And that is ok. We will be back again.

We will be exploring places more locally as we no longer want to go too far. There’s a nice Japanese garden nearby. We will walk there today. Something more relaxing to close off our trip.

This is something we experience each time we come. When we arrive we are happy to be here and eager to get going. But everything gradually wears on us over the days. I think one week in Tokyo would be perfect. But when planning a trip here though it doesn’t feel like enough time considering how far we are coming. It’s a delicate balance.

The weather has been great, sunny and 17 everyday. We had a bit of rain last night but that has been it. Absolutely fantastic weather.

Tokyu Hands

On Monday we also stopped by Tokyu Hands depart store in Shibuya just a short walk from the train station. This is another great place to get some souvenirs or interesting merchandise at decent prices for the most part. Like other stores it is multi level but focuses on stationary, arts, crafts and outdoors merchandise. It was full of other tourists. Lots of interesting things such as these Samurai sword scissors.

One floor sold different materials along with all sorts of fasteners, handles etc to make all sorts of different bags, cases or clothing. Another floor had all sorts of stationary supplies. Another area sold all sorts of supplies to make your own snow globe. A great place to stop by when in Shibuya. Upon arriving we headed straight to the cafe on the top floor. Enjoyed a sundae to refresh us. This is a matcha vanilla honey crunch sundae.

Dinner at Mark City

Last time we were here with Deniz’ cousin and her husband we were recommended to try a sushi restaurant at Mark City Shibuya. Mark City is another department store. However, when we stopped by the place was full with a long line up. At that time we did not want to wait and chose another place which ended up being disappointing. We have been curious ever since. Last night we returned and waited. The way this restaurant works is you obtain a number from a machine. Out front they show the latest number being served. Another couple obtained a number and saw they were 11th in line (244 was latest number and they got 255). We were going to get a number when the lady approached Deniz and gave us their number, and left. As others probably just left as well, the guy came out and called several numbers that had no response. I would guess, 20mins is all we waited. We were led inside and seated at the sushi bar. There are tables as well. But at the sushi bar gave us a chance to watch our dish as well as others being made. True art. We placed our order, and were handed our plates. It was delicious! The best meal we had and well worth the wait. Service was quick which helped cycle people through. There were five sushi chefs serving the small restaurant. I just don’t know the name of the place as all signage was in Japanese which I am not able to read (yet).

We both ordered the same sushi platter and also both ordered an extra fatty tuna piece. The meals came with green tea and miso soup. The dinner total was just 3888 yen which is approximately $40 Cdn. A meal like this back in Canada would have been $30 per plate. Also keep in mind that there is no tipping here.

This restaurant is located on the 4th level along the overpass walkway connecting Shibuya train station to Mark City. There are many other places along this stretch. This is one of the last places when heading away from the train station.

Tokyo Government Building

Today we visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. It has an observation deck on the 45th floor. There are two towers with both containing panoramic observation decks on the 45th floor. They alternate days open. Today, we saw building number 2. The observation deck contains two gift shops and a cafe. elevators are quick and smooth. Views are pretty amazing. Admission is free.

Shibuya

Today we went to the Shibuya district of Tokyo. At Shibuya station is the famous statue of Hachiko. The faithful Akita who met his master every day at the train station and who continued to wait there over 9 years following his passing.

Shibuya is also where the famous scramble crossing is. A crosswalk that connects several points. All directions of traffic are stopped and pedestrians can process to cross in several directions. We crossed there today but pictures don’t do justice. There were millions of people there today, as per usual.

The area is very commercial with high end stores, department stores, arcades, coffee shops and hosts large video boards and lights.