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. 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.

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.

Samurai Museum

Today we visited the Samurai Museum in Shinjuku. It’s about a 15min walk from Shinjuku station. There’s a fee of 1800 yen and they offer frequent tours in English. Our tour guide covered the samurai eras, the gear worn, the differences in gear hierarchy, swords, guns and the tour ended with a demonstration. Overall it was very educational. While the demo at the end showed techniques, it’s presentation was a tad corny. There’s a nice gift shop by the front desk. Here’s a sampling of today’s tour.

Crowds

While at Remy we saw the subway platform at Gotanda station. Hundreds and hundreds of Japanese workers making their way home. A bit of a glare as I took the pic through the patterned glass of the elevator.