After breakfast at the hotel, we met up with the tour and went to Asakusa (again!). We first had some coffee at Jonathan’s – one of the couples of the tour shouted us, since they really wanted a coffee. Not bad coffee either, and you can drink as much coffee as you want for 470 Yen.
After that, we went to the kitchen goods area of Asakusa. There are shops that sell nothing but chopsticks, and nothing but teapots and nothing but bowls or knives or…
You could see the Skytree from there:
There was a shop that sells the plastic food you see everywhere – some of it looks so real! And always appetising 🙂
Next, we went to Sensoji Temple. It’s pretty big, but just another temple, really:
We headed back to the subway station:
And then to Shibuya, to see the mad Shibuya Scramble/Crossing.
But since it was already lunch time, we decided to have lunch first in the new Hikarie building. They have some really cool little restaurants up on the 6th and 7th floor (maybe more – we only explored those 2). There was one that had what looked like those pizzas from Osaka, so we went inside to have that. We were seated at tables with footwells (after taking our shoes off, of course) and served our set lunch – chicken soup, rice with some sort of citrus sauce, an yam omelet for me and the chicken pizza thing for Ela. All very delicious!
Then off to find the crossing. It was so hard to find!! There’s all this construction going on and there’s three levels of suspended walkways – google maps was no help whatsoever! It took us about 30 minutes to find it, but we did find it! And then found that it’s right next to the subway station – if only you knew which exit to take…
Since we were already at the subway, we thought we’d get the subway to the Meiji Shrine. If only we’d known! I think it would have been quicker to walk there – we had to walk about 500m to the correct part of the station where the subway line is that goes to Meiji Shrine. And then at the other end it was the same story! Wow! Anyway…we got there:
There are sake and wine barrels lining one of the avenues leading to the Shrine:
Once we got to the Shrine, we noticed a wedding party walking past (at least that’s what we thought it was). There were people scrambling everywhere to take photos. There were guards chasing some of them away, even. I got some good shots, though.
After that excitement, we wandered around the temple some more:
I really liked some of the doors:
Then we headed back to Ueno and our hotel, so we could do our washing and rest a bit before meeting some of the crew for dinner.
Our washing took longer to dry than we thought, so we were still at it when it came time to meet up. We put more coins in the dryer and headed out to dinner with Louise, Yvonne, Helen and Jenny. We wandered around Ameyoko for a while until we settled on one we’d seen near the beginning. This turned out to be a mistake!
Our waiter came and took an order and wandered off. We thought he was coming back, but no…so we called him over to take the next person’s order and he toddled off again. We called him back and gave him the next person’s order and he was off again but I stopped him when he was about to head out and got him to come and take our last 2 orders…unbelievable! Our orders came out in a random order and one by one. Poor Yvonne’s still hadn’t come out by the time we had to leave so we all left. It turned out we also had to pay a cover charge! That was one stingy, expensive meal with the worst service we’ve had so far.
We headed back to the hotel to finish our washing while the rest went in search of more food and drink with better service. We got ourselves a scotch and soda (240 Yen) and a beer (240 Yen) from the vending machine next to the washing machine and packed our bags for our early start tomorrow. 🙂