After a day in ancient Japan, catapult your way back into the 21st Century by starting your second day in the district of Shibuya dodging humans at the world’s busiest crossroad, Shibuya Crossing. If it's too early for such physical contact find a spot to sit or stand and watch as the traffic lights go red and hundreds of busy commuters bolt across in every direction. You can even get a cool birds eye view of the scramble from the Shibuya Hikarie, located just East of Shibuya metro station.
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Tokyo would be incomplete without its temples. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, this 19th century Shinto shrine is a perfect example of the Japanese austerity and modesty. It isn't grand like many other Asian temples, but has a quiet appeal of its own. As you enter through the 40 foot high gate into the 200 acre park, it feels like another dimension. In a way, it doesn't feel like you are in Tokyo anymore. You need to wash your hands and face at a communal tank before you offer prayers. There is a prayer wall where you can write your wishes on a piece of paper and stick it there. A touch of Japanese culture and if you are lucky you might just encounter a wedding procession here!
If the excitement of Harajuku leave you craving some zen, head to Yoyogi Park which is located just next to Harajuku station. It's particularly beautiful during cherry blossom season (at the end of March and the beginning of April) and during the Autumn (September to early November).
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
n the Shinjuku Government Building, we go to - I don’t know, this is maybe - around 75 floor. Here, we can see the view below us, and it’s so beautiful. Maybe it has the similar view as Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower (because I didn’t go there, I only have a photostop there), but of course, they have higher view than this. But Shinjuku Government Building is free of entrance fee ! ;)
From NHK Studio Park, we go to Takeshita Dori in Harajuku to visit Daiso. Daiso in Harajuku is the biggest one, and it’s so complete, You can found earphone, headset, make up, tie, sandals, neck pillow, yes, everything! and it’s all for 108 Yen (8% tax included). From Daiso (Yeah, we only stop by just for a while, we’re not visiting other places in Harajuku for today), we eat lunch near Harajuku Spain Slope, and then we go to Asakusa Temple.
To Doraemon Museum : JR Yamanote Line ( Green line) to Shinagawa Station. From Shinagawa Station, Transfer to the Blue Line for Musahi Kosugi. From Musahi Kosugi, transfer to the Yellow Line to Noborito Station. From Noborito Station, go down to the shuttle bus service for Doraemon Museum. Note : the shuttle bus is not for free. Doraemon museum is really crowded, and our schedule to enter is at 12 p.m, we arrived just on time! Sorry, in some places like the museum, no photos allowed. Inside Doraemon museum, again, we meet some Indonesian that come from Bandung. Yeah, we realised that Indonesian people are all over Japan. Everytime we go to one place, there must be at least one Indonesian people, hahaha. You can found the memory bread, dorayaki, and all the cute doraemon stuffs inside! My personal opinion about Doraemon Museum, well, is not as cute as I am expected. In my imagination, I can touch and feel lots of Doraemon stuffs, but it’s not like that. Overall, it’s okay though, I still can know how Doraemon Museum looks like!
Tonkatsu Maisen Shibuya Hikarie
My fiance LOVES this place and he cannot stop talking about it. He made us wander through dark streets and feduddle our way through Google maps to find this place. Which ended up being totally worth it. It's not that hard to find actually, there are signs leading up to the place. Be prepared to queue no matter what time you go. The meat is juicy, the batter is crispy, and we ordered a roast pork (char siew) starter that came with a delicious soya sauce. We loved it! This place used to be a bathhouse.. maybe there was something in the water..
Even if shopping is not on your to-do list, a wander down the world famous Takeshita Street in Harajuku (just one stop on the metro from Shibuya) will have you fighting the urge to buy things that you'll never actually use but you just want because they're awesome. Make sure you get your picture taken with a Harajuku Girl or get involved in the action yourself by dressing up as one of your favorite Comicon or Anime characters.
Kyushu Jangara Ramen
Time to slurp in some Ramen. Everyone will tell you that the best Ramen is found in Komen Ramen. Personally, I liked Kyushu Jangara more. The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious and cheaper than most places around. It has an English Menu, which makes ordering much easier. Apart from the Ramen, the soups are to die for too.
Although the unique fashion styles on display in Takeshita-dori are worth a look, pink-tutus and lolita-headbands are not all that Harajuku has to offer. Just five minutes into the street, you will see a big Daiso signboard. This place sells everything. Home decor, stationery, kitchenware, even cosmetics, you name it, Daiso has it. And, wait for it – everything is 100 yen (that's less than $1) !!