We were so ready for another beautiful day in Tokyo!
|Our hostel with a sliding door.|
Photo Cred: Cat
We didn't get in the Imperial Gardens yesterday, but we tried again today with much success this time. As you can see from the pictures below, it was a decent park with lots of history:
|moat around the palace park|
|Japan has these huge black crows.|
|Storage and defense building|
I noticed that healthy living is a really big thing in Tokyo. There are always joggers around the afternoon running along the sidewalks or around parks. I admire that. It's something that I don't think I would be able to commit it. While the Japanese were running around the park, we took on our own form of exercise and walked all the way to the wait for it............................................................................... Pokemon Center!! Since we didn't have a Pokemon that could fly, running shoes, or a bike, we walked it. Tokyo is a walkable city. It's not like walking in the suburbs where there's nothing going on for miles, there were lots of neat (in my opinion) things that made the walking more enjoyable.
|weird beverage of the day: citris squash.|
|ohmygosh giant Pikachu|
I NEEEEEEDED to buy something, anything. I initially wanted a Squirtle or Charmander, but the selection of original Pokemon plushies was really limited. There was Chikorita and Pickachu and since I already had 2 Pikachus at home, I opted for Chikorita. So happy. There was a playground right across the Pokemon Centre and decided to take Chico out to play.
With our new travel buddy, we headed over to Yojoji Temple.
|an asshole planted a tree here|
|monuments that people worship|
|temple and tokyo tower at sunset|
|Chico and new friend|
And then we made it toTokyo's famous Tokyo Tower, yes it's a smaller version of the Eiffel tower. Inside, there are different attractions on every floor, like an observatory, teddy bear museum, fun house, and gift shops. Anything beyond the first floor had an entrance fee. We wandered around the gift shops on the first floor and left for food.
|Kristie helping Chico be King Kong|
Ahh, food. Food in Japan is certainly not the cheapest, and the comparison hits hard after living in Beijing.
Tempura = 430 Yen
We saw a sign that said 270 yen which we thought meant all food items were 270 yen. Sounded like a great deal for budget travelers like us. We went in and found it had a nice bar like ambiance. The coolest thing was we ordered our food entirely with the touch screen machine.
|Instead of serving peanuts, they served edamame beans|
The Snowy Cheese = 270 Yen (like the name suggested)
When we went to pay, we found out that the reason why food was cheaper than most places in Tokyo was because there was a 270 table charge per person. Bummer....
Cool concept if you're gonna order a lot of food with a lot of people, but not at all worth it if there's not much people and there's not a lot of food ordered.
Besides the lost in translation moment during dinner, everything was swell. Especially now that we've got a new travel buddy! Chico :)