Thursday, 20 November 2014

Lost in Tokyo, Japan 2014: Day 6 - Trick Art Museum and Tokyo Station

Thursday 6th November

I had sleep finally!! Didn't nap the day before so I thankfully slept for most of the night and didn't get up until 9.30! Miss Pinky carried on sleeping so I decided to do my laundry at the hotel. Will explain how to do all of that on the hotel blogpost!

So after the laundry and in between washing and drying Miss Pinky (when she finally woke up) and I went out for a small walk around the blocks behind the hotel. Didn't realise Kayabacho was pretty in the back streets. You will realise that there are a lot of business men/women around the area as I think this is considered as the business district in Tokyo. Miss Pinky started calling them "men in black" as everywhere we went there were gatherings of business peeps left, right and centre. If you didn't wear business clothes Monday to Friday, you didn't fit in! (That's her explanation).


Nice painting
I think my clothes finished drying at this point so when that was all done we had our brunch at the hotel's restaurant Cherbourg. I ordered this mixed plate of food which included spaghetti in tomato sauce, flavoured rice, pork katsu and shredded white cabbage. It was good stuff! I felt really stuffed afterwards and thankfully I gave most of my rice to Miss Pinky.
Salad starter

Mixed plate dish
Miss Pinky went for the pork steak and veggies. She found the sauce too sweet... Hmmm and I didn't. I think I'm just used to the fact that I like sweet foods more! I have a very big sweet tooth.

Our waitress kept asking about the bread and if we wanted "pan" (bread). I kept saying yes. I should've just spoke in Japanese.... pan o onegaishimasu!

Total came to over 2000 yen (more than ~£12.57). Not sure why people say Japan is expensive, it's not really. 

My geeky rating: 5/5
Address: 2-13-5 Nihonbashikayabacho | Smile Hotel Tokyo Nihonbashi B1F, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture 103-0025, Japan

Next stop was to find our way to Madame Tussaud's in Odaiba so we went from Kayabatchō to Shimbashi and from Shimbashi we took another line which resembles the overground (monorail really) to Odaiba Kaihin-Koen.
Toilet stop in the metro area

Take the New Tranist "Yurikamoe" line

Amusing advert

I know you can't see this map that well...

Taking shots during the rail journey




Finally we got there and we were debating which way to get out. Take  D1 Exitand you will be able to find Madame Tussauds in no time! There's also a mini Legoland there too!!


But first we looked around the shopping malls!

Here's Madame Tussauds Tokyo. It costs about 3000 yen (~£19) to get in but it is cheaper to purchase your tickets online! ... But we never went in!!!!!!!!!!!


Still looking around the malls....
Pan-Man!! :D
 As we continued to look around the shopping area first and Miss Pinky was stopped right in front of the Trick Museum by a couple (apparently we were being followed! How scary!). They wanted to take a picture of Miss Pinky because of her hair extensions... oh dear. I thought this might happen at some point during our trip!!!! Miss Pinky tried to refuse but the Japanese couple seemed very sincere and really wanted to take a picture... ¬_¬""" Getting stressed here!
Miss Pinky and the person wanting a picture with here
Anyway, after that Miss Pinky asked if we wanted to go into the Trick Museum and I said yes (when at first I said no). It's amazing inside there! And for 900 yen (~£5.66) it is worth it!
Our tickets from the Trick Art Museum
We got a basic introduction on what to do around the museum like kneel down or play dead etc in English. There are also tips on the walls as you go along so you won't need to read much Japanese. It is an awesome museum, and I recommend (and big thanks to Miss Pinky) that you should go here.



Our guide at the start of the museum.










I got tricked by the staff! Is that real money on the floor?!! Lol!!
I got tricked!
Address: Japan, Yubinbango135-0091 Tokyo, Minato, Daiba, 1-6-1 Island Mall Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall 4F
Website: http://www.trickart.jp/en/

In the end we didn't go into Madame Tussaud's which meant we had more money to spend on bubble tea instead!

We left the area after a few hours... it was raining too!





In Shimbashi area...


Miss Pinky wanted me to take this picture of the adverts... she thought it was unrealistic seeing two posters of people drinking alcohol and one poster of a child. Hmmm. Doesn't make sense right?

Next stop was Tokyo Station. One of the biggest stations in Japan (and the most confusing one if you have not been there before and know all the exits).
Ceiling in the dome area part


We walked around the outside part first. Then we went into the main entrance where it's like a shopping mall. How do the Japanese think of all these things? London needs to learn a few more things from their Eastern counterparts.




Main entrance at Tokyo Station. So grand!

They even have cute lockers!



Aaaaaaah we found the basement for shopping. ^_^
Pokemon Store
It became a bit too much for Miss Pinky so we stopped and had a quick drink and bite before making our way back down to the basement for shopping!! 
Miss Pinky had cheese and crackers
Love fried chicken too much 
The basement of Tokyo Station is the heaven for all kawaii things. I loved this place as soon as I saw the Rilakkuma Store and I made Mr Bear jealous of this place. :D
Rilakkuma Store in Tokyo Station




There's also a Hello Kitty Store... but I had to really resist!!









In the supermarket area we saw a lot of great groceries... and this is the amazing part... Kit Kat!! Unfortunately these Kit Kat were refrigerated and we thought they would melt if we bought these. Don't worry peeps, I did buy two different flavours I have tried before from different stores which I will blog about soon. 






These guys are amazing. I never knew this is how rock candy was made. They were delicious too!







Anyway I shopped a lot here. More than any place that we had been to so far. Daisuke desu! (Love). Miss Pinky also shopped a lot here too. It's a station/shopping heaven. I would have loved to come back here again just to shop.

Next stop was to have another beer. We went into Yebisu (but Miss Pinky wanted to go into Bar Bar because of their fancy seats). Nevermind because we tried out flavoured beers. I had the strawberry  one and Miss Pinky had the lime one.

Then we had small eateries. I had the sea bream and Miss Pinky had chicken wings!


Total came to under 3000 yen (less than ~£18).

My geeky rating: 5/5 for the weirdness of their beers.

Address: Japan, 〒100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1, 地下1階
Website: http://www.ginzalion.jp/top.html

It was time to return back to Kayabatchō. One stop to Otemachi on the Marunouchi line then it's only two stops away on the Tozai line.

We both hadn't had dinner that night but we drank more and I had more sushi (raw tuna) and Miss Pinky had clams at Cherbourg again. Good stuff!


Total came to around 3000 yen (~£18).

Time to go back to our room and rest!! Miss Pinky enjoyed herself this time round. ^__^

End of Day 6.


Day 7: http://asimplegeekylife.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/lost-in-tokyo-japan-2014-day-7-puroland.html

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