Day 4 In Tokyo | Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Harajuku!

By Sarah - Friday, July 24, 2015

Day 4 in Japan! We decided to drop by the Shinjuku Gyeon National Garden in the morning to breathe in some fresh air and to admire the beautiful greenery! 

Admission was 200 yen but it is definitely worth it! 

Epitome of tranquility!

This was the building we thought to be the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building but we were wrong! 
We managed to find an affordable food outlet in Shinjuku serving Japanese rice bowls! Had to order from the vending machines again - an experience I always enjoy!
Had Yakiniku Don with Ponzu sauce! This cost 620 yen. 
Finally, we arrived at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building! It took a while to walk from the main Shinjuku area (and especially since we were heading for another building we thought to be this! Not a proud moment.)

There are 2 observatory decks available, free to the public! We went to the South oberservatory deck and here is the view! Pity the weather wasn't too cooperative and grey clouds loomed over the urban landscape.

The Meiji Shrine is the little temple in that mass of green above! 
Exhausted, we finally headed to Harajuku to find some Honolulu style pancakes! Since we went on a Sunday, we thought we would get to see many people dressed up in their fancy cosplay outfits but perhaps we were too late!

Another famous food item in Harajuku was crepes! There was a crepe store in almost every 500m! But we didn't have the space in our tummies to try, sadly!
Look at the variety!

After walking around, we decided on Eggs 'n Things as we read online that it was one of the more famous cafes! 
The pancakes ain't cheap at all - they cost about 2 Yakiniku rice bowls! I paid 1400 Yen for mine. Probably a tourist hype thus the steep prices!

I decided to get buttermilk pancakes with acai ice cream and bananas while my friend got chocolate chip pancakes with acai ice cream and chocolate sauce!
Mine looks really sad!  
To be honest, the pancakes were not fantastic at all. They were a tad dry and wasn't as fluffly as I would have liked them to be! Especially for the price paid, I expected so much better! I suggest checking out another cafe if you're on the hunt for pancakes!

Of course, we couldn't leave Harajuku without dropping by Daiso! Everything for 100 Yen, YES PLEASE. Apparently the store in Harajuku is the largest in Tokyo so of course, mama went ham. I didn't even take photos as I was busy filling up my basket!

Overall, I loved the atmosphere of Harajuku! It was super lively with tons of shops so you can shop till you drop! We didn't have much money left after Daiso so we window shopped before heading back to our hotel hahaha.

The next 2 days were in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea so this would be the last of my posts about my trip to Japan! I really do wish to go back someday as there is still so much more to explore, especially the areas outside Tokyo! The people here are super friendly and kind, and I felt pretty safe throughout my entire trip (which is great for 2 female travellers alone!). Till then, Japan! I will be back!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and thanks for dropping by! I'm headed to Europe now and more posts on that will be on the way if you're interested! XO.

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