Our second day in Tokyo started with a visit to the beautiful Meiji Shrine which was built in 1920.
This is a Shinto shrine where the ashes of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrined.
Approximately 100,000 trees donated at the time of enshrinement form a gorgeous forest now.
It was a rather nippy day so we bought half a dozen takoyaki balls from a shop around the corner from the shrine for warm us up for breakfast. These were easily the best takoyaki balls that we had over our time in Japan (trust us, we devoured A LOT). They had lots of options for toppings and we went for the egg mayo which was absolutely delicious!
Leading up to the shrine are wonderfully decorated barrels of sake wrapped in straw.
On the other side were barrels upon barrels of wine.
Before entering, you must stop at the cleansing station, where you can dip into a communal water tank to clean your hands and mouth.
As expected, the buildings are stunning.
You can write wishes on little slabs of wood and tie them onto the prayer wall.
This is another prayer option.
After soaking in the relaxing atmosphere of Meiji Shrine, we headed over to Yoyogi Park, which was a 15 minute walk away.
The park was empty so we loved having the park to ourselves, wandering around and admiring the fallen cherry blossoms.
As the living space in the city is very small, parks are the places for club meetings and practice sessions. Yoyogi Park often has people playing different musical instruments, dancing or doing drama.
However no one wants to do that in the rain!
Next up, we decided to check out Roppongi which is a popular entertainment and expat district in Japan.
By the sounds of the guidebook, it’s the best place to go for a night out too!
Very specific timing…
When we arrived, the first priority was obviously lunch.
Ry went for a burger while I had a thai green curry. Both were pretty mediocre but did the job of filling us up.
I really wanted to check out the Mori Art Museum which holds various modern art exhibitions.
Unfortunately it was closed for renovation when we visited. Sad times!
We passed this photo on our way back to the station and it’s so cute!
We weren’t really feeling Roppongi because it all seemed a bit too western so Ry wanted to check out Gundam Front Tokyo and the life sized model of a Gundam outside the Diver City Tokyo (it’s just a mall full of regular shops, not full of diving equipment, LOL).
There’s also a Gundam Café and shop too, for all your Gundam needs 😉
Heading into the mall, we had a nice break and refuelled with doughnuts and a chocolate drink.
Ry had bought a capsule toy from the Gundam shop which he went to work on building…
Of course, you can’t visit a mall without doing a spot of shopping 😉
I bought a new coat in the sale from Bershka (which you’ll be able to see later on in this post) because Japan was surprisingly cold in April!
When we returned to the great outdoors, we discovered that the Gundam had been lit up which was pretty rad 😀
Can you spot me? 😉
Finally, we popped over to Ebisu because my auntie had mentioned that there were lots of cheap and delicious food options there.
Oh and we bumped into the Colonel too 😉
We decided to have dinner at restaurant with a sushi conveyor-belt. As my auntie had promised, the food was really cheap and pretty yum.
The guy sat next to Ry was having a great time with his sake too, haha!
After dinner, we headed back to our hotel and collapsed into bed.
See ya next time! 😀