I’ve been thinking more and more about Japan these days. I do miss it a lot. Actually, let’s be real…I just miss the food! Also, riding the crowded subways here in Incheon, South Korea with people pushing, cutting lines, and overall just being rude AF has been making me miss Japan as well. Anyways, let’s go through this second to last section of my first visit to Tokyo, Japan. My final post will be mainly about food, so get ready for that!
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building North Observatory
We went here on the morning of our first full day out. I was super cranky because I wasn’t that impressed with Tokyo at this point. We arrived early, (and I highly suggest that you should too) which was great because there was already a giant line. There are two towers, a north and south side. We went up the north tower. The view was great! We were even able to see Mt.Fuji!!!
Inside there is a small gift shop, cafe, and seating areas. There’s even one of those penny smashers that turns a penny into a souvenir by imprinting an image about Tokyo on it. It doesn’t cost anything to go. Also, your bags will be searched before being allowed into the elevator. Double check the weather forecast as well to make sure the view is clear. Overall, I give this place a 9/10 since it is a little confusing to get there the first time around.
Why Didn’t You Guys Go to Tokyo Tower?
I told my husband that we should go there, but he said it’s always crowded and the view is quite similar. We opted for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building because he knew we wouldn’t have to wait in line for a long time especially if you arrive before the doors open.
What’s so interesting about a subway station? That’s what I thought when my husband said we were going to Tokyo Station, but it was actually pretty cool!
It’s basically a giant underground shopping area, but it is hella confusing to navigate. We got lost for a good 20 minutes at first. We went there to do a little window shopping at the cute character and anime/manga shops. What made it so confusing is that there are multiple different subway lines, different exits to streets and buildings, and not clearly labeled signs (in my opinion).
Nonetheless, it was still a pretty cool place to visit. I loved all the character shops especially the small Pokémon store and the weird mushroom character that honestly just look like penis hahaha. There are a few restaurants as well, but I wasn’t impressed wih the selection. Overall I give this place a 7/10.
To quote my husband, “No! We can’t go there! That’s the home of otakus!” However, he dragged me basically everywhere and I had little say in where to visit, so I forced him to take me. After exiting from our designated subway exit, there were billboards covered in maid cafe signs, Sega billboards, claw machine games, game shops, and figure shops everywhere. We were definitely in the belly of the beast.
Is Rebecca an Otaku?
I say “no,” and I think many people would agree with me. I do enjoy watching anime and I do have my favorites, but I’m not knowledgeable in the details. I forget character’s names, I don’t know names of voice actors, I just don’t know a lot. I just like watching animations and Japanese animes just tend to be my favorites.
Either way, if you like games and are into gaming and stuff like that, then this is a place to visit. There are also lots of different maid cafes you can check out. The only bummer is that there is no Pokémon shop in the neighborhood! The closest is at Tokyo Station, but it’s quite small in my opinion. While in Akihabara, we decided to visit Akiba Zettai Ryoiki, which is quite a famous maid cafe.
Akiba Zettai Ryoiki
There is a video on Facebook floating around about this place.
It was actually pretty cool. There were just a few other foreigners when I went. There was one very enthusiastic Japanese man when my husband and I were visiting. He seemed like a regular because he knew all the songs and was chatting with all the workers like he knew them already. He also knew ALL the dance moves to their performances. Kudos to him. The prices are NO JOKE. It was expected though because maid cafes tend to have high prices. I give this place a 10/10 for sure. The hostesses were so kind and it was a unique experience.
We went here for one thing and one thing only…POKÉMON!!!! I LOVE Pokémon. It was a show that I always watched as a kid. Actually….confession time….I recently finished binge watching ALL the seasons of Pokémon up to “XY&Z” (I stopped to wait for all of “Sun and Moon” to finish). I have no regrets! There are multiple Pokémon stores all around Tokyo, but the one in Ikebukuro is the largest. I got a few gifts for my students and a real Pikachu face mask! I’ll write a post about that soon too, so check out my beauty page in a bit.
The Pokémon store here was AWESOME!!!!! There were dolls of all sizes, candies, cookies, chocolates, a variety of stationary supplies, games, cards, clothes, and so much more! There were also a variety of keychains, which I thought was pretty cool. Once you exit the shop, there is a giant sign where you can take pictures. I kind of geeked out at that point. I really wish I could have bought more for myself, but sadly we had to stick to a budget. Either way, I had a lot of fun there! Definitely a 10/10!