5 November 2013 – From our hotel, we got lost when trying to find the entrance with elevator to Gojo Station. In the end, we still did not manage to find it and had to carry our luggages down the flight of stairs. And an old uncle was so kind by offering to help us but of cos, we rejected. >.<
Almost could not get on the subway from Gojo to Kyoto Station because it was the peak hour in the morning. Lesson learnt – do not try to board the subway with luggages during peak hour. But luckily, we still managed to make it in time to Kyoto Station and even bought a bento before boarding the Shinkansen to Shinagawa Station.
During a 2.5 hours journey, how can we not prepare snacks and drinks? Hur.
After 1.5 hours of dozing, snacking and watching k-drama, it is time to start on my bento. I have always wanted to do this since I fall in love with Japan and yes, finally I have done it!
I had the beef with some fried food bento and it was good! This bento cost 1000 yen and I thought it was quite reasonable. Soon we reached Shinagawa and transferred to JR Yamanote Line to Ikebukuro Station. This time we stayed at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo again. I love the location of this hotel.
Once we deposited our luggages at the hotel lobby (because it was still too early for check-in), we took the JR Yamanote Line from Ikebukuro to Shinjuku Station to settle all our train and bus tickets to Kawaguchiko and Hakone for the next 2 days.
And after that, it’s shopping time! We again took the JR Yamanote Line from Shinjuku to Harajuku Station. We had a tea break at our favourite Doutor Cafe at Harajuku before starting on a shopping spree!
This is my favourite must-have drink at Doutor Cafe which is Hojicha Soy Latte. Not too sweet and soy latte is very fragrant, yet not too strong like latte. ^^
Bacon Sandwich or something, I forgot what it is named. But the melted cheese is too good!
Baumkuchen is my friend’s favourite at Doutor Cafe and I must admit that it’s good too!
I love shopping at Harajuku because there are cheap accessories and clothes to buy. I love the Forever 21 and H&M in Harajuku. More so for Forever 21. Prices are relatively much cheaper than in Singapore and so I’ll usually go crazy in them. Drugs store is also another ‘to shop’ for me and there’s one Matsumoto Kiyoshi in Harajuku as well.
By the end of the day, I am already carrying a lot of shopping bags! Rest for a while at Calbee shop where we bought the freshly fried chips with apple crumble flavour ice cream. Super good!
We dragged ourselves back to Ikebukuro to check-in to our room. Rot around for a while in the room before we left for dinner at an Izakaya just few steps from our hotel. 🙂