My plane landed about 6pm Tuesday night and once I got through customs which was reasonably easy, I headed towards the train station area. I then spent the next hour or so at different information desks and waiting in lines to get my suica card. That was all a bit hectic and hot but once I arrived at my hostel everything was forgotten.
I had booked three nights at Global Tokyo Hostel (highly recommend) which is a hostel located in the Shinjuku area and st the time cost about $36aud per night. On check in I was given a bag with a towel, hand towel, tooth brush, face mask and slippers which were to be worn in the building. I then had an amazing shower and was impressed with the quality of the shampoo and conditioner (it’s the small things). I had planned to go to bed but I was too excited so I went for a walk to find some food. I found myself in a restaurant at 10:30pm with a Japanese menu that I couldn’t read, eventually I got it across to the staff I wanted their recommendation and they chose vegetable sushi which was delicious.
First full day
The next morning I was up at 6:30am ready to explore. I got the train into Shibuya and was shocked that the famous Shibuya crossing was almost deserted. I soon discovered nothing opens till 10-11am and ended up at Starbucks which I didn’t enjoy and then came across a little place that had breakfast! It’s called Excelsior Caffe, I had tea and amazing French toast for 550yen.
I then caught the train to Shinjuku station and headed to wards the government building. I’d recommend coming here just for the information desk as they have plenty of pamphlets and will research anything on their computer for you if they don’t know the answer. There was a pretty big line for the observation deck so I avoided it and decided to come back another morning.
Just a warning: Shinjuku station is huge! I got stuck in it for an hour trying to find my way back onto the street, turn out I had to go up a level..
I spent a bit of time wandering around Shinjuku as there are plenty of shops to look at. Forever New had big sales on, I went into Lumine shopping centre just for a look and had some lunch.
After I dropped by my hostel I kept moving on to go to Aoyama Flower Market and oh my god it’s beautiful! I waited not even 5 minutes for a table and it was just amazing inside. They have a small menu of tea and some food and there are flowers on the roof, walls and tables. I ordered the plain French toast with honey, cream and cinnamon and the Kimono tea which cost a total of 1296 yen. The tea is served in a jug with a huge tea bag and a 3 minute timer which is the time for the tea to sit before you drink it. The tea smelt delicious and overall it was a great experience and I would highly recommend it!
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