Japan Adventures – Akihabara, Shibuya and Shinjuku

I’ve talked about a lot of our trip now, but there’s still a little bit more to go! Tokyo is where we spent the bulk of our time in Japan. We spent a bit more time in some districts more than others, so I wanted to talk a bit more about them.

Akihabara

We visited here on our first full day in Tokyo. It’s known as the ‘otaku’ capital of Tokyo, or as Chris calls it – ‘nerd central’. It’s full of electronic stores, manga and anime stores, arcades and all sorts of ‘nerdy’ things. Also, maid cafes, which we didn’t actually go into, but we did come across lots of ladies dressed as maids on the street. We also came across lots of other themed cafes in general.

akihabara 01

We were keen to check out some of these arcades as they were huge buildings up to 7 floors! A few of the floors were just prize games, you know, those claw things that are clearly rigged. Then there was music/rhythm games, which I got pretty addicted to. I’ve always loved those! There was also general action games, dance games, photo booths, and all sorts of things. We just killed time there. But there were people there who were insanely good at the games! I sometimes just stopped to stare cause it was impressive. They also had huge electronic stores, again stacked 7 or 8 floors high.

Basically, we spent a lot of money in this area. Rory and I both love collectables, so we stacked up a lot while in Akihabara.

Shibuya

This is known as pretty much the busiest part of Tokyo. It has the famous pedestrian crossing, which at it’s peak has around 3000 crossing at any one time. We went twice here. The first time was at peak hours, and we got swept up in the waves of people crossing.

Some people (possibly tourists) would stop at the edge with their cameras to take a video of the crossing and they were pretty much in the way, it was annoying. So when we returned a few days later, I ran off into a neighbouring building so I could take my photos and not be in the way. Close to the crossing is the Shibuya train station, which also has a statue dedicated to Hachiko.

hachiko statue

Everytime we were in Shibuya, there was a crowd gathered around the ever faithful Hachiko. We knew we had to stop by though, because Hachiko is the best dog. Shibuya is packed with stores, sights and so many people. We had lunch one day in a cafe that was in the middle of a bookstore.

shibuya cafe

Shinjuku

In our last days in Tokyo, we stayed in Shinjuku. It’s another busy district in Tokyo, but a little less hectic than Shibuya. I loved walking around Shinjuku while exploring nearby gardens, parks, and just looking around at all the noise and colour around us. One of the strangest things we saw in Tokyo was in Shinjuku. We got tickets to go to Robot Restaurant.

robot restaurant 01

It’s a show filled with robots, monsters, lights, dancers and noise. We had fun watching it, but I don’t really know why it’s called a restaurant. They do sell snacks and drinks, but we ate beforehand. It was definitely a fun way to kill some time and get completely dazzled by lights and sounds though!

Shinjuku was very handy to be in since it was quite central. We were able to walk to the station in a few minutes, and from there we could get pretty much anywhere in Tokyo. If we ever had the chance to go back to Japan and stay there for a longer amount of time, I would definitely want to stay in Shinjuku again.

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Tomorrow, I’ll be talking about visiting the Shinjuku National Garden and Meguro River.

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33 comments
  1. I watched the movie and loved it!! Wish I could go there one day myself xx

    1. I havent actually seen the movie but I intend to! I love the story and it was great to see that Hachiko is still well loved now 🤗
      I hope you get to visit one day!

  2. I liked reading the story about the loyal dog! And the robot cafe sounds crazy cool. I can’t wait to see some Japanese gardens!!

    1. I’m glad you liked it! Hachiko’s story is really cool! Haha, the robot restaurant definitely made for an interesting evening 😄

  3. Awesome! Love the photo booth pics you guys got (:

    1. Haha, thanks! We had so much fun playing with those photo booths 😂

  4. Looks like a lot of fun 😀

    1. It really was!

  5. It’s all so colourful! It reminds me a bit of Times Square

    1. It is! I kept looking around with my head in the air. It does remind me a bit of what ive heard about times square. Lots of massive screens displaying ads, and just huge billboards everywhere!

  6. Oohhh I love all the different colours to it!! Xx

    1. It was definitely so bright and colourful! I couldn’t help just walking around staring up at everything 😂

      1. Haha I’d probably do the same to be honest 😂 xx

  7. The different things we only get to see in Japan 👍🏻

    1. Exactly! We had a great trip!

  8. I LOVED reading about all the districts! That is INSANE about the 3000 pedestrians crossing at peak hours. And I thought Time Square was busy! :p Lol. I love reading your about your Japan adventures beauty! I have learned so much! <3

    1. It’s so crazy right! We crossed once during peak time, and we just got swept up in the sea of people crossing. You just need to pick a direction and head towards it 😂
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts Kate! 😄

      1. That is insane! I have been in a couple crowds like that and it is almost claustrophobic. I really am! I am going to have withdrawals when they end! <3

  9. I’ve been loving all your Instagram posts of Japan so now I’m excited to finally read about it! Tokyo is definitely a DREAM location to visit- I really hope one day I get lucky enough to see it for my own eyes but wow the extent of their animation and technology is insane. I feel like I would be visually stimulated for years to come. I love how restaurants will range from like a nice calm lunch in a bookstore to a Robot Restaurant with shows and lights- insanity but so cool at the same time!

    xo, JJ

    1. Jenny! It’s so nice to hear from you 😄 I loved being able to share snippets of our trip on Insta, and it’s been so much fun going into more depth on the blog! Tokyo is an incredible place to visit! I don’t think it’s ever quiet though 😂 there was constantly ads on huge screens, colourful billboards and buildings and just music or sounds everywhere! I’d never experienced anything like it 😄

  10. That is certainly a colourful post. Hachiko’s story makes me sob, especially when I watch the movie. It is a heart-wrenching one. It is so cool that you got to see the memorial to him. I notice that you are blurring faces of people in your photos…have there been issues? Just curious. xx

    1. So much colour everywhere! I miss that now back home. Hachiko is so loved in Japan, especially Shibuya. He was even on their buses 😄
      There havent been any issues, but i started thinking about how weird it would be if I saw myself in the background of a random photo on the internet. So I decided I would just blur the other faces around 🤗

      1. Ah I see. Good on you 🙂
        I can so imagine missing all that colour and the change of pace in life. Travel does jog things up. Well done, you two, for making it to Japan. We are eyeing so many places, but time is always short! Just a quick question: How many days did you need in Peru?

        1. Peru was the biggest trip I have ever done! Sarah and I were there for around a month. We did so much stuff in that time though. One week trekking to Machu Picchu. One week in the Amazon rainforest. Two weeks of just exploring really. I’d love to have been able to spend a month in Japan, but it would be expensive! Where are you guys eyeing up? 🙂

          1. The darned thing is distance. Even from here, Peru is about 11 hours away by flight. I wish I could squish the map physically at times like these. A month would be draining on the account unless you had a friend who was keen to accommodate you or you did some odd jobs to cover the cost. But I know what you mean. A month is the perfect way to really see a place, know its nooks and corners. I used to love Adi’s projects that took us for weeks and months to various locations in Europe.

            We have our eyes on so many places, Angela. It is impossible to shortlist! :-/ As for now, we have to go to India because I do not want to go a year without seeing my parents. In between we plan to slip in a mouthful of Europe 🙂 xx

          2. That’s fair. Visiting a place for a month was definitely amazing, even though it took up a huge chunk of savings. It would be amazing if you got to travel for work, it’s definitely something I dream of 😀
            It’s so hard to narrow down where you want to visit. I would love to visit somewhere else, but we’ll have to wait for a while.
            Enjoy India and Europe 😀

          3. Thanks love. Now we shall be broke for some time after booking our tickets. But here’s to enjoying your own beautiful surroundings for now. xx

  11. I definitely want to visit all these spots again. And Hachi’s statue is one of the reasons I want to visit shibuya. 😍😍 that movie is one of my favorites.
    I think I would love to walk all over Tokyo and see it all. I love manga and anime and they just have so much to see and do!!

    1. These three are definitely some of the more popular areas in Tokyo, and worth the stop! We ended up just walking around a lot in all of these areas, and there really is no end to what you can see 😀

      1. I tried to comment on this post earlier but it said there was a jet pack error or something 🤨
        But i can’t wait to go there and experience it for myself. Glad you got to go and had loads of fun.

        1. I don’t know what that error is all about…hopefully it doesn’t come back 😀

  12. Loved reading about your adventures!

    1. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the posts 😀

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