Trip to Tokyo – A First Timer’s Plans and Expectations – Day 8

Hello there, fellow traveller!

Only two more days to go. This is the time to revisit those spots where you left with unfinished business. A bit of backtracking, so to speak.

For us it’s another freaking shopping day. Since I wanted to buy some cute Japanese outfits, normal clothes too not just Harajuku Fashion, Shibuya 109 should be great for finding just the thing. Whatever “the thing” is. I heard from a friend that many clothes are one-size only, so you’d really have to be within Japanese standard body shape, I guess. It’s definitely a great place to spend a couple of your last thousands of Yen.
But be save, always have some extra cash and/or a credit card on you for emergencies. And I don’t mean “Oh my God, I really need this kitschy piece of merchandise!” – I mean, in case you lose your Tokyo Subway Ticket or Suica. In case the hotel became somehow more expensive, you have to spend another night elsewhere, you need more food… whatever the emergency. 
Have at least 100 bucks that you will not spend, unless it is absolutely necessary.

At Shibuya Crossing there’s a huge Lush store. Or, at least to me it’s huge with its two floors. Lush shops in Germany are tiny. So I want to check out what they offer. I saw on the website that Lush Japan has different products and a bigger assortment. This would probably make for some nice souvenirs. Some nice expensive souvenirs… 

Never forget, if you don’t want to spend too much money on souvenirs, Daiso and Don Quijote are your best friends.
At lunch time, we’ll head to Genki Sushi, a type of conveyor belt sushi restaurant. You order your food via touch screen and a skateboard-ish tablet on a rail will deliver your order. You get tap water at every seat and a pot of matcha, so you can prepare your own matcha tea for free and as much as you like!
When we’ve had enough of Shibuya, it’ll be time to move on to Akihabara to have a look at the stores we missed on Day 3. Perhaps we’ll revisit Mandarake or take a look at what Animate Akihabara has to offer.

For a bit of peace and quiet moment of rest, there’s a cat café we’d like to visit. It’s called Neko JaLaLa. There are many cat cafés in Tokyo and this one has pretty good reviews. The cats are well looked after, it’s a clean place, the staff speaks English and they have a briefing pamphlet in English as well, so they make sure you understand the rules.
I think visiting a cat café is an interesting experience, that at least gives you more stories to tell and photos to show. If you have a cat at home or at a friend's place, you probably don't have to got there. Me, I'm a petless person. Actually, I tend to get nervous around animals I don't know. But I still enjoy being around pets and watching them.
Maybe we’ll take a chance and visit the infamous horror house close by. On the other side of Kanda River there’s a small abandoned building with lots of vending machines on street level. I’ve read it’s some kind of art project. Maybe there’s someone living on the second floor, but you’d have to climb over a vending machine to get to the stairs. There are some strange things being sold, apart from the usual beverages. There’s old train tickets, bells and plastic bugs.
But the most famous thing being sold there are the mysterious boxes. They are wrapped in plain paper with a story printed on one side. These stories may contain theft, suicides, murder, deceit, etc. They come in various sizes and cost about 500 Yen each, but it depends on the size of the box.
Apparently there’s a box of crackers or sweets in each one of them. At least in those, I saw being opened on YouTube. Those sweets usually cost about 100-200 Yen, so you are really paying this high price just for the story.
If you can’t read Japanese, that’s just wasted. You can go there, take a picture and translate it later if you’re interested.
We should plan in some time to head back to our Airbnb to store our purchases. That should be a wise idea… Backpacks are a great invention to avoid all those plastic bags. Or at least to avoid carrying too many plastic bags in both hands, because that’s annoying.

Big highlight for this evening will hopefully be Final Fantasy Eorzea Café. We’ll have to see if we get tickets the day we arrive in Japan at a Loppy machine at Lawson’s. That should probably be the easiest way. For someone who can read and write Japanese, that is. Or for someone who has a detailed tutorial with pictures at hand. Otherwise being the first one of the day you want to go and take part at the lottery for that day’s last tickets might be an option. 
If we get seats in the last time slot of the day, there’ll be plenty to feast upon. I might need a bigger stomach. Seriously, all foods and drinks look so special and awesome. I want to try them all! Which is impossible for two obvious reasons.
Sadly, I don’t know much about the Final Fantasy franchise, much less about FFXIV, which this theme café/restaurant is centred around.
After a hopefully entertaining evening... there's only one more day to go, before it's time we have to say good-bye and take our flight back to Germany.

Kiara Threepwood