Less than 24 hours in Tokyo with Iput.
Yesterday’s trip to Tokyo was the best one out of all of my japan trips. Mostly because this time my old friend, who’s working in Tokyo right now, brought me around. It’s really different when you explore a place with someone who lives there, someone who knows the language. Everything went smoothly, especially when it comes to ordering food, buying stuff and not getting lost.
As I only have half a day to spend in Tokyo, my friend decided to come over to the hotel that I stayed in despite the fact that I checked in pretty late (almost midnight). Just so we didn’t have to go to the trouble of setting up meeting somewhere in town. We then went for supper at a yakotori restaurant at a nearby mall. The food was really good, and I even finished a bottle of Sapporo beer.
The following day, I asked her to bring me to Shimokitazawa. A hip neighborhood filled with cafés and vintage clothing/accessories stores that’s situated just a few train stops away from Shibuya. First thing to do once we got there was to find a cafe for a brunch and we decided on this cozy little one called J.S. Pancake Cafe.
There are very limited seats available in this cafe, but there’s a take-out counter on the other side of the building.
My order of J.S. Pancake with maple syrup. Very very delicious pancake, love that its texture was different than ordinary pancake. Very fluffy and buttery.
My friend’s order of pancake with salmon and avocado. I didn’t know how it taste like cause I just can’t take avocado, all I know it looked really green. Though my friend said it was pretty good.
Overall, it was a very satisfying brunch. Oh, and my friend accidentally left her hand phone there which we only realized about an hour later. When we went back, the staff actually kept her phone and put it in a ziplock back. That’s what I call excellent service.
Afterwards we explored the neighborhood by entering many of the shops but not getting anything. Haha. The stuff sold there were on the pricey side and there wasn’t one that I really fell in love with. I ended up buying a beanie for a shop called Big Man and my friend got herself a cute bracelet.
Then we headed over to Shibuya, and just roamed around the streets aimlessly. After grabbing some make-up at Loft& and Matsumoto Kiyoshi, we had some coffees and snacks at a coffee shop by Yoyogi Park.
Beautiful white roses for Mother’s day.
The must-take photo with Hachiko in Shibuya.
Random stuff I picked in Matsumoto Kiyoshi.
And at Loft&
Time seems to fly by when we’re having a good time, and before I knew it we had to part ways. I had to fly back home that very same night and my friend had to go back to her dorm. It was really great catching up with her again after almost a year since our last meet-up. Hopefully I get to meet her again soon.