Tokyo Day 6: Shinjuku Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building & Friday night fashion in Harujuku and Shibuya 109

We first went to Shinjuku. It was another late start so we wanted lunch right away. We headed to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building where they have a cafeteria on the 32nd floor (mentioned years ago on this site). You buy your ticket from a machine and then hand it to the right people to get your lunch in about 2 minutes. If you’re looking for a food bargain in Tokyo, this may be it. It’s not gourmet or anything but you can get very full for 700 yen or so.

In the same building they have 2 observation towers. You take a different elevator to each and from the 45th floor you do get a nice view of Tokyo. It’s free so that’s a nice bonus.

We then walked to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden but we arrived after 4:00 and since they close at 4:30 no one else was allowed in. We then walked to Harujuku but I wouldn’t do this again – it was a very boring walk on Meji Dori to get there.

Harujuku itself early Friday night was pretty busy and there were some Harujuku girls walking down the main street in front of the station. We tried a crepe – a must according to my wife’s guidebook. We got chocolate ice cream, banana, whip cream, and chocolate syrup. How can you go wrong? My wife mentioned that it was better than the crepe we had in Paris but that was some kind of blueberry jelly or something so of course this Tokyo ice cream dessert crepe.

Anyway, I got bored of trying to pick out the people making fashion statements from the people dressed normally so we headed back to Shibuya for sushi, the same place we went on day 2.

Then we went to Shibuya 109, a shopping mall for women’s fashion. If you want to see some exciting fashion, this place may be better than Harujuku. You won’t have the cosplay costumes but on Friday night lots of young women dress their best and come to Shibuya 109 to find more clothes. The women working in the Shibuya 109 shops often dress in the wildest outfits possible from the clothes in their store. The customers are pretty dressed up too. My wife ended up buying some Tokyo punk stuff on the 5th floor from Tutuya. If you don’t want to dress like a punk it’s still worth checking out the workers’ fashion.

Then it was back to the hotel, picking up breakfast at 7-11 along the way. When we got back to the room we started packing for the next day would be our last in Tokyo.

Reflecting on the vacation we didn’t really feel we needed to do anything on the last day. We certainly didn’t do everything in Tokyo but we did everything on the short lists of things to do we had made and felt we had a pretty comprehensive Tokyo experience. I don’t want to say I know Tokyo but I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what the city is like.

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