15th May 2009 – Using the 2-Day Tokyo Metro Open Ticket that we purchased earlier, we took the subway from Ueno Station to Nishi-Shinjuku station (duration about 34 mins) and walk over to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Facade of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building was once the tallest building in Tokyo. The banner at both sides of the building is “Tokyo 2016 Bid Emblem” – candidate city for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and Paralympic Games in 2016. Sincerely hope that Tokyo can clinch it!
After some security checks, we took the express elevator to the 45th floor observatory. There are 2 observatory – the north and south, both offers different view of Tokyo. Admission is free. Notice that there are a fair bit of students visiting as well.
City view from the north observatory deck. High rise buildings are everywhere.
Is the green patch Shinjuku Gyoen or Shinjuku Central Park? Let me know if you have the answer.
On a clear day, you will be able to see the silhouette of majestic Mount Fuji. Look closely at the photo but don’t blame me if you can’t see. 🙂
A nearby location map. Next destination is Shinjuku Station.
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower. I like the way the building is shaped like a cocoon and it’s also unique and futuristic looking.
Entrance of JR Shinjuku East. Shopping time for my my partner!
Takashimaya Times Square. More loots coming from my partner and I am the carrier. Ha ha!
Shinjuku Uniqlo Megastore in that was newly open on 24 April 2009. Can be located on the west side of Shinjuku station.
5 levels of apparels for you choose until your wallet is bleed dry! 😛
After 3 hours of following my partner around, she finally gives in to her tiredness and wants to break for lunch. Haha!
Settled for Tenya – a fast food chain that specialize in tempura.
Tenya’s Tendon Set (rice and soba).
Tenya’s Tendon Set. Total is ¥1510 for both set.
Tenya’s tempura – freshly fried yet not too oily!
Suntory C.C Lemon drink ¥150. Focus on the wrong object! LOL!
Next shopping area is Shibuya. At the metro subway platform waiting for the train from Shinjuku to Shibuya.
Folks catching a short nap after lunch?
Shibuya 109 – a shopping paradise for ladies. Well, the men can follow and enjoy the numerous sights too! ^^;
The crowd outside the Shibuya 109. We were sitting nearby to rest our tired legs.
Back to shopping again. Shop till you don’t have money!
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan. It was having at least 20 odd people in long queue before our turn but the service was pretty fast and we got ours in about 5-10 mins.
The free sugar-glazed doughnut that you get while queuing. Absolutely appreciate the kind gesture!
Mango flavored doughnut ¥180.
Chocolate coated doughnut ¥180.
Ootoya and Tenkaippin Ramen – both are great value food chains that are popular with locals. Please do try them when you are in Japan.
At Starbucks (above HMV) resting our legs and having a Starbucks Ice Café Mocha ¥430 while watching people goes by at the famous Shibuya hachiko junction.
Shibuya hachiko junction is the world’s busiest pedestrian street crossing!
Look at the amount of people crossing this street junction in the afternoon. I understand it’s get more crowded in the evening or after office hours.
Getting a drink to quench our thirst after spending another 3 hour shopping – Suntory Vitamin Water ¥147.
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower for further shopping.
Water fountains at the entrance of Mori Tower.
Tokyo Tower taken from Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. Sun is setting soon.
Tokyo Tower zoom shot.
Different views of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.
TV Asahi Corporation building in Roppongi.
Mori Art Muesum and Tokyo City View (Observation deck).
Nicely lit structure. I believe that we came up the escalator from the metro subway Roppongi station.
Having dinner at Tenkaippin Ramen in Roppongi.
Tenkaippin ramen menu.
Chinese noodles with thick gravy ¥730.
Spotted Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo on our way out from Tenkaippin Ramen. Went back to hotel after a full day of shopping…..my partner is exhausted. Ha ha!
五月十五日- 用了我们较早先购买的两天东京地铁车票， 从上野駅搭到西新宿駅（路程大概三到四分钟）再步行到東京都庁舎。
经过安全检查， 我们乘搭快捷电梯到45楼的观景台。有两个观景台 – 分别是北方和南方，两个提供东京不同的面貌。而且入场免费。注意到有很多学生来参观。
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower。我喜欢的建筑的形状像个茧独特又有未来感。
新宿UNIQLO大型商场开幕于24 April 2009。位于新宿站西面。
决定吃天井 – 专门卖天妇罗的快餐店。
天井的 Tendon Set (饭和荞麦面)。
天井的 Tendon Set。 两个套餐共1510日元。
天井的天妇罗 – 新鲜但油腻！
渋谷区 109 – 女士的购物天堂。 男士也可以跟着到处看看! ^^;
在日本的Krispy Kreme甜甜圈。 有二十多个人在排队才轮到我们不过他们的服务挺快的不到十分钟就到我们了。
大户屋和天下一品 – 两个都是当地人喜欢价廉物美的连锁店。如果你到日本一定要尝试。
途径天下一品时看到Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo．经过了一天的购物我们回到酒店．．．我太太精疲力尽．哈哈!