Trip Start Jun 01, 2012
8Trip End Jun 10, 2012
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After having seen the shrine and walked through the gardens we did a tour around the old town and sampled some lunch from one of the cafes - a bit pricey and food was OK - but you have to try the local fayre
Once we had taken in all that Asakusa had to offer we went by subway to Harajuku. This is a bustling shopping area and place where the Harajuku girls come dressed up at the weekend - though there weren't many for us to see. Before we went shopping we walked through tree-lined avenues to another shrine - Meiji-Shrine. This is Tokyo's grandest shrine and was built-in 1920 and rebuilt after the WWII bombings in 1958. It is a very peaceful place in amongst all the hustle and bustle of tokyo a stark contrast to the shrine in the morning. We also saw a number of weddings which were taking place at the shrine. The bride and groom, dressed in traditional dress, were walked through the shrine in a formal procession to be blessed at the temple.
We then walked back to the shopping district and made our way to Alison & Emma's mecca KIDDYLAND. This is 3 floors of cuteness and includes a whole floor of Snoopy stuff and Hello Kitty. We spent a lot of time deciding what to buy but managed to be fairly conservative.
Paul's choice for dinner - a Ramen restaurant he had visited on his previous trip. There we had big bowls of noodles in a soup with pork. Very tasty and welcoming at the end of a days sightseeing.