I am 17 hours ahead of the west coast US so I am about to go to bed on Sunday night! Here’s the damage for my weekend in Tokyo. It’s so long… All is within my trip budget but normally I spend about $25 on groceries and that’s it for the weekend. 100¥ = ~$.90 USD Not including transit since that’s all pre-paid but will include it in the full trip costs.
So here goes:
Had breakfast from a 7-11 in our very cute neighborhood- edamame, soyjoy crispy and some Onigiri. (515¥) Got coffee from a vending machine (120¥) and then transferred hotels to Shinjuku and properly got LOST in a massive stationary store. Spent 2399¥ on a gift, and 5,276¥ on planners, stickers, and other dangerously cute paper items. Got +512¥ back as a tax-free refund. Went and had vegan ramen for lunch in the train station, which was delicious but we got so lost trying to find the right part of the massive train station that we ended up only having 8 minutes to slurp down a massive bowl of ramen (950¥) before having to get on the train and go to the Robot Restaurant for a robot burlesque show we’d pre-booked.
I cannot accurately describe the show. Someone said “it’s like being inside a migraine”. There were robots and battles between crab and dinosaur and space princesses and a robot playing covers of the grateful dead in a pure gold room… a rendition of mamma mia from someone dressed for cher’s quinceanera from atop an animatronic dinosaur and. It was…confusing and dazzling and… I wouldn’t say I “liked” it but I’m glad I “experienced” it. Anyway, I had pre-bought my ticket but I did get a virgin mojito (600¥) and then was too physically exhausted to do anything but stumbled to a delicious dinner at Ain Soph Ripple (1,702¥) including matcha vegan tiramusu before taking a soak in my first bath in 18 months.
Woke up bright and early to spend the whole day filming a tourism vlog. Free breakfast at the hotel, then snacks from Don Quijote (an 8 floor dollar store of chaos) for 254¥ Then my tights were falling down and driving me crazy so I begrudgingly bought a pair of bicycle shorts from H+M for 1,499¥. I was much happier then. We then hit up Shibuya crossing, filmed there, then got lunch at a ramen place for 1,025¥ before walking around the beautiful nearby shrine.
Went down the iconic and super-packed Takeshita Street, where despite the crowds I got a full used gothic lolita suit for 2,800¥ and a sparkle rainbow pillow I have no idea how I’m going to haul it home for 972¥.
Went to the legitimately coolest rooftop starbucks with an amazing outdoor garden and view for the cost of a soy matcha latte 529¥. Ducked into the free art installation on the 8th floor of Louis Vuitton, where I felt supremely out of place trying to get to the exhibit and I know they could tell we didn’t below. The exhibit was cool, but then it started pouring down rain, so after a slightly damp exhibition to the park where the cosplayers were scared off by rain, we went to an adorable cat cafe (820¥) and then headed back to our hotel, where we tried to gain motivation to go back for dinner but at that point we had no fucks left to give so I had a coffee at the rooftop hotel bar (500¥) and ate snacks in our room and watched Japanese TV instead of exploring all the nightlife completely surrounding our hotel.
Breakfast at hotel was free but nothing was open except 24 hour karaoke and hostess bars in before 8am as Shinjuku, Tokyo was still collectively stumbling home drunk so we got coffee for 514¥. We checked out of the hotel, and spent nearly an hour trying to find a storage locker at Tokyo station. Every other person was also looking for a storage locker though, so we gave up and got back on the train, went to Akihabara and found a locker there (300¥) Walked around and had at least a dozen young women dressed as maids try to entice us to a maid cafe, but ended up so overwhelmed, I got some delicious bean paste patties from 7-11 to regain my strength (371¥).
After experiencing 10 floors each of 2 different floor-to-ceiling electronics stores, and more manga boobs than I could handle, we gave up and went to Tokyo station to experience the ramen without burning our mouth trying to finish it in 8 minutes. Spent 1,350¥ and then hopped on the Shinkansen (bullet) train down to Kyoto. on the train I bought a truly awful coffee for 370¥ and after checking into our traditional Ryokan and paying the tourist tax (everything else paid for with points) of 400¥ each, went out to try to find dinner. Failed to find anything open in our neighborhood, but walked about a mile to a “The Only Burrito Place in Kyoto”.
Expected a terrible imitation of a burrito, but it was actually quite good. Much better than any burrito I have ever had in Europe. Damage came to 1,190¥ including chips & salsa. Walked home with a burrito coma. Going to enjoy the japanese soaking tub and go to bed in on a futon. ZZZ.