We managed to get all our crap onto the shinkansen and settled ourselves for a relaxing trip back to Tokyo. I watched out the window for the entire trip, but I still did not spy Mt Fuji. I've been to Japan twice, and have yet to see it. My son had been counting the days until he could visit the Lego store at Tokyo Station, and he did not let us forget it. So even though I felt terribly ill, I still promised to take him there. So, we dashed back to our hotel in Shibuya to deposit our luggage, and then caught a train into Tokyo. I was desperate to lie in bed, but being the good mother I am, just washed my face and gathered all my remaining energy to go and buy Lego.
Somehow, the Japanese seem to be able to build all these fantastic underground cities, filled with fabulous shops and eateries. And Tokyo Station 1st Avenue is yet another example. According to their floor guide, "The avenue connected Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station has restaurants, cafes and variety of shops for souvenirs such as sweets, fashion and characters goods"
Of course, we headed to the Lego shop first.
The Kappybara store was extremely cute.
I have lots of little boys in my family, so it was easy to find them all a little gift at the Tomy shop. I really like Tomy products too for some reason.
By this stage of the night, I was literally shaking from my illness. So I was glad to sit down to eat and drink. We had our dinner at a restaurant, it's name I can't recall, but it was maybe similar to a German Beer Hall.
It was a large, lively restaurant offering a large variety of dishes. There were many people eating there with workmates and having alot of fun. I had wanted initially to eat at one of the many ramen cafes in Toyko Ramen Street, but there were so many people waiting out front of each one, and I was not prepared to wait due to my sickness.
Anyway, this beer hall was really nice, and the prices were reasonable. We had: Japanese curry,
potatoes and chicken karaage,
omlette and prawns
Then it was back to browsing the shops.
Domokun always cracks me up. I love his crazy face.
lots more pictures for you next post.
In the meantime, have a look at http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/
I highly recommend this destination if you have children or need to buy souvenirs to take home. There are also many Japanese sweets stores as well as clothing and accessory stores and a book store - something for everyone really.