Instead, we rearranged our suitcases so that we would have only two bags each, waited until most of the rush hour was over, and hopped onto the first car of the train so we could more easily stand to the side.
We headed over to Shibuya 109 (my choice lol).
While I was browsing, I remembered that I wanted to check out One Spo based on a few things I had seen online before the trip. The display in the front of the store and a coordinate the shop staff was wearing sucked me in and I tried on a couple things and ended up buying them. It was a bit of a frivolous purchase but too cute to pass up and I knew I wanted to wear it on the last day of the trip. (You'll see it in a lot of photos in Day 7 <--check it out!)
Of course, I also had to stop by Liz Lisa one more time even if the stock was all the same.
Having exhausted my options there, I decided to take a look at Don Quixote. There were some things I didn't get a chance to purchase when I had visited the one in Umeda, and it was a good time to stock up because I wasn't planning on doing much other shopping and we were headed right back to the hotel after we met back up.
My bf finally remembered that he wanted something from Uniqlo so I headed back over there after making my purchase at DQ. I didn't find what he wanted since it was more of a spring item, but I did take advantage of the big full length mirrors for outfit pictures lol.
Day 2 from Shibuya 109 and Primevere at Lumine EST.
I went back to 109 to get in range for the wifi and bumped into Christa even before our set meet up time. She was making a purchase at Samantha Vega!
the August trip and I'm not a big enough Sailor Moon fan to justify the price :| Christa buying something is the next best thing though!
Having accomplished our task of killing time, we went to pick up something quick to eat from the Yoshinoya take out window opposite 109 and then headed back to Shinagawa.
I picked up a few things from Shinagawa station on the way back to the hotel, and then I went back to the front desk, checked in, claimed out bags and poured into the room.
I actually signed for the pocket wifi package when we checked in but I forgot it at the front desk when we were trying to bring all of our luggage upstairs, so I had to go back down and get it lol. Oops.
We leisurely ate our take out lunch and spent some time repacking our suitcases to determine how much room we still had for shopping.
We didn't have anything in particular planned for this day and we had already done all of our "must dos" in Tokyo, so I checked our planning Google Doc for ideas and remembered that Christa had previously expressed interest in visiting the Hello Kitty Restaurant Cafe in Yokohama after I referred her to Cheesie's blog for ideas. I broached the idea of checking it out, she agreed and I figured out how to get us there.
We caught a JR Tokaido line train to Yokohama. The closest station to the HKRC is Motomachi-Chukagai which isn't a JR station, so we had to buy a ticket for the Minatomirai line.
While we were on the train, I got a weird feeling about going all this way to visit the restaurant and, purely on a hunch, I tried googling for more information about HKRC. I had looked up a few sites before we left but only for access information. This time, I searched for "Hello Kitty Restaurant Cafe Yokohama closed" and, lo and behold, there was a result that listed the restaurant as CLOSED wtf lol. Not just closed for the day but shut down lol.
We had already bought the tickets for the Minatomirai line and were literally sitting on a train headed towards Motomachi-Chukagai anyway, so I switched gears and started figuring out what else was in the area. Fortunately, Motomachi-Chukagai is one of the stations closest to Yokohama Chinatown which is supposed to be quite good. I quickly discussed it with Christa, and we decided that since we had already paid for the ticket and expended the time to get most of the way over there, we would get off and check it out.
We got off the train and I was looking at the station map when I thought, oh hey, let's just go check at the building that the HKRC is supposed to be at - just in case. I mean, we're already over here anyway, we might as well just go and check. We've got nothing to lose at this point and only something to gain if that website was wrong. Christa agreed and I directed us towards an exit on the far side of the station based on Google maps.
At one of the entrances to Chinatown lol.
Yokohama Chinatown is full of panda merchandise! I really liked this panda ramen display and ended up buying 3 packets of it lol. According to the sign, the noodles are made black by adding bamboo charcoal powder and the white soup is made from boiled pork bones.
We continued just kind of blindly walking around taking in the sights. There wasn't anything in particular that we had planned to do (since we hadn't planned to come at all), so we didn't have much foresight into where to go. There are a lot of ready-to-eat food shops/restaurants, but neither Christa nor I am big on Chinese food and we weren't particularly hungry, so we didn't stop for anything.
We just ended up in another souvenir store lol.
When we were done checking out, I stopped to look at the map near the entrance of the store so we could figure out what else we would be doing since I kind of felt like we were just walking and not really doing anything. We were almost near the center of Chinatown at that point, but slightly closer to JR Ishikawacho station which is ideal because we want to use our JR rail passes as much as possible. (I was alarmed at first that I didn't realize we could catch JR to this area and had wasted money buying tickets earlier but then Christa reminded me that we didn't initially plan to come to Chinatown and I had routed us differently back when we didn't know the HKRC was closed.)
While we were on our way to Ishikawacho station, Christa pointed out a Daiso down a narrow alley because by this point she realized I like shopping there lol. And I'm glad she did! This Daiso had quite a few things that others didn't, including something my ex-coworker wanted that I hadn't seen in over a year despite going to many different Daiso locations at various times of the year since.
We continued on to the station and essentially had just done a brief walk through Yokohama Chinatown while buying things not even necessarily related to it lol. The gates at each entrance/exit though were really impressive! I wish that I could have gotten a nice picture of one with natural light but we didn't arrive in this area until the sun was going down and it only got darker from there.
From Ishikawacho, we went to Yokohama station and I dragged Christa over to Vivre so I could check out the Liz Lisa store there. I went in the front entrance like I had done on my previous two trips and was alarmed when I didn't immediately see the Liz Lisa there. I turned around and looked for the directory and was relieved to realize that they had just moved to the fourth floor. After I thought about it for a bit, I did kind of remember there being a renewal event for this location. I was so glad I didn't drag Christa all the way over there for nothing.
To ensure that this jaunt over to Yokohama wasn't a total bust for Christa, I made sure that she got at least a little something out of it too, and we went over to the other side of the station to find the nearest Disney store.
The nearest store happened to be in the SOGO on the east side of Yokohama station. Due to the movie being released soon, it featured a Star Wars theme throughout the floors and also had some special items and displays.
We made our way to the floor with the Disney store and Christa headed over there while I browsed the outer area a bit before joining her.
By the time we finished, it was around 20:00 and about time to eat dinner. I suggested what has become one of my favorite places to eat in Tokyo - Seirinkan. The only downside about it is that its nearest station isn't accessed by JR lines.
We arrived in Nakameguro, and I was able to navigate us to the restaurant with relatively little issue. We were seated right away on the third floor. (I've now had the pleasure of dining on the basement, second and third floor of this restaurant. The first floor doesn't really have customer seating.)
We finished our meal and then stopped at a conbini on the way back to check for any snacks to buy. We had to use Tokyo Metro to get back to the JR Yamanote line and then back to Shinagawa.
This was a bit of a fail day on a scale of things. We didn't have anything solid planned and the one suggestion that we were going to explore ended up being closed down lol. That being said, it could have been a lot worse since moving all of our luggage from the apartment to the hotel could have been a bigger hassle than it actually was. For shopping, this day wasn't too bad though. I finally bought an outfit and was looking forward to wearing it on the last day (even if it was just one). And the accidental trip to Yokohama Chinatown did yield some pretty good purchases for me even though we didn't do anything specifically in the area besides tourist shopping, and the Yokohama Don Quixote had what the Shibuya one lacked. Plus we ended the night with fantastic pizza! There wasn't anything particularly exciting from a blogging standpoint, but I think we had to have at least one day be a little bit more low key of the trip and we needed to be well rested for the last day, Day 7!
Part 1 - Day 1, November 26: Tokyo DisneySea
Part 1a - Planning for Tokyo DisneySea
Part 2 - Day 2, November 27: Hair Salon NALU, Shibuya & Harajuku
Part 3 - Day 3, November 28: Ghibli Museum, Shirohige Cream Puff Shop, Ikebukuro, Rikugien Garden & Nagomi no Yu
Part 4 - Day 4, November 29: Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari & Fire ramen in Kyoto
Part 5 - Day 5, November 30: Minoo Park, Kaiyukan, Tennoji, Namba & Umeda in Osaka
Part 6 - Day 6, December 1: Shibuya, Yokohama (Chinatown) & Seirinkan
Part 7 - Day 7, December 2: Ueno Zoo, Alice Café & Yebisu Garden Place
Part 8 - Liz Lisa & Other shopping purchases
Part 9 - Budgeting for a week in Japan
Part 10 - Travel notes: Planning, Tips, Accommodations & Pocket wifi
✦ Japan trip Summer 2015 posts
✦ Japan trip Spring 2015 posts
✦ Japan trip Summer 2014 posts
This post might seem a little lacking or all over the place because YET AGAIN, Blogger has found a way to screw me over and I had to completely rewrite and format this post. Similar to what happened to my "Am I too old for Liz Lisa" post, the draft I had completely finished writing and was just waiting for the right time to publish was somehow deleted and replaced with a duplicate of the Day 7 draft (not only in title but in content too).
Edit/FYI: I finally got through to the Blogger Help Forum and apparently you can't edit two posts at the same time or edit one and then immediately edit another -__-