Friday, 20 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 3 - Shinjuku, Akihabara

Day 3 was just another example of just how diverse, yet pretty the landscapes of Japan are. We headed out in the morning to the Shinjuku Gyoen Park. This was about a 10-15 minute walk from our Air BnB, and didn't disappoint. This large park had an entrance fee of only £2 each, and housed traditional Japanese gardens, a traditional Japanese-style house, and plenty of gorgeous scenery.

After we'd walked around the whole park, we jumped on a train to Akihabara, which I'd seen described in YouTube videos as a sort of geek mecca. It turns out, they weren't far from the truth. Everywhere you turn in Akihabara, there was anime, video game and general geek culture shops, housing floor upon floor of any Japanese merch you'd like to get your hands on. It was here that I picked up two Belle and Rapunzel figures for a bargain reduced price. 

Akihabara is also the home to Super Potato, a huge retro games store that sells a combination of retro systems, games, and merchandise. It's also full to the brim with chip tune music and TV's playing old games, so it's a bit of a sensory overload. Definitely worth visiting if you're a retro games collector!

We HAD to try a Japanese Photo Booth. Look at how it changed out faces!

Super Potato!
My husband ended up buying this, for a much much cheaper price elsewhere whilst we were in Japan.
It's so detailed!

Whilst we were in Akihabara, we decided to grab something to eat. We found a tiny little restaurant, that had a machine out the front to order your meals. Just take the ticket to the counter, and they'll bring your food over to your table. If you're a little worried about your lack of Japanese on a trip, finding places that have these machines can be a godsend! 

After geeking out in Akihabara for the best part of the day, we headed back to Shinjuku, and paid a visit to the Samurai Museum (not far from Robot Restaurant). The ticket price included an English-speaking guide who talked us through each exhibit, and helped us to try on samurai gear! It was incredibly interesting, and I found out a lot that I never knew before (Samurai were only 5ft tall or less - so short!). 

We then headed to the Capcom Bar for dinner. It's not as overtly themed as I thought it'll be, but there's little nods to their franchises around the restaurant. The menu is centred around some of their biggest games, such as Resident Evil, and Devil May Cry. The food was nice, nothing super-special, but the drinks were pretty damn good. If you ordered food and drink, you were free to play any of the games they had set up on the wall-mounted TVs. 

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