Toyoko Inn Ikebukuro Kita-guchi 1
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... an Asian eye. It's the outside part of it that makes it different. Myth busted. This was meant to be more meaningful but think about what makes someone's eyes different and actually all eyes are very similar but it's still very obvious between an Asian eye and a western eye.
Anyways, got up early and tried to see the sumo match which only happens 3 times a year. Sold out :(. But we saw a bunch of sumos outside so that was cool.
... to sit and eat. Luckily, we hadn't ventured too far from Meiji-jingu, so we returned to the shade of the trees for a picnic.
After continuing through the park, we headed out to the shopping streets of Harajuku, gawking at the fashion shops of Takeshita-dori, where all the young girls go for Lolita and Goth-style clothing and accessories. There are a lot of big-name stores in this area, but we are too poor to walk through their front doors. ...
... landscape of trees and rocks. From here we walked 10-15 miserable minutes in the intense sun to the train station. We took the train to a bamboo forest and the Arashiyama Monkey Park. To revive us we treated ourselves to green tea soft serve ice cream. The bamboo forest had the largest bamboo I have ever seen and the monkey park had over 100 somewhat wild monkeys that all gather around the visitor center to be hand fed. Although the monkeys are wild they are very ...
... park before getting to the shrine which was nice. Really well looked after like most things we saw in Japan. The shine was good too, looked like something of 'the last samurai' after, we visited a garden in the shrines grounds, it was a bit expensive but beautiful. In the evening we did what the locals do and had dinner at a bar come restaurant. There were all sorts on the menu, mostly offal based but also some things closer to what we are used to. We had ...
I went back to my hotel for a little while before heading out for my dinner reservation at Nihonryori RyuGin. Due to my confusion yesterday I didn't need any help finding the restaurant.
RyuGin is very small with around 18 seats. I was surprised when another table seemed to be an American couple. The only dinner available is a 10-course tasting menu, although you can request some minor adjustments. I discussed the menu and ...