By our 5th busy day in Tokyo, I was super tired (and a little grumpy) – I was thankful that we took it easy each morning and didn’t try to put in a full 12hr each day! Our agenda for the day: Harajuku, Meji Shrine, and Yoyogi Park.

On Monday, we , made it out of the house around 12:30 and headed straight to the Harajuku area to see the Meji Shrine. It was a decent shrine, but kind of a let-down after the things I saw in Kyoto. We walked around the grounds quite a bit, enjoyed the gardens, and had a quick pop in to Yoyogi Park before we realizing we desperately needed food!

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Sake Barrels

Back towards the Harajuku subway stop, we grabbed a quick bite and a snack (chocolate croissants-thank you Kylee) before heading back to the park. We thought about doing some shopping in Harajuku (it is super-famous for it) but it was an absolute madhouse – neither one of us was in the mood for that shit (NOPE!). We walked around the park a bit and enjoyed the peaceful scenery. It was really nice to see so many people out enjoying the weather and such a diverse group of people too!

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We did catch a really cool performance by some 1950s Rockabilly Dancers and I was able to take a bit of video. *I’m a newbie with video, so please bear that in mind!*

Afterwards, we headed to Shinjuku to check out the area and grab dinner. The place was absolute sensory overload – I’m really glad we decided to stay someplace a bit more quiet!

We grabbed a few (expensive) pints at an Irish pub and set off to find Gachi–the absolute BEST food we’ve had so far – Kudos to my Daegu crew for the recommendation.

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After dinner, we headed home to rest our achy feet (we put in another 8mi walking that day) and mentally prepare for our next adventure: Odaiba and Tokyo Tower!

*Check out my first few days in Tokyo: Asakusa & Akihabara / Asakusa & Shibuya / Ueno Park and Tokyo Zoo / Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa Tanabata Festival!

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