If you only had a limited amount of time in Tokyo to see the sights, I would recommend Akihabara, Harajuku, Asakusa and Shibuya - you could actually squeeze all these places into a day.
In today's post we visit Akihabara, Harajuku and Asakusa - was difficult to fit in Shibuya as we were filming at the same time for a TV show called Hello Tokyo which is broadcast in Singapore and other parts of Asia.
Starting off with Harajuku - a young n trendy fashion district filled to the brim with fashion stores, cafes and restaurants.
To get to Harajuku get off at Harajuku station on the JR line.
This photo here taken at the top of Takeshita dori - a long street crammed with stores.
The first floor of the Evangelion store is mainly filled with apparel.
When we visited, the only customers there were foreigners - a few Taiwanese, Australians & American folks too.
2nd floor is filled with merchandise - everything from figures to stationery to mugs n cups.
Before I forget, thanks to ©khara for letting us film there ><
Evangelion necklaces and brooches.
Evangelion chopsticks by Kotobukiya.
Eva Revoltech figures.
Medicom Toy Real Action Hero figures.
Keep yourself warm with some Eva gear.
1/1 scale Rei petrified ver by the entrance.
Half way down Takeshita dori you will find a couple of places that make crepe - both taste as good as the other - I just go for the one with the shorter queue ^^;
The filming took place back in January when it was freeeeezing ><
Heading off to the next filming location which is also in Harajuku.
The store has had a lot of press which is why there are usually queues outside before opening time - even on a weekday.
We manage to go in before opening time to have the place for ourselves for a bit though.
I've tried to ride a skateboard because I wanted to Mirai-fy one but just can't keep a good balance ><
Done with filming at Harajuku - now off to the next location.
Arrival at Asakusa - home to the oldest standing temple in Tokyo - Sensouji .
To get to Asakusa, get off at Asakusa station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or the Toei Asakusa Line.
Rickshaws are said to have been invented in Japan back in the 1800's and was a popular form of transport back then.
Today they are typically only in service around tourist areas.
Stopping by Sumida Park to check out the view of Tokyo Sky Tree.
The Rickshaw is surprisingly light even with somebody in the passenger seat.
Some filming in Sensouji Temple but as we were part of a film crew, we had to register each piece of filming equipment - as we forgot to register the camera, they didn't allow us to take photos and had one of their press management reps watching us like a hawk - apparently they were not ninja enough to catch me taking these two shots though.
No more ronery - not with a Smart Doll on your shoulder.
Hanayashiki filming done - now to head to the last location for the day.
Usually we would go around in a van when filming at multiple locations but as we are on a very tight budget we head around on the trains and lug around the filming equipment ourselves.
Arrival at the holy land - Akihabara.
Filled with electronics, anime, manga, figures and as of late a few fashion stores too. The easiest way to get to Akihabara is to get off at Akihabara station on the JR line.
I always get a load of lines to remember but never can so just make it up as I go along ^^
If you only had enough time to visit one location, do you think it would be Harajuku, Asakusa or Akihabara?
Akihabara - always filled with cute girls.
Stuff I usually look out for are items which look like they are 1/3 scale - for Mirai-chan ^^
Which of the Free boys tickle your fancy?
After handing over the ticket from the vending machine, the idol of your choice pours hot water into a Cup Noodle and sets a timer for 3 mins during which you get to speak to her - when your time is up she will ask you to go away to sit at a table to eat on your own ^^;
If you want to continue to talk to the idol then you need to buy more Cup Noodles to top-up your talk time ^^;
If you cant eat 50 Cup Noodles then you are allowed to take them home - in that case they will just set the timer to the usual 3 mins per cup.
My 3 mins are up and I'm sent away to a table to eat on my own ^^;
But I'm actually not alone because I have Mirai-chan with me ^o^
While I report from locations around Tokyo, comrade Yoshimi does all the chit chat from the studio.
If you want to check out more about todays locations then check out the photo posts below. Also check out the extensive Places to visit in Japan post if you are planning to come over anytime soon.