Taking Over Shinjuku 1.13.15

by - January 13, 2015

 I usually get pretty busy at work but this week, I got Monday and Tuesday off and on Tuesday, I decided to explore Shinjuku. Why Shinjuku you ask? I don't know too. Anyways, it was my first time commuting to Shinjuku and stuff and man I was blown away by like, everything. I actually didn't go defenseless as I searched for things to do and places to visit beforehand but uhm. No. I actually didn't end up going to any of them except for one. That's life.  


It was like 1 hour and a half train ride from my place to Shinjuku and I actually didn't enjoy the process of getting there. It was kind of tiring. Imagine being seated and tired. That kind of tired. When I got off the station, I was like, whoah. Well to be honest, finding the right exit was the only real struggle. LOL. 


So when I reached the place, I just walked and walked and kind of familiarized myself to the place a little bit. Just in case my phone dies and I wouldn't be able to use my Google Maps on my way back to the station. 

Shinjuku is definitely a busy place. People are everywhere. If you're from the countryside, you might be as blown away as I am. There are a lot of skyscrapers, establishments, this and that and I can't even. But I mean, it's Tokyo so what did I even expect, right? 

DELICIOUS RAMEN

I actually ate before I left and when I reached the place, I was already hungry. Totally out of my plan because I thought of crossing out my list of what to do whilst I was there first but failed. I searched for a place to eat anyways and it wasn't easy to find because first, lotsa choices and second, full of people. But it was kinda worth it. I think. I ate at this place where they serve ramen and rice meals and being the ramen girl than I am, you already know what it is. I really liked it!!! Major  yums! What happened next was, I thought of visiting their garden sort of but after a long walk, I found out it was closed. Which makes sense because it's winter. Life. And then I thought I'd go visit the Cat Cafe. Being it a cafe, I thought they would have like sweets and light meals but they serve international kind of meals and no like cafe stuff. I was still full so I thought it was a bad idea to force myself eating just to hang out with cats. But I was kinda sad too. I wanted to like play with little furry creatures. I miss my doggy basically. 

Then!! I thought I'd visit the Garden near the cafe but it was closed. It makes sense though. It's winter so it's not like there are gonna be Cherry Blossoms everywhere LOL. Stupid me. 


As I was walking back, I saw these temples. Now, I saw these on the Internet but didn't actually put it on my list. But I already failed and nowhere else to go so I thought I'd visit. At this point, my bestfriend called and we were talking, right? I didn't know there were people in the temple and they kind of gave me "that look" LOL sorry guys. 


This station is like a very good place to shop!! Malls beside malls!!! Oh can I just say that there are I think 2 or 3 Louis Vuitton store in that area and they're not even that far from each other. Rich people's land, eh? If you dig that type of fashion, Shinjuku is the place for you. Anyways at this point too, I may have hurt my feet a little bit (A LOT!!!). One mall, I think it's Marui, the one in front of Isetan just to be sure, they have like this cool garden at the top and I was like, chance to rest!! 

THE ROOFTOP GARDEN

They don't have much going on to be honest, it was also freezing cold and I can't find a place to hang out on. This mall has two Starbucks but no luck. I actually haven't seen a Starbucks with like a waiting line outside. Like back in the Philippines, when Starbucks is full, people usually can't be bothered to wait outside to get in. Anyways. Then I went to another mall which has lots of cool stuff I must say. Its 8th floor specifically. If I literally found my "own" own space. I would definitely collect their like fishes/insects with its bones and nerves exposed placed in a glass vial and they're like very colorful and stuff. They also have like bones of frogs and all other nerdy cool stuff. I like it so much. Kinda pricey but I like it.

MALL'S HALLWAY

Then to my final destination. The Shinjuku Terrace City. I actually planned going here to see the lights. For some reason, I love fairy lights. If I find one, I will definitely set-up my place with some lights. They open the lights at 5pm and I was kind of early for the celebration. Also hungry so I stopped by Starbucks to warm myself up which totally didn't happen by the way because available seats are outside. But anyways.


Finally...Shinjuku 2015 illumination everybody. 


Picture above is probably my favorite out of all of them. They have a short path in the middle and crossing that just feels like magic. 

OBLIGATORY SELFIE

I probably crossed this path three/four times just because. LOL. If I were with friends, wouldn't have left without the most epic picture LOL. That's life. 


Even the reflection looks magical. Oh can I just say that there were policemen standing in front of this building for a good 10-15 minutes, because there was a group rallying and it's funny how almost all of us seem more interested to the lights. 


Before I actually went home, I strolled the streets a little bit more to hopefully make myself hungry and then I realized Starbucks was a wrong idea because it was quite dinner time already and I was still full. 


I enjoyed my trip to Shinjuku. I don't know if I will be back soon though. I guess I have a lot of places to explore before I decide to go back there. Maybe like in April when the Sakura is at its full bloom or something. See you guys soon.

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  1. The one place in the world I want to explore is Japan! One day!!

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