So I finally got a chance to go to Japan after a very VERY long time of waiting... and wow, it definitely did not disappoint!
Just as expected it was the most amazing, surreal and magical place... if you're thinking of going but haven't GO! You will not regret it!
This is the view from the hotel ~
It was in Shinjuku and the big building directly opposite were the government buildings ~ you can go up the buildings for free and there is a even more stunning/higher view!
In the far distance you can just about see Mount Fuji on a clear day
We stayed in the Keio Plaza in Shinjuku and booked through Expedia
There are far far cheaper options, but for a first visit this was an amazing place to stay if you want the full experience!
This is Shinjuku on the first night ~ the neon lights are so stunning and the place is hustling and bustling
One of the stores I visited the most in Tokyo ~ Don Quiote (or Donki)
They literally sell EVERTHING you could ever want or need at really amazing prices
I bought so much stuff in these stores....
Each store has different items so it's worth visiting different ones too
One of the first things I ate in Shinjuku (lol)
At the time they also had Bon Bon Ribbon Happy Meal toys :D
The Mcdonalds itself was amazing ~ it was on 4 floors and check the view!
They have a lot of arcades all over Tokyo ~ this was Shinjuku
My outfit for my very first visit to Harajuku (whoooop!!!)
Fairy Kei / Magical Girl style
Necklace, Double Ring and Leggings all 'Melty Castle' Design ~ Roxie Sweetheart
Bow Top ~ Princess Melody
Skirt ~ Milklim
Bow Bag ~ MA*RS
With Kiri at the famous Takeshita Street, Harajuku
Such cute stores with lots of vintage 80's toys
The Bodyline costume store
Sanrio Store <3
With the girls ~ Phoenix, Katie and Kiri
At the purikura booths in Harajuku
The purikura machines are ridiculously cheap at only 400 JPY a go (about £2)
They tend to have quite a few different machines with different background/decoration and pose options
You can also often choose the level you enlarge your eyes, add eye make-up, eye colours and lots more, as well as cute decoration
The next day we visited the Alice in Wonderland Cafe, Shinjuku
We were given cute props to wear (bunny ears)
The menu is themed and super cute with a reasonably varied menu ~ each dish of course alice in wonderland themed of some kind
I chose the Cheshire Cat Spaghetti
The food was beautiful as well as very yummy!
Next was one of the the Cat Cafes in Shinjuku ~
This was my favourite cat wearing a little jacket :)
There were loads of cats (probably around 20-30)
Some were sleeping as it was in the evening ~ you can buy small tubs of chicken to give to them as treats and to get their attention!
You must remove your shoes before entering and put slippers on. Lockers are provided for your bags etc and you can also get masks if you have allergies
Mayumi taking a selfie with the cat hehe
One of my face cats there, very sniffly
My outfit for the day ~ mixed J-Fashion
Dress and Bow ~ Angelic Pretty
Choker ~ MA*RS
Purse ~ Jewelpet
Purikura with Mayumi <3
Lots more still to come including the Studio Ghibli museum, Akihabara, Shibuya and more Harajuku ~
I have now made a mini guide for tips and tricks for your Tokyo visit!
Check it out here: