From the japan Collection
We had finally reached the end of our stay in Kyoto. After the most delightful call from the grandmother running the ryokan ('Good morning! Breakfast is ready!') we headed downstairs to have a traditional Japanese breakfast. It consisted of sesame tofu, a boiled egg, miso soup, some fried sardines, various pickled vegetables, seaweed paper and some delicious white rice. After scarfing it down we packed up all our belongings and headed towards Kyoto Station for one final visit.
We got our reserved tickets for the Shinkansen again and hopped on the train for the two and a half hour ride back to Shinagawa Station. After we arrived we transferred over to the Yamanote Loop (a train loop similar to the one in Osaka that takes you to all the major places) and took it to Hamamatsucho station and then walked to our Airbnb in Minato district where we met our hosts Ken & Nico.
This is the best Airbnb I have ever stayed at. I don't usually rep an AirBnB as my experiences with them have typically been pretty awful. It is probably only 700 square feet but every inch of it is perfectly laid out from the tiny little living room with the massive 60-inch TV to the quaint kitchen to the heated floors. And the best toilet we have ever used with a bidet that shoots water up your butt.
After taking an hour to unpack and settle in we decided to do a half day of sightseeing and make our way out to Shibuya (渋谷). We got back on the Yamanote loop and took it to Shibuya Station where we finally got to experience crowded Tokyo stations and it really is organized chaos. They really do push and shove to try to pack in as many people in the train as possible. It is bizarre to take part in. After finding the correct exit were were greeted by another massive crowd of people who were either in line to walk across Shibuya Crossing or take a picture of themselves with the statue of Hachiko (忠犬ハチ公), the most loyal dog.
We made our way through the crossing and headed to Center Gai to find ourselves some food because it was about 3pm and we hadn't eaten since 8am. We stumbled across a stand-up sushi bar 魚がし日本一 and jumped it for a quick set of delicious nigiri. After finishing our sushi we continued to wander around Center Gai and came across a gyoza bar literally called Shibuya Gyoza (渋谷餃子) whose menu consisted of pictures depicting what size of mound of gyozas you want. Having just eaten we 'only' got a pile of 20 gyozas and some beer (I believe it was called a 'Mt. Fuji').
With our stomachs now full, we decided it was time to head north to Yoyogi Park (代々木公園) and the Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮). It was quite amazing to see this massive park in the middle of the dense metropolis that is Tokyo. By the time we got into the center of the park you could completely forget that you were in Tokyo, there was only greenery as far as the eye could see.
We decided to head back to Shibuya Crossing and head up to the second level of a Starbucks that looked down on the crossing. This was supposedly one of the best spots to view the crossing. After taking some pictures we got hungry again so we decided to head back to our Airbnb and drop off our bags. Our laziness and hunger got the better of us and rather than venture too far we decided we always wanted to eat at a Mos Burger (モスバーガ) and then just stopped by a convenience store for some beer and snacks at YaMaYa (やまや) to snack on while we watched The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift back at the AirBnB.