I think that someone lives in the left side and the right side has a store/restaurant. What do y’all think?
I arrived in Tokyo mid-afternoon, while Ceddy arrived later in the evening. Since I had some time, I was able to explore Shibuya, the neighborhood we designated as our meeting place.
Shibuya was a combination of New York’s Union Square (because of its shopping choices) and Times Square (because of the number of people jostling each other on the street).
Shibuya Crossing is the main intersection that shoppers, diners, and commuters use to go their respective ways. I took this photo before the late night crowd arrived.
One of the most impressive department stores was Shibuya 109. It has eight floors of women’s boutiques.
And a gold staircase by its entrance.
Though there was a variety of boutiques, most of the mannequins (and salesgirls) rocked this look — brownish long hair curled at the ends and demure outfits (not pictured: crazy tall heels).
The colors and styling used in store windows (and interiors) were awesome.
Once Ceddy and I met up at Starbucks, we walked around in hopes of finding somewhere to eat. We found a lot of Italian, French, and American restaurants. The non-chain sushi restaurants weren’t open late. We ruled out going to Outback Steakhouse (though theirs looked posh), since we never go there when we’re home.
We decided to return to Setagaya to find a late night bite, instead.
Carrot Tower is a skyscraper with an observation deck on the 26th floor.
In addition to the observation deck, there’s also a (slightly overpriced) café on the 26th floor.
Setagaya is the lovely area where Ceddy and I stayed for our weekend in Tokyo. It’s an upscale neighborhood with some of the most expensive real estate in Tokyo. We rented our host’s apartment through AirBnB. If you haven’t used AirBnB, you should. It’s cheaper than renting a hotel and you get tips from a local host for places to eat and sightsee that aren’t the usual tourist traps. We rented a whole apartment, but you can rent a room in a host’s place, as well.
Though it isn’t known for its shopping malls, there were still plenty of stores in Setagaya.
Most people rode bikes or walked and took the metro.
The apartment we rented was a ten minute walk from the Sangenjaya metro station.
It was really easy to get around the city using the metro since everything was translated in English.
Unlike Atlanta’s MARTA trains which arrive every 15 to 20 minutes, Tokyo’s metro trains arrive every three to five minutes.
The platforms are always packed. (This is not the largest number of people that tried to cram into the same train.)
The signs with directions to landmarks were extremely helpful.
I’ll be writing about Carrot Tower, one of Setagaya’s most famous landmarks, in my next post.