November 14, 2012

It's time for Tokyo!

As most of you know, we started off our trip in Tokyo, Japan! Neither of us had ever been there before, and unfortunately we only had one full day to spend in the crazy city, but we're so glad we did!
Side note-we were only there for a day, hence the lack of outfit changes!
The first thing we can say about Tokyo is how crazy their transit system is-particularly the subway! We left the airport and somehow managed to get on the right train to take us to Asakusa, which was where we stayed both nights we spent there. We were really surprised by a few things right off the bat-first off it was freezing cold and raining and when packing for Thailand we didn't think to bring anything for this kind of weather, so that was kind of too bad. Secondly we were surprised by the language barrier, we are used to Thailand where almost everyone seems to speak a bit of English, or at least enough to get by. That mixed with the cold/rain and not knowing where the heck we were going, on top of the jet lag, kind of threw us off the first night. However we managed to get our act together by the morning!

We started the morning off right...with a cold Asahi and a map of the crazy city trying to figure out the insane subway system.

We spent the entire day exploring the streets of Tokyo and it was incredible! Definitely unlike any other city we've ever been to! We spent the majority of the day in two areas-Shibuya & Harajuku! 

Our first stop was my favorite store of all time...Loft! I had only been to the one in Bangkok (many times!) but was blown away by the size of the one in Tokyo! Loft is a one stop shop with everything from the cutest stationary and office supplies, kitschy household items, amazing furniture, party supplies, beauty products and the list goes on and on! The stationary section and the kitchen section are literally to die for.

A typical super kawaii creature on the street.

After our Loft fill, we headed to Shibuya crossing to take some pictures! We're wishing we could have seen it at night...maybe next time!

We found out later that the sign above Stef says "Drunker St." We had a good chuckle about that one.

After we got our Shibuya fix, we hopped back on the subway and went to Harajuku to shop! We started on Takeshita Street! We didn't buy too much, but we did stock up on cute knee socks and tights!

You can't go to Tokyo without stopping for a crepe! The creperies in Japan are where my old business partner and I got our idea for Kawaii Crepe. We loved looking at all of the plastic food on looks so real!

Another thing we loved about Tokyo are the vending machines...those things are everywhere!

Wacky mystery chip flavours! 

After a full day of shopping, we went on the hunt for gyoza, sushi, tempura and saki! We found all four, but ordering at restaurants was a bit challenging. Clearly we don't read or speak Japanese, so we pointed at pictures and hoped for the best! Although usually surprised, we were never disappointed with the food! Everything we tried was SO delicious! 

That's all for now! Until our next trip that is...

xo Erin & Stef


  1. Wow it's crazy how much it looks like New York City but then when you look at the signs you realize your not in Kansas anymore toto. I'm so jealous too!! Tokoyo is on my bucket list!! I'd go crazy with the vending machines and all the lil shops and cafes!!

    Ergo - Blog

  2. That brought back memories. Way back in the nineties I used to work as a buyer for a fashion chain in London and visited Tokyo every six months for 'inspiration' Crazy city indeed. Remember the jet lag being appalling.

  3. It's so nice to see how other countries make crepes. I love it!!! They look so yummy.


  4. These photos are gorgeous, I've always wanted to visit Japan. You both look adorable too, love your knee high socks xo

  5. Im sorry but I really dont like when people, specially americans, assume that if you are visiting somewhere they have to speak your language, if you going to mexico speak spanish, at least try to learn something, if you to go china learn some chinese, and then they all get mad and dissapointed because they can't communicate, is simple as that...other than that it looks like so much fun :)

    1. Oh no we are on the same page as you, we were just surprised because where we went were pretty touristy areas, and it was just different than we imagined! We weren't complaining though and hope it didn't come across like that! We are actually planning on taking Thai lessons this year, and if we go back to Japan we're definitely going to try to learn a bit before we go!

  6. I agree with the blogger above-it reminded me a lot of NYC-actually with a european feel to it as well since the buildings are not as tall as in NYC. Awesome trip you guys had! xox

  7. That´s my dream travel V_V very pretty!!! awww

  8. Aww, it looks like you guys had a great trip! You made sure to stop at some great places. :) I'm dying to get back to Japan asap. <3

  9. How fun!!! You both looked great while sight seeing in Tokyo! I hope to get there one day!

    Cathy Trails

  10. I adore both of your hats!

    <3 Melissa

  11. Oh MY , Tokyo City is flawless about it's kawaii things.
    I would love to visit there one time :)
    You both are looking great!


  12. love Japan...a lot of cute stuff over there

  13. You guys look adorable!

  14. Would love to visit Tokyo. Love your outfits! Lookin' good ladies :)

  15. Oh so totally jelly over this trip to Tokyo! My husband and I hope to go in two years! I just discovered your blog by way of A Beautiful Mess! So in love! You both have great style!

  16. I would love to go to Tokyo! Erin where did you get your toque! I love it!