17 March – Day 2 [Akihabara]
Hotel: Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
Recommended to me by my aesthetician – Dr Chiam Chiak Teng. Thanks Doc!
The cost: About $180 per night [ rates can fluctuate and sometimes go up to $225]
Tip: I used the UOB code “UOBEXPSG17” to get 10% off and of course my UOB card to pay for it.
Participating “Expedia Rate” hotels refer to hotels labelled “Expedia Rate” and are not on the exclusion list in www.expedia.com.sg/p/corporate/coupon-exclude-hotels, see Terms and Conditions below.
Voucher code: UOBEXPSG17
Booking Period : Now – 31 March 2019
Travel Period: Now – 30 June 2019
Minimum stay: 2 nights
There is apparently a mastercard 12% off promotion for expedia as well
How i’ll rate our stay: 4 out of 5 stars i guess.
Address: 1 Chome-2-9 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
What I loved: They gave us a room of the 14 floor, and also some super delicious pecan chocolate and even folded us some swan towels to welcome us. They also offered free printing and hence we were able to get our disneysea tickets printed.
Not only that, the hotel also helped us to book our lunch at Ginza Ukai Tei which i requested before we even checked in. The washroom was spacious, and although the room was really tiny – typical of tokyo hotels, the toiletries, and amenities were lovely and towels were changed daily, I wore the bathrooms to sleep on most nights.
The toilet was also clean! And so was the room There wasn’t much of a view however from the windows. heh
What i didn’t like: The pillows weren’t fluffy, the bed pretty small. Oh and the housekeeping doesn’t wash the plate for you ie: if you’ve eaten snacks in the room etc. There was limited space hence we had to plonk our luggage in front of the door which made it hard to walk but there wasn’t an alternative. Also the hair dryer provided seem faulty, and even after requested for a replacement, the second one was faulty too – it sparks when i power it on after some time which made using it a scary thing!
We visited akibanavi.net/ and did a 1hr go-kart ride with a guide around Tokyo, making tops near the sky tree and Asakusa.
They open from 10am to 8pm, I booked us for 5pm initially but we were early and so I called the Akiba Kart dude who then managed to change our booking to 4pm for us The go-kart is suited for anyone 150cm to 185cm in height.
Costumes are free for use. And you literally drive on the roads, public roads, along with any one road users. You can just drive around yourself, or you can hire a guide to go along with you.
What to wear for go kart: well pants will be ideal as the site states to refrain from high heels, snow clothes, long skirts and other obstructive clothing.
Why are my hands on my ears? Well i was actually putting my head gear on lololol.
After we were done with go-karting, we headed to the Akiba Fukurou owl cafe, they take reservations via website and confirm it only over email. There is no number to call apparently.
Please be mindful to book 1-2 weeks ahead of your visit, i checked the calendar today just for the heck of it and they were fully booked till 20th April?
Address: Japan, 〒101-0022 Tokyo, 千代田区Kanda Neribeicho, 67
Its actually really near our go-kart place that’s why we decided to go there.
While the owls are all well kept and seemingly well rested as the shop as strict rules on how you should handle owls, they also rotate the owls such that each owl gets to sleep after its shift. But the thing with owls is that you can’t pet or stroke them very much and when you carry them they mostly keep really still, which is cute for maybe 10-15minutes and then it becomes a very zen experience which IMO isn’t for everyone lol. It isn’t something that is very interactive you can imagine. Some people bonded real well with the owls they handled, others had the owl shit on them. And me ? My owl decided to perch itself on my head – clearly i was panic stricken by the fact that i am now at its mercy in case it decides to relief itself on my head LOLOLOLO.
The Akiba Fukurou site has very clear instructions on how to get to their cafe http://akiba2960.com/access
Isn’t the tiny owl cute?
The cafe for one thing handles and maintains the owls very well – the fact that they are strict
- each guests can only handle 2owls in the 45 min
- no stroking or petting the owls – only one tap as they said owls do not like being stroked
- With this i am confident the owls lead a pretty good life there and that the shop is pretty ethical
What we really liked? Was that the shop took about 1-2 professional photos of us with their Canon Mark II which they then mailed to us, and also gave us a postcard each as a takeaway.
[i think my owl wasn’t too happy to have his photo taken lol]
We ended off the day with dinner at Ichiran ramen at Shinjuku or was it shibuya where we queued for some 30minutes haha! Much to the displeasure of my husband but well didn’t complain when we were eating! Ichiran was nice, but I wouldn’t queue 30minutes for it again because we discovered better Ramen! Namely – Oreryu Shio Ramen which we the next day, The creamy shio ramen left us speechless. I didn’t take much photos of Oreryu so read this blog for a full write up on the ramen they serve up http://www.eataku.com/post/95492262471/oreryu-shio-ramen-kagurazaka-tokyo
p.s. The shinjuku east branch of Ichiran is a 24hour one!
Address: 3 Chome-34-11 Shinjuku, 新宿区 Tokyo 160-0022, Japan
Read about our Day 1 here