JAPAN TRAVEL DIARY | DAY 5 |

Memory Lane and Tokyo Sky tree
We go up Tokyo skytree, Japan's tallest sky scrapper for some amazing night time views












Today we wondered around Shinjuku because we had heard there was a big camera shop in the area and my boyfriend being a photographer wanted to have a look around. Another travel tip: if it's advertised as TAX FREE, depending where you are from, it might not be. The VAT out there was only 8%, but being being from the UK we were not allowed the tax free discount (something to bear in mind if you wanna go shopping and are on a budget). We had looked up in the area places to eat and discovered 'Memory Lane' sounds lovely doesn't it? That's because the street has been re branded, it used to be called 'piss alley' due to all the business man getting drunk in all the bars, so a re brand was needed! It is a tiny alley-way, not street, alley way, which if you were not paying attention to would miss. It's not very long either, you could walk the length of it in well under 5 minuets, but it is filled with tiny restaurants. I'll be honest it does look shabby, and it does feel like you are eating in the kitchen where the food is prepared but it was interesting to see. It was one of my fave meals out there too, typically Japanese the food is quick to arrive and you are only limited to stay an hour. It was one of the most authentic street food meals and aesthetics I've ever experienced and we left full and happy :)

Memory Lane











Later that night we went to the Tokyo skytree, Japan's tallest skyscraper. It was really close to where we were staying and it has it's own train line too, so is super easy to find and get to. We learned as we arrived, they let all tourists have a fast pass ticket entrance, which is definatly worth it, the queue was over 30 mins long. So feeling like a VIP we queue jumped to the front of the lift and went up 350 metres, you can go further up to the very top, 450 metres for an additional fee, but what we saw was amazing anyway. And the queue for the lift up was very long anyway. The night time view was incredible! I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Tokyo Skytree

skytree view

skytree view 

skytree view

skytree view

skytree view


That concludes our first part of the trip, next, Kyoto!
We say a brief goodbye to the hustle and bustle of the city life and travel to Japan's calmer town of Kyoto.

Photos and edits by Jon Barker

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