DAY 1 26/12/2017 Tokyo - Meiji Shrine, Afuri Ramen, Reissue 3D Art, Harry Hedgehog Cafe, Kiraku Ramen and Shibuya Ao No Dokutsu

Here goes my annual japan trip itinerary. Brought my mother along to Tokyo. It was her first time there but she wasn't as enthusiastic as me. I definitely tried a lot of things i have not tried before during my past 2 trips to Tokyo. We flew by All Nippon Airways(ANA) and their service is so good as always. :) Not sure if the Changi Recommends router has problems or is it coz 2 person connecting to one router... the router is damn slow. -_- 

As we did not anticipate that there would be a long queue to exchange for the JR Pass, there was a long delay before we could get to the hotel. It was already late morning when we reached the hotel. The hotel that we are staying at is Hundred Stays Hotel. Super spacious rooms and have friendly staffs that could understand english. 

No time to go grab coffee so we were off to Afuri Ramen for lunch at Harajuku. This was something new. The broth is kind of weird? We chose the shoyu broth but there's a subtle yuzu taste. I am not sure if i like it or not. Definitely refreshing if you eat this in the summer or something but it's freezing cold outside. This store is also quite famous as there's a long queue for this. 

Address: 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10am - 3am Daily

I always made it a point to go to Meiji Shrine during my first day to pray for a safe trip ahead and also for my studies. We also went to Takeshita Street where we walked into Daiso and also other shops. It was super crowded. The sky gotten dark pretty quickly. 

We went to Reissue 3D Art. It is a cafe that specializes in 3D Latte Art. They were closing in about an hours time when we were there and the waiter there warned us about that. Not sure if they're eager to go back or what coz the 3D Pikachu latte art was effing ugly. -_- Was expecting something cuter as i have seen many cute latte arts on instagram. You can check out instagram and do a comparison with mine. 

Address: 3 Chome-25-7 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001, Japan
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm daily

Moving on from our failed experience at the cafe, we went to Harry Hedgehog cafe. The cafe is abit hard to spot as we went past the cafe twice before we noticed it. LOL You have to purchase your ticket at the vending machine. I think it cost 2000 yen for half an hour with unlimited drink? You need to sanitize your hand first before you can go into the area. You were then led to a glass tank where there are a few hedgehogs in it. Ours are albino. -.- Their sense of sight is bad so they rely on the sense smell more. You need to hold the dried mealworm in front of them to feed them. They were so cute!!!! I would consider returning! 

Address: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 1 Chome−13−21, シャンゼール原宿2号館
Opening Hours: 10pm - 8pm daily

We went to kiraku(喜楽) ramen for dinner at Shibuya. I liked this better than Afuri. I ordered the Wontonmen. The shoyu broth is flavorful but kinda oily. Kiraku's noodle is a flat egg noodle and is served al dente. My mother ordered the Moyashimen (Stir Fried Been Sprout Ramen) and gyoza. Kiraku has a history of more than 50 years and they're still around means something. 

Address: 2 Chome-17-6 Dōgenzaka, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:30AM–8:30PM
Closed on Wednesday

We went to the Shibuya Ao No Dokutsu christmas illuminations. It is so stunning. Everywhere is lit up in blue. It's like a sea of blue!!! It was so crowded though!! It was also one of my goals to see the different christmas illuminations for this trip. <3 Everyone should go see this during the christmas season. :) That concludes my first day! 

#1 My Everyday Meal

1) Made some tomato nabe soup with lots of vegetables with rice! Btw, you can get these packed nabe soup from Daiso. Lots of different flavor to choose from. :)

2) Japanese udon with oyster sauce! Bought the udon noodles from sheng shiong. 

3) Nongshim Korean Clay Pot Ramyun Noodle. One of my fav instant noodles. The broth is just so good! Ate mine with egg and luncheon meat.

4) Made some Korean spicy soup with the miracle noodles. Good to eat when the weather is so cold nowadays! You can get the noodles from iHerb. 

Swee Guan Hokkien Mee with good wok hei

I like my hokkien mee to be soaked with zhup and be kind of soggier so this is already a win to me. On top of that, the prawns were fresh and you could taste traces of wok hei while you slurp on the noodles. Be prepared to queue up though as this store is kind of popular. I went there at night and it was easy to get a seat at the coffee shop where the store is situated at even though there was a long queue. The store is also walkable from Aljunied MRT Station.

Address: 549 Geylang Road
Sing Lian Eating House
Singapore 389504
Opening Hours: 5pm - 11pm daily

Soy Sauce Chicken at Lee Fun Nam Kee Chicken Rice And Restaurant

Lee Fun Nam Kee Chicken Rice And Restaurant. This is probably the most famous chicken rice store in Toa Payoh. Like who else has their own restaurant selling only chicken rice in Toa Payoh? Their signature dish is their soy sauce chicken.
The sauce for their signature soy sauce chicken was thick, good and flavorful, however the meat needs to be more tender. The char siew and roast pork was crunchy and good! The rice was okay and fragrant. The restaurant was spacious and airy with fans keeping the place cooling, instead of air conditioning. 

Address: 94 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
Singapore 310094
Opening Hours: 11:00am - 03:00pm
05:00pm - 09:00pm