Shopping Center in Shibuya
looking for children’s activities in Tokyo, I stumbled upon this blog post
from Roam The Gnome about the Muji Shibuya store playroom for kids. Muji is a Japanese retailer that sells
various housewares, clothing, and other consumer goods.
They also cater to families with
children. The 5th floor of the
Shibuya Muji store has a special children’s play area.
fun little area has wooden décor that gives off a very soothing and peaceful
vibe. The whole play area is filled with
all sorts of wooden toys.
are wooden animal magnets, rocking horses, ramps, as well as a wooden egg ball
little tables and chairs are all made of wood as well. Our son loved stacking all of the wooden
figurines and rolling around in the wooden ball pit.
is a nursing area with baby changing tables right next to the play area.
grabbed lunch at the Daylight
Kitchen, a short walk from the Shibuya Station and one of the most child
friendly restaurants around Shibuya. Here they serve
fresh and healthy organic food. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating in a peaceful atmosphere.
Daylight Kitchen was one of the very few restaurants we visited in Japan that provided high chairs for our son.
ordered the chicken set meal. The
chicken was sautéed with vegetables and included 3 sides (no idea what they
were but it was tasty). Our meals
included organic salad, barley rice, and miso soup. Everything tasted great and was much
healthier than anything we had eaten in Japan up to this point.
Central Railway Station
next stop was a visit to the Tokyo Station, one of the busiest stations in
Japan. Tokyo Station was recently renovated
in 2012 with beautiful construction inside and out. The station has many underground passageways filled
with shops and restaurants. You can
easily spend half a day just exploring all the stores the station has to offer. The
outside of Tokyo Station is built with red bricks and a clean design, dating
back to 1914.
The station is located in
a business district, surrounded by skyscrapers and tall buildings.
Imperial Palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. Gardens, trees, moats and walls surround the palace.
A bridge leads to the main gate of the
palace. Unfortunately, the palace
grounds were closed on the day we visited so we could only admire the palace
from a distance. Still, it was fun and
peaceful exploring the outer gardens with the palace in the background.
exploring the outer grounds of the Imperial Palace, we made the 5-minute walk
back to Tokyo Station for dinner at Tokyo
Ramen Street. We enjoyed the ramen
at Tokyo Station so much the last time we went to visit Tokyo that we
went there for dinner on two separate occasions. This little corner of the station has 8 of
the best ramen restaurants in Tokyo all lined up side by side. It can be hard to decide which ramen
restaurant to visit with so many good options!
|We came early and since it was off peak season, there weren't any long lines. |
found a restaurant we all agreed on and ordered from the vending machine prior
to being seated.
As expected, the ramen
was very flavorful and filling.
and tourists flock to Ramen Street to grub on steaming bowls of delicious
ramen. You can read a nice summary of
all the various ramen options on the Tokyo Cheapo website here.
dinner, we all agreed that we had seen enough of Tokyo and were ready to head
out to Osaka the next morning.