Tokyo Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland was one of my Tokyo bucket lists. We set off early Sunday morning to visit this place located on the western outskirts of Tokyo in Tama New Town. Admission ticket price is 3,800Y per person on weekends (around P1,600).

ticket booths
I had no idea that Sanrio Puroland is geared for younger children. It's a small indoor theme park featuring all the Sanrio characters. It offers musical performances, live shows, few rides and attractions such as Sanrio character boat ride, My Melody and Kuromi Mymeroad Drive, Kiki and Lala Twinklingtour and Lady Kitty House.

Puro Village
the giant wisdom tree stands at the center of Puro Village
In my opinion, there's nothing much to do unless you're here with a kid. There are no exciting rides and all of the shows are only in Japanese.

Though, I enjoyed the Lady Kitty House, which I think is the big attraction here. I may not be young anymore but I still like Hello Kitty and I'm addicted to anything cute.

Sanrio Puroland Lady Kitty House
lady kitty house striking foyer
with exquisite pink sofa
huge bear pops in and out of his hiding spot
a sofa set covered in cute plush bears
gorgeous wardrobe of Hello Kitty
and her sugary bed :)
And we had a photo-op with Hello Kitty in the studio. Pictures with Kitty are only to be taken with the Lady Kitty House photographer.

Then we purchased our photo at the photo counter located outside the exit. A photo cost around 2,000Y if I'm not mistaken.

photo counter is on the left side
Lady Kitty House Shop and her cute pink carriage seat
Also worth mentioning is the Character Food Court offering all kinds of cute character-designed food.

But regrettably, I wasn't able to try because HB was in a hurry to have a bowl of Kitakata ramen noodles in Bannai.

Related Posts:
Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Part IV: Japanese Food
Till next time... toodles,

Part V: Shibuya and Harajuku

Tokyo might not be as congested as China and Hong Kong, but it is the world's most populous metropolis. So expect this city to be swarming with people particularly in Shibuya and Harajuku. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most vibrant and busy districts, filled with shopping, dining and entertainment. Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando Hills, Bershka, and Japan's largest record store - Tower Records are just a few buildings that we stumbled upon.
Tokyu Plaza
Omotesando Hills

One of the prominent landmark in Shibuya is the Shibuya Crossing, which is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachiko exit. It's a large intersection where it gets densely packed with people each time the crossing lights turn green.
shibuya crossing in daylight
extremely adorned by neon advertisements and video screens
shibuya crossing at night
people waiting for a green traffic light at shibuya crossing

Of course, we had to take a walk across this famous intersection, which is also featured in movies like Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Resident Evil: Afterlife and Retribution.

Other points of interest in Shibuya is the Hachiko Statue. It's a statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. According to a famous story, the dog waited for his master everyday in front of Shibuya Station, and continued to do so for years even after his master passed away. It is also one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. Have you seen the movie titled "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" starring Richard Gere? Oh my God, I cried buckets when I watched this movie.
Hachiko (bronze statue at Shibuya)
near hachiko statue is an old Segataya Line train car
 Harajuku is a district in Shibuya. It is known for most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles.

One of the focal points in Harajuku is Takeshita Street, a narrow street around 400-meter long dotted by little shops. We just sauntered around here since this place caters more on teens.

We encountered some people in their attractive and eccentric fashion. However, I was only able to take a single photo, not in Harajuku but in Takashimaya Shinjuku. 

I really wanted to see a large gathering of cosplayers in Harajuku but unfortunately we were not able to go there on a Sunday as we had another plan.

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Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Part IV: Japanese Food

Till next time... toodles,

Part IV: Japanese Food

In our experience, there wasn't much diverse range of food on offer especially cheaper ones. We always ended up having ramen (most of the time), curry rice particularly in Tokyo, Ekiben (bento box meals) on trains or at stations, Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki pancakes on malls and busy Dotonburi streets in Osaka. Usually, individual meals ranges from 800 to 1,000 Yen per person. Takoyaki is around 600 Yen.

chashu ramen :tup
Curry rice from MyCurry Shokudo restaurant in Shibuya. If you love food with a spicy kick, you might like this.

assorted Ekiben (railway bento box meal) :tup
Takoyaki: Japanese snack made of wheat  flour based batter with a small piece of octopus inside
Okonomiyaki: Japanese style pancake, ingredients and toppings varies
We also tried fast-food hamburger restaurant like Mo's Burger. I think 520 Yen should be more than enough to get you a hamburger set.

Mo's Burger in JR Universal City station near Universal Studios Japan
Mo's Burger Teriyaki Chicken Burger set with fries and drink 690 Yen
We went to many little ramen shops. These are really tiny restaurants with few seats or counter style seating. Usually "meal tickets" on vending machine can be found near the restaurant's entrance. Purchase your meal ticket here and hand it over to the staff who will then serve the food.

ramen with gyoza

meal ticket vending machines
We love the classic tontokotsu ramen particularly at Ichiran Ramen. Here, you can customize your ramen preferences. I like it light, while HB prefers spicy and heavy flavor. It was a wonderful new dining experience where the old-style Japanese ambiance joined force with the authentic tonkotsu ramen from the 60's.

Ichiran Ramen restaurant in Harajuku
Ichiran Ramen's ticket vending machine
Aside from cubicle style seating, there are also booths for 2-4 people. 

cubicle style seating

classic tonkotsu ramen with Ichiran's original red sauce
light flavor of tonkotsu ramen
For most of us, slurping is considered bad manner. But in Japan, it's typical to make noise when you eat noodles. It means that you're enjoying your food. So if ever you're in Japan and having a noodle soup, don't hesitate to make a loud and hearty slurping sound. SLUUURP!!! ;)

Fine dining was out on our list. We also didn't visit the conveyor belt sushi joints as I'm not really fond of sushi. Or probably time did not allow us to explore extensively. If you have any suggestions, please feel fee to share regarding food and restaurants in Japan. :)

Ichiran Ramen Harajuku
Sanpo Sogo Building 2F
6-5-6 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo
- 1 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Fukutoshi Line and Chiyoda Line Mejiijingumae Station
- 3 minutes walk from JR Harajuku Station (Omotesando Exit)

Related Posts:
Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae

Till next time... toodles,