Escape to Japan: Sapporo
We decided to check in at the Hilton because we like the Shinjuku area and because it’s convenient as it is one of the stops of the Airport Limousine. Since we were hungry when we arrived, we grabbed a bite at the Tonkatsu Wako located next door at I-land before walking to Takashimaya.
At the mall, we dropped by the Music Jacket Gallery before hitting the basement to buy some of our favorite pastries then finally rode the elevator all the way to the top to have dinner at Din Tai Fung after shopping at Uniqlo. Back at the hotel, we enjoyed some dessert before calling it a night.
Our second day was spent at Roppongi Hills starting off with a quiet lunch at the Michelin restaurant Robuchon followed by a visit to Mori Art Museum and Tokyo City View where we were lucky enough to have spent many hours reveling at the Star Wars and Naruto exhibits. We went home with interesting loot in tow.
Dinner was at one of the neighborhood udon places at Shinjuku Gyoen. It’s nice to take a break from doing tourist-y things and just enjoy a meal with friends where the rest of the locals go after a hard day at work.
Finally on our third and last day, we had brunch at the amazingly relaxing Ivy Place at Daikanyama. It’s the type of place where you can just have quiet conversations with friends. We also spent some time at the nearby Tsutaya to buy some book titles that we know are not available in the Philippines.
The weather’s been very cooperative during our entire stay in Tokyo, providing us a much needed respite from the scorching heat of Manila. If we didn’t have work waiting for us, we would have extended our stay in one of our most favorite concrete jungles.