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We all took the Oedo Line subway from Tokyo Midtown together. I continued onto Tochomae Station (E28 on the subway map), while the others left before me at Yoyogi Station to transfer to the Yamanote Line to head to Ikebukuro. I actually left the train at the wrong stop - Shinjuku Station (need to read the maps better), but got back onto the next train to continue onto Tochomai as the Oedo line completes a loop at this station and northeast bound trains start here. You basically can swap from the southern leg train to the a northern leg train here. http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/subwaymap/index.html
From Tochomae (Station E28) or from Shinjuku (Oedo Station E01) you ride the train just one or two stops to get off the train at Higashi-shinjuku. There are signs directing you to Shinjuku Eastside. Follow the signs and exit. You will appear in a cool Tatooine-like open court area that you must cross to reach Tokyo Eastside. Pass through the Eastside building and out to the front of the building. Here you will find Artnia, the Square Enix Cafe and Shop. I previously blogged about Artnia here. I tried to visit previously on a Thursday to find out they are closed Thursday so I visited again today to check the cafe and shop out for myself.
|Cactuars and Slimes anyone? Very nice shop space, but not huge. Cafe is right behind the slime shelving on the right.|
|Jewelry and Product Showroom.|
|Sunshine 60 Dori|
|The route from Ikebukuro Station to Sunshine City is highlighted in Yellow.|
|On Sunshine 60 Dori|
|Tokyu Hands near Sunshine City (there is also a big Toys R Us in Sunshine City)|
|Nekobukuro - the cats have public areas to interact and private areas to get away from it all.|
|Cat! Observing human visitors from high up.|
For dinner we wanted sushi and went over to Sunshine City. Sunshine City is one of the older big malls in Tokyo and there were many American brand stores here along with mostly Japanese shops. On the restaurant floor we found a sushi restaurant that had good sushi. Only one group was ahead of us in line and we were inside in 10 minutes. There were conveyer belt sushi places back out in the entertainment district, but we would have to backtrack to find them and risk the possibly longer lineups to boot. Another important safety tip for Tokyo - if you're not exactly sure where the shop / restaurant is - then be prepared to not find it or find it after a long search as places are hard to locate in Tokyo.
|The sushi restaurant|
|Sushi Set that came with a warm dashi custard in a little bowl to start.|
The waitress at the restaurant was great and the food was really good. It was fresh fish, happy sushi chefs, and everyone had a great meal. Fortified we then went back to the entertainment district to head to the Animate Flagship Store. I also stopped by the old Animate Store on Otome Road and it is mainly for cosplay goods now with exhibit spaces on the upper floors.
|Old Animate Store seen from Sunshine City.|
|New Animate Store|
|Evangelion Slots Billboard.|
|The last breakfast in Tokyo. Pizza bread, flaky croissants, and great little apple turnovers with half of a very tender apple baked in.|
|Cute little firetrucks zipping around the area with sirens on and the driver shouting into a microphone constantly. That has got to be a kid's dream job with mike!|
|The Tokyu Hands had these very cute mini toaster ovens. I'll have to see if these are carried back in Canada.|
|Idaho Burger with bacon and hashbrown at Narita!|
|Some of the souvenir haul from Japan.|
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