When travelling with others, there comes an inevitable point where things become a little tense. Personalities clash and even offhanded remarks can touch a nerve. Luckily for us, this was our last day in Japan, meaning we could soon part ways and decompress. However, if this happens in the middle of your trip, don’t be afraid to venture out on your own for a couple of hours or even the day. Providing you’re able to keep in contact with each other and stay safe exploring, it’s a great way to diffuse the situation and make the most of your trip abroad. People are often reluctant to do this, after all, it can be daunting being alone in a foreign place and you planned to go travelling together, right? But sometimes you just have to take time for yourself, be a little selfish and enjoy your time alone!
On a less preachy note, our final day in Japan started in Harajuku, where we treated ourselves to the Monster Café. The interior of this place is amazing, like stepping into a psychedelic Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. There’s four different themed areas that you can choose to be seated in, although it’s worth booking in advance to secure your favourite! Once seated however, you are free to explore the rest of the café, so don’t worry if you can’t get the table you want.
Food here is more for novelty than taste, you can get rainbow spaghetti or rainbow burgers, but as we had already eaten breakfast, we went for the ice-cream (a tiny disappointing scoop). Our timing was pretty spot on when visiting the café as the ‘Monster Girl’ show started not too long after we ate. It was pretty exciting as I had no idea it was going to happen! It was fun to see the style and make-up of the girls and once the show was over, you were free to take pictures with them. If you’re going to do a themed café, I would recommend this one for its uniqueness and charming design!
When in Harajuku, you must also try the crepes! There are plenty of stalls to choose from, each with a display of 100+ different flavour combinations. The one I always go for includes, matcha ice-cream, strawberries, red bean and mochi balls – I don’t think there exists anything more perfect. To round up the rest of the day, we trekked all the way to Ueno in search for a Japanese souvenir jacket. Finding the shop was tricky, but we eventually stumbled upon it and I nearly fainted at the price! Despite having some money set aside to purchase one, I really couldn’t justify buying one this time around. Instead, I chose to live vicariously through Wesley’s purchase (19,000 yen, roughly £130, dayuuuummm).
Consequently, having quite an ample amount of cash leftover, we decided to go for teppanyaki – a style of cooking that uses an iron grill. The slices of beef we ordered were delicious, the only negative was that there wasn’t more! It was a nice meal to end our trip with, even typing this out now makes me so hungry.