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WHAT TO DO ON THE RAIN DAY
Harmonica Yokocho Kichijoji
Just off the “Sun Road” shopping arcade there are little old back alleys that have all sorts of treats like yokan, pork cutlet and taiyaki. The atmosphere is eclectic and it is fun to wander around the Kichijoji area.
For the Manga/Anime lovers out there visit this shopping arcade for five-stories of interesting collections of second-hand manga, collectable action figures, and much more. It is an interesting experience even if you are not a huge geek.
THE ROPPONGI TRIANGLE
I would suggest starting at Roppongi Hills where you have some public art and also the Mori Art Museum. They have a nice view from up there but on a rainy day don’t expect to see very far. From the hills you can pop open an umbrella and walk around over to the Midtown shopping complex and visit the museums there. They have the Fuji Film Museum, Suntory Art Museum, and 21_21. From the back garden outside of 21_21 it’s just another short walk over to the National Art Center. You can hop on the Chiyoda line at Nagizaka and you were barely out in the rain.
This is a shopping / Museum place to go but expect to do some walking. Things are very spread out on the reclaimed islands that make up Odaiba. When you get there you have your choice of classic tourist traps like the Madame Tussauds wax museum or Legoland. They also have a Japanese style “trick-art” place and a shopping center that is designed to look like Venice but is called VenusFort. To complete the day, you could take the monorail over to the museum of the future “Miraikan” and experience emerging science. If the weather calms down and the bay is not too choppy I would also recommend taking the ferry back to town.
It Had Crossed My Mind
Go to Shibuya. Pop open your umbrella and flow across that famous scramble crossing with all the other bellas. If you can find a coveted seat at the Starbucks window that over looks the crossings it is a fun sight to see all the goofy things people try to do while they “cross” the intersection. If you enjoy watching people and thinking of all the personal stories that they all must be adding to by visiting this place you will have a great time just sitting and slowly consuming your double-ristretto-venti-half-soy-nonfat coffee.
Maybe you like cats or owls or reptiles or even the maids who clean up all that mess… Don’t worry Tokyo has a cafe for you. Trust me… just google up a few cafes like “cat cafe” or “maid cafe” or “ninja cafe” or “robot restaurant” or “hedgehog”, “reptile”, “fish”, “railroad”, “kawaii monster”… who knows what you might find. Just be aware that these things come and go really fast so confirm they are still open before you walk all the way over to them and find out they are closed.