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Japan 2014 – 09 Black Burgers for Lunch in Shinjuku, Tokyo (2014-10-03) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 27 OCT 2015

Having just enjoyed the panoramic views of Tokyo via the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, we next marched off through a very busy Shinjuku (lunch time foot traffic) in search of food and electronics, grabbing the former from a most unexpected source: Burger King.

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Seeing as Halloween is amazingly quite commercially popular in Japan, Burger King decided to release a black burger as part of the festivities that year. (I see it must have been a success, because this year they’ve brought it out to the rest of the world as well!)

Black buns, black cheese, black tomato sauce – well, you get the picture. Terrance and Ryan couldn’t wait to sink their teeth into these squid ink and bamboo charcoal coloured whoppers, whilst I on the other hand played it safe and went for the boring standard Burger King fare – which to be fair was still a first for me seeing as I hadn’t yet tasted the stuff back home either!

If I remember correctly, they kind of liked it, but what I can’t remember is whether or not it subsequently turned their poo green – as social media will have you believe this year’s batch in the States is currently doing.


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Next it was electronics hunting, and Terrance introduced us to the marvel that is Yodobashi, a literally ginormous electronics store that has floor upon floor of pretty much anything and everything electronic that you can think of.

And of course, this being Japan, there is an overkill of Otaku stuff to be seen/had as well! (But all I bought was a spare battery for my camera. Figures. I finally get to Japan only to discover that I’ve completely outgrown my otaku phase.)

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After a fair bit of walking around Shinjuku, we ended up taking a bit of a break on the top of Keio Mall (aka Keio Sky Garden).

There we caught our breath, rested our feet, and started the prepping that came with the fact that Terrance was about to leave us and go back to Komagane, meaning Ryan and I were about to embark on a trip in a foreign country that doesn’t speak any English with no support other than Google Maps and the data dongle we had organised for the trip.

Not that we were worried mind you. By now Ryan had the trains more or less figured out, Google Maps was proving to be awesome thanks to the excellent signal coverage we were getting, and we had more than enough Yen in our pockets to make for an enjoyable (albeit very unplanned) trip! :)

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Japan 2014 – 08 Visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku (2014-10-03) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 27 OCT 2015

So day 1 of our Japan 2014 tour had been pretty awesome, and with tour guide Terrance still at our disposal for half a day, day 2 kicked off (after a delicious hotel breakfast of course) with a trip to Shinjuku, Tokyo!

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Our target for the morning was the impressive Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which literally houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which governs not only the 23 wards, but also the cities, towns and villages that make up Tokyo as a whole.

Of interest to us were the panoramic observation decks situated on floor 45 of this unique looking, immense skyscraper complex, which would allow us fantastic views of the highly developed commercial Shinjuku ward.

IMG_20141003_111316 tokyo metropolitan government building in shinjuku, tokyo, japan

Coming from a small city like Cape Town, it was overwhelming to walk in the shadows of so many skyscraper and highrise buildings, and it is an absolute incredible sense of awe that one has walking through such an obviously productive area.

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It’s impossible to miss the imposing Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and after a lackadaisical bag check, we were ushered into the elevator and whisked up to the 45th floor, to an spacious observation deck outfitted with a restaurant, curio shop, and of course, lots of posters in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Games!

IMG_20141003_112844 view of tokyo from the tokyo metropolitan government building in shinjuku

As expected, the views of Tokyo were phenomenal, and you eventually left the building now even more in awe at just how large the city of Tokyo actually is!

Oh, and did I mention that access to the observation deck was free? In other words, a definite tourist attraction if you ever find yourself in the Shinjuku area.

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