Hello Harajuku!

On my recent trip to Japan, Harajuku was the top of the list of one of the most fun places I visited. It is internationally the center of Japanese youth culture and fashion and not only was the visit colorful and unique but it was quite a Hello Kitty Foodie adventure as well!

My number one reason for coming to Harajuku was to visit Reissue Cafe! Reissue Cafe is world-famous for their latte art! 💕☕️.  Reissue is home to latte artist, Kohei Matsuno.  He uses foam and chocolate to make the cutest 2D and 3D latte creations ever! My choice of course was Hello Kitty!

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Reissue is located a little off Takeshita Street; the main street in Harajuku that has their famous boutiques. Soon after I visited Reissue, I instantly spotted Eiswelt Gelato! Eiswelt meaning “ice world” in German; had its first store open in Westminster, California in 2016. What makes Eiswelt so special is their character gelato. You can get gelato shaped in cute animals like a teddy, piggy, chicken and bunny! It is only in Japan however that you can get a froggy! I had to get the froggy of course because it was very similar to one of my favorite Sanrio characters, Keroppi! For the froggy gelato, you can choose to either get mint or matcha flavours. I went with matcha; in true Japanese spirit!

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One doesn’t visit Harajuku without trying their famous crepes. Marion Crepes first opened up in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku.

Marion Crepes started their crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku. They serve have Japanese-style crepes that are filled with delicious ingredients. I chose to get their Strawberry and Banana Chocolate Cheesecake Cream Crepe! The crepe itself was so soft. It is made with a secret recipe and is truly mouth-watering.

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Last bu definitely not least;  I visited Pompompurin Cafe! Pompompurin, the Sanrio yellow golden retriever actually has three cafes in Tokyo but the original one is in Takeshita-Dori in Harajuku. The cafe is supercute and filled with bright yellow and brown tones to match PomPomPurin and their menu is filled with Pompompurin inspired dishes and drinks. My choice was the Pompompurin Cafe stew which had a combo of three different stews; carrot stew, squid ink stew and purple sweet potato stew that was topped off with cutest 3D Pompompurin rice 💛!

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Harajuku was definitely a cute and colorful culinary Hello Kitty Foodie adventure! I loved visiting all the various cafes and eating the most kawaii creations ever!

 

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Hello Kitty Princess Room @ Keio Plaza Hotel!

When it came to choosing a hotel to stay at during my trip to Tokyo; it just seemed the perfect choice to choose Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku! This was dream Hello Kitty trip and this place has eight inspired Hello Kitty rooms! I booked the Hello Kitty Princess room which is an elegantly dedicated room all about the princess herself; Hello Kitty!

The room is absolutely gorgeous and the attention to detail is phenomenal. The walls are all pink and simply oozing with Hello Kitty charm.

I love the bow inspired couch (with a table filled that has Hello Kitty bow water.)

There is a gigantic Hello Kitty high heel chair for good fortune!

The tea kettle and tea is even Hello Kitty inspired.

When one steps in the bathroom; there’s Hello Kitty waste baskets; Hello Kitty hair dryers; a Hello Kitty scale and a Hello Kitty toiletries. There’s even Hello Kitty slippers.

I even loved the signs for the door. They were Hello Kitty inspired too!

One of the best things about staying in the Hello Kitty hotel room is the Hello Kitty breakfast room service! This was true Hello Kitty Foodie heaven. The Hello Kitty breakfast had Hello Kitty Breakfast included a Hello Kitty stamped omelette, a Hello Kitty sandwich, sides of fries, ratatouille, corn soup, salad with hello kitty shaped croutons and hello kitty shaped radishes and yogurt with a hello kitty bow candy in a apple bowl.

Staying at the Hello Kitty room was truly a Hello Kitty dream come true and I truly felt like a Hello Kitty princess. 

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Keio Plaza Hotel. 

Hello Sanrio Puroland!

When I finally made the decision to visit Japan; a visit to Sanrio Puroland was of course on the top of the list! It has always been my dream to visit the ultimate Hello Kitty theme park.

The trip to Sanrio Puroland first started off with getting on the train to the city of Tama where Sanrio Puroland is located. From Shinjuku Station, I took the train to Tama Center Station.  Tama Center Station itself was a real treat! The station is decorated in Sanrio characters donning train conductor outfits. From stained glass ceilings to elevator doors; one can see Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, Kiki and Lala all dressed up!

Hello Kitty has to be the cutest train conductor ever!

As one exit’s the Tama Center station; one steps into Hello Kitty’s town! This is the town that leads up to Sanrio Puroland. The town is filled with Hello Kitty walls showcasing her, her twin Mimmy, her Papa and Mama and of course her special someone, Dear Daniel!

The map of the town as well as the signs around the street all Hello Kitty inspired.

Even the stairs leading up; are Hello Kitty themed! It definitely is the cutest walkway to the themepark.

My excitement was definitely hitting an all time peak but there was nothing quite like seeing the entrance to Sanrio Puroland! It was like all of my childhood dreams coming true.

Once inside the theme park, I first hit up the Sanrio Character Boat Ride. This definitely was my favorite of the whole park. It reminds me a lot of the It’s a Small World ride in Disneyland except it’s all Sanrio characters! Throughout the ride; you step into the world of many of our favorite characters. My favorite of course was Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel.

I also went on the My Memoroad Drive! Here one gets to ride My Melody cars and all along the ride; they take pictures of you! One can choose to purchase a photo collage that you can decorate at the end of the ride.

Another favorite of mine was visiting Lady Kitty’s house! It’s so elegant and beautiful and the best part of all is you get to meet the main lady herself; Hello Kitty at the end!

In true Hello Kitty Foodie form; I had to checkout some of their food offerings as well. Everything was so kawaii! I chose to get the Hello Kitty curry! I loved the Hello Kitty shape rice and how her ribbon is made out of spam!

I also loved the Hello Kitty ramen! Ramen has never been so cute!

Sanrio Puroland was truly a dream come true and a visit that I will never forget.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp reviews on Tama Train Station Sanrio Puroland