After a great and much needed rest, we decide to spend the day shopping for souvenirs. We also wanted to check out Ginza, a high end shopping district in Tokyo. We obviously couldn’t afford to buy anything but it was incredible to see. Aside from Louis Vuitton’s massive department store shown below, there were so many things to keep our eyes busy. Two of our favorite sites were the Ginza Wako which was built in 1932 and the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza, inside sits elaborate jewelry and other luxury items and the Sony Building which displays the latest products made by Sony and also has some restaurants and cafes where you can find the $10 cup of coffee. We were a little depressed after this visit because we couldn’t buy anything we wanted. However, after we hit the souvenir shops, we were quickly cured of this depression as the souvenirs were very fairly prices and we all picked up a bag full of goodies. Among these goodies were folding fans, fancy chopsticks, tea cups, photo books and postcard sets.
We finally headed down to the train station to take the Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train to) Kyoto. This train goes from 210km/hour to 300 km/hour and makes travelling a breeze. We purchased a 7-day pass in order to reserve seats for us on the train; this saved us a lot of money, time and hassle by doing so. I would recommend for anyone to pre purchase their tickets online. Below is a picture of the train route. The train ride took about 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to Kyoto, we arrived at 9:20 pm and decided to grab some food and call it a night.