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The Book Store That Sells Louis Vuitton

With no itinerary for the rest of the day, we made our way to my wife niece’s house in Tokyo. We took the bus instead of being picked-up to experience riding one in Tokyo.  It’s a straight forward matter of getting on the right numbered bus and getting off at the right bus stop. The Shibuya bus stand is right in-front of Shibuya JR train station exit. Pre-paid Icoca card were used for ticket payment.

We have heard that in Japan, pre-loved items are of good quality, reasonably priced, are original and no fakes. With that in mind, wife’s niece drove us to Book Off Super Bazaar located at Kawasaki, a 45 minutes drive away. Kawasaki is mid way between Tokyo & Yokohama. While I have toys and gadgets in mind, wife is itching for an LV.

Pre-loved LV

The ‘Damier Azur’ range of LV. ¥53k & ¥56k respectively.


Book Off
is Japan’s largest chain store for pre-loved items primarily dealing in books, CDs, DVDs, video games and game consoles. In their larger stores called ‘Super Bazaar’,  they also sell mobile phones, consumer electronics, musical instruments, toys, fashion, shoes, brand name items and precious metals to name a few. Super Bazaar typically occupies a whole floor of a mall carrying a wider range of product categories. You could easily spend hours browsing one section to the other in their Super Bazaar. Other than Book Off, this chain group also has Hard Off, Off House, Hobby Off, Garage Off, Mode Off as well as Liquor Off, each specialising in different range of products.

All branded items such as handbags, purses, wallets, watches and other high priced items are displayed in locked showcases. Louis Vuitton has quiet a large selection but other brands such as Coach, Hermes, Gucci, Prada & Furla are also on sale albeit in smaller numbers. Quite a large selection of watches are also available. And did we mention for tourist, you’ll shop duty free. There are lots of pre-loved stores around Shinjuku, Shibuya, Akihabara, various 2nd street as well as chain store Don Quijote. It all boils down to your convenience, preference and budget where you’ll end up going to.

Book Off Kawasaki

Nicely arranged in glass showcases.

Book Off Kawasaki

A couple of LV travel begs are also available.

Book Off Kawasaki

The whole stretch of LV’s on display right till the back.

Book Off Kawasaki

Purses and wallets.

Book Off Kawasaki

More purses and wallets to choose from.

Book Off Kawasaki

This section for guitar enthusiast.

Book Off Kawasaki

Fishing rods and reels.

Book Off Kawasaki

A long row of golfing equipment.

Rows and rows of infant & toddler needs

Book Off Kawasaki

At a smaller Book Off stores, this is the only range of items you’ll find. Books, CD’s, DVD’s, Video Games, etc.

Book Off Kawasaki

Begs & briefcases.

Book Off Kawasaki

Section for winter apparels.

Book Off Kawasaki

The extensive range of TOMY trains.

Book Off Kawasaki

Yet an extensive range of TOMY train accessories.

Book Off Kawasaki

A rather small section of figurines.

Wife ended up with an LV handbag, comes complete with dust bag and myself a bagful of TOMY train accessories. Having spent more than two hours at Book Off, we had dinner at Yakiniku Panga, which serves Halal Wagyu located close to our hotel at Akihabara. After that hearty dinner, thanks to wife’s niece, husband and their children, we were dropped off in-front of our hotel. It was a sad moment to leave them as we will be flying home the next day.

Tokyo Tower

Passed by Tokyo Tower on the way to Yakiniku Wagyu.

Yakiniku Panga, Tokyo

Couldn’t say it’s within walking distance from our hotel, but it’s a mere 4 minutes drive away.

Yakiniku Panga, Tokyo

Yikiniku Panga serves Halal beef.

Final Day Tokyo – Free & Lazy

Returning from Kawaguchiko we reached Shinjuku Expressway bus terminal around lunch time. The bus terminal is located on 4F of the JR Shinjuku station ‘New South Gate’. Getting off the bus, take the escalator beside the Information Center down to the train platform. Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest station, but one should not be intimidated by that status. To ensure you don’t get lost within the station, just inquire at the several information counters and in good English they will direct you to the correct train platform for your destination. Within 30 minutes, we arrived at our hotel in Akihabara.

Shinjuku Expressway bus terminal

Shinjuku Expressway bus terminal, JR Shinjuku station ‘New South Gate’                          credit:gotokyo.org

We will be continuing our stay at Washington Akihabara for a further two nights before returning home. Prior to visiting Kawaguchiko, we had stayed four nights making our total stay in this hotel six nights. We have no itinerary for the rest of the day as well as for the next with an exception of visiting my wife’s niece working in Tokyo, if time permits. For the rest of the day, it’s just walking around Akihabara soaking in the atmosphere.

The next day, our final day in Tokyo, we headed to Shibuya again just to wander around. A shop selling vegetable and fruits beside Mark City East Mall got our attention. This shop sells varieties of vegetables and fruits just meters from Shibuya crossing. The produce are fresh looking and in Japan you have no worries buying anything pre packed. You can be assured of not finding bad produce placed at the bottom of the package.

Shibuya

Next to Mark City East Mall.                                                                          Credit:Google

 

We then proceeded to LABI Shibuya Department store, an electrical outlet similar in concept to Yodobashi/BIC Camera. LABI is smaller then the two but products are priced competitively as well. The one item that caught my wife’s interest was a digital kitchen timer. Although the product is all labeled in Japanese as well as it’s instruction leaflet, it wasn’t difficult to figure how to operate it. Comes with battery, ¥753 well spent.

From LABI, we crossed the street and walked straight ahead. Not far from the main street, next to McDonald’s is Mamo Kebab Cafe selling Halal kebab. Priced competitively and tasted good, kebab is what we had for lunch.

Having no more itinerary for the day, we made our way to my wife’s niece house who later drove us to scout for some pre-loved items. Lovers of pre-loved LV, hang on for the next post. Yes, LV as in Louis Vuitton.

Shibuya Kebab

The Kebab outlet. Go up 2F for seating area.

Shibuya Kebab

Our Kebab cost ¥700 inclusive of tax.

Shibuya Kebab

Part of their menu.

LABI Department Store as seen from the Kebab outlet. Out of frame, left is ABC Mart, to the right is McDonald’s.

Shibuya Kebab

Location of the Kebab outlet. Click to enlarge.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

In Kawaguchiko we stayed overnight to avoid rushing back to Tokyo the same day. We stayed at Kawaguchiko Hotel just by Lake Kawaguchiko which provides a peaceful setting. Being slightly elevated off the main road, it gives panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchiko. It’s is located about 1½ km from Kawaguchiko Station and free transfer was included in our booking. Otherwise, the ‘Red Line’ bus passes through this hotel and stops at Yamanashi Gem Museum (stop 8) and Fuji Lake Hotel (stop 9). Kawaguchiko Hotel is in-between these two stops with the Gem Museum being closer.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Kawaguchiko Hotel from the main road. The multi storey brick building is the hotel’s newer wing..

Kawaguchiko Hotel

The hotel slightly elevated from the main road, gives panoramic views of it’s surroundings.

Main entrance of the hotel.

This hotel was built in the 50’s and has had the current Emperor and his late father as guests before. A new wing has been added to the hotel but the fittings in the room as well as the lobby is rather dated. The rooms are big, clean and everything works. Water kettle, mini fridge, LED CTV and bathtub are among the amenities. From our room window, we can see Mt Fuji majestically in the background.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Photo of Emperor Hirohito emerging from the hotel.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Hallway to our room.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Twin beded room.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Dressing table has seen better days.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Water kettle & mini refrigerator.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Bathroom with tub. In November, that tap water is cold.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

View of Mt Fuji from our room.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

An indication of the temperature outside the next morning.

We arrived Kawaguchiko from Akihabara, but will be returning via Shinjuku as there are frequent bus services going there. Bus services to Akihabara are limited to two per day, both in the evenings. Our bus for Shinjuku will depart in the late morning so we just spent time walking around the hotel’s grounds and along Lake Kawaguchiko before checking-out. Again, we were awed by the red fall leaves as we rarely get to see this. From the hotel’s side of Lake Kawaguchiko, one can see the Ohashi bridge in the distance that connects to the other side of the lake.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Car park in-front of the hotel overlooking Lake Kawaguchiko.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Another vantage point at the hotel overlooking Lake Kawaguchiko.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

From the hotel overlooking Lake Kawaguchiko & Fuji Lake Hotel.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Overlooking Lake Kawaguchiko & Ohashi bridge.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Vegetation along the hotel driveway.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Trees with fall leaves around the hotel grounds.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

A small toori close to the hotel grounds.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Oyashikidai shrine past the toori gate.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

From the hotel car park looking down the main road.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Persimmon tree bearing fruits near the hotel.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Lobby of Hotel Kawaguchiko.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Another view of the lobby.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Relaxing atmosphere at the lobby looking outwards to Lake Kawaguchiko.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Reading room by the lobby.

We arrived in Kawaguchiko on a Sunday and traffic around Lake Kawaguchiko was pretty heavy, just short of traffic jams. Being a public holiday, local tourist were plenty as well. Most of the favorite attractions were pack and we had to drop the Ropeway & Pleasure Cruise from our itinerary,

To really appreciate the attractions in Kawaguchiko, it is advisable to stay a minimum of two nights. A day trip to Kawaguchiko will really be a touch-and-go affair and if weather does not permit or the crowd swells, you will miss out on your intended attractions. A two night’s stay will give some buffer time to explore other attractions that are further away on the ‘Green Line’ & ‘Blue Line’ or to repeat a missed attraction the day before.

We left Kawaguchiko with a heavy heart regretting not having stayed longer. Transfer to the station was by free hotel SUV inclusive with our stay. At Kawaguchiko station, early on a Monday morning, crowds had started to build up although not as bad as the day we arrived. We will be returning to Washington Hotel in Akihabara for a further two nights stay before returning to Malaysia.

Kawaguchiko Hotel

Hotel provides free transfer to & fro Kawaguchiko station.

Kawaguchiko Station

Crowds building up on an early Monday morning.

Kawaguchiko Station

Budget accommodation are available in-front of the station.

Kawaguchiko station

The station overlooking the main road. There is also luggage storage across the road.

Kawaguchiko station

Another view towards the front of the station.

Kawaguchi station.

Platform #3 is where our bus to Shinjuku will depart.

Kawaguchiko Station

Finally, our bus arrived 15 minutes late! Something very, very rare in Japan.