Day four was the first where I had a full nights sleep so I was feeling great. We made our first stop at a convenience store, Family Mart, and picked up a few rice balls and Kirin Fires for breakfast before taking an early train to Kichijoji to visit the Ghibli Museum. Kichijoji Station had an impressive market that I wish we had more time to explore.
The path to Ghibli brought us through a beautiful park with slowly falling leaves. It was pretty magical.
After winding our way through the park we finally arrived at the museum.
No photographs were allowed inside. The museum was very neat and charming, if a little small. The whole place is designed as if it existed in a Ghibli cartoon and the detail is amazing. We started off in a theater where we viewed an adorable 20 minute short. We then wandered through rooms filled with drawings, sculptures, scripts, and interactive exhibits. A very cool place.
Afterwards, we walked back to town to find lunch and stumbled on a vegan restaurant called DevaDeva Cafe. This is a rare site in Japan and a nice break for the ladies in our group who prefer to avoid meat. The menu was fairly western with vegan burgers and deli items.
After lunch we set out for a nearby cat cafe that was recently featured in HBOs Girls series.
After hanging with the cats for awhile we decided to continue with Japanese novelty so we hopped a train back to Shinjuku for some "fish therapy". This is where you dip your feet into a shallow pool while tiny hungry fish eat your dead skin. It was very strange at first but I ended up really liking it, and my feet came out softer than they've ever been.
Once the fish had been fed it was our turn. We headed to Hajimeya, a yakitori izakaya, for dinner. Yakitori is grilled meat or veggie skewers. Hajimeya focuses on chicken and you can order essentially every part of a chicken to be grilled. We sat at the small bar right in front of the grill, which allowed us to communicate directly with our cook/bartender. Another great opportunity to practice Japanese.
Once we were fed it was time to experience the famous and much hyped Robot Restaurant. We turned in our tickets and we're ushered into the lounge to wait for the show. We ordered drinks and chatted with a Canadian couple as a robot band played Disney songs in broken English.
After about half an hour we were lead to the cramped performance space for the show. Soon the small area was overflowing with dancers, music, lights, animatronic robots, and general insanity. We took a ton of pictures but here's a small sample.
The show itself is quite short and broken up by long periods of rest where you can go to the bathroom and order drinks, but when it was on it was at 11 and the insanity is certainly something worth seeing.
After the show, we decided to calm things down with some whiskey at Bar Zoetrope. It is said to have one of the best selections in Tokyo. We ordered a selection of Suntory and Nikka whiskeys to enjoy while watching the silent films that were projected on the wall next to us. We soon decided it was time to go home and rest up for our journey to Kyoto in the morning.