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Japan Trip: Akihabara Mister Donut, Coffee Coke, and Gachapon

February 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Our first full day in Japan was October 18, 2017 Akihabara. Not much was open yet at 8am in the morning, which was surprising since Tokyo is a larger city than New York. We learned Tokyo is not a 24 hour city. There are places open 24 hours, but most places open at 10am and close by 10pm. Even the trains stop at midnight and don't start up again until 5am.

We went to Mister Donut for breakfast. I wanted the Halloween donuts but they were not out yet and we didn't make it back later during our trip. The donuts were good though. I'd eat them again. The drink I got, on the other hand, was different. It tasted like milk and had chocolate chunks as ice cubes. There wasn't a lot of flavor. It was drinkable but I probably won't order it again. We started walking around Akihabara looking for open places and came across the coffee coke everyone had been posting about. Sadly, we were never able to find that vending machine again and we never found coffee coke anywhere else. So we only got to try it once. It was good. It tasted like coke mostly with a coffee aftertaste. I would drink it again.

We came across KFC, which we never had time to eat at, and a lot of Gachapon machines, which I wish I would have bought more of. I was being conservative with my yen because I didn't know how long 200,000 yen (about $2000) would last over two weeks, but I ended up bringing a lot of yen home with me. Still have it. If I had known I would have bought more and decorated my Christmas tree with them. Next time we go to Japan, I plan to buy a lot more.

If you are planning a trip to Japan bring a lot of cash with you. They are a cash country and your credit cards will be mostly useless there. You can go to 7-11 and use your credit or debit card to get more yen. Seven-11 was the only place we went to that we could use or credit card. Not even Disney Sea would take our credit card.


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