So I'll skip my post for now about "Friday night in Shinjuku" for my next post. Friends asked me if I booked my trip to Japan in a travel agency. I told them "NO" I did my own last minute itinerary and with the help of my friends living in Japan I went to the places I should visit.
Speaking of, I met my friend Yvonne. She is currently living in Narita and I told her to come to Tokyo to visit touristy spots with me. She said YES! I stayed in Shinjuku where is a great location to stay in Tokyo. I rented a room via Airbnb.
We bought our one day unlimited JR Train Pass for 700 Yen, which is very convenient and will save your budget. This is good to go.
ShibuyaOur first stop!
Off to Shinjuku Station
Hachiko StatueOutside the train station, you will find the statue of Hachiko. You sure not missed this one.
Hachikō is known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公) "faithful dog Hachikō", hachi meaning "eight" and kō meaning "affection." During his lifetime, the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity. Well after his death, he continues to be remembered in worldwide popular culture, with statues, movies, books, and appearances in various media. (source)
I watched the movie once and I cried. So I don't want to watch it again because it breaks my heart. Ugh,.
Shibuya CrossingShibuya is famous for its scramble crossing. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station where also Hachiko statue located. It would be a shame to come to Tokyo and not take a walk across the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station. (source)
So, I crossed there thrice! I wanted to shoot for this video for fun!
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN CROSSING!
Before we went to Harajuku, we ate our breakfast at McDonald's just around the area of the crossing.
Harajuku is the place to go for trendy shopping, people-watching, and daytime dessert. (source)
So true! I mean, look at the crowd, I can't help, but take a photo of them and selfie too! This is what you can see when you go out of Harajuku Station.
Yvonne was busy searching where to go next.
After we checked the Google Maps, Meiji Shrine is beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station. Tadaaaah!
Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū?), located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The shrine does not contain the emperor's grave, which is located at Fushimi-momoyama, south of Kyoto. (source)
My face when I read "Sake" HAHAHA
It was Sunday when we visit the shrine so we were not surprised by the number of people who tourists and locals in the shrine.
Traditional Japanese wedding.
Make a wish!
Sunday is a family day in Japan. Spotted these cute kids wearing traditional Kimono.
Of course, a free photo opts with these lovely ladies.
I took a lot of photos inside the Meiji Shrine, so I have a separate photo diary about it.
Off to next place.
Spotted Softbank where my Flytpack pocket wifi connected.
Went to H&M to check on some winter clothes.
My friend Joel joined us so we are now off to...
I told them to have some coffee first because I started to feel sleepy and I don't want to have some energy gap. HAHAHA
Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II. (source)
Whoa! People I can't compete. As usual, I like having my photo with them as my background.
Joel bought Matcha Ice Cream and I was like:
"matcha looking at??"
"Where to go next?"
Yvonne's face tho. So I told them I want to go where I can see "Gundam"
It was getting dark when we are on our way back to Asakusa Station to Odaiba.
Odaiba (お台場?) is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area. Odaiba, along with Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, are two of the only places in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area where the seashore is accessible, and not blocked by industry and harbor areas.(source)
Whew! That was really an interesting information about Odaiba. That's why you will see Statue of Liberty there?
Giant Gundam Robot in Tokyo's Odaiba District
YAY! Finally, GUNDAM! :) Off the list. I tagged my siblings and my friend's husband that loves Gundam.
Sad news about this life size mobile suite statue is leaving Tokyo this Spring. :(
Bandai Namco Holdings, the parent company which controls the rights to Gundam, has announced that March 5, 2017, is the last day the full-size Gundam will be on display in front of the Diver City entertainment complex. Fans’ first reaction will no doubt be denial, but the same statement was also made by toy division Bandai, animation division Sunrise, and even Bandai Namco Holdings-owned advertising agency Sotsu.(news source)
This is the critical part "Where to eat for dinner" Joel take the lead. We left Odaiba to somewhere near Tokyo Tower. His favorite restaurant was closed on Sunday so we had our dinner in this restaurant. No name, because I can't read Japanese. HAHAHA
Thank you, Joel for our dinner! :D
It was 9PM or 10PM when we were about to go home in different JR Train line.
What I really love about other countries is that you have a limited time to enjoy the night because you have to catch the train ride before it close or else you will pay an expensive cab to go home, which you will not dare to do (except when I rode a cabin Osaka twice) unlike here in the Philippines that it's alright to go out until sunrise because we have a lot of modes of transportation available 24/7 and cheap, so no excuse to go home early.
Time to say bye to Joel because Yvonne and I will go to Narita the next day.
My happy face on our way home to Shinjuku. We had a long day and the young were still young.
The night was still young, we went home rest for a bit and go out again to check the nightlife in Shinjuku. That will be in my next post.
Read my Travel Diary in Japan here.
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Have a great day everyone!
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