Exploring Tokyo, Japan

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I honestly have no idea how to start writing this blog post. I've been sitting on these photos for months now and I'm sorry if you guys haven't seen any activity on here for a while.  I finally got my lazy ass to upload the photos and share them on here. I don't really know where to begin. To be honest, Japan wasn’t really on top of my to-go places list. Friends who have been to Japan keep on telling me that I will love it there. But that wasn’t really the reason I booked a flight to Japan. Last year, I was going through Netflix, I came across this Japanese TV show that a friend recently told me about called Terrace House. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s reality TV show where they put 3 guys and 3 girls in one house. Pretty much like Big Brother but without all the cameras and they are free to go where they want to go. They just have to live in Terrace House. Watching the series made me very curious about what Japan was like. Quite shallow but after finishing the whole Terrace House Tokyo edition series, I immediately wanted to go to Japan. And finally, last January, I finally got to visit Tokyo! I honestly wanted to kick myself for not putting it on top of my to-go places. I loved everything about Tokyo! The people, the sights, the food!

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It took me a while before I started taking photos when I arrived in Japan. But after a couple of days, I finally took out my camera and started snapping photos. Our first stop was Rikugi-en Garden! We were staying in Shibuya so from Shibuya Station, we took the JR Yamanote Line (Clockwise) and got down at Komagome Station. From there we walked until we reached the gardens.

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RikuGI-EN GARDEN

Japan, 〒113-0021 Tokyo, Bunkyo, Honkomagome, 6 Chome−16−3

Admission Fee: ¥300 || ¥150 for Seniors 65 years and older

I loved my time in Rikugi-en. We spent a couple of hours just going aroundand snapping photos here. It’s a nice place to get away from all the bustle of the city and just spend the afternoon in this beautiful park. I was told that it looks better during in autumn and during sakura season. Unfortunately when we were there, it was still winter-ish so the trees were still bald. If given the opportunity, I’d definitely come back when it’s autumn. I googled a few photos and the place looked even more beautiful!

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Yokohoama

As I said earlier, one of the main reasons that made me want to visit Japan is because of Terrace House so itinerary was basically most of the places the cast of the show visited. If you’ve finished the Tokyo edition of Terrace House, you’ll definitely know Yokohama and what happened there so I had to see the place myself! I won’t put any spoilers here just in case you get curious and start watching Terrace House.

From Shibuya, we took the Tokyu-Tokyo line (red line bound for Motomachi-Chukagai) and got off Minatomirai Station and started walking.

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The famous Yokohama ferris wheel

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!!! Cupnoodle museum

Japan, 〒231-0001 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, Naka Ward, Shinko, 2 Chome−3−4

Admission: ¥500 || Additional ¥300 to make your own Cup Noodle

One of the things I was very excited to visit was the Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama. It’s not too far from the Minatomirai station (about 15 mins walk).  Funny story because my friend Sarah and I went to the wrong museum at first. We went to the Ramen Museum (also in Yokohama) instead of the Cup Noodle Museum. Thankfully we were able to find out way to the correct one. I was so excited to go to this one because they let you design your own cup and they let you choose which ingredients to put in the cup!

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People designing their own cup.

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You get to choose what you put in your cup!

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At the top floor, there is a cafeteria like area where you can try the different noodles around the world. We had Mie Goreng of course!

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The day after our Yokohama adventure, we wanted to take it easy the next day since our trip to Yokohama was tiring. Fortunately, a couple of my friends had a 10-hour layover in Tokyo and we decided to meet up, have coffee and just walk around Tokyo before they catch their connecting flight.

We first stopped by for ramen in Ichiran and walked to Fuglen Coffee and spent most of the morning there. After having our daily dose of coffee, we decided to walk to the famous Shibuya crossing and take pictures there. It was actually the perfect opportunity because I keep putting off shooting the crossing thinking that I have more time to shoot it since I am staying in a place nearby and I have a few more days left in Tokyo.

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Tokyo City View and Sky Deck

Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, 六本木6丁目10−1

Admission: ¥1800 for Adults || ¥1500 for Seniors 65 and above || ¥1200 for Students || ¥600 for children

After dropping my friends off at the train station, my friend Sarah and I decided to check out the Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills. According to my research, it has the best view of Tokyo city specially at night! Thankfully, the weather was cooperating and we had a stunning night view of Tokyo!

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Meiji Shrine

Japan, 〒151-8557 Tokyo, Shibuya, Yoyogikamizonocho, 1−1

Admission: Free

During my last couple of days in Japan, I decided to just check out the nearby places. The first place I checked out was Meiji Shrine. If you take the JR Yamanote Line, you just go down at Harajuku Station and when you get out of the station, the entrance to the shrine will be behind you. Pretty easy to find.

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Was fortunate to witness a wedding too!

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Daikan-yama

After checking out Meiji Shrine, I decided to get on the train and go to Daikan-yama. From Harajuku, I took the Fukutoshin line and got on the train at Meijijingu-Mae station. From there, I rode the train until I reached Daikan-yama Station. What I love about Daikan-yama are the little boutiques you see while walking around. One thing I also noticed while walking around are the number of salons in the area so if you happen to be in Japan, and want to get your hair done,  it’s safe to say you’ll have a ton of choices to choose from. Another reason why I visited Daikan-yama was because a few episodes in Terrace House took place here so I was pretty curious to see the area. I even got to visit (or at least see from the outside lol!) one of the cast member’s hat shop (plus points if you know who own the shop haha!).

 

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Shinjuku Gyoen

 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan

Admission: ¥200 for Adults  || ¥50 for Students || Infants are free

During my last full day in Tokyo before I fly back home, I checked out another park in Shinjuku. It was pretty gloomy when I woke up and it rained a bit but thankfully, when I got to Shinjuku, the sky cleared and it stopped raining.

From Shibuya, I took the Fukutoshin Line bound for Ha-no and got off Shinjuku-sanchome Station. From there, I walked for about 10 minutes until I reached the park. This park is also big which I like and there are benches scattered everywhere just in case you get tired from walking around. To my surprise, while I was going around, there was one Cherry Blossom tree that was already in bloom. I guess I was pretty lucky since most of the trees in the park are still bald since it was still winter time when I was there. I can only imagine how beautiful this place is when it’s alive and the trees are in full bloom! Funny thing is this place was very familiar because I was able to watch this anime movie on Netflix called “Garden of Words”. I think it was set in this park so it was pretty cool to be able to recognize some areas of the park!

 

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Nezu Museum

Japan, 〒107-0062 Tokyo, Minato, Minamiaoyama, 6 Chome−5−1

Admission: ¥500

Right after the Shinjuku Gyoen, I decided to check out Nezu Museum. I’ve been told that their garden was beautiful and I was definitely not disappointed with what I saw. Everything was beautifully landscaped. But same as the other parks, I wish I came in a different season so the trees would have leaves and there will be more color in the garden. The admission fee is pretty high compared to the other parks but the nice thing with Nezu is the exhibits you see inside which are pretty interesting. Photos weren’t allowed in the exhibits so pardon the lack of visuals for the exhibits.

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Lastly, before finally flying back home, I met up with one of my long time Instagram friends, Yukiko. We went around had coffee and just hung out. It still amazes me how a simple app was able to connect me to a person from a place I never thought I’d love. And it was pretty nice to finally meet the person behind the amazing photos I’ve been following on Instagram.

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That’s basically it for my trip to Tokyo. Now I can’t stop thinking of Japan. It was pretty hard not to miss Japan while editing and writing this post. Actually, a week after I arrived from Tokyo, I booked a ticket back to Osaka but I’ll still have to edit those photos! 

If you’re reading this, thanks for taking the time to read the whole post! I hope you guys enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!