Hello everyone! 🙂
FINALLY!!! You’re now reading my Day 6 itinerary in the Land of the Rising Sun! 😀 Some of my friends have been waiting for this post because they are certified OTAKU. Hahaha
Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom. (Wikipedia)
So I guess you already have an idea on where did we spend our 6th day in Japan. 😉 But since we really wanted to see a panda, we decided to also include Ueno Zoo on this trip.
We started this day with a quick visit to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. The nearest stations to this place are:
- Otemachi Station (Exit C13B): 5-minute walk
- Takebashi Station (Exit 1A): 5-minute walk
From Kotake-mukaihara station, which is the nearest one to our accommodation, to Takebashi, the following would be the route and total fare.
200 yen (P90) – 27 minutes
The Japanese Imperial Palace Gardens are open to the public daily except Mondays and Friday. Admission is free. Yey! 😀
“Be careful of heat stroke” We didn’t take this warning seriously. We were so unprepared. Hahaha We felt we were being roasted while walking through that very huge park!!! We went there last August 2016 so ’twas summer.
We did a lot of walking because the place is really big. Look how dead tired my companions were. HAHAHA We all slept for 30 minutes. I strongly suggest you wear light clothes and comfy shoes. And don’t visit this place during summer. 😀
That lady with ‘ella was obviously the only girl scout in our group. HAHA
Next stop was the Anime and Manga capital of the world – Akihabara or popularly known as “Akiba”. This district located in Central Tokyo is also famous for its many electrical shops, hence it’s also called Tokyo’s “Electronic Town”.
Takebashi Station – Kayabacho Station – Akihabara Station (Exit 5)
170 yen (P75) – 25 minutes
Time to refuel. HAHAHA
Long beef sandwich – 490 yen (P220)
Cheese bites – 100 yen (P45)
We walked for almost ten minutes before we reached the center of Akiba.
I noticed that some Japanese still prefer flip phones than smartphones. Well personally, I also prefer flip phones. I used to have LG Lollipop (blue) which was being endorsed by my dear hubby Lee Min Ho before. HAHAHA Korea’s and Japan’s flip phones are so kawaii.
Took these shots using one of the tablets being displayed in this shop. HAHAHA I didn’t delete the photos so proof of shamelessness is still there until now, I guess. LOL
There are so many electronic shops and dozens of stores that sell manga comics, video games, cosplay costumes, figurines, card games and other anime collectibles.
We saw some cosplayers in the streets. I wasn’t able to take a snap of ’em though. There are also different anime cafes where waiters or waitresses dress up like anime characters.
That’s all for Akiba. We haven’t bought anything because everything is a bit pricey. HUHUHU
From anime to animals. 😀 Our next stop was Ueno Zoo.
Akihabara Station – Ueno Station
140 yen (P65) – 13 minutes
While we were on our way to the zoo, we saw these temples below.
We were also able to witness a fun performance by this amazing juggling artist. 🙂
A mini theme park for the kiddos. 😀 We tried their matcha ice cream! 😉
Yeyyy!!!! Oh my!!!! Oh my!!! Oh my pandaaaa!!! 😀
Entrance Fee: 600 yen (P270)
Welcome to Ueno Zoo! 🙂
Ueno Zoo is the oldest one in Japan. For me, it’s a world class zoo with more than 500 species from around the globe. I saw some endangered species and a lot of wild animals for the first time but there was only one animal which I was most excited about and that was…… PANDA! 😀
Awww. Look how he stares at me! HAHAHA
I’m not really a fan of zoos because I love animals. I feel that those who are kept inside the zoos are denied of everything that make their lives meaningful and enjoyable. However, I appreciate the staff and management of this zoo for providing an environment to the animals that is similar to their natural habitat. I just hope that they continue to take care of all these beautiful animals. 🙂
Our last stop for DAY 6 was Don Quijote in Shibuya for “pasalubong” or souvenir shopping but let me just include that on my DAY 7 instead since we also bought some souvenirs at the airport. 🙂
Thank you for reading! :*