DAY 7 of 7 Days 6 Nights in Japan: Shibuya District, Don Quijote “Donki” and Narita International Airport

Minasan, konnichiwa! 🙂

I can’t believe it! It’s DAY 7 already! HAHAHA I just realized that it took me almost a year to finish blogging about my Japan trip. I’m not that busy! LOL

I mentioned in my previous post (DAY 6) that I’ll include Shibuya and Don Quijote on this post since DAY 6 is very lengthy already. LOL

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Our last stop on our 6th day was actually in Shibuya District. And the photo below is the very famous Shibuya crossing which is tagged as the world’s busiest intersection or pedestrian crossing (not that obvious in this photo though haha)

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Hachiko is definitely one of my favorite movies. It’s a heartbreaking drama based on the true story of an abandoned dog named Hachiko which was eventually adopted by a college professor. Hachi would escort his master to the Shibuya station every morning and return every afternoon to greet him after work. Until one day, his master did not return from work. He suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died. However, this loyal dog still waited for his master at the train station for almost ten years and that only stopped when Hachi died. 😥 So as a tribute to this legendary dog, a statue was erected near the Shibuya station (Hachiko Exit).

Being a fan of this dog, a photo with his statue is definitely a must! 😀

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Don Quijote “Donki” is a very famous shop in Tokyo with over 160 stores. The one we visited is in Shibuya, just in front of H&M store. Donki sells almost everything! It’s a great place for souvenir items, chocolates and snacks like Kitkat and Oreo matcha, cosmetics, bags, shoes, gadgets, liquors and so much more. And I’m very sure you’ll like this, they are TAX FREE!!! 🙂 Just present your passport and pay at their cashier designated for foreigners. Prices indicated below are the prices per item. 🙂

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Oreo matcha soft cookies 148 yen (P65)

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Kitkat green tea 298 yen  (P130)

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Oreo matcha bar 298 yen (P130)

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Cheapest one costs 97 yen (P43) and the most expensive one costs 199 yen (P90)

I honestly don’t know what these dried snacks are hahaha But I guess they’re all squid. LOL Slices, coated, shredded and strips! HAHAHA

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Seasoned seaweed 98 yen (P44)

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1 kg of chocolate pair (This is YUMMY! ) 1,300 yen (P580)

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Doritos Mix 129 yen (P58)

Disney pens 99 yen (P45)

Japanese lady pen 648 yen (P290)

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Pores Cream 980 yen (P440)

Side ami supporter 600 yen (P270)

Masks 100 yen (P45)

I saw a lot of beautiful items in Shibuya and I really wanted to buy  ’em all!!! BUT. There was no enough money left in my pocket. 😥 HAHAHA

On our way to our AirBnB, we saw a mini resto and decided to try their ramen.

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DAY 7

Kotake to  Ikibukuro 170 yen (P75)

Ikubukuro to Nippori 170 yen (P75)

Nippori to Narita International Airport 1,030 yen (P460)

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Obviously, my favorite. 😀 Takuyaki!!! 550 yen (P245)

Bought these from a souvenir shop at the airport.

Ref magnet trio 486 yen (P220) 

Shot glass for a friend 540 yen (P240)

And the famous Tokyo Banana! 🙂 Click the left photo for the prices.

That’s all for our last day in Japan. 😦 Thank you for reading! 🙂 I’ll upload our Tokyo travel video in my Youtube account very soon! :*

Sayonara and domo arigato, Japan! 🙂

 

Xoxo,

Kulit.

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DAY 6 of 7 Days 6 Nights in Japan: The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Akihabara “Akiba” and Ueno Zoo

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.

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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.

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200 yen (P90) – 27 minutes

The Japanese Imperial Palace Gardens are open to the public daily except Mondays and Friday. Admission is free. Yey! 😀

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“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.

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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. 😀

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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

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Time to refuel. HAHAHA

Long beef sandwich – 490 yen (P220)

Cheese bites – 100 yen (P45)

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We walked for almost ten minutes before we reached the center of Akiba.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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While we were on our way to the zoo, we saw these temples below.

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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! 😉

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Almost there…

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Yeyyy!!!! Oh my!!!! Oh my!!! Oh my pandaaaa!!! 😀

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Entrance Fee: 600 yen (P270) 

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Welcome to Ueno Zoo! 🙂

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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! 😀

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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! :*

Xoxo,

Kulit.

DAY 5 of 7 Days 6 Nights in Japan: Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Tokyo Disney Sea

Hello guys! 🙂 Gomenasai!!! 😦 I’m so sorry for the late update. Got very busy with Korean drama. HAHAHA I just finished 10 series in two months!!! Whew! Can you now imagine those dark circles and shameless zits on my face? LOL

DAY 5

I love watching Disney movies. One of my childhood dreams was to have a Disney-inspired 18th birthday party and guess what??? It did not happen! 😀 So I told myself that I should visit any Disneyland theme park before reaching the age of 25. And guess what??? It also did not happen. HAHAHA Because I was already 25 when I went to Tokyo Disney Resort. LOL

Tokyo Disney Resort is a very huge theme park and resort located in Chiba, Japan. The nearest station to this place is JR Maihama. So from Kotake-mukaihara station, which is the nearest one to our accommodation, to Maihama, the following would be the route and total fare.

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440 yen (P200) – 50 minutes

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This resort was created on 1983 with Tokyo Disneyland as its only theme park and this was actually the first Disney theme park opened outside the United States. Amazing Japan! 😀 It was then developed into a resort with two theme parks and nine hotels (3 Disney hotels and 6 Non-Disney hotels). Can you just imagine how big this resort is?! WOW! Very amazing Japan! 😀 You may check the resort map here.

If you want a hassle-free Disney experience, click the following link to purchase online a Disneyland or DisneySea 1-day pass ticket (Direct entry at Disney)

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If money is not a problem, we should’ve visited both theme parks. But our fairy godmother was not with us that time so we need to choose just one. Of course we chose Disney Sea because it’s the ONLY Disney Sea in the world!!! LOL So for now, just let me have this picture Disneyland. HAHA But I promise to come back for you! :*

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If you were able to check the map, Disneyland is the nearest theme park to the resort entrance. You just have to walk. But since we chose DisneySea, we need to ride the beautiful Disney train. 🙂

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Click each photo to see the train ticket prices and guide map. 😉

We purchased a single train ticket for 260 yen (P120). But before heading to Disney Sea, we found a beautiful castellated hotel at the back of the main station. It’s the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel or TDH for short. 😀

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We really felt like we were inside a castle! 🙂 Everything is so beautiful. And while I was trying to find the room rates for this hotel, I found out that they offer four types of fantasy-filled rooms themed to the Disney characters!!! 🙂 This would undeniably give the guests especially the kids a very memorable stay and an unforgettable feeling as if they’ve stepped into a world of the Disney films. Wow! 😀

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Other guest rooms have designs of Mickey Mouse or other Disney character motifs. I know you’re curious about this… The price ranges from huhuhu to HUHUHUHUHUHUHU!!! 😀 Kidding aside, it’s from 37,000 yen to 100,000 yen (P17,000 to P45,000) based on average rates for a standard room. Whaaat?! Told yah! 😥

So now, let’s just proceed to the highlight of this day! 🙂 Where Adventure and Imagination Set Sail… The Disney Sea!!!

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This is one of the two iconic parts of the theme park – The DisneySea Aquasphere.

One day pass for adult is 7,400 yen (P3,350).

Check the DisneySea map here.

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There are coin-operated storage lockers inside and outside the park. The following is the list of prices:

  • Small 300 yen (P140)
  • Medium 400 yen (P180)
  • Large 500 yen (P230)
  • Extra Large 700 yen (P320)

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Before starting your tour, make sure to drop by the information board to know the list of attractions and the estimated waiting time for each ride. Don’t hesitate to ask these very friendly ladies anything about the park such as the schedule of parade and other shows, most thrilling ride and the like.

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Photo Credits to Curtis and Juanita (via Flickr)

This is Mount Prometheus, the second iconic part of DisneySea. It blows ball of fire every ten minutes, I guess, then you will hear screaming folks on a mining vehicle coming out from that hole you see on the right side part of the mountain. It’s the most famous attraction in the park so we decided to try it first. It’s called The Journey to the Center of the Earth which is part of the Mysterious Island.

Before entering the cave, you’ll already have an idea on how long the waiting time would be. In our case, we waited for almost two hours. 😦 If you bought an express pass, the waiting time would prolly be reduced to half.

Cameras are not allowed during the ride so allow me to somehow describe it. LOL. Well, ’twas really like a journey to the Earth’s core. You will see a lot of bizarre creatures, oozing lava and amazing smoke and light effects. To sum it up, it was such an incredible ride with a superb combination of light, sound and 4D effects. Def worth the wait! 😉

Time to feed the hungry creatures in New York Deli located in American Waterfront. I’m very much happy with their service! Here are the reasons why. First, the manager is very handsome. Second, he is really handsome. And lastly, did I already mention he’s so handsome? HAHAHA. Seriously, he granted our request of strictly no pork or any pork-related ingredients in our meal. He doesn’t speak English that well but we saw how he really tried to understand us. Aww, he’s so sweet. hahaha

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Second attraction, Hightower Hotel a.k.a Tower of Terror.

The queues here moved faster than the first one because the ride lasts for only 3 minutes. This is actually a drop tower dark ride with seven drops.

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Others would consider this as DisneySea’s most thrilling ride but for me it isn’t. Maybe because I’m already used to this kind of attraction. LOL You should still try this though and tell me about your experience! 😉

This is in Port Discovery but we were not able to enter the place because Broadway sounded a better idea. 🙂

Free reserved seat tickets are required to see Big Band Beat. The tickets are being distributed hours before the show or like in our case that day, we just queued outside the theater. If my memory serves me right, they perform only twice a day.

Big Band Beat is a group of talented singers and dancers. You get to witness amazing performances by the Disney friends and my favorite part of this 30-minute show is when Mickey Mouse was hitting the drums! HAHAHA It was just so cool to watch him playing those drums perfectly! 🙂 Please please make this a part of your DisneySea itinerary. 😉

I’m sorry but I forgot the name of this place but I guess it’s part of Mysterious Island.

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Toy Story Mania in American Waterfront. Not really a fan of this show so we stayed for a few minutes only.

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While waiting for Fantasmic to start, we explored  Mediterranean Harbor. 

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Fantasmic is a nighttime show that takes place on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor. It features Disney heroes, villains and princesses with amazing water effects, pyrotechnics, creative boat floats, lasers and fireworks. I am not sure if you have noticed it but I’ve been using the word “Amazing” for like a thousand times already. HAHAHA I find this word synonymous to “Japan”. LOL I was not able to take good pictures during the show so just wait for my Tokyo travel video instead. 🙂 These Fantasmic photos were taken from the official website of Tokyo Disney Resort.

Obviously, a day is not enough to explore this beautiful place. We visited only few parts of American Waterfront, Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island. We haven’t been to Lost River Delta, Mermaid Lagoon and Arabian Coast. 😦 We haven’t tried DisneySea Transit Steamer Line, Venetian Gondolas, Electric Railway, Big City Vehicles, Aquatopia and a lot more!!!! 😦

Among all the theme parks I’ve been to in Asia, Tokyo Disney Sea is the most amazing one! It brought me to a totally different world. Everything was meticulously designed. All the seven uniquely themed areas or ports of call can turn all your childhood imaginations into reality. Hats off to all those brilliant people behind this magical adventure! 🙂

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That’s all for DAY 5. Thank you for reading and I’m sincerely looking forward to hear your own amazing DisneySea experience! 😉

Xoxo,

Kulit.

DAY 4 of 7 Days 6 Nights in Japan: Osaka to Tokyo via Shinkansen (Bullet Train), Tokyo Skytree and Shibuya Crossing

Konnichi wa guys! 🙂 Osaka and Kyoto itineraries were already posted on my DAY 1, 2 and 3.

DAY 4

On this blog entry, I’m gonna share how I got to Tokyo from Osaka. There are actually 5 ways to travel between Osaka and Tokyo, and these are the following:

By bus

Duration: 8 hours

Price: Regular bus costs 3,520 (P1,550) while Premium bus costs 10,000 yen (P4,400)

By airplane

Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Price: 6,000 to 20,000 yen (P2,500 to P9,000) There are more than 60 flights per day operated by multiple airlines. It’s recommended to book months ahead to avail cheaper fares.

By car

Duration: 6 hours

Price: Expressway toll costs 10,000 to 12,000 yen (P4,400 to P5,300).

By local train

Duration: 9 to 10 hours, 4 transfers

Price: 3,000 to 9,000 yen (P1,300 to P3,900)

By Shinkansen (Bullet train)

Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Price: 13,620 yen (P6,000) for a non-reserved seat and 14,200 to 14,500 yen (P6,300 to P6,400) for a reserved seat on a Nozomi train. You can also try Hikari and Kodama trains if you are using a Japan Rail Pass.

We took the bullet train because it’s one of the things we’ve been wanting to try in Japan. It’s also the most expensive one though! HUHU More expensive than our plane ticket. HAHA

But before heading to Namba station, we had our first meal at Pepper Lunch. This one below costs 780 yen (P350).

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The Shinkansen’s gateway to Osaka is Shin-Osaka station. From Namba to Shin-Osaka, the fare costs 280 yen (P125). The picture below is my bullet train ticket. It’s a non-reserved seat via Nozomi train.

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Our AirBnb in Tokyo is quite far from the center so I don’t really recommend it. But Niki, the owner, is really nice and friendly. Her space is also clean and very secured. The security lock for the locker was a bit challenging. HAHA For more details about her room, check my Japan Travel Guide here.

We arrived in Itabashi-ku (AirBnb address) at 4pm and decided to leave for Tokyo Skytree at 6. The nearest station from our accommodation is Kotake-mukaihara. And the nearest station to Skytree is Oshiage.

Kotake-mukaihara -> Ikebukuro -> Otemachi -> Oshiage  for 240 yen (P105)

You can actually use Google to look for the best or fastest route. Just type “origin station to destination station”. See pictures below.

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Choose the train option and it will give you different routes with duration and total fare.

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Click your chosen route and it will show you the number of transfers and the stations.

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Skytree is the tallest building in Japan which gives you a breathtaking view of Tokyo. The highlight of this tower is its two observation decks located at heights of 350 and 450 meters respectively. We paid an observatory admission fee of 3,000 yen (P1,300) each for Tembo Deck (Floor 350). For more details about Tokyo Skytree and ticket prices, you may check their website here. Or click the following link if you want  to avail a discounted package of Tokyo Skytree and Sumida Aquarium.

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Our last stop for Day 4 was the famous Shibuya crossing. From Oshiage to Shibuya, the fare was 240 yen (P105). And from Shibuya station to Shibuya crossing, you still need to walk for 7 to 10 minutes. Shibuya is one of the busiest districts in Tokyo which has a lot of department and fashion stores, nightclubs and restaurants.

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I mentioned in my previous post that Japan is expensive. Thus, the pizza above was my only dinner for Day 4. HAHAHA In fairness, it was already enough. Wasn’t even able to consume it all. But the price? Shall I still mention it? Haaay. Alright. I paid 740 yen (P330) for that small pizza. HUHUHU

We enjoyed walking around Shibuya, jumping from one store to another without minding the time. That was why we forgot that the last trip for the train leaves at 11pm. 😥 We had no choice but to ride a cab and paid the most expensive taxi fare  we’ve ever had – 5,680 yen (P2,500)!!! That time I really wished I have wings! HAHAHA

To sum it up, DAY 4 is the most expensive day of our Japan trip. HUHUHU It’s actually breaking my heart while writing this post and remembering how expensive this day was. HAHAHA

I hope this will make you realize to save a lot of money before going to Japan for you to really enjoy the country and every amazing thing there! 😀

Domo arigato! :*

Xoxo,

Kulit.