Here I am in the Eastern Capital aka Tōkyō! The most populous city in the world! The most Michelin stars of any city in the world (that’s what the Michelin Guide said), The most safest city on the planet, one of the most expensive city, The most city that produced the most cutest character like pokemon, gudetama, hello kitty, and all of their friends or even their enemy looks cute…. What else?! From the peaceful yet relaxing Meiji Shrine strolling to the Cabaret full of lights with Robot that for some it is viewed as the sexism towards woman. That’s TOKYO!
Well, speaking of this city you will never able to make one phrase for this city. Just look how many ‘the most’ they got?! LOL That’s how I ended up to put what Tokyo name means instead, looks so creative huh? But, actually it’s because I can’t find words to described this amazing city at all!!! :p
So.. What do you think should I write on this new djournal? Should I described you what to do in Tokyo? 100 place to visit in Tokyo? 10 things to do in Tokyo? How to get the cute Japanese girl? Where to buy their famous signature KitKat? Well if you were looking for any of this, then sorry to disappoint you my friends! This is not that kind of blog 😥 You can find there just by type it in Google! or even Trip Advisor! Come on?! This is abut Mi Djournal aka My Journal from place where I visited that I would like to share to all of you out there who have the same passions as mine, so enjoy it (while you can) 😀
So, let’s get started with this new djournal shall we? 🙂
I stayed the most of my days here in Tokyo during my visit to Japan. We stayed here for a total of 5 nights. The first 2 nights at the so-called M2 Apartment (Airbnb) just 10 mins walk from Tokyo Station cause we will leaving for Kyoto on the third day. You guys might wanna noticed this if you plan to travel across cities in Japan, well mostly your international flight will be arrived in Tokyo. So, if you planned to stay for your very first few days in Tokyo do keep in mind that taxi or Uber is really expensive so choose the right accommodation will totally ease your mind. The reason I choose this apartment was simple it’s only 10 mins walk to Tokyo Station, which I could take Shinkansen from there to Kyoto. So my itinerary was Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka-back to Tokyo. The last remaining days of my stay in Tokyo was e hotel Higashi Shinjuku. I would also recommend that hotel for you if you want to stay around Shinjuku area. There’s a nearby metro station (which is just 1 min walk from your hotel); 10 mins walk to Kabukicho so you can feel the excitement of the Kabukicho without even worry that you will still gonna hear that loud noice in the middle of the night when you going back to your hotel. Last but not least the size of the room we got was big enough for the three of us with our 3 25″ luggage, so I would totally recommend you this nice cozy hotel.
So, let’s start with Tokyo station area. It’s like one of the center area of Tokyo. Well it got the biggest station at least (if I was wrong about one of the center area :p) So you will find it really modern, cleaned, crowded. The Tokyo Station itself was really huge, you could even lost your way there. I’m really serious about this, well i’m not lost of course cause my gps was on all the time 😀 They have shopping mall there, hotel as well and there were a lot of office building surrounded that area. So it was actually kinda nice to walk around there since it was nice and cozy (at least for April). Well, based on our yelp app there’s a famous tonkatsu restaurant there and it was nearby our apartment as well, but I will not gonna talked about food here. I will write about food on my other Djournal.
After that quick intro about Tokyo Station area, let’s talk about my next destination which is Zōjō-ji Temple. I think it’s probably one of my favorite temple in Tokyo. I just loved their architecture and how the temple photo-angled! Well you can get a really nice postcard picture here! You can see it from my picture above (well not the ‘Gudetama’ one for sure! LOL) The temple had a lot of spot to take a shoot so I was really love wandering around this area! And also if you were looking to just get away for a while, you should go inside the temple! It was suddenly like you were out of this bustling city! It was so quiet and so peaceful. Well I do recommend you to avoid the peak hour coz it will be packed with Chinese tourist. Luckily I did not encounter with them coz I went there after the peak hour.
If you go to the other side of the temple you will find a little park there with a lot of stone statue known as Jizō or the guardian of the unborn children. These Jizō statue was so unique, These statue can be seen wearing little children’s clothing, or with toys. It was said that these was put by the grieving parents as a token to help their lost ones and hoping that Jizō will specially protect them.
In Japanese mythology it is said that the souls of children who die before their parents are unable to cross the mythical Sanzu River on the afterlife because they have not had the chance to accumulate enough good deeds and because they have made their parents suffer. However let’s move on and don’t get carried away by this. I know it was really painful when you lost your love ones 😦
Here’s to cheer the mood up a little bit 🙂
Told ya I was love this place so much, that’s why I got a lot of media content about Zōjō-ji Temple.
Now let’s head up to the upper class area that light up during night time, Ginza!
So if you were looking for special signature KitKat, they have one KitKat chocolatory in Ginza. I preferred this store over the other KitKat chocolatory, simply because it’s near my apartment in Tokyo Station area LOL! Just kidding!! (eventho it’s a good reason tho) This KitKat chocolatory had their own store in Ginza. Usually it was inside the Takashimaya department store or any other department store. But from my point of observation it’s actually just the same so whenever you wanted to go it will be just fine.
Like I said before, if you wanted to shop for your ‘Harajuku’ style you should browse around Harajuku, Shinjuku area. But, if you were looking for an upscale shop than Ginza is your place to be! It had all the branded stuff store just down the street of Ginza. All you need to do just walking from the other end up to the other end to window shop all the store :p there. It was raining and cold night when we went there, so it’s a little bit uncomfortable especially for both of my parents. Yup I do travel with both of my parents.
So, that was the awesomeness of Ginza! If you were like ridiculously rich then you should go there and just buy anything you want to. I’m pretty sure it will satisfy your appetite :p Beside for those who really love photography you should check on Ginza! Especially after they were closed coz that means less people and you can see all the neon lights there, just don’t forget your tripod and do check the weather as well 😀
From one of the most prestigious area in Tokyo let’s head up for one of the hippiest area Shinjuku! This was also the touristy area which always packed with people, people, more people and more more people. From the teenage area, the famous yet touristy Takeshita street to the night life of the red light district of Tokyo, Kabukicho! It will be always packed with people. Even the Meiji Shrine just across the Takeshita Street will always be packed with people.
Like the slogan of Standard Chartered Bank about ‘seeing is believing’ here’s my proof
Let’s not overreact and you suddenly decided it’s time to canceled all your plan to Tokyo. It does packed with people but actually it’s just fine! I also found out if you were looking for souvenir like magnets, here’s in Takeshita Street you will find a lot of it and it was considered cheaper compare to any other places we go in Tokyo. You can also find that famous crepe you always crave for! Well I can’t show you the picture here since I promised to write about food at the other Djournal 😀 So if you look for shopping here in Tokyo and you were under strict budget then remember this: open your maps (google maps/apple maps or any kind of maps!!) type Harajuku Station, get to the nearest subway, go there and just get off the train and exit the station and it was there! You don’t need to asked which exit, just get off the train take the escalator, elevator or run thru the stairs up and you will know it. It’s not only Japanese brand or even Chinese garment here. You can also find new era official store here (which is very limited in Asia) Yup! New Era official store only had 2 store across Asia: the first one in Korea (please do notice we have 2 Koreas, make sure you go to the South one to find this store :p) which is located in Seoul and here in Japan, Tokyo.
Okay, so let’s say you done your day here in Harajuku area and you wonder where should you go for the eve. Then let’s go to the Kabukicho! It was nearby you can either walk for like 35 mins or go back to train station and take the JR Yamanote line to either Yoyogi Station or Shinjuku Station. Well the nearest one should be Shinjuku Station, it’s only 2 stops from Harajuku Station.
So whenever you saw a lot of neon lights then you are at the right place! When you keep strolling around you will knew that this was the red light district. You can see from this photos a lot of Japanese cut girl banner, DVD’s, and many more. And for you who was a little bit concerned about your safety since this was the red light district which is Yakuza area just calm down. You will be totally fine! Eventho you stuck all your ¥10.000 JPY all over your clothes you will still be safe wandering around this area, even it’s 1 am in the morning! The Yakuza (The most famous and feared Japanese Mafia) was there but you won’t see them and more importantly they don’t have any business with you. (Unless you owe them money………please don’t go here for your safety concern LOL) There will be a lot of young man offering you a girl or whatsoever, that’s not Yakuza! So, don’t be scared. Just politely say No to them. They can be a little be persistent especially when they saw you as a single man or a group of man, but do not worry at all, you are totally safe! I experienced this as well but nothing harm came to me, just politely say No and everything will be fine. Beside Yakuza didn’t want any trouble in their area, so these bunches of young man will not gonna look for trouble or whatsoever. There’s also a lot of police presents lately there. There’s also the famous SEGA building there you should check it out as well.
How about the famous Robot Cabaret? You are in the right place! I didn’t took any picture of the Robot Cabaret, since both of my parents did not wish to go there and please be noticed if you were a little bit concerned about sexism, then this is probably not the cabaret for you. Cause I read a couple of blog that put their concerned about the show and mentioned the sexism thing. Well, for me it’s depend on you, I will totally understand for some woman to think about it. But, to be honest the woman who took part of this show did not feel that they were being harass or whatsoever.
But for you who really wanna try your ‘adventure of a lifetime’ be sure to know that you really get a Japanese girl. According to my source most of those woman were infact illegal worker from China. Since you were foreigner and you did not speak any Japanese, so it was highly likely you were getting scammed. If you have Japanese friend than it will be really helpful to taste the night life of Tokyo.
I didn’t know if you were concerned about the other side of the colorful Kabukicho. There’s also what it called Golden Gai. Golden Gai is like bar alley around Kabukicho, so it feels like you travel in time when you go to Golden Gai and the Colorful Kabukicho. While Golden Gai offers you more peaceful feeling without any hustle, you can also spend your quality time here with your loved ones or just enjoy it by yourself. There’s plenty of bars there you can choose and they also do understand English or have English menu so you don’t need to worry at all.
PS: Please do not be worry of your safety, eventho it was more darker compare to Kabukicho you will still be totally fine. It was even safer than the downtown of Toronto in the middle of the night!! 😀
So I will end up this Djournal (for now) and decided to make 2 part of it! So, you won’t get tired with me 😀 Thanks for reading my journal and see you on my Tō (east) kyō (capital) Djournal part 2!
To be continued……