Tokyo Trip 2013
Day 1: NAIA – Narita Airport-Ningyocho-Tokyo Station-Ginza
- Left Philippines via Jetstar airlines from NAIA Terminal 1. My only comment is that I hope the Philippines would improve this terminal, as it looks so tired and old. It doesn’t look like an international airport.
- Our flight was at 6AM, so I was really sleepy the whole time :p Even though we already checked in online, we still lined up with those who haven’t checked in. TIP: Check-in online so you can get good seats.
- Arrived at Narita International Airport Terminal 2 at lunchtime. It was cloudy and drizzling. TIP: Ask for an official and updated map at the information counter 😉
- One of the indications that I’m really in Japan now is the TOILET! Yes, this is one of my favorites in Japan, and it never fails to make me smile 🙂 I was welcomed by the warm seat and an operational bidet, haha.
- We bought tickets at Skyline, and waited for the train going to Tokyo. DO: Check if you already have enough Yen to purchase train or bus tickets going to your hotel.
- We missed the earlier train(s), until Jaycee asked one of the airport staff of the train destinations 😉 Finally at 1PM, we were able to get on in one of the trains 🙂
- We got off at Suitengumae Station (Ningyocho-Nihombashi area). We walked then to our hotel which is only 3-5mins walk from the station. TIP: A four-wheel luggage is better. I got a two-wheel, and the weight from pulling hurt my arms.
We booked for 6 nights at Sotetsu Fresa Inn at Ningyocho-Nihombashi. It was new and cute! 🙂 We chose this hotel because it has good reviews online, except for the small room space (which is expected from almost all hotels in Japan, I guess).
My priority in accommodations is always the toilet, and I was so happy that it is clean, and complete with all those kawaii stuff that Japan is very good with.
We rushed to check in to be able to freshen up a bit before we meet our tour guide for that day.
Our tour guide that afternoon, whom we requested via Tokyo Free Guide, was Matsuda. He is from Yokohama and does guiding on his free time. He is very quiet, but tries his best to talk to us in English 🙂
At 3PM, he was already at the lobby waiting for us.
It was rainy when we left the hotel, and took the train going to Imperial Palace. It was closed already! TIP: Make sure to check first the opening and closing hours of the attractions that you plan to visit.
We walked to see Tokyo Station instead, and took pictures 😉 It was so nice. I aptly put it as a station for the uptown people of Tokyo (bricks, warms lights and all).
We took a train going to Ginza. I read from somewhere that this is the most expensive real estate in the world. I guess this is true, with buildings of branded stuff all over the place–one building of Louis Vuitton, one building of Gucci, etc. I felt so rich walking there, wehehe!
We asked our guide for a good ramen dinner, and so we ate a ramen place (which he tells us it is where he and his friend usually eat and drink).
After dinner, we thanked our guide (paid him for his transpo expenses) and took a train to go back to our hotel.
Day 2: Shibuya – Harakuju – Shinjuku