Tokyo Trip 2013
Day 1: Tokyo Station – Ginza
Day 2: Shibuya – Harakuju – Shinjuku
Day 3: Yokohama – Cup Noodles Museum
Day 3 (Part2): Yokohama Port – The Red Brick House
Day 4: Mt. Fuji – Hakone – Lake Ashi
Day 5: Imperial Palace Garden – Tokyo Disneyland
Day 6 – Asakusa – Ueno – Akihabara
For our last day, we booked a tour online for a free guide. And so at 10am, our assigned tour guide, Yokiko Goto, met with us at the lobby of our hotel. She is a mom of two, and has worked in Singapore for a few years, and went back to Japan. She has become interested in being a tour guide, and took this also as an opportunity to practice English. She tells us that her name “Yokiko” means “snow” in English. 🙂
It was rainy, and our first stop is Sensoji Temple at Asakusa.
Also known as Asakusa Kannon, this is Tokyo’s largest Buddhist temple. We went around in our umbrellas, and took few pictures.
Although it was raining, there were still a lot of people in the area, including students in their uniforms.
We also went to Ueno, and imagined that Ueno Park is much nicer if it wasn’t that rainy that day. Yokiko was telling us that Ueno Park is beautiful during Spring (Sakura).
Here are some of our pictures in Asakusa and Ueno.
I loved Nakamise Shopping Street where lines of stores are there with lots of people shopping, even in the rain.
I requested that we go to Kappabashi Shopping Street, known for the line of cutlery stores. This is just between Ueno and Asakusa. I got the idea in one of the blogs that I read prior to our trip, and I found it very interesting. Yokiko searched for it in her map, and off we went.
You will find specialized stores for dishes, pots, pans, cooking utensils, stoves, tables, chairs, signs, lanterns and more. There are also a few stores which sell plastic and wax food samples, used by many restaurants in their show windows. – http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3020.html
There we found Sample Shop, which sell yummy food displays that could last up to 40years. We bought 2 small maki samples 🙂 Yoki and I also enjoyed in another shop where we bought cute Japanese kitchen utensils. Cool! I had fun shopping with her, while Jaycee used the time to take pictures.
After having fun at Kappabashi Shopping, we had lunch at a ramen restaurant where Yokiko led us.
We then bid good bye to Yokiko (who also needed to go to meet her kids from school). We thanked her and promised to post our pictures with her in Facebook. We indeed had a great time with her 🙂
Pictures with Yokiko:
After the tour, we went to Akihabara. This is where lots of electronics can be found. I also noticed gaming stuff here, and oh, lots of anime stuff (billboards and stores).
We shopped at Yodabashi! I had another free 15-min massage in the demo massage chairs. I almost slept! 🙂
When we bought massagers (yes, 2 small but heavy massage devices), and went back to the hotel happy. I was excited to use the back massager that I un-boxed and tested it later when we arrived at the hotel.
Since this is our last night at Tokyo, we decided to walk around and try the gyoza place nearby. We had LARGE gyozas, I was so full! We also shopped for pasalubong at a grocery near our hotel.
The next day was our trip back to the Philippines. As we packed our things, we can’t help but talk about going back to Tokyo again! 😉