Wednesday, April 08, 2015

東京 Tokyo Trip (1 - 7 Apr 15)



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United Confirmation Number GJKNZL
This reservation was ticketed and confirmed on Wed., 24 Dec., 2014 at 05:21 Central Time.
Flight Details

Wed., 1 Apr., 2015 | Singapore, Singapore (SIN) to Tokyo, Japan (NRT - Narita)
Depart:
06:10
Wed., 1 Apr., 2015
Singapore, Singapore (SIN)
Arrive:
14:20
Wed., 1 Apr., 2015
Tokyo, Japan (NRT - Narita)
Travel Time:
7 hr 10 mn
Flight distance:
3,328 m/5,356 km
Flight:UA804
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Fare Class: United Economy (K)
Meal: Breakfast
Tue., 7 Apr., 2015 | Tokyo, Japan (NRT - Narita) to Singapore, Singapore (SIN)
Depart:
17:55
Tue., 7 Apr., 2015
Tokyo, Japan (NRT - Narita)
Arrive:
00:05 +1 Day
Wed., 8 Apr., 2015
Singapore, Singapore (SIN)
Travel Time:
7 hr 10 mn
Flight distance:
3,328 m/5,356 km
Flight:UA803
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Fare Class: United Economy (K)
Meal: Dinner

Cost: $672.60 SGD
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Accommodation

1 Apr - Com Com Manga Café
2 Apr - Anne Hostel Asakusabashi - JPY 2,800
3 Apr - Khaosan Tokyo Original - JPY 2,200
4 Apr - Airbnb - SGD$31
5 Apr - Sakura Hotel Jimbocho - JPY 3,300
6 Apr - Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo - JPY 3,300

List minute booking of accommodation, I had to hop different hostel everyday for the trip

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1 April 15, Wed (水)


In-flight food


Flight details


Arrived at Narita Terminal 1




15°C temperature




Trying to figure out the train


Skyliner - KEISEI Electric Railway




Toilet onboard the train




Power sockets available to charge phone




PASMO card (Fare to Ueno ¥1,235) and Skyliner ticket (¥1,230)




Arrived at Ueno station






Ginza Station


Yūrakuchō Station - Resturants and drinking places below the JR Yamanote Line




First meal in Tokyo: カツ丼 Katsudon for ¥680


The shop uses a machine that will vend out your order(s) in a ticket which you will pass to the shop


Getting dark


勝鬨橋


COM COM Cafe as recommended by Tokyo Cheapo for visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market on the following morning. This is a cubicle that allows you to lie down, however it measures about 1.6m by 1.3m, so people who are taller may have problems stretching in the tight space.


There are limited "cubicles", you may not be always lucky.


Spent ¥2,080 + ¥100 (Cup noodle) in total. Drinks such as coffee, tea and soft drinks are free.

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2 April 15, Thu (木)


Tsukiji fish Market layout. It is important to check the opening days too.
http://tokyocheapo.com/entertainment/9-things-you-should-know-before-visiting-the-tsukiji-fish-market-tuna-auction/


Waiting area, already crowded since 3.30am... Unlike what was mentioned in the TokyoCheapo website, the waiting area is not cold. And there is only 2 groups: First will depart 5.25am and second 5.50am. It will be a long wait.


Walking within the compound. Listen to the officers, as there are heavy traffic.












Carefully inspecting each piece of meat for quality


Tuna Auction


It sounded like he is singing.

Verdict: It isn't quite worth the trouble to wake up early in the morning and wake for about 2hrs for the Tuna Auction. The viewing area is relatively cramped and hardly able to see properly, needless to say getting a nice shot. There isn't much action as I would expect from an auction.








I can store my backpack in the locker for ¥300 at the metro station


Tsukiji Hongan-ji (築地本願寺)










¥2,500 Chirashizushi (ちらし寿司) breakfast






Busy people moving around






Cutting up the tuna


Walking through the Tsukiji Fish market... Personally, I would prefer Noryangjin Fish Market (Seoul) for it's energy and actions. The Koreans store owners are engaging to get businesses than the Japanese.


Cutting up the tuna


Vending machines






自由の女神像 at Odaiba




Gundam RX-78-2 at DiverCity




Museum of Maritime Science (Fune-no-Kagakukan)




Tokyo Big Sight


A western looking site for wedding photography




Sakura




The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park


Visitors will be given a tablet, and it will give an interactive guide and quiz.






Tokyo Tower




大本山 増上寺






Aquarium Gallery


I don't normally buy souvenir , but I still ended up spending ¥3,250 on stickers, toy magnets and rubber stamps. I bet any marine lovers will go crazy coming in here.




Stairs to climb... One of the challenges in the station in Tokyo. Travelers with big heavy luggage may have a problem as not all exits have lifts.


Nice room of Anne Hostel Asakusabashi


Washing area


Kitchen




AKB48 cafe and Gundam Cafe are just at Akihabara Station itself


Tried to look for the canned ramen vending machine, but couldn't find it.
See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCXgyRoL2_k&sns=fb for example


¥980 Ramen




Cute neko drink at Home Cafe


No English speaking maido


Instax with Maido


3D poster...

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3 April 15, Fri (金)


In the train


Khaosan Tokyo Original




Tokyo SkyTree missing due to the mist


雷門


Multiple shops selling souvenirs and snacks as you walk North along the Nakamise-dōri (仲見世通り)


浅草寺, Sensōji


Takoyaki - It is best to visit during weekend for more street food.






Pagoda


Cat cafe "Asakusa Nekoen" (猫カフェ【浅草ねこ園】)






Just woke up look


Cat snacks are sold at ¥100 per pack


I want some too!




Cat fur everywhere!


Do price comparison between the souvenirs shops as they carry about the same items but at different price


Mochi


Hachikō ハチ公 statue at Shibuya station


Cute Hachikō mascot promoting the anniversary that will take place on 8 Apr 15


Shibuya Crossing




Daiso


Sleeping under bridge?


I walked from Shibuya to Harujuku






Nice ramen for ¥1,180




Harujuku








View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 東京都庁第一本庁舎南展望室


This observatory is good for travelers on a budget because it is free while Tokyo Tower and Tokyo SkyTree charges admission fee.


Revisit when the sun is down


Night time Sensō-ji


Lanterns


Grill at 磯丸水産 浅草店


Scallop (扇贝) is so good. Sazae-oni (海螺) and Hamaguri (白蛤) on the other hand were inferior.


No seasonings were used, yet the scallop taste splendid


Tuna cheek and prawns. The lightly grilled tuna cheek is so tender.

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4 April 15, Sat (土)


Panoramic view from Khaosan


The futuristic looking Sumida River Cruise


4th day of Tokyo, I am heading towards Yokohama




Shopping for bento


Bento for ¥699 which is relatively value for money because it is very filling.


帆船日本丸 - Nippon Maru museum ship








Nice waste collection vehicle




Cosmo Clock 21 is a giant Ferris wheel at the Cosmo World amusement park


カップヌードルミュージアム (Cupnoodles Museum)




The very first batch of instant noodle


Instant Noodles History Cube


Momofuku Theater provides an animation about Momofuku Ando and how he created instant noodle.


Momofuku Ando's work shed


Art work based on cup noodles


Momofuku Ando (1910-2007)


Chicken Ramen Factory - Hands-on session to learn how to make noodles from the raw ingredient


CUPNOODLES Park - Playground


NOODLES BAZAAR World Noodles Road


My CUPNOODLES Factory - Customise your personal cup noodle. Other than self-decoration on the foam cup, most of the tasks are completed by their staff.


First, buy an empty cup from the vending machine at ¥300


Decorate your own cup with the markers provided


The upside down technique of putting the noodle into the cup




Select 3 ingredients


Sealing the cup lid


Plastic wrap


Shrink wrap with heat




Put into an "air bag" as a carrier


Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 横浜赤レンガ倉庫




Yokohama Customs building (The Queen) 横浜税関


Kanagawa Prefectural Office (The King) 神奈川県庁


Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall (The Jack) 横浜市開港記念会館


Chinatown of Yokohama




Panda


Pau




Yokohama Marine Tower マリンタワー


Yamashita Park 山下公園




Yokohama Doll Museum 横浜人形の家


Bus ride


Double deck train


Shinkawasaki Station








Staying at an apartment from Airbnb


Souvenirs from the Cup noodle museum for ¥1,110


Supper was my personalised cupnoodle

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5 April 15, Sun (日)




Shinto Kanamara Matsuri (かなまら祭り, "Festival of the Steel Phallus") at Kanayama Shrine (金山神社)


Candles


Grilled squid for ¥400


Candies


Priest


Long queue for the hand-made candies


The queue took about 1.5hrs


Phallus candies ¥700 each


Crowded despite the rain


Posing with the wooden penis




Squid shaped into penis




Licking the vagina-shaped candy


Posing with... the "Dick head"...


Performance




The parade


Giant pink penis














Vending machine for the meal ticket


Tempura on rice and Soba (¥690)












Yasukuni Shrine (靖國神社)


Rikugien Gardens (六義園)


Ramen ¥680


Meguro River (目黒川)








Taiyaki ¥210


中目黒駅 Nakameguro Station


Sakura Hotel Jimbocho. There is no power socket at my bunk with was at the top and I had to climb up and down to check on my stuffs.


Shower

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6 April 15, Mon (月)


Cafe of Sakura hotel




Breakfast


K's House Tokyo


The room was not ready yet




Ueno Park










Ueno Zoo






Yanaka Cemetery


Cat






サンシャイン60展望台


View from Sunshine 60's observation deck




Spent ¥4,890 on a shark t-shirt, keychains, fridge magnet and garden eel pen.


Cats at Higashiikebukuro Central Park


Eating fried chicken


Cat logic




雞白湯


Meiji Shrine








Yoyogi park








Playing games




People continued to picnic till the closing time of the park


Harujuku


Tokyo Station




Minowa area

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7 April 15, Tue (火)




Fried chicken


Ramen with 2 different types of eggs


















Imperial Palace




Fugu Sashimi






risotto




Japanese Traditional Sweet bread from Asakusa Kagetsudo - Delicious and soft, there will be long queues during weekends. Visit during weekday for shorter queue.


Ice-cream


Souvenirs


In-flight entertainment

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NAVITIME app


Save the locations in Google Maps, very handy for trip planning and to navigate around when on the ground.


Using free Wifi wherever... There's no need to buy the SIM card or rent a wifi router

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