11 ♥ Days in Japan: [3] Harajuku. Shimokitazawa

And so, that day marked our third day in Tokyo and our last day staying at Shinagawa Shuku Guest House before setting off to two of the places in our itinerary: Harajuku and Shimokitazawa. But before that, please enjoy our selfie taken at Shinagawa.. 😛japanday3_01

I really love how clean the streets are especially in Shinagawa, just like that street you saw from our selfie above. It’s so clean that I have that constant urge to lay on the floor and roll myself left to right..lol! No kidding!japanday3_02

As usual, we took the metro to Harajuku and saw the famous Takeshita Street just across the road. If I dont remember wrongly, it was quite early in the morning: 9-ish am? It seems like that street has started welcoming swarms of locals and tourists since the dawn. Wow..Japanese are morning people so to speak.japanday3_03

Had our typical breakfast at Mcdonalds and I still devotedly stick to my must-have set while my travelmates went adventurous and tried their Tuna Muffin. Applying my Marketing knowledge; Glocalised management. Brand is global but menu and portion go localised. See that cup of coffee and the size of the burger..goodness how does Japanese survive with such a small portion? That amount of caffeine aint going keep me awake…hahaha. japanday3_04

After our seemingly breakfast which was only good enough to keep us half-full for a couple of hours, we strolled down that swarms of people and did some window shopping. I realised the local salespeople were extremely sensitive to camera. Well, thinking of Harajuku, you should know tourists came here to see cosplay and exaggerating-dressed people. See that salesgirl above holding the price-signage; selling bags. She immediately hid her face every time I faced my camera towards her direction and damn, I gave up and that was what I took. No offense but yeah, then what is the objective of dressing up like that?

Off-track a bit…
Hehe Rilakkuma seems like a big favourite character here (and now spreading all around the world) and even KitKat bought their license so it can market its honey / hotcake-flavoured Kitkat! SO cute! Too bad, I regret not buying it 😦japanday3_07Up next is Meji Shrine which after Takeshita Street.
We did some research and it stated that the Harajuku Bridge (outside Meiji Shrine) is a favourite hangout place for most young people who loves to cosplay. Unfortunately it may be too early or either we are not in luck, no sight of cosplay except 1 or 2. Nevertheless, we went in to explore the shrine. The weather was perfect though 🙂 Sunny and cool.japanday3_08 japanday3_09 japanday3_10

Chanced upon a wedding at the shrine which is a common sight in Meiji Shrine. All of them looked very stern and formal for a traditional family portrait. Guess it’s their culture (to be really formal and serious) since wedding is such a big event.

So after that, we decided to walk our way back so we can go to our next stop: Shimokitazawa.
See that crowd…it was crazy! Sure it is the favourite hangout for the teenagers. Kind of reminds me of Bugis street in Singapore.

japanday3_13Finally, metro station in sight. We survived walking against the flowing crowd!japanday3_14

Shimokitazawa: one of my favourite place.
No doubt, you can feel the hip vibe around here; less crowded and laidback compared to Harajuku. To compare, it will be quite similar to our Haji Lane but much bigger in scale.


But first, let us fill in our stomach with our well-deserved lunch! At Osaka Ohsho 大阪王将. (Japanese-Chinese Cuisine)
Talking about Osaka Ohsho, it was pretty common restaurant in Tokyo and its outlets are now scatter all round the globe including Singapore.japanday3_17

After lunch, went strolling around, window shopping. Pass by a quaint coffee store and bought ourselves a cuppa. Portion is small as expected -_-”’.japanday3_15

People-watching. You will be entertained. Ohh, looking at these photos really makes me wanna go Japan again!

See what I mean…(people-watching)..even a simple lady riding a bicycle or waiting for the train to pass, can be such a nice sight. So hippy!

Nothing special after that, had some simple dinner and we headed to our 2nd accomodation: finally a Hotel! New Otani Inn Tokyo
japanday3_19So sorry I gotta end here, cheers to beauty sleep!




11 ♥ Days in Japan: [2] Ueno.Gotemba Premium Outlets

And so, to continue with my previous post, it was our second day at Shinagawa Shuku Guest House. I can still remembered the refreshing morning breeze that day and all of us set off with a relax mood..

Okay this is how the exterior of the guest house looks like.

Our OOTDjapanday2_2

Ueno Park

Our first stop is to visit Ueno Park. Main purpose was that it is listed in the travel guide as one of the must-go places to view the Sakura / Peach Blossom during their blooming season (Mar/April). But first up, our breakfast…or brunch…?

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11 ♥ Days in Japan: [1] Prelude + Shinagawa. Asakusa. Roppongi. Tokyo Tower

Ho Ho Ho! I’m back with full force again!

You know, researching on places to go in Japan and travel reviews kind of piss me off sometimes because of the limited information available in English. Most of the time, you ended up having to copy the whole chunk of paragraphs in japanese and paste in google translate just to know what the site is talking about. Well, if you know what I mean.

But anyway ain’t exploration and experience all part of the thrills when it comes to travel?
Alright alright, so that’s all for my intro and lets get it rolling~~

This Japan trip which I’m going to recap kind of run late…cause it happened more than 1 year ago..yes, Mar-April 2012. Please don’t get disappointed. >.< I know… but it’s better than never right?

Woohoo..my first trip to Japan and with my lovely colleagues!


And so we touched down during midnight at Hanada Airport. Caught the last train from the airport (which was damn lucky). The train station is exactly situated conveniently near the arrival gate (within your view kind of “near”). Kudos to Japan!

In this trip, we actually travelled quite a few places and therefore stayed in a few accomodations. First up: Shinagawa Shuku Guest House. As you know, Japan’s accomodation is also another sucker (opps sorry, it means not cheap lah) Being our budget nature self, Shinagawa Guest House seemed to offer a rather economic price for free and easy travellers.
Well, I do not have a picture now to show but anyway that’s my colleagues strolling with their luggage, trying to find our way from Shinagawa JR station to this guest house. So chilling cold~ freezing~


Okay, I took back my words. Here’s a photo of how our room looked like..tatami~~ and “fit-just-nice” space for the 3 of us. In case you are wondering, that’s me and my colleague (GL) busying texting our family and friends / facebooking once we logged into their free wifi. Too bad you can’t see our faces…hahaJapan3ajapan4

Lets jump to the part where we decided to visit the convenience store located just beside our guest house after we settled in…time for some yummy oiishi supper! As usual, even though under the same company (ironically), convenience stores in Singapore can never ever fight with the stores here because it’s freaky awesome; filled with ready-packed orgasmic food for grabs even during the wee hours~ weeee~~Okay that’s our supper (center photo) on top by the way. On top of that, it’s considered rather cheaper than what we have here in our same brand local stores. Hmm. :/

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