This was really back dated I know but since I'm at the topic of cities of Japan, I might as well combine them in a post. Visited Tokyo in late September when the weather was all cooling and shiok at probably around 20 degrees. Covered quite a bit of areas in not more than half a day with a great companion :)
A significant icon at Odaiba, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, was a replica of statue of liberty. I have no idea why it's there too..
Had an early lunch at one of the random japanese restaurants. I know I'm missing out alot of good stuffs but raw food is totally not for me. My travelling buddy for this trip, Sophie, loves it!
I don't think japanese food can go atrociously wrong in Japan so generally our meal was decent and good enough to fill our stomachs for the next few hours. Off to Shinjuku/Harajuku area!
Many lovable puppies we spotted along the way in a mall. They're way too cute! I'd love to have one in time to come!
It takes about 30-45mins and changing of 2 trains from Odaiba to Harajuku. Getting around the city areas in Japan can be easy provided you know the language/the way. We had to hold on to the map and ask around everytime we alight 'cos the looking at the different service lines on the train map makes me dizzy. Which is which?!
Exploring Takeshita street, a long stretch lined by shops, boutiques, cafes, targeting teenagers. Many things to see but mostly are so expensive (One simple top can easily cost $40) that my only interest was street food and more street food.
Crepes stalls can be found in almost every corner of the street. One choco banana crepe easily cost about $6 but it got both of us so addicted that we bought another one while on the way back to the hotel. Too awesome!!
The girl in black must be having a hard time to decide if she wants to have one of each on the display. Lol. Their menu is simply too extensive, they've got all kinds of flavours!
Bakudanyaki, a bomb size kind of tako yaki ball. Taste similar to the usual takoyaki that I usually have so I'll actually still prefer the bite size takoyaki balls.
So tempted to buy more tidbits home when I spotted Calbee's retail shop but had to stop myself before my pocket bleeds further. There's just too many food items to buy in Japan!
Hippie Spiderman spotted.
Harajuku is not all about just food/fashion. Just 10mins walk away from the train station is where Meiji Shrine (one of Japan's most popular shrine) is situated.
The main complex of the shrine is a further ten mins walk into Yoyogi Park. This entire area is spacious and peaceful and I kind of love this state of tranquility as we walked towards the main area.
Trying to pray for my wish to come true like what all others do!
A walk inside the beautiful Meiji Jingu.
Instead of writing our wish on one of these wooden tablets, Sophie and I bought an omamori aka japanese shrine lucky charm to bring luck for our career!
After the shrine visit, we then headed to Shinjuku for more shopping. Gained some loots at Uniqlo and walked into a random ramen stall just across the street for dinner. It's a small, no frills ramen restaurant where people quickly eat and go. We really didn't expect the ramen to be that delicious and can easily beat plenty of the ramen places in Sg. Definitely drool worthy! SLURPS, literally.
Thank you Sophie for being such a superb company! Just a one day thing in Tokyo but I really enjoyed myself and talking to you like we've known for years. Till the next trip with you, see you soon! :)
Just got back from Osaka a few days ago and yes I did it again, spending all the money I've changed and most of the spendings went to food! I enjoy eating so much especially in Asia places like Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong kong, Thailand and the list goes on..
Woke up for buffet breakfast at our hotel lobby and it was disappointing :(
My companions for this trip, Xann & Jared :) We made our way to the train station to our destination : Shinsaibashi!
Single trip transport in Japan isn't cheap at all. We were only a station away but the standard fare is about $2.50?
Shopping at Uniqlo again!
Shinsaibashi is the city's main shopping area. There's a covered shopping street and major stores/boutiques like Chanel, Fendi, etc can be found around the area too.
Drug stores can be found everywhere. This is where you get Hada Labo/Bifesta/Gatsby at 'wholesale' prices! Lol.
Walked past a small pastry shop that sells crispy pastries filled with chilled custard cream. Verdict? I was instantly blown away and savoured every bit of the custard cream. Wins all other kinds of custard cream pastries hands down! And yes, I prefer this over beard papa. Too good to stop at one!
One can never walk out of Daiso empty handed.
Including japanese's snack shop!
We made a pit stop at one of the cafes along the street and I ordered a cheese stick from the menu. It was about $2 and I thought it was cheap. Turned out to be a tiny bite size cheese stick. Okay...
Strolled from Shinsaibashi to Dotonbori street for food!
One of Dotonbori's icon is Glico's giant neon display.
Immediately identified this from afar 'cos there is a newly opened outlet at Westgate! Haven't get to try it though.
Takoyaki was first popularized in Osaka. It's a must try here! There's a song on Takoyaki (something like Ta ta ta takoyaki! Ta ta takoyaki!) and even a random song can sound so cute and catchy. If you're bored, I googled the song here haha! Gotta give it the to creative japanese!
Settled our early dinner with Okonomiyaki & Yakisoba, also one of the famous few must try items in Osaka.
Osaka is known as the gastronomists town. The entire stretch of Dotonbori is filled with food, food and more food. It's no wonder this place is one of the principal tourist attraction. I love Dotonbori too!
Loving Osaka's weather at 6-10degrees. Till I see you again, osaka!