Over the years, I have made many trips to Tokyo. Friends always ask me “don’t you ever get sick and tired of going back to the same place every year?”. My reply ” No..Never” . If time permits, I will be there every season.
This is truly how i feel about Japan.
Guess you can always find a lot of information on tourist sights either from the internet or from books, so I would like to share what I like to do when I am in Tokyo.
having my supper before taking the mid-night flight
after 6+ hrs, finally arrived at Narita. This is a waiting place for people waiting for the train to get to city centre.
the interior of the narita express. this is a quick and convenient way to Shibuya (where my hotel is located)
The train ride lasted about 1hr 45mins. Scenary along the way was peaceful and nice.
my first dose of caffeine upon reaching hotel. A much needed cuppa as i touched down at 7am Japan time (which is 6am in S'pore)
my first meal in tokyo.. the club sandwich was enough to feed 2!
I stayed at the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel. This is the hotel lobby where i waited for my room to be ready.
My room throughout this stay. Am surprised that the room was so big and spacious.
Look! the attached bath room is very spacious too
there was a big shower area and even bath tub
I managed to check-in to my hotel room at 12 noon, which is considered early for Japan standard. The usual check-in time for the hotels in Japan is about 3pm. Time for a hot meal…..
You have to buy your meal ticket before you order your food.
You can add any toppings on the menu to your curry rice.
Lunch was at a curry rice shop near my hotel. Curry is a usual favourite whenever I visit Japan. The hot and spicy gravy with rice makes the meal really satisfying.
Decided to go for a ‘walk’ after lunch to help digestion. My hotel was only a short 8mins walk to the famous Hachiko Square.
Can you see the number of people crossing at this traffic light?
Something that we dun have here...L'occitane has a cafe in tokyo
Love the pastry in Japan.. This is a promotion counter for egg tarts outside Seibu Departmental Store
OI City shibuya is a departmental store for the younger crowd
have you seen such big "ears"... A funny-looking car i saw on the road
Next, to my favourite Shop... called "45RPM". Staff is wrapping up my purchases with a traditional wrap.
Have you seen this bear? a very popular character created by a Japanese celebrity. This bear is really "hot" now.
this bear has been so well-received that a shop has been set up to sell their merchandise
Found this huge 5-storey Forever 21 store on my way to dinner place. So unfair right? All the known brands are having such bigs stores in Japan :(
Dinner was at my favourite Tsukemen Store
Look at the size of the serving... this shop charges the same price regardless of the amount of noodles served.
my noodle size is considered "small".... unbelievable right?
Tsukemen is a new way of serving ra-men created only a few yrs back. Noodles are served hot or cold with a concentrated soup dip. Very very tasty!
After a satisfying meal, I headed back to hotel. Decided to have an early night as I didnt sleep well on the route to Tokyo. Will share more on Day 2.