Tag: tokyo

NBH-007 Kaminarimon

This was the first Sights-to-See nanoblock I purchased back when I was in Japan a couple of years back. Loved it because of its very Japanese-styled architecture including a gigantic paper lantern that is the 雷門 (Kaminarimon) and it reminded me of how much…

Tokyo for a First-Timer Part II

Tokyo (東京), like any other metropolis in the world, offers activities diverse enough to satiate the voracious appetite of any type of traveller. Eating, marathon running, shopping, sightseeing, trekking… you name it, Tokyo offers it. At this point, I’m just going to address the…

Tokyo for a First-Timer Part I

I don’t profess to know Tokyo (東京) extremely well – don’t think we even covered 50% of this awesome metropolis despite having been there 5 times the last 5 years – but with the good fortune of having a friend who brought us around…

10 Things About Tokyo

Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. There are about 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone. 2 airports serve Tokyo – Narita Airport (成田空港) and Haneda Airport (羽田空港). Narita handles most of the international…

Tokyo Extravaganza D6: Yokohama, Revisited

It was a Monday, and very likely a public holiday in Japan because E didn’t need to report for work (can’t remember it now, it being almost 5 years later). Instead he gamely went along with us to Yokohama (横浜) despite it being a…

Tokyo Extravaganza D4+5: A Walk in the Park, Mostly

And the park in question here? Yoyogi Park (代々木公園), one of Tokyo’s largests parks located adjacent to Harajuku Station (原宿駅) and Meiji Shrine (明治神宮). The discovery of how interesting a mere park could be convinced the mister and I that 1) we should most certainly…

Tokyo Extravaganza D3: Asakusa & Odaiba

Asakusa (浅草) is located on the north-eastern side of central Tokyo and is most famous for Senso-ji (金龍山浅草寺), an ancient Buddhist temple. Senso-ji is dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, is apparently the oldest temple in Tokyo and clearly one of its most significant, given…

Tokyo Extravaganza D2: Imperial Palace & Tokyo Tower

Not many tourists to Japan know this little snippet but with some prior planning, anyone could apply to attend a free tour of the Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居). This is also the only way to tour the interior of the palace grounds apart from…

Tokyo Extravaganza D1: Harajuku & Shibuya

Finally, we were properly according some time to explore Japan. Apart from this being our first time together to the Land of the Rising Sun, it was also landmark in it being our first self-guided vacation (past trips to Bangkok and Hong Kong do…

Of Ramen and Hello Kitty

It’s a wonder what one night of good rest could do to a person. From the grouch I was the day before I transformed into someone in considerably better spirits the next morning. That was until I saw the rain. What a mood dampener……

Tokyo Disneyland, Adults’ Paradise Too

After a rather long flight including a layover at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, the mum, the little sis and I stepped foot on Japan soil. And immediately, as typical of most guided tours, we were whisked off from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Tokyo Disneyland. It…