As of this post, superwoman’s on her way home from a recent adventure in Tokyo, Japan. Along with two of my best girls, Michelle and Christine, I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing the country was. But more surprisingly, we were so happy to find out visiting the place wasn’t as expensive as people claim it to be. Read on for tips ahead! hehehe
Here we go:
After a 5 hour flight from Manila, we arrived late noon in Tokyo via Cebu Pacific Airlines. And yep, it was a score for bargain fare hunters like us as we managed to book it under the piso fare promo.
After going through immigration and baggage claim, here are the three important things we did at the airport:
After checking in at a cozy japanese apartment named Citadines in Shinjuku area, we grabbed a quick snooze to recharge. Note: I usually head out to explore the area as soon as i’m settled in but it was raining outside- remnants of the super typhoon Vongfong, so napping for extra energy was a go.
An hour and a half later, the rain stopped and we found ourselves on the streets all refreshed and ready to take on and breathe in the amazing culture that greeted us.
The streets were clean, lined with several greens and people were courteously quiet. You’d find men and women walking along the sidewalk silently. Cars politely waited for you to cross the street. Even on a green light, a driver smiled and signaled for us to cross as he patiently waited.
We scouted the streets near our apartment and soon engaged in our very first authentic japanese meal. We found this cozy restaurant along the Shinjuku Station exit with private mini bunks. How cute can dinner get? hehehe A call bell was available for us to press whenever we needed the waiter to take our orders. Never really got to know the name of the place as everything was written in Japanese. That got me all excited, actually. Can’t get any more authentic than that! hehehe
After several more hours of walking and sight seeing, we retired to another unnamed Japanese ramen house along Shinjuku-gyoen street. One would be greeted by a waiter upon entering and assisted into ordering a bowl of ramen via tadaaaah! A ramen vending machine. Cool beans!
We ordered the extra large bowl which fed 6 and split it amongst the 3 of us. It was so good- the broth was very tasty and beef and pork were happily dancing with the ramen noodles in our mouths for the past 1 hour or so that we were there. The bowl was so big that we weren’t able to finish it all. It was only then that we were told by a friend post instagram and fb photo post comment that in Japan, it is considered rude not to finish everything on your plate. Yikes. We then made sure to finish everything we ordered to the last rice grain/noodle in the days that followed.
An hour before midnight, we then headed back to our apartment and called it a night.
Day 2 was for two must-visits in Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market and Tokyo Disney Sea!!
The Tsukiji Fish Market is one of the most visited places in Tokyo. It is where one can find the freshest fishes for sushi. Think fatty tuna, salmon and uni! A tuna auction is usually held at dawn starting at 4 am, they say. The freshest catches of the day are then displayed for tourists and restaurant owners alike. The ones with the highest bid gets the best tuna parts. These parts are the ones found in hotels which would then cost an arm and a leg.
If you are up for some sushi but not into waking up at the crack of dawn, head over to the Tsukiji Market around 9 am where they start to open and serve fresh sushi to tourists. The most famous restaurant there is the Sushi dai. There’s no english name fronting the store but with one look, one would know when one has found it—— Sushi dai is never without a crazy long line. Some claim to wait for their turn to order for as long as 5 hours. Sushi there must really be good.
So off we went and luckily, the line wasn’t that long. We arrived minutes before 9am and got to sit down after 10 minutes of waiting.
Here are the yummy dishes that we ordered. Enough chitchat and let the yummy photos do the talking.
They say eating sushi is a rite of passage in Japan. I wouldn’t mind having the same meal over and over again for breakfast! Truly the best chirashi i’ve tasted in years!
Here are some of the things we found while walking around Tsukiji market:
With happy tummies, and after buying little knick knacks found in the market, we excitedly left for Tokyo Disney Sea!!!
It is said that this is the best Disney Resort by far, topping that of Paris, Hong Kong and the US.
True enough, we had the grandest time! Tokyo Disney Sea felt like a cross between Disneyland and Universal Studios. Fun rides, theatrical shows and lots of Disney boutiques greeted us. Here are some snaps of our wonderful Tokyo Disney Sea experience:
Mermaid lagoon houses a wonderful set of rides mostly for the young ones including rotating cups, jumping jelly fish, among others. It also houses a really cute shop for infants and toddlers.
This attraction let’s you ride a yellow submarine complete with motion, sound and visual simulation to make it seem like you’re actually going 20,000 leagues below sea level.
Tokyo Disney Sea was such a vast resort that we weren’t able to capture all the views with our cameras. We did manage to take photos of the major attractions like the ones posted above. Sometimes, when you’re having so much fun, you tend to forget clicking and just savor the moment as it happens. teehee
We stayed till night time to catch the amazing fireworks display and yes, amazing it truly was. We were blessed to witness the Annual Halloween Screams Show on the day of our visit.
We then headed home via Metro and called it a day, a happy and magical one.
This was one of the longest days we had but dubbed the most amazing one. We set out early on a 3 hour train ride to Ibaraki to see the famous Hitachi Seaside Park. And this is what we saw…
Our fourth day was jam-packed day of sight seeing and city hopping.
Our last day in Tokyo was spent on another kitkat shopping spree at the airport!! hehehe Truly can’t get enough of the amazing flavors all over the different areas of Japan. We managed to snag the matcha, uni matcha, sakura matcha, strawberry, strawberry cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake, chili powder, wasabi, rum and raisin, pumpkin and red bean flavors. There is a different story for every kitkat flavor in a city and the dessert bar is one big favorite among the Japanese. So having been able to grab the unique variety other than the usual green tea got us on a sugar high.
So that’s about it for Tokyo ladies. I hope you all enjoyed our little adventure together. It’s only been a few hours since i got home and i miss the place already. I hope to visit it again soon…. someday. And in the near future, when you do find the chance to visit it too, i hope this post helps you plan your day to day itinerary.. and i wish for nothing but the best of memories and the most magical of experiences for you and your travel buddies during that day.
Japan is a country of many splendored things. Here’s hoping it will inspire you to never stop believing in fairytales, to be one with nature, and to go out there and experience the unfamiliar.
Keep that fire of #wanderlust burning, my darlings!!
All my love,