Day 5, Sunday (03/11/2013) Morning: Asakusa Area
Point of Interest: Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street, Nakamise Street, Kaminari-mon Gate, and Sensoji Temple
Kodemmacho Station to Ueno Station (via Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) 10:04 – 10:09
Ueno Station to Asakua Station (via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) 10:14 – 10:19
The whole trip costs 160Y even though we transfer to another line
We took the Metro Subway from Kodemmacho to Asakusa, travel time is total 15 minutes.
Dempoin Temple, at the end of Nakamise Shopping Street just before Sensoji Temple, known for its beautiful garden. Unfortunately, the temple and garden are not open to the public. There are posters beside the gate saying that taking photos are prohibited, good thing I already took one before I read the sign 😉
The day we went, we are lucky to be able to witness a once a year parade here in Asakusa called Tori-no-ichi
Tori-no-ichi is an annual traditional festival held at shrines and temples nationwide on set days (rooster days) in November to wish good luck and business prosperity. Known as its origin, the festival has been held in the Asakusa area since the Edo period at Ootori Jinja Shrine and Chokokuji Temple. The festivity continues until midnight as gorgeous “”kumade”” rakes decorated in gold and silver are sold by lively venders in the shrine and temple compound. Make your wish for good luck while enjoying the atmosphere of Tokyo’s old downtown at this late fall/early winter event – http://www.gotokyo.org
Day 5 (03/11/2013) Afternoon: Odaiba
Point of Interest: Fuji TV Headquarters, Diver City Shopping Center, Palette Town
Asakusa Station to Shimbashi Station (via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) 12:17 – 12:35 (190Y)
Shimbashi Station to Daiba Station (via Yurikamome Line) 12:50 – 13:05 (310Y)
Again, we are lucky once again because today, in Odaiba there is a celebration called Dream Yosacay, so when we alighted at Daiba Station, there are a lot of people wearing colorful costumes and performing.
The Dream Yosacoy Festival is based on the yosakoi dance that started in Kochi to celebrate postwar reconstruction and has spread throughout Japan. Featuring around 6,000 dancers in about 80 teams, and watched by some 500,000 spectators, it is one of the largest and highest-quality festivals held in Tokyo. – http://www.gotokyo.org
After watching several performance, we decided to leave and walk towards Fuji TV Headquarters.
Daiba Station to Shiodome Station (via Yurikamome Line) 16:24 – 16:38 (310)
Shiodome Station to Shinjuku Station (via Tokyo Metro Oedo Line) 16:46 – 17:05 (210Y)
The best “Omiyage” to bring back from your Tokyo trip is the Tokyo Banana. The one with the pink package taste better than the normal (yellow) one. We did not see any of this (the pink one) from other stores, this one we saw only in the basement of Odakyu Mall in Shinjuku Station.
Note: You can also buy the same Tokyo Banana (yellow package) at Narita Airport Terminal 2 (2nd floor/Departure area, no need to go inside immigration yet).
So after buying 12 boxes of Tokyo Banana, we proceed back to our hotel to pack our things for our flight back to Singapore tomorrow.
Shinjuku Station to Ginza Station (via Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line) 18:49 – 19:04
Ginza Station to Kodemmacho Station (via Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) 19:08 – 19:18
The whole journey costs 190Y
Day 6, Monday (04/11/2013): Tokyo to Singapore via Taipei
Kodemmacho Station to Akihabara Station (via Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) 7:12 – 12:13 (160Y)
Akihabara Station to Tokyo Station (via JR Yamanote Line) 7:24 – 7:28 (free from NEX)
We arrived early at Tokyo Station and since we earlier (when we first bought our Suica+NEX ticket on our first day) reserved a 8:30 seat from Tokyo to Narita Airport via Narita Express, we asked the train attendant if we can take an earlier schedule NEX train and they said ok but cannot guarantee a seat together, luckily there are still seats available near each other (side by side the aisle) the change is time schedule was free unlike our experience in Taipei last January wherein we need to top up 35NTD for the change in time schedule.
Tokyo Station to Narita Airport T2 (via Narita Express) 8:00 – 8:58 (free from NEX)