Japan 2013: Day 5, Tokyo (Asakusa & Odaiba)

Day 5, Sunday (03/11/2013) Morning: Asakusa Area

Location: Asakusa
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.

Asakusa - Station
Wall display the moment you exit the gantry of Asakusa Station.

Asakusa - Rickshaw.01
The moment we came out of the street from the station, we saw a lot of mostly men offering their rides called “Rickshaw”.

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The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word jinrikisha (jin = human, riki = power or force, sha = vehicle), which literally means “human-powered vehicle”.

Asakusa - Shin Nakamise.01
Shin-Nakamise or “New” Nakamise is a covered shopping street with lots of shops and eating place.

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Asakusa - Fugu Restaurant
A Fugu Restaurant along Shin-Nakamise

Asakusa - Fugu
Bloook! bloook! bloook!

Asakusa - Nakamise Monk
A Monk(?) standing steadily in one corner of shin-nakamise

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Nakamise Shopping Street, a long street leading to Kaminari-mon Gate

Asakusa - Omiyage.01
Different kinds of “Omiyage” being sold in Nakamise Street

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Asakusa - Skytree
Just at the end of Nakamise Street before the Kaminari-mon Gate you can see Tokyo Skytree from a distace.

Asakusa - Dempoin Temple
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 😉

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At the end of the Nakamise Shopping Street, after Dempoin Tesmple is the Kaminari-mon Gate

The day we went, we are lucky to be able to witness a once a year parade here in Asakusa called Tori-no-ichi

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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

Asakusa - Kaminari Gate.01
Kaminari-mon Gate, first of two gates leading to the Sensoji Temple

Asakusa - Kaminari Gate Side
The left side area of Kaminari-mon Gate

Asakusa - Kaminari Gate Lantern
The large lantern that has been a famous landmark for Kaminari-mon Gate

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Once you entered the Kaminari-mon Gate, this is the view of the gate from the inside.

Asakusa - Sensoji Temple.01
Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo said to have been built in 628.

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Senso is another word for Asakusa while Ji means temple, Senso Ji is the more popular name for Asakusa Temple.

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We chance upon two Japanese lady in Kimono (finally!) when we are about to leave the temple grounds.

Day 5 (03/11/2013) Afternoon: Odaiba

Location: 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)

Odaiba - Train Ride.01
The famous Rainbow Bridge which you can see closely during your train ride to Odaiba

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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.

Odaiba - Dream.01
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

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This guy is really really good.

After watching several performance, we decided to leave and walk towards Fuji TV Headquarters.

Odaiba - Fuji TV.01
FUJI TV Headquarters was designed by the world renown Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.

Odaiba - Fuji TV.02
Various facilities are open to public like mall, restaurants, kiddie amusement part and most notably the globe shape observation deck.

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The escalator leading to the deck which has an access elevator to the view deck.

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The deck which also serves as a lobby for the elavator to the view deck. Entrance ticket for the view deck costs 500Y(adult) and 300Y(students).

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We decided not to go to the view deck and just road around below it.

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From the deck you can see Palette Town with the giant Ferris Wheel that also symbolizes Odaiba.

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FUJI TV Headquarter building from behind.

After going down from the deck, we realized we never eaten anything since morning so the first food that we saw was this.
Odaiba - Lunch.01

Odaiba - Lunch.02
Not bad for 500Y

Walking further, we saw an Autobot. lolz
Odaiba-Gundam
Nah! it’s a humongous Gundam figure just outside DiverCity Tokyo Plaza shopping mall

Walking a little further, you will also see a replica of the Statue of Liberty
Odaiba - Liberty.01

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The Statue of Liberty with the Rainbow Bridge at the background.

We decided to go back to Shinjuku to buy Tokyo Banana so we left Odaiba, tired but happy
Odaiba - Train Ride.04

Odaiba - Train Ride.05

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)

Day 5 - Tokyo Banana
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).

Day 5 Dinner
Our last dinner here in Tokyo, 1000Y, Takai desu ne!

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 5 - Kodemmachi Stn

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)

Day 6 - Narita.01
Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Departure Hall

Day 6 - Lunch.01
Early lunch inside Narita Terminal 2

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The noodle is nice, the soup one of the best for 980Y

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We did a little more of last minute shopping for souvenirs and then realized we have less than 45 minutes from our departure time so we hurriedly run to our gates, and it’s a loooooong run.

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Thankfully, our plane arrived at Narita a little late (not a good sign, lolz).

Day 6 - Scoot.02
Back to eating airplane food again

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So we fly up, up and away. Sayonara Tokyo, Mata ne!

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