Since it was our last day in Japan, we decided to sleep more. We had late breakfast and followed by checking out. Then we took bus to Kinkakuji temple. However there was no direct bus, we had to change many buses, and the waiting time for bus was too long, and there was a lot of traffic on that day. So, 5 stops before Kinkakuji, I decided to make a turn back because I calculated the remaining time and felt that we didn’t have time to visit the temple anymore. So we took bus to Shijo Kawaramachi and had lunch there. After lunch, we went back to hotel to get our luggage. We then took bus to Kyoto Station to catch our 2.59 pm shinkansen train to Tokyo. We arrived at the platform 1 hour earlier, so we just sit on the bench and waited for our train. It was almost 4 hour journey to Tokyo. We alighted at Shinagawa station instead of Tokyo station because the ticket allowed us to alight at either Shinagawa or Tokyo station. I chose to alight at Shinagawa because it’s closer to airport and we could take Keikyu Line that goes direct to Haneda airport. Even though it’s direct, it’s still a long way to reach airport. (more…)
I was fully aware that 24 July is the day for Gion Matsuri Festival. However, I was not aware at all of the timing. I read from Japan Guide under main events, that the exciting part is happening on 18.00-23.00 when the streets are closed for traffic. I immediately assume that the Festival is happening on that time. And the next paragraph said the procession happens on 9.00-11.30, so I misunderstood it by thinking that the procession is at 9.00 at night! They need to revise the wordings in the website!! (more…)
We arrived in Kyoto on time, at 6.30 am. The bus dropped us in front of Kyoto Station. We took the metro to Gojo. It was difficult to travel on subway with big luggage. Upon exiting the station, we saw McDonald and decided to have breakfast there. After breakfast, we walked to Econo-Inn with the help of Google Maps. Upon reaching the hotel, we kept our luggage with the receptionist and used the hotel wifi to plan for the day’s activity. It was a nice hotel because it provides free bread and drinks from 7am-11pm. Also, there are microwave and fridge for us to use. I really like the hotel. (more…)
We started our day by visiting Tsukiji Fish Market again, but this time we weren’t too ambitious to catch the chance to see tuna action. It was a busy market, especially the inner market. The officer who was supposed to stop visitors from visiting inner market, didn’t notice us because he was talking to other people. Therefore we entered the inner market and were almost being hit by so many vehicles that were used to transport seafood. Then we decided to exit inner market and went to outer market instead. On our way out, the officer came to us and told us not to visit inner market before 9 am. At outer market, I had my breakfast of salmon and fish roe with rice. My mom wasn’t used to sashimi so she passed the breakfast. (more…)
We started our day very early as we wished to see the tuna auction in Tsukiji Fish Market. So we took the first subway at 5am to Tsukiji-shijo. It was already so bright at 5am, I guess it’s because it’s summer. Unfortunately, upon reaching the station, there was a notice that the market is closed for the day. We tried to walk around the market just to check the situation. It was quite quiet, but still there were people working at the market. Since there were really no sign of lively market, we took subway to Harajuku. Most of the shops were still closed because we were too early, eventually we bought food from 7-11 for early snacks, and then went to a 24-hour restaurant to have soba. Then we walked to Meiji Shrine. (more…)
We started our day by visiting the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. On Nakamise road between the Thunder Gate and Sensoji Temple, there are so many souvenir shops as well as restaurants. We grabbed a quick lunch of curry pork rice, followed by shopping on Nakamise road. My mom did most of the shopping while I did the documenting of the surrounding. Then we went to Sensoji temple, paid respect to the god, and went for a walk towards Tokyo Skytree. It was quite a walking distance across the bridge over Sumida river. Fortunately there are plenty of vending machine around, so we bought drinks to quench our thirst. (more…)
I’m visiting Japan for the first time!
I stayed overnight at Changi Airport on Friday 18 July 2014, in order to catch early morning flight at 7.10am to Kuala Lumpur. I took Jetstar flight from Singapore, therefore I landed in KLIA at 8.15am. It took me 1 hour to get off the plane, cleared immigration, and took KLIA transit train to KLIA2. Upon reaching KLIA2, I had breakfast at Hometown Hainan Coffee, which has quite expensive food. (more…)