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Shibuya - Tokyo

One of the most exciting shopping places in Japan, everyone that visits Tokyo will surely pay a visit to this amazing district. Well known as the fashion central and an abundance of nightlife. One of the popular places here is the Shibuya 109 Building which is a must-stop for Japanese young women. Another well known place here is the Shibuya is famous for its scramble-crossing where you see thousands of people crossing this intersection at all angles. It is located in front of the famous Shibuya Station Hachikō exit. I also flew in to Japan via AirAsia X which lands at the Tokyo Haneda Airport which is much nearer than Narita. If you are visiting Tokyo, you should make it a point to visit this place to get a memorable Shibuya photo.
Junior Hogan

136 Followers, 16 Reviews


In one of the major fashion hubs of the world, Shibuya is reason enough to upgrade your wardrobe. One of the maddest and insanely crowded shopping districts of Tokyo, you can literally shop and drop here. Shibuya has numerous shopping centers and departmental stores like Tokyu, Shibuya Mark City, Seibu, Loft, Parco etc. It has three very famous streets, Koen Dori, Spain Slope and Center Gai. It is one such place where you would, in all probability, find the maximum number of shops and shoppers in one district, in the world. Shibuya is also sought after for its food and nightlife. As one of the fashion centers that attracts mainly the youth, Shibuya's nightlife is quite groovy. It's a maze though, your best bet would be to ask around for a good place to hang out!
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Shibuya is another district famous for its nightlife and shopping complexes. This entire shopping district filled with restaurants, bars and shops, many selling high street fashion brands, is located around the Shibuya Station, one of the busiest railway stations in Tokyo. We had a memorable meal of steamed and fried pork dumplings (the best one's I have ever had) washed down with chilled Kirin beer at a restaurant tucked away in an alleyway in Harajuku, Shibuya. On another night, we popped into what was clearly a local’s bar fronting as a frat house basement (or the other way around) with old school hip-hop blasting as the Australia/Japan World Cup-qualifying soccer match played on a huge screen. Dinner was being scooped out of a crock pot. Caught up in the moment, I high-fived the bartender when Japan scored a goal (sorry, Australia). A Japanese man came over and introduced himself and bought us three quick rounds of shots as the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to one of the patrons. We would have stayed all night if only we could handle the continuous flow of hard liquor before our early-morning, three-hour train ride to Kyoto the next day. But we slipped into the streets of Shibuya and got another surprise: throngs of tipsy Tokyoans cheering and chanting over the Japan soccer team’s tie with Australia, which qualified the team for the World Cup. Group after group skipped by and held up their hands to us for a high five, embracing us in the celebration of their sports success.
Lauren Fritsky

172 Followers, 10 Reviews


Ginza - Tokyo

I thought Ginza would be just filled with expensive shops selling branded goods I am not interested in, but I'm glad I was mistaken! In the smaller streets off the main Ginza strip there are many smaller shops with some pretty good buys. We didn't have time to explore all the streets.
Dianne Goh

114 Followers, 29 Reviews


Ginza is one of the luxuriest place to shop in Tokyo. It’s full of branded products along the road. If you’re a shopping and branded mania, I think one day is not enough to visit Ginza. You will need two days, believe me. I go to Uniqlo, because Uniqlo in Ginza has the biggest store among any other Uniqlo in Tokyo. It consists of 10 floor, and maybe you can spend half of your day here. It’s really complete! I also tried Dalloyau macaroon’s. Actually, I want to try Laduree’s macaroons, since I’m really curious about the taste. But because my tour leader, Masae-san said that Dalloyau has a good taste too and pretty famous here, so I tried Dalloyau instead of Laduree. Yeah, it does taste good and yummy ! My favourite Macaroons from Dalloyau is the Lemon flavour! It’s a must try :d
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Ginza is one of the neighborhoods in Tokyo that sums up fun, food and fashion. Cafes, art galleries, department stores, boutiques, night clubs, you name it and you will find it here. One of the most entertaining and fashion-forward districts (many leading fashion houses have flagship stores here) of Tokyo. It is a bit elite and expensive and supposedly the most luxurious shopping centers in the world. But, even if you aren't here with a strong intention to shop (although you will end up buying something) it is an interesting place to just walk around.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Meiji Jingu - Tokyo

Next, catch a graceful traditional Japanese wedding at the Meiji Jingu shrine… kimonos, the traditional Mai dance and some awesome Wasabi delicacies… bring it on, all here!
Kritika Parwal

196 Followers, 31 Reviews


Basically Meiji Shrine is like a temple that is located far away inside the woods. You won’t feel like it’s in Harajuku, because you’ll be surrounded by woods just like in the forest, and also the path is not paved, it’s still full of tiny little rocks. A little hint : I saw some people bow before and after entering Meiji Shrine, so I also follow them by bowing near the Shrine’s gate. If I can compare Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine, they all have their own beauty. Fushimi with its 1000 gates, Asakusa Temple with the crowds and the big red lantern, and Meiji Shrine with its Forest Like atmosphere.
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Tokyo would be incomplete without its temples. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, this 19th century Shinto shrine is a perfect example of the Japanese austerity and modesty. It isn't grand like many other Asian temples, but has a quiet appeal of its own. As you enter through the 40 foot high gate into the 200 acre park, it feels like another dimension. In a way, it doesn't feel like you are in Tokyo anymore. You need to wash your hands and face at a communal tank before you offer prayers. There is a prayer wall where you can write your wishes on a piece of paper and stick it there. A touch of Japanese culture and if you are lucky you might just encounter a wedding procession here!
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Akihabara - Tokyo

Oh, now some action after the melodrama! Visit the Akhihabaras, the famous ‘Maid cafes’ of Japan the next day… the entire street is laden with little cafes serving exotic food with exotic women dressed in maid costumes ushering you in!
Kritika Parwal

196 Followers, 31 Reviews


Shopping in Akihabara is hands down a must-do thing if you are a gadget or electronic lover. My recent trip to Tokyo in 2012 left me with choices of places to visit here and this was on top of my list as the last time I visited Akihabara was back in 1990. That was 22 years ago and I had to see how things have changed since my last visit here. To my surprise, the development of Akihabara left me speechless as from a mere few streets of electrical gadgets, it has extended into such a large place. I remember back then, I managed to cover most of the main places in under half a day. This time around, that same time only let me to see probably half of the entire place. While walking around the back lanes, I also noticed many Japanese Maid Cafes operating especially on the first floor of the buildings. Cute Japanese girls in maid costumes would be standing at the balcony clapping their hands and shouting some Japanese words to get customers attention. Well, that being one of the top novelties in Japan, I totally pushed that curiosity out of my head and continued with my fascination of the electric city here. Really, I did!
Junior Hogan

136 Followers, 16 Reviews


To Akihabara : Take JR Yamanote (Green line) from Otsuka Station to Akihabara. Akihabara is basically the centre of Anime / Manga. You can found all types of anime, manga, figures, games, and stuffs like that in Akihabara. Just go around Akihabara to look around. When you already out from the Akihabara Station, you’ll directly see AKB48 Cafe and also Gundam Cafe. AKB48 cafe is really crowded, even the people willing to queue while it’s raining. Actually, we want to try Home Cafe, where you can found the waiters dress in a cute cosplay costume. Unfortunately, Home Cafe is closed at 5 p.m. So yeah, we didn’t have a chance to eat there. How to find Home Cafe ? Just go to Akihabara, and you’ll see a big board that will guide you to the Home Cafe.
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Hotel East 21 Tokyo - Tokyo

there was nice view of tokyo sky tree from the hotel
Awantika Kumari

197 Followers, 4 Reviews


The Isahaya Kanko Hotel was very close to lots of tourist spots like The spectacle Bridge and Isahaya park. It's also surrounded by numbers of beautiful shrine. And it's one of the hotel where the Emperor and Empress of Japan stayed.
awantika kumari

212 Followers, 4 Reviews


Shinjuku - Tokyo

Shinjuku Neon Lights are one of the must-experience things to do when you are visiting Tokyo, Japan. The incredible district is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo and it is also a major commercial and administrative center, housing the busiest train station in the world which is the Shinjuku Station. Can you imagine two million people use the station daily and at least 12 different lines pass through here. One could easily get lost inside the station. Anyone and everyone that visits Tokyo will at least make a stop at this unique part of Japan and as for me, my last visit here was back in 1990. You can only imagine how it was back then. On my last visit here in February 2011, it seemed like nothing had changed. Below are pictures I took while I explored this place on foot. Please click on the pictures to see in full size. Walking around at night is probably the best way to experience Shinjuku, especially along the main roads at Kabukicho where you can get a good view of the neon lights that tantalize your eyes. Every nook and cranny was almost covered with all sorts of neon. Even walking pass lanes, you could see lights leading all the way deep into the lanes.Overall, if you like the vibrant nightlife, Shinjuku is one of the places worth exploring as they offer all kinds of shopping and entertainment. Luxury brand stores are also found around here. There are some excellent places with great Japanese food while specialty coffee cafes can be seen here too. Be careful of street promoters that approach and offer you good deals to special clubs and bars as once you are committed, you would most likely end up paying exorbitant prices. Note that various subway lines stop here but the train service stops at midnight so if you plan to stay late, you need to take a taxi back. Some of the best clubs in Tokyo are found here too.
Junior Hogan

136 Followers, 16 Reviews


From the Shinjuku Government Building, we go to Shinjuku to do shopping ;) Shinjuku has Tokyu Hands, like a department store that sell anything - really, anything - and it’s really complete. You can spot a lot of interesting yet unique products here. My friends and I spent a lot of time here. After we go around Tokyu Hands, we go around Shinjuku. As far as I observed, actually Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ginza all has the same similarities. They all have branded products along the road. The kind of product that they sell is almost the same. Maybe it only has differences in a certain brands and store.
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Nissan Rent A Car - Tokyo

Nissan is one of the biggest car industry in Japan, and they also do some car export all over the world, including in Indonesia. We arrived in a road that full of white buildings, I think all of them belongs to Nissan. When we got inside, Nissan’s employee has already waiting for us. We gathered inside a room where we get a little souvenir, the miniatur of the new Nissan Leaf (Thank you Nissan!) that is super cute. After a short briefing, before going around the building, each of us were given a walkie talkie that can be operated from long distance so that we can hear what the employee is explaining. It’s really convenience, because we can hear what the voice of the employee clearly. When we go around the museum, I was so amazed because some of the engines can move when you click the button. We also happen to see the oldest or the first car that Nissan has ever made. It has a great maroon colour with an oldish yet stylish design. Also, we can get to know the newest product of Nissan which is Nissan Leaf (If I’m not mistaken) which use electricity to power up the engine. After going around the museum, we go by bus to the manufacturing industry. Inside the manufacturing industry is really noisy and smelly. It has the strong smell of oil. I can see some people moving around, but not many. Almost all of the machine / parts production use machine, and few people to control the machine. Even the machine can walk by itself, following the track of the machine that has been made. In the end of the production, there are few people in line, to make sure that the product is all well built (Quality check).
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Tokyo Tower - Tokyo

To get here : Take JR Yamanote (Green Line) from Akihabara to Tokyo Tower, and search for the Tokyo Tower Exit. You need to walk for a while to reach Tokyo Tower. We didn’t go really near the Tokyo Tower, we only want to do a Photostop at Tokyo Tower.
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Mori Art Museum - Tokyo

Situated on the 52nd and 53rd floor of the affluent Mori Tower, the Mori Art Museum displays the best of the contemporary art scene of Japan. This is one of the few places in Tokyo, where the view outside is as good as the view inside. Holding solo shows as well as other themed exhibitions, this museum has given space to a lot of famous artists. There are no permanent displays here, but a rotation of exhibitions by famous contemporary artists. After you are done with the galleries, head to the sky deck. A breathtaking view of Tokyo awaits you there!
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Tonkatsu Maisen Shibuya Hikarie - Tokyo

My fiance LOVES this place and he cannot stop talking about it. He made us wander through dark streets and feduddle our way through Google maps to find this place. Which ended up being totally worth it. It's not that hard to find actually, there are signs leading up to the place. Be prepared to queue no matter what time you go. The meat is juicy, the batter is crispy, and we ordered a roast pork (char siew) starter that came with a delicious soya sauce. We loved it! This place used to be a bathhouse.. maybe there was something in the water..
Dianne Goh

114 Followers, 29 Reviews


Sushi Dai - Tokyo

There comes the most awaited experience- eating sushi in Japan. Sushi Dai located in the outer area of the Tsukiji market serves some of the best Sushi in the area. Needless to say, it serves you some of the freshest fish in town. The place opens at 5 am so you can go directly here after the Tuna Auction to grab some fresh breakfast. You need to be a bit patient though. There was quite a huge line outside since the sitting area wasn't that huge. But, it serves the best sushi you will ever eat!
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Tsukiji Market - Tokyo

This is where most of the sushi comes from. The biggest and the best fish market in the world. I couldn't even understand half of the items available there. The market sells around 400 types of seafood, from weeds to caviar. There are two parts to this market, the outer market and the inner market. While the inner market is restricted to tourists on most days, the outer market is equally fun. There are various small sushi counters to grab some yummy delicacy. The best part of this market is the Tuna Auction that takes place early in the morning at 5 am. Very few tourists are allowed in (first come, first serve basis) but it is worth an effort!
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Kyushu Jangara Ramen - Tokyo

Time to slurp in some Ramen. Everyone will tell you that the best Ramen is found in Komen Ramen. Personally, I liked Kyushu Jangara more. The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious and cheaper than most places around. It has an English Menu, which makes ordering much easier. Apart from the Ramen, the soups are to die for too.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Takeshita-dōri - Tokyo

From NHK Studio Park, we go to Takeshita Dori in Harajuku to visit Daiso. Daiso in Harajuku is the biggest one, and it’s so complete, You can found earphone, headset, make up, tie, sandals, neck pillow, yes, everything! and it’s all for 108 Yen (8% tax included). From Daiso (Yeah, we only stop by just for a while, we’re not visiting other places in Harajuku for today), we eat lunch near Harajuku Spain Slope, and then we go to Asakusa Temple.
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


YOSHINOYA - Tokyo

So because today is our first day in Tokyo, Kaze and Midori suggest us to try Yoshinoya, a fast food restaurant in Japan that is super Oishi (delicious) ! It is a MUST try food in Japan.
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Ghibli Museum - Tokyo

No matter how hard of a robot heart you are I think the coziness and warmth of the inside of the museum will bring out the child's fascination and imagination in you. Exploring felt more like exploring a hidey hole of treasures.. the kind I used to read about in children's books.. that held magical secrets and mysterious passageways to other worlds (note i used the word explore to describe a museum visit). That actually does describe Studio Ghibli films anyway. The wonderful worlds created through the films and the stories that leave such an impact on whoever watches it.
Dianne Goh

114 Followers, 29 Reviews


Imperial Palace - Tokyo

Something old, something new. Standing on the site of the Edo castle, The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the official residence of the royal family. The Edo castle was once the seat of the Tokugawa shogun, who ruled Japan till 1847. The Imperial Palace is a beautiful stone-built structure lying in the midst of a beautiful garden. A juxtaposition from the tall, concrete towers of the city. There are guided tours that will take you around the several administrative buildings and a small museum. But, I would recommend you explore this place yourself. The main premises are not open to the public, which could be a bit of a spoiler, but the East Gardens are a great place to get some fresh air away from the noise of the city.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building - Tokyo

n the Shinjuku Government Building, we go to - I don’t know, this is maybe - around 75 floor. Here, we can see the view below us, and it’s so beautiful. Maybe it has the similar view as Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower (because I didn’t go there, I only have a photostop there), but of course, they have higher view than this. But Shinjuku Government Building is free of entrance fee ! ;)
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku - Tokyo

Finding a nice, affordable place to stay in Tokyo might not be as easy as you think. The Sun Route plaza is mainly a business hotel with enough services to cater to your living needs. It is usually filled with tourists. It is situated in the city, so you won't feel left out. If you are not looking to spend much on stay, this might just be perfect!
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Asahi Shimbun - Tokyo

When we arrived at Asahi Shimbun, we must wait for a while before we can go into the - a kind of - hall / meeting room. Asahi Shimbun is the biggest newspaper company here in Japan. The tour around Asahi Shimbun is quite fun ! We look at the office condition and how the people work. The most interesting thing about Asahi Shimbun is that in the office, they have like 60 watches on the wall, so that they can always remember their deadlines. Time is the most important thing for them, because they need to deliver a fresh and reliable news every morning and evening. So they always need to watch their time in order to stick with the schedule. Before entering to the printing room, the employee tell us a brief history about their printing method. The very beginning technique that they use is a metal plate, and the newest one is this high speed printing machine. If I’m not mistaken, it can print out 25 set of newspaper in just 1 seconds! I’m really amazed when I look at how the machine works. At the end of the visitation, each of us got a little souvenirs from Asahi Shimbun, including our picture that is printed on the newspaper!
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Neko Jalala - Tokyo

We go to the Cat Cafe named “Neko Jalala” near Akihabara. In cat cafe, you can have a cup of tea or some drinks while you’re playing with the cat, or you can take photos with the cat. Well, honestly I can say that it’s actually cute, but the cat inside is not playful at all. The cats are really arrogant, and if you didn’t bring any food or you’re not the shop keeper, they won’t come to you. Even some of the cats is sleeping . . . The worst thing is that, I can’t even hold the cat because it’s always jumping when I hold her
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


NHK Studio - Tokyo

So, NHK Studio Park is like a broadcasting studio that is open for public. A lot of kids go here, because there’s so many interactive games, all about broadcasting, that you can use here. NHK Studio Park is really big, and there are so many things that you can look at. FYI, everything inside NHK Studio Park is all CUTE !!
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Waseda University - Tokyo

From Nissan, we stop by the Waseda University. Waseda University is the A list university in Japan. We go into a room that already full of Waseda University Students, and two of the representatives from Waseda explain us about Japan, specifically about Waseda, and two of the representative from IBM Petra Christian University explain a bit about Indonesia, especially about IBM. After the boring part ended, we played a little game with the Waseda University students. It’s really exciting and they are all very kind. They speak English well too ! Unfortunately, because the time given is only for 3 hours in total, we didn’t get enough time to know each other well. I just hope that we can have more time with them
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


Tokyo Skytree Station - Tokyo

The tallest in Tokyo and the second tallest tower in the world. Enough reason to get here. Do I have to tell you that the view is mind-blowing? The 634 ft, Tokyo Sky Tree is second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. There is a nice restaurant and two cafes to let you sit and enjoy the view. There is also a glass screen on the floor, which lets you look right down and leaves you feeling a little dizzy. The tower is essentially used to transmit TV and Radio signals. The most amazing part of this tower is the Sorakara point, where the ambiance is created with LED lights which will make you feel like you are floating.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Asakusa - Tokyo

I could still admire the old vintage charm of Asakusa even though it was packed with humans. I wished we could have visited more antique and ceremic shops! There are lots of good food places too.
Dianne Goh

114 Followers, 29 Reviews


Tempura Daikokuya - Tokyo

Asakusa temple is famous for their big red lantern on the entrance. Don’t forget to look up when you’re at the bottom of the lantern, because there’s a dragon symbol there. Unlike Fushimi Inari (Refer to my Post here), Asakusa Temple is much more crowded. There are some girls walking around, wearing a Kimono ! Ah, Kawaii. Anyway, a lot of people were queueing for “Mochi Cake”, because it’s the most popular food here, so I also join the queue. I think - this is my personal taste only - the mochi taste not that good, it’s only have average taste. Mochi in Indonesia taste better yet cheaper,
Megan Faustine

99 Followers, 37 Reviews


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