Welcome to Tokyo!

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and it is one of the largest and busiest city I’ve ever step foot on. The city is filled with bright neon signs and kind and well-disciplined people. I arrived to the Narita Airport with Dayoon Kim, a Korean friend whom I met at Hong Kong University. I had purchased a Japan Rail Pass before arriving in Japan, but the airport office to claim the pass was closed when I arrived at 8-9PM. So make sure you either prepare some yen for public transportation ahead of time or book an earlier flight. The JP Rail pass can be redeemed at the Narita Airport or Tokyo Station at the Rail Pass Office.

We rode the Express JR train for $14 to the Nipponri Station.

Hostel: Khaosan Tokyo OriginalLocation: Asukusa Subway stop.

Day 1: Sensoji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Akihabara anime town, Shinjuku shopping district, Tokyo Metropolitical Municipal Government Building for night city viewing.

Senso-ji Temple is a beautiful iconic shinto shrine situated in the quiet district of Asakusa. Our hostel was about 5-10 minute walk from there, so we stopped at this famous attraction site first thing in the morning. Then we spent 15-20 minutes walking to the Edo-Tokyo Museum where an English tour guide walked us three the three exhibitions showing the history of Tokyo. The Edo period was controlled by the Shogun and his many feudal lords. At the historical time,

Day 2: Ghibli Museum, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku shopping street, Roppongi

Ghibli Museum. The home of Studio Ghibli productions.Directions: Mitaka Stop

Meiji Shrine is a temple situated inside a long trail surrounded by trees and shrubs. It is a very peaceful walk to the temple where people write their prayers and pray to the shinto gods.

Day 3: Disneyland $49 YenDirections: Hatchobori Grey Line –> JR Line to Maihama stop

Day 4: JR @ Tokyo Station –> Shin-Osaka. I met up with a friend whom I met at my home university to bring me around Osaka. It’s an upbeat urban city similar to Tokyo. We went to a mall, ate pork cutlet over rice (yum!) and then headed to the Osaka Castle.

Day 5: Osaka –> Hokkaido. (See Hokkaido entries)

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Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan.

I walked the Kaminarimon, Nakamise Street towards the end of the shopping stream to Sensoji Temple. Sensoji Temple is the oldest temple in Japan. Nakamise street is a colorful and vibrant shopping 200-meter street.

Address of Sensoji Temple Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 111-0032, Japan

Food: Doriyaki, green tea ice cream, pineapple bread.

Ryodonburi, beef over rice bowl.

Japanese pagoda next to the Sensoji Temple.