Trip to Japan : Day 10 & 11 & 12 & 13

Reason for clumping 4 days together : Shopping days
All these days are days we spend just walking around the area and doing mostly eating or shopping. More on eating.

I don’t bring my camera with me when we’re just strolling around and shopping cause really, what’s there to take of me shopping?

… Well yes, there’s the scenery and all but the camera’s heavy!

And so, most of the eating pictures are courtesy of KK.

Day 10 Agenda : Nara

Nara
ようこそ奈良へ。 Welcome to Nara.

That’s their mascot Sento-Kun. Yes, it makes children cry.

Which is why they changed it to Shikamaro Kun instead.

Shikamaro Kun
Shikamaro Kun

I brought many souvenirs of this cute little guy.

Yes, we’re going to the Deers infested park in Nara! Cause it’s famous for it.
Nara = Deers
So yes, we’re going to see wild deers.

But first, like always, breakfast.
We arrived around 11pm but apparently it’s considered early in Nara as most shops/eatery was closed. We found a place that that opens at 11.30am so we decided to wait out the few minuets. Once it opened, we went in to become the 1st patrons of the day.

It’s a western cafe and BP and I ordered Pasta while KK got Risotto. We then each ordered a drink as well as desert (ICE CREAM!). No, it’s not too heavy for breakfast. Did you look at the time? It’s 11.30am! It’s almost BRUNCH.

Why am I going into details for this? Because they treated us to desert! When we went out of the store to break the total into 3, we then noticed they did not bill us for the desert! It’s already very good but now it’s mind blowing delicious. I’m pretty sure they did not missed charging us but simply decided to treat us without even telling us about it. Oh you Japanese.

Oh yes, deers.

Well after that wonderful breakfast, we went on our way to the park where wild deers roam about. Do take notice of the vending machines around as they provide an option where you can make a donation to the park. We did, ¥100 each. Yes, through a vending machine.

Map
Map of the area in the station.

Beware of jumping deers
Do not kill deers that will suddenly jump in front of your car.

Park
The park with sakuras and deers.

BP with Deer
No, it’s not a statue.

Feeding
Feeding is allowed with Deer Senbei.

There are carts that sells these Senbei that are for feeding the Deers. I’m not exactly sure if you can feed them other food but going along would be the safest bet.

Do aware that would be an animal smell that hung around then entire park and it’s not exactly pleasing. In fact, the first respond from us is ” My GOODNESS is it smelly in here! “.

Pose
BP & KK with a deer.

Warnings
Warnings.

That’s about it actually. Well, I did take a lot of shots of deer’s butt as their tails are so cute but that’s my obsession so I’m not sharing.

Yes, we did not really explore Nara after the park. I think we head somewhere else to spend the rest of the day.

Day 11 & 12 Agenda : Somewhere

Writing this 1 year later do not help my memories. My itinerary says that we went to Nippombashi & Tennoji so we must had headed there.

Anywhere, it’s all shopping and eating and shopping and eating and shopping and eating.

We went to a market near to where the station exit was. I’m not exactly sure when this happened.

Market

Market

I have no idea why we went in there but we did. We then spotted a small stall that only serves about 3 ~ 5 people, all counter seats, selling curry rice. Flipping up the cloth covering the store, we entered and ordered. Beef curry for KK & me, spicy chicken curry for BP.

It was really good. We ate and chatted a little with the owner before going on our way.

During one of the days, we went into a giant mall that is newly open. I can’t remember what the name of the mall was.

Food
The very 1st photo about the mall. FOOD.

All of us choose the same set, 福コース The Fortune Course. Everything you see in the picture is in the course.

Tip coming. When you eat at Japanese restaurant and sees a stand with a book facing outside unmanned, take a look to see if there’s a list of people’s names and phone numbers. Because sometimes, it’s all self serviced. We sat waiting for a while before seeing someone went up to the book, wrote the name and number of persons down and left.

It was then we knew that we missed a step. We’re going to be waiting for ever and not gonna be called cause we’re not on the waiting list. We fixed that, informed another tourist about this system and not before long, our names were called.

We then ordered and waited for our meals to come.

food
Food. Part of the course. The main dish.

It’s quite good provided you don’t order the wrong kind of rice. I got the sakura prawns rice set and it delish! But both BP & KK thinks it’s too heavy on the prawns.

We then walk around a bit, shopped a bit, played a bit and we reached B1. There was a fair going on selling all kinds of things and we look around.

Daifuku
Our haul.

We wanted the mikan ones but they were all sold out so we got the normal strawberry daifuku. There were 2 sizes available, normal and huge. KK and I went for the normal ones, BP went for the huge one. You can see the difference in the photo above.

The strawberries were so sweet!

We then head back to the area near our hotel and went looking for MOS Burger that we spotted some time ago.

Mos Burger
My Ebi Burger

Other burgers
BP & KK’s burgers.

Desert
Desert.

Yep, with this, we were close to completing our list of Fast-Food-To-Eat-In-Japan.

We did caught a movie on one of the days. It was all automated for the tickets.

Day 13 Agenda : Namba

Now this I remember.

Dotonbori
Dotonbori. See the giant crab?

We are at the entrance of Dotonbori, where craziness starts. It’s a food street so we’ll most likely be eating though it.

Anyway, we are craving for crabs so we just entered the restaurant with the giant crab outside.

Menu
Menu.

Table Set up
Table Set up.

1st dish
1st Dish.

Crab Chawamushi
Crab Chawamushi

Crab Cream Korokke
Crab Cream Korokke

Crab Gratin
Crab Gratin

Crab Zushi
Crab Zushi

Safe to say we were stuffed! It was so good! The course cost about ¥2800+ and was definitely cheaper than what you can find in Singapore. Now, time for some walking.

shops

shops

shops

shops

shops
Ally.

shops
You see what I see?

There was an arcade where the 1st floor was filled with UFO machines. We were a bit hooked on it ever since we reached Japan as their prizes were to die for and it’s not impossible to win at it. Previously, within 3 tried, KK got me a 1.5m Pluto plush toy (she got lucky, lol) and on another day, I got BP a 1.5m cute bunny plush toy.

However, the real draw of the machines were all the figurines. I got myself a Chopper “Cry Heart” series at the mall where I am waiting for the movie to start.

Chopper
The one I got.

Most of the machines cost ¥100 per try, however, if you insert ¥500, you get 6 tries instead. We often go for that one. The store we were in stocked up on some of the best figurines ever and we spend quite some time in there. It helps that the staff, let’s call him Peter, there was so helpful!

He often gave tips on how to push-drop it and will even help to shift all the unused credits to another machine! BP tried for a Mikasa “Clash of the Titans” figurine and gave up after a while. Peter came over to me in a panic.

” She gave up! Please help me tell her not to give up! ” I laughed and went over. BP said she spend ¥2000 and don’t wish to spend anymore. I shrugged and gave a surrender sign to Peter before going back to my machine where KK was trying to get me a Brook Figurine.

Who knew, that Peter would go over and offered a small Mike and Sully keychain figures to BP to thank her for playing?? Japanese service at it’s finest! BP later kept on commenting that he was the handsome-est man on earth she ever seen. LOL. Well, I thought the same thing though. His heart just shines so brightly!

Anyway, after a small struggle with Brook, KK finally got him and we had remaining credits. Oh what the hell, let’s just move them over to the Mikasa Machine and I’ll fished her out!

Hehe. I did it. Peter, being the handsome one, shift the box into the position BP moved up till she gave up for us to continue on it. And we still had remaining credits. So we shifted them to a machine outside that had these Mickey Golden playing cards that KK had been trying for since Tokyo.

Those were difficult and we finished up all the remaining credits. Deciding we had a great haul, we went in to give a thanks to Peter for all that he had done and tell him we are going. He stopped us, went to the machine and shift the position of the cards for us! It was in such a position that 1 push would have done it in! He lived up to the name of being the most handsome man in the world!

We dropped a ¥500, thinking we need about 3 tries and damn, we got it on the 1st. So now we have another ¥400 credit remaining again. LOL. Let us start the cycle again!

Our hual
Our Haul.

Mikasa was the one I got for BP. Brook was the one KK got for me as a present. Izanagi from Person 4 was the one I got myself, the last one standing in that machine! And that’s the golden Mickey playing cards. Not shown here is a Sanji figurine I got from the same machine as Izanagi and Brook.

All in all, a great 3 days!

Advertisements
Image

Trip to Japan : Day 9

And here we are at Day 9.
Time flies by so fast when you’re having fun.

BTW, do you know I’m going back to Japan soon?!? In May.
My mum’s heading over cause of work issue and she pulled me in cause I’m apparently very useful to have in Japan. And since I’m there, she pulled my dad in to make it a family trip instead. My brother is out cause of school. TOO BAD.

Day 9 Agenda : Kyoto

We are going to Kyoto today!!
There’s 2 places on our itinerary : Toei Kyoto Studio Park & Fushimi Inari Taisha/Shine.

So let’s start with our 1st stop : TOEI KYOTO STUDIO PARK

The Toei Uzumasa Eigamura (東映太秦映画村, Tōei Uzumasa Eigamura; also known as Kyoto Studio Park or Movie Land) is a film set and theme park in one. Essentially a small town from the Edo Period, the park features a collection of various traditional buildings which are occasionally used as a backdrop for filming historical movies and television dramas.

Now you know. I’ve always wanted to soak in the edo-mess thus this attraction! Besides, I kept seeing this film set in Kamen Rider!

We took a train to Kyoto and when we’re at the exchanged stop, we brought bentos to eat on the train, thinking that it would be a shinkansen … Who knew it’s only 15mins ride in a normal train. Fail.

So we can only eat our breakfast in the station. Bet the station master was thinking that we are a bunch of weirdos.

Bento
BP & Mine.

Bento
KK’s.

Food
Mine.

food
BP’s.

So there we sat, munching on our bentos, getting surprised by how good it actually is. We are so damn lucky that we were not kicked out of the station making such a racket.

Bicycle Bikepark
And look! They have a bikepark for bicycles!

So after that fulfilling breakfast, we were on our way to Toei Studio. To make it easier, I’m going to call it Edomura from now on even though there is a real Nikko Edomura park.

It’s a short 5~6 mins walk and there are signs all over so you don’t have to worry about being lost.

on the way over
On the way over.

huge sign pointing the way
Huge sign pointing the way.

Here
And we are here!

Empty
Look at how empty this place is.

The reason might be because it was a weekday + we are there quite early.

Signboard

We got our tickets when the attendant only noticed that we are foreigners when we started talking among ourselves. Yes, another successful attempt in blending in.

Tip : There’s a toilet near the ticketing counter so you can relive yourselves if necessary.

no see me
I’m not here…

So after that bit of fun with our ninja, we head inside.
To our delight it’s empty of people! It’s just a long path leading into another area to the park.

Path

It’s also littered with many carts. And it’s pre-decorated with items that you can play and pose around!

gate
The Entrance.

Behind the scene
Behind the scene.

welcome
Irasshai! Irasshai!

Drink up!
Drink up!

My Shop
I proudly presents to you my little food cart. Mine.

This is made possible by having no one around except us. We can play and laugh and do a million jumping shots and photo bombs. I love this place.

After all that playing around, we continue forward and bump into attendant. He volunteer to take a picture of all 3 of us so we took it.

rawr

” My goodness. Your poses are all so much like the guys! ” We laughed and took a few more shoots. Then KK managed to dislodged the ‘rock’ from the wall. !!!!!!!!

Fixing...
Trying hard to fix it back.

roof
Look at some of the stuff lying around.

So after that long winding path, it opens up to a big area where yes, you will get to see people for the 1st time since entering.

We spotted a sign on the wooden house nearest to us.

maze
The amazing/interesting manor where you’ll get lost!

Sounds fun. Besides, the attendants are trying hard to pull us in.
Now.
There would be an entrance fee to enter the park. However, attractions like these cost additional $$.
This is ¥500 I think. We paid, took our shoes off, stuff them in a locker and started the maze.

This is a trick house. Where illusions come out and play.

You would be blinded by spirals of colors or being unable to stand up straight.

Like this.
Like this.

Or get into a room full of mirrors or even slide down the room.

Anyway, we had loads of fun in there.

Training to be a Ninja
Ninja House of Training.

Part of the Ninja house

We skipped this as it’s full of children inside which made us had the misconception that it’s only for kids. We’re wrong. What this place does is to ‘train’ you to be a Ninja. So you get to climb up robes, throw shirikens and all that. Damn.

Mascot
This black crow here is the park’s mascot.

Oh?
Oh?

Ice
Oh yes.

We then went our separate ways as KK and I wanted to try their Ninja Maze while BP wanted to go into their Hunted house. KK and I wouldn’t even touch that place with a 10 foot pole if possible. So we queue up for the maze while BP went by her lonesome self to scare herself silly.

… Well, to see the Horror house as she isn’t someone who would be scared.

Horror House
Their Hunted House. The scariest in history.

Not surprisingly, she’s the only one who entered. According to her, the attendant ‘warned’ all others inside that that she’s by herself. So they can scare her all the more with I guess. She said that there was a part where the ‘ghosts’ would chased you and you’ll have to find the door to get out. She couldn’t locate the door and with the ‘ghosts’ chasing and hounding her, she got irritated and told them to back off her a little. LOL. Who would scold ghost one??

Anyway, when she’s out, we’re still queuing as it’s a 30mins wait, batch by batch.

” WAH. I come out liao. you all still haven’t go in yet arh? ”
” WAH. Why your haunted house so fast one?!? ”
” No one mah, me only. I still stroll through some more. ”
” You siao one. Go play with the Ninja. ”

Nin Nin
NIN NIN.

She did. And then proceed to mock him.

Short
” So short. “

Wah. Not I say one arh.

Anyway, our turn came and we had too take off our shoes again before going into a tatami-styled room. There, the instructor will teach, in Japanese, how the trick doors work. There’s even one where you take off a part of the ceiling and it’s actually a ladder!

Man, KK and I can’t wait to explore the maze!!

………….. It’s a bore. It’s all hidden sliding doors. Basically all we do is to enter one room after another through slightly hidden doors. Man, the illusion maze is so much better. Wish we haven’t spend money on this.

Kung Fu
To practice your Ninja skills on.

carts
More carts around.

carts

mask cart
Ooh, masks.

Fire Station
This is what Edo fire station looks like.

creepy
Looks creepy doesn’t it? Like someone or something will crawl out of that well…

sakura tree
A sakura tree we spotted.

sakura
Yep, I think you get it by now. Most sakura is this pale pinkish but mostly white version.

Bridge
View from a bridge.

It’s a highly arc bridge so it’s quite high up when you’re standing at the middle of it. We then went into an ‘inn’ to try some Japanese sweets.

Warabi Mochi
KK’s Warabi Mochi.

Senzai
My Shirotama Zanzai.

View
Our window seat view. Pretty isn’t it?

Ninja
Can you see what I see?

There’s a Ninja that would always be climbing from 1 end to another. As he’s quite high up, it’s rather easy to miss him.

Continuing along…

Houses
Some of the houses.

houses

Pony

We then spotted this… pony (?) in one of the stable. Children can ride on it to take a picture for ¥200.

Another Street.
Another Street.

houses

brushes
Get your top quality brushes here!!

houses.

path

We then reached an open path where a samurai is strolling. He seems to be a guide though as he’s explaining something to a bunch of people behind him.

area
THIS AREA.

1 thing. There’s this take-it-slow atmosphere in Kyoto that hits us full in the face once we step out of the train station. So throughout the entire time, we’re feeling really sleepy and lazy. Now, this area sells food. Titbits that KK & BP both were interested in.

tsukune

Me? I plonked my head on the table and dozed off, unable to fight it off any longer. Apparently, while I’m sleeping, they brought more food cause they’re too lazy to leave.

Store dino
The deco of the food stalls were adorable.

There’s also filming on the set ahead of us and the film set workers are all around this area, holding up fans with ” Please be quiet. ” words on it. So polite. Kinda meaningless if no one bother to read it though.

After I woke up from my short nap, we proceed to go off to our 2nd destination. As we walk back through the winding path, we met the same attendant that took our pictures.

” Are you going off now? But the Ninja show is starting! ”

We politely declined and told him we’re on a schedule.

2nd stop : FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA

Now this place is famous for it’s rows and rows and rows and rows of Tori gates, stacked together along a path so we’re obviously going to see it!

gate
Here we are!

gate

Fushimi Inari Shrine is the the head shrine of Inari, the god of rice, patron of business. Inari’s familiars / messengers are often foxes which explains all the fox status around.

fox


We did not wash our hands though.

business
Hanshin Tigers!!

shrine
Notice the horse on the lantern?

There’s this small shrine that is a Shrine that honour a horse or something.

What is this?
Hmm? What’s this?

Ah..
Don’t tell me it’s...

Senbazuru
Senbazuru!! Thousand Folded Origami Cranes!

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise) and is said to live for a thousand years: That is why 1000 cranes are made, one for each year. In some stories it is believed that the 1000 cranes must be completed within one year and they must all be made by the person who is to make the wish at the end.

From Wikipedia.

Ema
Ema 絵馬. Small wooden plates to write your prayers or wishes. The art usually corresponds with the shrine.

Pictures.

Tori Gates Ema
Tori Gates Ema for sale.

tri gate ema
This is how you write on it.

Nearer
We’re getting nearer.

Now, Inari Shrine is a place where you’ll climb up and up and up and up. To reach all the way to the top, around 2 ~ 3 hrs is needed. Of course, I am not going to climb. I hate climbing. But at least till I reached the famous Tori gates path.

shops
Selling talisman and fortunes.

bad fortunes

This is where, if you get a bad fortune, you tied it up here so it wouldn’t follow you or to not let it happen.

Inari Ema
Inari Ema.

We spend sometime here cause it was very interesting to see all the different faces drawn by people on the Ema. Believe me, I saw numerous Narutos.

Map
Map of the area. Now you know why I said you’ll have to keep on climbing (stairs)?

gate
Finally! I see the gates!!

sidview of the path
Side view of the path.

THE path
WE’RE IN.

I can’t tell you how difficult it is to get a picture without too many people in it as the place is crowded! But the place is otherworldly isn’t it? Beautiful!

Business
Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business and the date states when.

Not every Tori gates is beautiful though, some of it is old and worn out and waits for a new donor to donate money for repair.

The path is not on-going. In this beginning, there are many breaks between the path but the more you climb, the longer the path is. And it’s all stairs, not road. Basically you just keep climbing up stairs.

KK & BP both wanna go to the 2nd stage where you’ll need to climb for about 1 and a half hour and I strongly disagreed. I really hate climbing. In the end they won so I’m very grumpy on the entire climb. Luckily I can crush my water bottle to nothingness to de-stress. In the end, I need even BP’s water bottle to crush for it to be enough for my temper.

Yes, I have a bad temper. Sorry about it.

More pictures.

gates

It was then we spotted a small path leading to somewhere so we took that out of curiosity.

Small path

Tied to a tree

path

Another Shrine
A hidden Shrine.

This is where we ended up. A hidden shrine tuck in a corner covered by Sakuras.

Like this
Like this.

Close up
Close up.

Ema
Emas.

Items
Their items for sale is really the cutest.

Just when I took the shot, someone came out scolding that no photo is allowed. I quickly apologised and ran off.

Reentrance
Re-entrance after a break.

That was it really. After all that climbing up we have to climb down again. There are many other pictures but they are all of the same Tori gates that you’ve seen so I’ll skipped them.

So if you fancy a climb, do head over here.

After that, we took the train back home and crashed. What a day!

And that’s day 9 gone!

Image

Trip to Japan : Day 8

Warning : This is going to be a ginormous post. And very image heavy.
I might split it into 2 parts.

And man! The Harry Potter attraction is not open yet when we visited!

Day 8 Agenda : Universal Studios Japan

So, theme park day!
USJ is one of the major reasons for me to spend so many days in Kansai and is also the first thing to come out of my mouth. I stubbornly wanted to go to USJ no matter the odds.

Oddly, as much as I love Mickey, I’m always gravitating more towards Universal Studios. Maybe it’s because we have one in our red dot island. Or maybe it’s because I went there close to 7 times. Anyway the force is strong within me.

And so, we woke up around 7pm and ride all the way over to USJ. Apparently everyone had the same thoughts for the train was crowded!
… Or maybe 7am isn’t really all that early.

So, like always, the park itself is a little way from the MRT station. Unlike in our sunny shores, the ‘little way’ is a lot longer.

crowdLook at all the people!

But no worries, there’s a million thing to look at as you cross : Universal CityWalk.

Citywalk There’s a Takoyaki Museum.

citywalk Moomin.

USJAnd here we are!!

As mention on Day 1, we brought our fast-pass from the awesome Loopi machine in Lawson, we can’t seem to find any ticketing counters that sells the actual tickets themselves. And no, the ones in Loopi is all sold out.

So the only thing to do : Queue up like noobs to get the tickets.

ticketsI think we queued for around 20~30mins.

And in we go!!
Of course, you can’t simply use the fast passes as it is, you’ll have to redeem it inside USJ for the fast-pass booklet.
I forgot where it is exactly but if it helps, here’s a picture of the interior :

innerI just remembered the huge Elmo cup.

So after getting that out of the way, let’s start!

USJWe’re rearing to go!

But of course, breakfast is always the No.1 priority. And so, we started walking along, looking for food carts.
We walk pass Snoopy…

snoopy wonderland

snoopy wonderlandAnd yes, we did not enter that land for the rest of the day.

Cause none of us is really interested in it and the rides that we wanted to get on took up the rest of our time.

Sesame Street
Sesame Street!

food cartFood cart!! Churros and coke!

I love Churros. We quickly queued up and not long after, we got our breakfast for the day.

churrosMine’s the choco and BP’s strawberry.

close up of my churrosJust a close up to make you drool.

macha latteWe got matcha latte as well.

After that tasty meal, we head on to the first attraction.
Amity VillageThis was just besides us when we were queueing for the churros.

No questions, we are going to Amity Village!

SharkLady, even if that shark is ‘dead’, it’s still not a good idea to feed your baby to it.

This was the first thing that greeted us. OOH! Is that the all-famous Jaw-kun??

JawsSee? I’m right.

Amity Boat rideWelcome to the 1st ride of the day.

Using our fast pass, it’s a relativity short wait.
If you’ve been to DisneyLand Jungle ride, you’ll what to expect from this. This is a boat ride with a very compressed and heavily edited Jaws story.
Well, you’ll still get startled when you realized Jaws moves in closer then you think (and from the pictures) if you’re seated at the correct side.
It’s a cute ride and a nice way to start USJ. Sorry about the lack of pictures but I don’t want to get my cameras wet and I simply can’t remember if you’re allowed to take them or not.

ShopThe shop you’ll see once you alight from the boat.

Amity VillageThe Amity Village.

PopcornThere’s also the limited One Piece theme going on in USJ.

BirdYou’ll see this bird everywhere. The amount of detail!

WaterworldWaterworld. No, we did not go for the show as we kept on missing the timings.

AceThere’s road stalls selling One Piece merchandises and this is one of them.

There’s a huge Ace thing going on. I seriously think that he’s a lot more popular then when he’s alive as compared to post-mortem. It does help that his death comes rather unexpectedly… Just when he’s saved by Luffy.

Ace Wanted PosterA fat load of help this is. You might find him if you’re dead yourself though.

Jurassic ParkOh look where we are!

Just when we entered, we heard a roar and man, this come walking our way!

DinoWOAH. Watch that tail!

We almost got hit by that tail! Looks very tamed though. Well…as tamed as a predator can be.

Caution

We did not go for the ride as it’s the same river ride as USS. We are not looking forward to being soak in this chilly weather so we decided to skip this.

OutfittersJurassic Outfitters!!

EntranceThis greeted us at the very entrance!

Bones
Decorations inside the shop.

BittenThey bite!

After that bit of posing fun with the merchandise, we continued along the road.

PostcardsJapan have these.

These are special boxes to slide postcards in (only delivered in japan) where they’ll stamp special postmark on the postcards as it’s delivered to your house. If you stay in Japan. As the theme is One Piece, the design of the stamps is related to that.

On a side note, the theme right now is Attack of the Titan. MUHAHAHAHA, drool your heart out.

We started getting peckish again as Churros won’t carry anyone the entire day, we spotted a One Piece food cart. They’re selling water bottles shaped as a wooden mug with either Luffy or Chopper on top. Needless to say, we got 1 each. BP passed on that and got herself an anime-like drumstick.

FoodLook at the drumstick! It’s turkey.

mugsAnd our characters mugs. Mine’s Luffy and KK’s Chopper.

The drink inside is melon soda. It’s in a sickening neon green color and looked like it’s some chemical experiment done wrong. The taste however, is just normal sweet not-sure-if-it’s-melon-flavoured soda. And like any normal sweet soda, it’s damn sweet.

Fire Fist Ace DogHmm…

It can’t be Ace’s fire that grilled that. I mean since he’s dead and all. Unless Sabo is the one grilling it. But that would just mean it’s the Mero Mero no Mi fire and not Ace… ARGH. I’m getting a headache.

CarAnd the Jurassic car!

Jurassic The RIDEThe ride which we passed on.

Refresh ZoneAnother reminder that coke is chockfull of chemicals.

I mean, it survived… drinkable since prehistoric times!

Attack!Attack! Attack!

And with that we moved out of the Jurassic Zone and onto San Francisco!

San Franciso USJ versionHow it looks like.

Dragon PearlHere’s a Chinese restaurant.

Dragon Pearl Close UpDo tell me if it’s good if you tried it.

BackDraftHeading for our 2nd ride! BackDraft!

Not using our fast-pass for this but it’s a short queue so we’re in luck.
Now this is a studio ride. Meaning you get to experience how a built-up set does it cinematic magic.
How the special effects people produce a set where a fire starts and gets bigger, how the backdraft happens. It’s as awesome as it sounds. The ride promises to give an experience as a scene in the movie and it did.

Happiness CafeRight outside Backdraft. De de de de de~

Stage ShowOne Piece Stage Show!

Sorry about the random One Piece stuff here and there but that’s just how it’s place all over the park. This is placed right outside the toilet.
Too bad we can’t get the tickets to this as it’s all sold out… Ah man.

Back to the Future!Back to the Future!

Waiting time : 120MINSYou see the waiting time for this?

Yes, we queued up as we used our fast pass on the Jaws ride. The queuing estimation timing is on the dot. We queued closed to 2hrs for this. 60% of it is spend queuing in the scorching sun.

Is it worth it?

Kinda. This is like our USS Transformers ride, only 1 generation down. The seats don’t move, only shake so you’ll have to rely on the graphics to bring you into the ride. It’s still quite exciting though as we travelled far and wide through space.

PizzaYes, I know, we’re eating way too much.

But you know, I kinda forget the sequence of when this happened as I simply took the order of the uploaded photos so this might happened later but eh, I don’t care.

This is a pizza place so KK ordered pizza, me and BP order pasta.

USJ GlobeThis is outside the new area we entered, NEW YORK.

This is a stage but no shows were on when we walked pass though.
On another note. NEW YORK. EQUALS SPIDER-MAN. ME. SPIDER-MAN. CAN I SCREAM AND JUMP NOW?

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN THE RIDEKYAAAAAAAAAAAA.

The main reason for me wanting to go USJ is actually for this ride. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN THE RIDE. Sure, he’ll be speaking in Japanese but EH. I DON”T CARE. IT’S SPIDER-MAN.

We used our fast-pass here as the queue is freaking long and we got in soon enough. By then both KK and BP ears must be half-deaf by my fan-girling. WHAT?

This is a ride the same as Transformers in USS. Which means the car will move you from 1 place to another and moving and shaking at the same time with added heat or water splashing onto you. A 4D ride.

It ain’t bad but I am too spoiled by our own Transformers ride (IT’S TOTALLY AWESOME BY THE WAY) and Spider-Man The Ride just don’t measure up to the standard. So I’m slightly disappointed but hey, I got up close and personal to the MAN himself so it’s all good ~

We the moved on and onto the next.

The TerminatorI”LL BE BACK.

Waiting timeIf you did not notice, it’s actually a waiting time of 100mins.

HAHAHAHA. Fast Pass. Now, this is the same as Shrek 4D, which is a 4D show. So each interval is about 15 ~30mins. We went into the special queue for fast-pass holders and sat on the floor as we waited to enter the next show.

This show is hilarious. The opening I mean. Wé were ushered into a big hall where a woman will appeared on a balcony looking down to us. The way she addressed us was very amusing. Ah. 1 problem though. It’s in Japanese.

Anyway we laughed a lot in that opening skit which afterwards will be opened up to another theatre where you’ll be seated and the rest is to simply enjoy the 3D show!

So after that enjoyable bit of fun, we started on to the next ride. It’s evening by now so we decided to end things up with a roller coaster. Now KK is deadly afraid of these so we left her to the Monster Hunter exhibition that’s happening in USJ as well and BP and I strolled into the Hollywood Dream ride.

Hollywood DreamTHE ride.

We used our fast pass to override the 200mins waiting time. Man! Here it comes!
Hollywood Dream is a coaster that blasts music of your choice that fires you up even further as you loop around in break-neck speed!

I heard ‘Battery’ by SMAP (Japan Boyband) so I’m very excited for it to be blasting into my ears as we go up and round! Each seat is equipped with speakers build-in at ear level so no one will be bothered others’ music choices.

MAN! WAS THE RIDE GOOD. The music work wonders in pumping you up! The height of the music is exactly when you’re at the top and all that’s left is to fall.

So after that exhilarating ride, BP and I started making our way over to the Monster Hunter exhibition.
Once we’re in the area, a loud roar made us jumped!

Dragon!DRAGON!!

It moved and blow steam out of it’s nostrils! Woah, I did not expect this! They built a 1/2 scale of the dragon in Monster Hunter!

… At least I think it’s 1/2 scale… I mean, if it’s full scaled, then this dragon is mightily small for it’s size isn’t it?

Monhunt food cartMonhunt Food cart.

This caught both of our attention.

FoodThe Menu.

こんがり肉G – Kongari Meat G
特製肉まん – Special Meat Bun
モンスターハンタードリンクG – Monster Hunter Drink G

I’m thinking these are the food items in the Monster Hunter game. I don’t play that game so I’m clueless here. However the meat bun looks so cute with the shape as a paw!

Unable to resist, BP and I brought 1 to share. The taste is rather meh. Just a simple meat bun.
So after finishing that bun, BP and I walked into the exhibition. Since I don’t play the game, I can’t name any of the items inside but I can tell you that they made real versions of all the weapon from the game as well as the characters.

DragonOne more outside.

DragonA close up of the 3rd Dragon.

It was after that we spotted KK. It seems like she brought the drink from the food cart. As she played the game, she told me the drink is packaged exactly as the drink in the game. However, it tastes horrible.

By now it’s already 7.30 ~ 8pm plus so we decided to head back.

CityWalkNEON BRIGHT.

Now you know why I didn’t post much pictures of CityWalk in the beginning of this post?
Because it looks much better at night!

Neon

Neon

Takoyaki MuseumHere’s how the Takoyaki Museum looked at night.

Here’s when the incident happened.
When we were at the station platform, waiting for the train, we noticed it’s taking a really long time. Everyone was squatting down and looking at their watch.

It was then we started sensing something was wrong. So we kept an eye on the notice board. That’s when the notice came in.

” The train will be delayed as a personal incident had happened. ”

That, in simpler terms, is that someone committed suicide on the train tracks 1 station ahead of us. Everyone groaned when they saw the notice.

I know. Sympathy. But you can’t help feeling frustrated as well. It has been a long day and we’re tired and we have no means of knowing when the train will arrive due to this incident. Suicide is a sin. Don’t bother anyone else please.

I know I know. Shouldn’t be feeling this way. But… Sigh, I don’t know. Nothing is right about this.

Anyway, we waited for close to 1.5hr before deciding to call it quits. People are piling up on the platform as more and more people are going home but no train is coming.

We decided to take a cab despite the hefty fare, thinking that if we split it 3 ways the cab fare should be bearable. We went up and saw that the exit is crammed full of people as well, half is asking about the situation, half is trying to get out.

Just when it’s our turn to get out, an announcement came on, stating that the train will be arriving soon. We took 1 look at each other and ran down the stairs and onto the crowded platform, queuing up at what-looks-like-the-shortest-queue.

True enough, the train came after a 2mins wait and everyone squeeze into it. Miraculously, everyone managed to get into the train! It’s packed like sardines but hey! It’s an achievement!

We then made our way back to our hotel safely.

All in all, a weird ending to a fun and exciting day.

Hey! Whatdoyounknow! I managed to did it in 1 post though it took me 3 day!

Image

Trip to Japan : Day 6

Hi There.

I know I said about skipping day 6 but I just recently finished editing every single picture I took on this trip + some. It’s the ‘+ some’, pictures KK took, that I found some pictures of Shinsaibashi 心斎橋 hence this tiny post.

On a side note, I just migrated to wordpress. Because it seems to be prettier until I realized that to edit it nicer, I would need to fork over my money. Oh well, what’s done’s done.

Day 6 Agenda : Shopping

The header’s how Shinsaibashi 心斎橋 generally looks like. A long long long stretch of shops all the way till Dotonburi 道頓堀. Hence we went wild with shopping here. Here’s a disney shop here where I got my Dale push toy. It’s impossible to resist not buying him, I’m not kidding. Me & BB got 1 each.

There’s clothes, bags, pharmacy, books, everything you can think of, it’s here. Not figures though, those you’ll have to head over to Odaiba or Akihabara. Heck, there’s even a shop selling pianos.

No, there’s no pictures of us shopping because no one does that while shopping. You’ll twist your head trying to look at things + your camera.

So the next best thing : Food.

We went into a cafe with either ‘Fancy’ or ‘Perfect’ in it’s name that specialize in pancakes. Oh pancakes. Japan’s poisoned herself with it. It’s puking pancakes everywhere. Every. Freaking. Where. It’s either Starbucks-lite cafe or pancakes. No other choices. No matter where you turn there it is. Right in your face.
Sure, maybe we didn’t look hard enough, but we looked as hard as we could, any harder and it’s not worth the hassle.

So pancake it is.

Pancake
I might get sick of seeing pancakes but this! This is the king of savory pancakes!

This, you muggles, is the king. Chili Bean Pancake + Sausage. It’s worth puking everything in you so you’ll have space for this. And as this is so awesome, we tried it’s brother.

cheesy pancake
Meet the brother. That’s way overshadowed by his brother.

There’s no fight. None at all. Chili Bean pawns it’s pancakeiness.
And then we continue shopping. What?

Then we checked off another from our Fastfood-In-Japan-To-Eat list, MOS Burger.

ebi burger
My Ebi Burger.

mos burger
My friends’… uh… other burgers.

Looks exactly as the pictures and taste.. well just slightly better then it’s Singaporean counterpart.

Then we shop some more… And then pancakes. Again.

cafe
The cafe this time round.

menu
Menu

drinks
Our drinks

food
The pancake

It’s pretty meh, nothing earth-shattering this time round.

view
This’s the view outside the cafe, we’re on the 2nd floor.

There you go! Day 6. It’s nothing.

Trip to Japan : Day 7

Hi there, it's me again, updating after months.

Yep, you did not read wrong, I skipped over day 6 as all we did was to go to Shinsaibashi to shop. My goodness was it good.
Do not miss it out as it's heaven for shopping.

Day 7 Agenda : Instance Ramen Museum & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

So we woke up at 9am and started heading towards the Instance Ramen Museum in Ikeda, surviving on onigiris for breakfast.


Ikeda Station.

A really cosy town.


Took a picture in case we lost our way.

So yes, we glance at the map and starting walking over.
It's really not all that far, about 10 ~ 15mins if you're slowly strolling along the way.


On the way there.

Sakura can be seen everywhere!!


The Instance Ramen Museum!!


Oh yes, Momofuku Ando welcomes you.


Just in case it's not clear enough.

It's free entry so feel free to waltz in.


The must-have plastic food sample.


Their chicken mascot. Too cute!


Now you know where to buy all these.


Difference between Kanto and Kansai.


Tens and thousand of all the Instance Raman. I honestly don't think you can look at each and every one of them.
I'm already dizzy.


We did pick out ones which we think taste the best though.


The hut where it all started… of the exhibition..


Wanna go in?


Yep, you can touch and play around with them.


Old School.


This is how instance noodles first came out. It's the Chicken Ramen!


Ingredients…


There's actually a space! Bet you didn't know that.


The very first instance ramen vending machine.


Even videos is shown in the cup.


Now, they even have it for astronauts. Instance Ramen in space!

That was about it, it wasn't a big place and the only other attraction is the built-it-yourself-instance-ramen which had a long snaking queue so we gave up rather easily. It's too early for queuing and we're hungry. We're always hungry. Which explains why I look so swollen in every damn picture taken.

So we went around the back, where all the noodles vending machines were. And choose one. Just one. For the 3 of us.
It helps that me and KK are not big cup ramen people.

How the process goes : You get the cup ramen from the vending machines, pick up your disposable chopsticks from the holder attached to the machine, bring the cup over to a tap where you drizzle hot water all over your freeze-dried ramen, select a table and wait for 4 mins. Drinks are optional.


Our ramen and optional drinks. Yep, there are empty bowls provided as well.

Don't worry if you can't figure anything out, there're staff around to guide you. Not sure if they do english though.

MY GOODNESS. The ramen is fantastic! Me and KK was blown away. So much so that KK has been looking throughout Singapore wondering if there's anywhere that sells this. And she's still looking.

It's realllllllly good! I'm really bad at food reviews so I'll skip it but you have to try if you're there by any chance! I'm drooling just typing this while staring at that picture…

Do leave some space in your stomach for the instance ramen in this museum as they do provide some ramen that are only special in certain places, like Hokkaido.

So after that wonderful ramen, we started making our way over to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
The first thing we do after stepping out of the station is to find ourselves some takoyaki. Can you believe it that in all the days we've been here… okay, it's only day 2 but… we never got any takoyaki?? Everything is wrong!! You eat takoyaki when in Osaka! Do as the tourists do yeah?

Luckily for us, the store right outside the station sells it.


Not the best.. but it's cheap and there's 10pcs and curbed our craving.

We then ask the Auntie manning the store for directions and off we go! It's an okay day, chilly but at least there's the sun!


This is just right outside the Kaiyukan but it's down for the day.


The mall right next to the Kaiyukan.


Just right up ahead!


We see it!!


¥2300 per Adult. Pretty average ticketing price.


Hello!


Greeted us in front of the entrence.


Yea… I never got the answer about what it's made of from BB.


Feeding time!


See the decals on the glass panels?


There will be whale sharks. And stingrays.


Not to sure about this though. I thought they live way way way under the sea?


My Doraemon sling bag. We placed our larger bags in the lockers, makes it easier to move around.


Where the otters are.

Look guys, I'm not going to put up all the fishes because I took millions of pictures and I'm pretty sure what you see in here, you'll be able to see it in any other aquarium. So yeah…


I'll show you a seal though… Or issit a sea lion?


Some tiny fishes among huge corals.

And then we got hungry. Again. So we pop right in the tiny cafe situated along the way.


What I got.


Takoyaki again!! Way much tastier version.


And hotdogs too, to share.

After that we continue our path. Going up the escalator, we were hit by an extreme fishy smell. Like you're standing next to a fish stall in the wet market.
I was wondering about the smell when I saw the reason. There was an open space where seals come up and play.


This was that we saw when we're going up.


This is after we went up.


This cute little guy did not even budge the entire time we were there!
Just floating straight up with it's head over the water.


On this floor were animals. Like this sloth.


Saru 猿.


And weasels…?

After all that we reach the end and started browsing though the souvenirs. I got myself a jellyfish nano brick to built.
As it was evening when we're done with the Kaiyukan, we pop right over to the mall next door for dinner. It's Sushi ticked off next in our must-eat list.


My set!


BB's Set!


Our sets! KK can't eat raw fish so she got the Chicken Namban set.

It was good! The restaurant was a tatami seating area so we had to remove our shoes to enter. I'm extremely worried about the smell. Lets hope nobody notices it…

After eating, we went around the mall a little and found ourselves at an omiyage shop on the 1st floor. We started picking out edibles but as BB picked up a box, the uncle tending the store spoke.

" あれ不味いからやめてほがいい。”    " That's awful so it's better if you don't get that. "

I did a double take and spun around.

”なに?なに?なにがまずいですか?”   " What? What? What's awful? "

BB showed me the box she held (not to sure of it's cake or candies) with an amusing smile on her face.

”なにがオススメですか?”        " What's your recommendation? "
”そうですね。。これは悪くない。"              " Right… This is not bad. "

This is the first time I saw someone who was that honest about the things they're selling. We laughed and each picked up a box the Uncle recommended.
I spotted magnets for relatives as magnets are rather rare here and run out to tell KK as she's looking for magnets to get her colleagues as well. She brought a rather startling number of them.

”ええ?日本じゃないですか?”                  " You guys are not natives? "
”いえいえ、シンガポール人です。”              " Nope, Singaporeans. "

Turns out the Uncle thought we were Japanese. He then said.

" Ah! I know english. "

And he did! To tell the truth, that uncle had the best english I've heard throughout my entire trip. He can even explain the meaning of a phrase Ninjas used in english to a malay couple. Since he's using english, maybe to practice or to put his knowledge to use, we went full english mode with him as well. He's quite happy with us that he gave us a pack of 3 crackers as a gift. Either that or we spent quite a sum at his shop.

That experience was really the highlight of our day and yep, we snacked on the crackers that night while watching the TV and waiting for our washing to be done. The cake he recommended was quite tasty as well.

And that's it for Day 6!! Day 7 is USJ!!!!!!!

Trip to Japan : Day 5

And it's time for 大阪 OSAKA!!!

Our flight was at 9am so we had to wake up earlier. Cue my bad temper. Seriously, if it's not these 2, I'm killed a million times over for my behavior. I love you guys.
We then push our huge luggage towards the MRT station and started heading towards Haneda Airport. I'm just glad it's not Narita's. We quickly got checked-in (thanks to ANA auto check-ins again) and immediately went into the boarding gates. It was then while waiting for our flights we started buying a few editable Tokyo omiyages.


Tokyo Bananas… Sweet and not really all our cups of tea.


See the blue box? I fogot the name but it's thrice as good.

In the plane we go!

We arrive on time (all our flights were either on time or earlier, I'm amazed) at a mere 10.20am.
Even though our Suika cards works in Tokyo, we went and got the Icoca + Haruka (Limited Express train design to bring you from the airport to the city, kinda like shinkansen) as the price works out in our favor (and the odds as well).


On the train.

Once out, we pulled our huge ass luggage and attempt to board another line in order to reach our hotel. Why are there so many stairs in Japan? I mean look at all the old people!
Anyway, we learned our lessons from Tokyo and while BB had the strength the carry her luggage down, me and KK held each end of my luggage and started desending slowly. After 2 steps or 3, we heard a voice.

" 大丈夫ですか?”  " Do you need help? "
" Eh?? "

No one ever offered a hand like this in Tokyo. Literally. His hand was out, already waiting for the handle of my luggage. Did I mention he's handsome and cool? You'll always be that in my heart. We gladly took his offer to help and passed him our luggage while me and KK took hers. Now we don't have to do this twice. There was an Uncle with me.

" Sorry I'm old so I don't have the strength but I'll help with your small travels bags! "

It was during that we found out the uncle is from Taiwan. Osaka, you and your warm welcome. I'm already biase against you so there's really no need~
I am not saying Tokyo's cold, but really, there are some striking difference. In Tokyo, people are walking up and down the stairs right next to us as we struggle with our luggage yet no one offered a hand. (I'm not implying that I'm waiting for help) In Osaka, where there's only the 3 of us walking down the stairs, we got help.

Another thing, people talk on trains in Osaka. Softly but yes, they do. It do not have the stifing silence the trains in Tokyo have. We can finally squee softly and discuss about our destination. Ah Osaka. I just barely stepped into you and I'm ready to die for you.

Nishinakajima-Minamigata (phew) arrived and we started heading towards our hotel. It's just a traffic light away. Once checked-in and we rested a little, we head off to Umeda.

There's nothing much in Umeda but we did went to the Pokemon Centre!


Pikachu!! Pika pika!


In case it's not clear enough.

That's it for day 5!

Trip to Japan : Day 4

This is gonna be a huge post.

Day 4 : Ikebukuro + Tokyo Sky Tree + Asakusa + Akasaka + Tokyo Tower.
Yep. All in a day. We're as crazy as they come.

1st Stop : Ikebukuro

We went into Starbucks as soon as we reached. Yes, we always need something in the morning. It's our most peckish hour of the day. Everything's the same as in Singapore only that they have 1 extra size : Small.


Our drinks on our table. Yes, we had to split up.


I foolishly got small. I freaking got a children's meal size cuppa iced tea.

You think I would be used to the tiny size by now. And don't judge me cause I don't like coffee.
Anyway, 1 main thing to do in any country's Starbucks is to get their exclusive tumbler only avaliable in that particular country. Starbucks and their genius marketing. KK and BP both got 1, I passed on the offer.

The reason we are in Ikebukuro is just to head to Tokyu Hands. And if there's time to spare, spend some time in a Cat Cafe, part of what Ikebukuro's known for.


Got my hands on one of their card holder. Cutest thing!

And a surprise! There's a Cat Cafe located on 8th floor of Tokyu Hands called Nekobukuro (ねこぶくろ). Subtle, I know. So up we go! There's an entrance fee of ¥800 for an hour. We were told that there's a TV crew inside filming and if we mind it. We don't.


There's a huge Jiji outside the entrance to the Cat Cafe!!

You'll be given 3 cat tibits for the cats. And spend 1 hour being in bliss. Only to find out that we are running late. So we hopped onto the train as fast as we possibly can and started heading towards the Tokyo Sky Tree.

2nd Stop : Tokyo Sky Tree


View of the Sky Tree once you're out of the station.

There's a omiyage shop right in front of the station gates selling the usuals, Tokyo banana and all. Do take note as some of the products like the strawberry cake are only avaliable there. And also their very very very short expiry date. I have to forgo getting the cakes for my Aunt as by the time I am to head back to Singapore, it expired.

It around 2 ~ 3pm ++ by then so the first thing we do is to look for lunch. We found a Gyoza place that looks really good and started queuing up. Once in, each of us ordered a Gyoza set and the waitress did a double take.

”  みっ…三つですか?”     " Thr… Three sets? "
” はい。そうです。 ”       " Yep. "
” かしこまりました。 ”      " Okay. "

Should had taken that as a warning sign. The japanese don't do double takes. Once they do, you know something will be horribly wrong. I did saw the food sample outside so I had an inkling of what was to come.


My Oolong tea. Really good and perfectly paired with Gyoza.

Sauce prepared! All it needs is some Gyoza to be dipped in…
Yep, that's beer BP's holding. It's so cheap in Japan that she's drinking it very chance she's got.


And yes, 3 Gyoza sets…

Just to say, the Gyoza's freaking huge. It's about the same size as a banana. And each set comes with 8 of those bananas. Oh crap. Oh crap oh crap oh crap. You need to be there to know the size of those things to completely grasp our horror. It's like a mini mountain of bananas horror. Even the group sitting next table to us took a look and went " OMG. You guys made a mistake didn't you? ". Yes we did. Oh we did.

But thanks to them opening up the commuication channel, we (me & BP) took the chance to offer them a piece of Gyoza. Poor KK's seated too far to be in the channel. Whew. At least that's 1 banana horror down. It's a 6 person group. It took 3 of them to finish 1 banana gyoza. We had arduous task ahead of us. Time to attack! But boy, those bananas gyoza sure tasted very good.

And it's really good to know Japanese, chatting with the locals sitting next to us was a really fun exprience. Although their misconception runs really deep. We had been chatting for a while now in our silted Japanese and when they asked where we're from, they cannot comprend Singapore at first. " EH?! You're not Japanese?!? " Mind you, our Japanese sounds weird even to us, how can you not tell?! But then it's all good once they got over that fact, plus 1 of them had been to Singapore.

" Ah! 1 thing I learned about Singapore is that it's not ' MA-lion ', it's ' MER-lion '. When I ask where ' MA-lion ' is, no one understands me! "

'Ma-lion' is how they pronounced it, due to idiot katakana-ization. Good thing they are willing to learn the real pronunciation. Oh yes, about the bananas gyoza issue. We lost. But I have to argued we did try our best. I had only 2 remaining, which means I tackled 5 bananas on my own! That's a very good result to me! After that defeat, we went for a dash towards the omiyage store as we are really running late.


You can see Sakura from where you're standing!


It's near the toilet so no, we're not distracted from our goal.

Once in, we grab a few omiyage for ourselves, to marked the day we've been to Sky Tree. BP got a very beautiful necklance, I got some magnets and KK got magnets and pens. Afterwhich we had to rushed over to the station once again for our next destination. Yes. We can proudly brag that we went to Tokyo Sky tree to eat some bananas gyoza and to get some magnets. Wonderful. Don't attempt this at home kids, it's not fun. Do leave a full day if you can because we missed a millions of things out.

3rd Stop : Asakusa


At the station.

Yes, Sky Tree got their own line.


Here's how the station look like.


On our way over to Asakusa. You CANNOT miss this.


I had to get the picture of the famous GOLDEN SPERM. Okay, I kid, but you have to admit that it looks like it.


Beginning of Asakusa, headed directly for the shrine.


I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.


You'll see figures like this all over. Yes, they're not real.


Back view.


Front view.


Right in front of the fire hydrant.


Finally! The shrine is getting closer.

When you enter this part of the path, there's a lot of shops lines on both the left and right side so do take a look as you walk cause they do sell interesting stuff.


Like masks.


Considering… It's ¥2000 each and we deemed it as too expensive.


Sakura's line the path once the shops ended.

And you'll finally see the shrine.

Sakura time!

Very near! Please ignore the grumpy man face.

The famous lantern!

It's really huge!

Once you go past the giant lanterns.

The Tengu's grass slippers.

BP & KK went to get their fortunes while I hang around the sakuras as I don't belive in those. Both of their reasons aren't that grand either. They heard that the english fortunes are hilarious and they wanna find out if it's true. It was. They said the english is horrible and almost incomprehensible so they left it tied up.


You'll be able to see the Sky Tree from here.

And then we had to rush over to Akasaka.

4th Stop : Akasaka


Nearing the reason why we rushed so much.


This is the reason.

The Akasaka Ninja Resturant. We made an appointment at 7pm and sad to say, we're late for about 15 ~ 30mins. We apologized but they told us it's okay.

The person-in-charged will then ask if you prefer a english Ninja guide or a japanese one and she recommended the latter which we took up. Then, after clapping twice, she yelled for a Ninja. 1 part of the wall spun and Kunoichi pop out. We are then refered to as Ohime-sama (princess) and that she'll guide us safely through the passage. It was really fun, we had to climb up stairs, sometimes to bend over, all in very dim lighting while our kuoichi guide amuse us. Then we reached a wall.

" Oh no! I can't do this on my own. Ohime-Sama, please lend me your strength! "

We then 'Nin-Nin' in loud voices (I thought Ninja value stealth more?) and a bridge is lowered down.

" Let us foward, Ohime-Sama! Be careful! "
" Please look to the right for this is our sacred fountain. You thrown coins in and pray for your wishes to come true! "

Yes, it's never boring.

After that, she then lead us to our room, named 水の間, the room of water.


The wall of our room. The pattern on the wall glows in the dark after our kuoichi showed us.
" But you'll spill your food all over yourselves so I'll turn on the light, Ohima-Sama. "
Great sense of humor, our Kunoichi.

The light.

Afterwhich she'll present us a scroll… of beverages. Of cocktails and mocktails not inclusive in the set menus. It's a special product from their ninja village, she said. We each got a cocktail and she disappeared after, promising she'll be back!

She kept her promise, though sounding very terminator-ish, with our cocktails.


Our cocktails. It's delish, by the way.


I'm not kidding, it's really good.

And she then hand us the menu, a normal one instead of a scroll. Why oh why. Do note the prices are steep here, about ¥5500 ~ ¥10'000, not inclusive of drinks. BP & KK got fish while I go for pork just to have more variety. Both are Yamato Spirit Course at ¥6999.


Yes, 'Nin-Nin' is a must for Ohime-Samas.


Just for you.

Our appetizers came.


Shuriken Style Blades Grissini.


To be taken with foie gras.

It's my 1st time eating foie gras but to my surprise, it's rather good.
Our kunoichi told us the shuriken can be eaten and I went in asking if the twigs can be too. Sometimes I like toying with people. Twigs are a negative and I went awwww.


Today's special! KK can't eat raw fish so BP & me get to polish it off for her.


Turban Shell Bombs with Garlic Butter

These things comes on a plate, lined up one after another. Then our kunoichi went and light it up with fire. And BOOM. Yes, it's really a bomb. I yelled for the sake of it.
"Ah! Thank you Ohime-Sama for playing along! "
You're welcome. I forgot to take pictures of the mystery dish but basically it's a black korokke.


Autumn vegetable cocktail topped with whipped Japanese stock.
Me no like veggie so off to BP & KK it goes!


Special stone-boiled soup (Japanese bouillabaisse).

This is cooked right in front of you using a hot stone. I asked again if I can devour the stone as well. " Eh?! If you can you're so much stronger then us! "


Ninja-Style Cream Puff.
It's horrible. Yes, all 3 of us yelled that out 3 times. There's half-cooked salmon inside.


Sherbet candy in autumn flavors. It's okay. Noticed the uneaten cream puff?


My Main Dish! Black Vinegard Pork!

BP & KK fish!
BP then decided that she don't wanna eat fish so we exchanged our main dish.

My 2nd cocktail of the day. Seriously, their cocktails are good.

Afterwhich a magician came over and we had a show.


I get to keep this.


Cheesecake!

Most of it is really good with the only exception being the cream puff. Comes up close to ¥10'000 each but it's worth it.
So it's off to Tokyo Tower we go!!

5th Stop : Tokyo Tower


Walking over from the station.


Right in front of our eyes!!

Man, I'm still bias towards my Tokyo Tower. I just like the stripped white & red so much more!!


Smaller version in their lobby.

Do get their mineral water bottle shapped in the tower itself.


Promoting The Lego Movie! ~Everyday's Awesome!~ Yea it is!


Including a lego tower.

We then got tickets to go up the tower.


Tokyo's night view from the tower!!

Afterwhich we then head back home/hotel after a long and exhausting day.
Phew! That's day 4! And also the last day in Tokyo, we'll be heading over to Osaka!

Review :
Never try and cramp as many places as we did in 4 days as we spending the entire time running from 1 place to another without enough time to fully enjoy each spot.
Next time, I'm spend 10 days in Tokyo!