Don't blog when you're feeling blank and uninspired because you might ended up writing a boring post. Like what I'm doing right now. But I'm forcing myself because it's been wayyy too long since I came back from Japan and not write about it. A part of my memories during this recent trip is still in my mind so I might as well share it before it fades away.
Anyway, on 30th of October around 2.30PM, we departed from KLIA. My sister and a friend of mine, Alia, were with me. We flew there by a Japanese airline (ANA) and we were the first batch of passenger to ride their newly bought or leased plane. I found out about it because there were having this mini launch/ mini party, whatever you call it at the gate before we departed. We were served with free Malaysian food and we were able try out the colorful kimono for free too. We were also given a goodie bag with a mini replica of the plane.
Fast forward to 8 hours later we arrived at Haneda Airport.
We alighted at Otemachi Station and walked around The East Garden of Emperial. There's a lot of fascinating attractions to visit around there and the walk from one place to another will blow your mind! Just kidding, I'm exaggerating but looking at the surrounding of another country is really nice. Here in Malaysia, it's really rare to see a Malaysian getting involved in a construction site but in Japan and a few other countries I've been, the locals, sometimes even the girls help out in the construction. I would to if our country's temperature is slightly colder. Like between 12 - 16 degree celcius.
After visiting those places, we're back in our train ride to Akihabara! Attached to this station is a mall; each floor is worth visiting because they sell a wide range of different watches, cameras, lenses, toys, gadgets. You name it, it's all here. If you go to Japan for this specific purpose: to buy electronic stuff, this place is highly recommended.
We walked to an anime gallery after exiting the mall because my sister is a huge fan of anime related stuff. Unfortunately, it was closed. I felt bad for her but it changed after we found a row of shops selling all of her favorite anime character. Alia and I on the other hand was just following her around the shops; looking lost and uninterested, haha.
Our next destination is the famous Shibuya Crossing but since I suck at taking pictures and I couldn't find a good angle, there's no clear picture of the crossing. And we found the shop Lush and splurged a bit there. But honestly ladies, if you're a fan of the Lush products and at the same time or at any time, you or your friends' going to Japan; buy the products here because it is way cheaper than the prices that the Malaysian online shops sell.
The sun has fully set by the time we reached our next destination, Tokyo Tower. The view was quite okay. It's the typical night scenery of bulidings from a high place, lol. We then rode the train and a taxi back to our place.
I never expected to be visiting Tokyo Disney Sea but I guess I did not apply the 'expect the unexpected' quote in my life. It was magnificent. I love how everything was very detail, colorful and there's the tokyo disney logo everywhere! Even the train was nicely done. The handles where we would reach out for when we're standing in a moving train also had a mickey mouse design. (If you don't get what I'm saying, scroll down and it's there in one of the pictures)
Our day actually started pretty bad...? We were still exhausted from the previous day, it was raining and we had to walk so far to the nearest train station. Okay, it was actually a 10 minutes walk and I bet it's nothing to the Japanese but since I never exercise, my stamina is so bad; my energy drained out faster than your phone's battery.
Anyway, thank god the rain stopped after the first show we watched in the Toy Story section. And tbh, I can't really remember what I did. I guess it's because I had more fun in Universal Studios Osaka which I'll post later within this week. A few things that I can remember were buying churros, eating cute ice creams, rode a few interesting rides (riding the roller coaster in a volcano and going underwater in a submarine) and watching a show with all the classic disney characters (Mickey Mouse and Friends).
We woke up feeling horrible. Our legs were hurting very badly from walking too much for the past 2 days and we didn't have enough sleep. There's this health app on my phone that shows the number of my daily steps. I usually walk around 2000 steps on a daily average but the first few days in Tokyo, I walked more than 30000 steps, daily. Like yeap. It felt like my legs had given up on me at some point. So instead of starting the day early, we all agreed that we needed more rest except for my sister, she decided to skip this day.
Alia and I were being a typical Malaysian by arriving late for our boat ride. Fortunately for us, we could get refund for the boat that we missed and ride another one.
We alighted at Asasuka Pier and walked around. Oh the most memorable thing that I saw here was a cute fat street cat. Took some time to pet it and my mind suddenly became busy; thinking of a way to get the cat back in Malaysia. Anyway, if you're thinking of buying cheap souvenir for your family and friends, Nakamise Shopping Street is one of the best choices for this activity. I'm not so sure what it was but when we walked to the end of the street, there's a tourist attraction too! But since we're not the oh-wow-it's-a-shrine/palace type of people, we only spent around 10 minutes there.
On the other hand, if you're planning to bring back snacks, buy them at Don Quixote, it's a discount store. And the place is huge. Like remember the mall I told you that's attached to a station on my first day in Japan? Yup, Don Quixote is as huge as that place but the prices of their electronic stuff is almost the same as other stores. So yeah, I'm only recommending snacks and probably comfy and fluffy shoes for you to buy here. But hey, if you want to buy anything else, feel free to do because it's your money, not mine, haha.
And that's the end of this day!
On this day, we left Tokyo for Mt Fuji before continuing our journey to Kyoto. And I'm not sure but I think I left Fazli's souvenir here which I realized only when I've arrived back at home. Like in Malaysia. Sobs.
The last time, we were late for our boat ride but on this day, we missed our bus! No surprises there, haha. Bought new tickets and 2 hours later, we arrived at Kawaguchiko Station. We left our luggages at the locker place located right at the front of this station and started touring around by a mini bus. It's a bit uncomfortable since it's a small bus and it's packed with locals and tourists from all over the world. (P/s: We met many Malaysians here so if you're gonna talk about someone else in the bus in BM, just don't. Haha) Anyway, the view was incredible! I enjoyed every moment.
Later that night, we slept in the bus and arrived at Kyoto on the next day; which I will continue on the next post because I'm lazy.
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