15 December 2014

Day 18: Odaiba

Previously:
Day 18: Tokyo Station Hotel, Tokyo



Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay.  This place was initially built for defensive purposes but later has developed as a major commercial, residential and leisure area.  So many things to see and visit in this tiny island, such as: Rainbow bridge, replica Statue of Liberty, Daikanransha Ferris wheel, Fuji television studios, Miraikan, Aqua City shopping centre and do not miss to visit Diver Tokyo Plaza, where most of geeks are dying to see the giant Gundam Statue.   


How to get there:
Catch JR Yamanote line and get off at Shimbashi station.  Then catch the Yurikamome, which is an automated, elevated train that connects Shimbashi station on JR Yamanote line to Daiba station and takes about 15 minutes and costs 320 yen for one way ticket.  The train departs regularly every 10 minutes interval.





Rainbow Bridge

Replica Statue of Liberty with Rainbow Bridge backdrop


We went inside this Aqua City Shopping Mall and to found this hidden Ramen museum like.  A few varieties of ramen stalls in one area foodcourt like.  They showcase different type of ramen from a few different region in Japan.  In my opinion, this place is actually much better compared to the so touristy Yokohama Ramen Museum.  More quite, interesting choices of menu and they are taste absolutely wonderful.  


Fukuoka Ramen 980yen

Spicy Ramen with Pork 980yen




Gundam Statue




Stay tuned for the next blog still in Japan:
Day 18: Ginza, Tokyo

11 December 2014

Day 18: Tokyo Station Hotel, Tokyo

Previously:
Day 17: Shinsekai, Osaka


As usual, before we get into Shinkansen, we packed ourself ready with some yummy ekiben.  Yakitori Ekiben, Sushi Saba Fish and Matsusaka Beef Sandwich.  Sounds a lot because it took us roughly about 3 hours train ride from Osaka back to Tokyo.

Yakitori Bento 880yen

Saba Fish Sushi

Matsusaka Beef Sandwich



Once we arrived at Tokyo, to spend our last night in Japan.  We checked in to one of the finest and most convenient hotel in Japan.  This hotel is located just in the station, one of the entrance is just next to the Tokyo Marunouchi Station South Gate.  We can even see people passing by the gate from our rooms.   The rooms are newly renovated, very modern and luxury.  As we all know that Japan has the good toilet system but in this hotel is the best so far that we ever tried.  More sophisticated and the toilet bowl's lid can be open and shut with those excellent goodies.  Moreover, the staffs in this hotel are mostly have a well-spoken English.














Stay tuned for the next blog still in Japan:
Day 18: Odaiba

02 December 2014

Day 17: Shinsekai, Osaka

Previously:
Day 17: Nara

Shinsekai is known as a dangerous neighborhood in Japan.  This image derives from the fact that there are lots of homeless living in this particular area and especially in the south side, the prostitution is quite open as police control the area with one-eye-closed.  However, it wasn't pretty bad when visit Shinsekai.

Beside all of those bad reputations, Shinsekai is actually a great place to visit as they have lots of restaurants to choose from and 'Kushikatsu' is definitely one of Osaka's best known specialties is served right here.  Kushikatsu is a skewered dish, battered then deep fried.  They offer a great range from chicken, meat, vegetables, banana, cheese to ice creams.

Then they also have Tsutenkaku Tower, which is built to imitate the Paris' Eiffle Tower.  Also here is famous with the Spa, a large number of pools with European and Asian themed floor. 










Stew Quail Eggs

Fried Squid Leg

Varieties of Kushikatsu: Tuna, Chicken Tight, Quail Egg, Pork Rib, Cheese, Sweet Potato, and Chocolate Banana





The thing that makes Shinsekai even more spooky is this 'women only' carriage.  This area is the only place we see that have a separate gender carriage in Japan.  It is good though to prevent something bad happen.  However, the reason behind this carriage exist make this place even scarier.


Stay tuned for the next blog still in Japan:
Day 18:  Tokyo Station Hotel, Tokyo

18 November 2014

Day 17: Nara

Previously:
Day 16: Yoshinoya

Nara is located less than an hour train ride from Osaka and housed the oldest and famous Todaiji Temple.  Not only this temple, Nara is also full of historic treasures.  And just a stroll around the park along side with heaps of deer around also quite fun activities to do.  You can also feed the deer as a few snack vendors around sell deer biscuit or known as Shika Sembei.

We heard that the deer are pretty aggressive in here.  At first we didn't believe so as they look so calm and mostly just try to pick on my husband pocket in searching for some snacks.  But a moment later, I saw there was one kid just running around in the park where a deer behind him about the same height with the kid, all of sudden run toward him and strike the kid until he fell then ran over him.  I am sure the kid tummy was very hurt been step by deer that even bigger and heavier than he is.







Feeding time

Pick 'food' pocketing by deer

Todaiji Temple









There is this KFC just in front of Nara station, we definitely would like to check out what specialty they offer in Japan.  Their Wa Fu Chicken Burger was absolutely the winner.  Very very delicious.  A must try.

4 pieces of spicy chicken 260yen each

Wa Fu Chicken burger set

Egg Tart 170yen



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