I honestly do not know how to start this blog post because it’s, again, been a while since my last post. I really feel sorry for being so poor in maintaining this blog. haha! But anyway, hello there! I finally had the time and energy to do this blog post because this trip is worth remembering and sharing, and plus I think I miss writing. Wow?

As we all know, Japan is indeed a beautiful country and has been everyone’s dream destination, I mean who wouldn’t? My family has been planning to visit Japan for like how many years already and it’s just now that we’ve finally decided to push it through because everyone in the family is already “somewhat” financially capable(?) Lol, I mean we, the kids, are already working and earning “some” cash. We don’t want to go to Japan not financially ready because we all know, Japan’s a first-world country – thus an expensive one.

Our trip was 11 days long last March 5-16 because decided to visit the three cities – Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Well, we just wanted to make the most of our trip since we’re already there. During our trip, winter season was ending and spring was coming, so it was still very cold (for me as a person who is living in a very humid country). Our itinerary is also a DIY, if you ask. We didn’t hire any agency, it was all pure research.

WARNING! Long post full of photos ahead! 😀

Day 1 – Arrival, Shibuya

Walking on our way to our hostel at &AND Kanda Hostel
Finally met Hachiko, the dog who made me cry buckets
Shibuya Crossing
Trying my best to achieve that obligatory photo in Shibuya crossing
We had our first taste of authentic Japanese Ramen at Ichiran Ramen, Shibuya. What else could I say? OISHI DESU-NE!
Ramen from Ichiran

Day 2 – Ueno, Harajuku

First Cherry Blossoms Encounter
It was 2 weeks prior the Hanami season in Tokyo that time when we visited, but we were still lucky enough to see some Cherry Blossom trees that were starting to bloom. It was really so nice!
Ueno Park
Strolling around Ueno Park. What a beaut! Let’s just imagine the trees were already in full-bloom. Haha!
With Hana-chan
With Hana-chan. So Kawaii!
Ueno Park
Lunch time
Lunch at Negishi, Ueno
I forgot what’s the name of this set, but it was really delicious!
Meiji-jingu Shrine
Meiji-jingu Shrine
Takeshita Dori Street
Takeshita Dori Street – the famous shopping and fashion district in Tokyo.
There are a lot of sneaker/kicks shop around this area, so if you’re into sneakers/kicks, this is the best place for you.
Marion Crepes
Marion Crepes
Marion Crepes
When in Harajuku, you must not miss eating a crepe from Marion Crepes
Another Ramen night
Ramen again for dinner

Day 3 – Tokyo Disneysea

Off to Tokyo Disneysea
Tokyo Disneysea
Tokyo Disneysea

As usual, to save time, we already got our tickets before getting to Tokyo Disneysea via Klook.

Tokyo Disneysea
Tokyo Disneysea’s entrace reminds me of Twilight Town of Kingdom Hearts. Haha!
Tokyo Disneysea
Tokyo Disneysea
The Mermaid Lagoon Castle
The Mermaid Lagoon Castle
The Mermaid Lagoon
Unfortunately the main attraction for Mermaid Lagoon, the theater, was under maintenance that time. So we weren’t able to watch the show. Well, another reason to go back here again!
Sinabad's Storybook
Sinabad’s Storybook
Toy Story Mania
Toy Story Mania
Toy Story Mania
Ice cream on a cold weather
It was 9 degrees that time, but why not?
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth. The queue was insane and draining. We did not know about the FASTPASS system, so we queued the main attractions for like 2 hours at least. It was really draining, but of course still worth the wait.
Fantasmic!
Fantasmic!
Fantasmic!
Always amazing. The feeling never dies.

Tip when visiting Tokyo Disneysea, research about how the FASTPASS system works to save time from the insane queue of the main attractions. I swear if I were to compare I think the number of tourists in Tokyo Disneysea is twice the number of tourists in HK Disneyland, really that insane. Queuing time for the main attractions usually is at least 2 hours. That’s why we were just able to ride 2 main attractions (Toy Story Mania and Journey to the center of the earth) and 3 minor ones.

Day 4 – Tsukiji Fish Market, Shinjuku National Garden, Akihabara

Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market
As advised by most of the bl/vloggers, we visited Tsukiji Fish Market in the morning so that the seafood are still fresh.
Time for some Sushi!
Time for some Sushi!
Tuna Sashimi Rice Bowl
Tuna Sashimi Rice Bowl
Sushi Platter
Sushi Platter. The best! Now I could say, the taste is really different from the sushies I tried here in some Japanese restos in the Philippines. HEAVEN!
Tsukiji Hongwangji
Tsukiji Honwanji
Shinjuku-gyoen National Garden
Shinjuku-gyoen National Garden
Fully-bloomed Cherry Blossom Tree
We have encountered another fully-bloomed Cherry tree again. Yay!
Gundam Cafe, Akihabara
Gundam Cafe, Akihabara
We wanted to take a break from all the walking and we decided to try out the Gundam themed-cafe in Akihabara.
There are actually a lot of themed cafes in Akihabara. Too bad I wasn’t able to visit the Square Enix Cafe.
Electric Town in Akihabara
Electric Town, Akihabara
This place is indeed H-E-A-V-E-N for techie persons like me. If you want to buy some techie stuff – camera, laptops, mobile devices and accessories, game consoles, or what else – you better not miss adding Akihabara to your itinerary when visiting Japan.

Day 5 – Gotemba Premium Outlets, Oshino Hakkai, Lake Kawaguchi

For our last day in Tokyo, we had our Mt. Fuji Day tour. We booked our day tour package via KKDay for only about Php2,734. Since the English tours were already fully-booked, we just booked the Chinese tour, but luckily our tour guide knows how to speak English and she tried her best to translate the tour for us.

I highly recommend you book a package tour if you want to have some sightseeing of Mt. Fuji via Klook or KKDay. Best to book ahead because it gets fully-booked fast.

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Gotemba Premium Outlets
One thing I learned when traveling to Japan, you must definitely bring a clear Credit Card or lots of extra cash for shopping. When we visited Gotemba Premium Outlets that time, the stores were on sale! Like discounts were up to 80% off. Sad, I wasn’t prepared for it. Lol!
Lunch at Shake Shack
Lunch at Shake Shack
Oshino Hakkai
Oshino Hakkai.
The water on this pond comes from the ice caps of Mt. Fuji, and they say if you drink from it you will somewhat have a longer life?
Matcha Ice Cream!
Matcha Ice Cream!
Strawberries
Me and my mom’s favorite snack in Japan, Strawberries. Haha! Strawberries are pretty cheap and delicious in Japan.
Lake Kawaguchi
Our last stop was at Lake Kawaguchi. The view of Mt. Fuji there was so breathtaking.

That’s it for our 5-day stay in Tokyo. Watch out for our Kyoto and Osaka trip on my next posts. 🙂

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