Rise and shine Tokyo! After a well rested night the day before we are all ready to explore town! ♡
Temperature checked; 4 degree Celsius .
The first station was Tokyo Skytree also known as 東京スカイツリー Tōkyō Sukaitsurī. It is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo and became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 as it reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower. It was a touch and go view from opposite side of the road, therefore not much time was wasted here.Source of information: Wikipedia
Followed by Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. It has a history of more than 1300 years. Asakusa Kannon Temple is a Buddhist temple and it is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temple. You will see Asakusa Kannon Temple in most TV shows with that famous large Japanese lantern, remember?!
At the same time, visiting Nakamise Shopping Street with a variety of traditional, local snacks and souvenirs just right in-front of Asakusa Temple. A shopping street of over 200 meters, sold typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks! The crowd there was huge, but still feeling pretty awesome as along the way we are in awe with all the souvenirs packaging, tourists sighting and embracing the cool weather,
Here’s one Asakusa ice cream biscuit!
Next, we all headed to Odaiba Park also known as お台場, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, across the Rainbow Bridge. Around here, was landmarks and amusement parks such as the Statue of Liberty, Hachitama Observation Deck and Daikanransha Ferris Wheel. Sighting around Tokyo was one of the best travel pleasures, not just plain shopping and entertaining, but to understand history and enjoy the country’s beauty.
Love this photo very much of Daddy and Mummy, natural smiles from them and true enjoyment. Feeling famished! We went to the famous ramen store around Ginza and tried their pork broth ramen. This stall was recommended by our tour guide, and was told that it was one of the nicest around town. The long queue form outside the stall very quickly during lunch time also due to the small holding area which contained about 35 – 45 diners each round.
Do you know? Japanese kids are the hippest! They are well-dressed with the latest fashion and able to carry themselves so well. Japanese do take their appearance seriously and make every effort to dress up and look good. Even if it meant to be ‘just downstairs’ outfit. I really admire that. Next, shopping around The Ginza, also known as 銀座. The Ginza was crowned one of Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. It is not just a few shops or malls around, but brands go as big as owning 1 whole building! Take Uniqlo for example, Japan most basic casual brand was stacked at a whopping 12 level building. What? It was so huge, shopping there alone takes up 1 hour or more!!
Next stop, Mount Fuji also known as 富士山, Fujisan, with 3776 meters. It is Japan’s highest mountain. Note however. that clouds and poor visibility often block the view of Mount Fuji, and the visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning than during the middle of the day. We count ourselves really lucky as we had a full view of Mount Fuji during the evening drive. In awe.Lastly, tonight we will have sashimi dinner! Love the freshness of the seafood sashimi boat. The sashimi was juicy and sweet, we had Japanese style buffet as well. Filled tummies, we are all ready for the onsen later on! It was one of my first experience to have onsen outdoor, with such a freezing temperature of 3 degrees Celsius and below.
Onsen water is believed to have healing powers derived from its mineral content. A particular onsen may feature several different baths, each with water with a different mineral composition. The outdoor bath tubs are most often made from Japanese cypress, marble or granite, while indoor tubs may be made with tile, acrylic glass or stainless steel.
Before entering the hot water, all guests are expected to wash their bodies and rinse themselves thoroughly. Provided with a small towel only, all of us have to be naked. Firstly for hygiene purposes and secondly, to fully enjoy the onsen without the hindrance of cotton clothing. Definitely, no photography nor phones were allowed in the onsen area for respect and privacy purposes. What a fruitful day 2! The advantages of being on a tour brought us to many places which we may not cover during our free and easy tour, as transport will be a major hiccup and more expenses may be incurred especially traveling on high-expenses city like Tokyo. Cab fares are exorbitant and tours are definitely cheaper and wallet-friendly, taking in consideration that those monies could be spent on other areas like food and entertainment instead. Imagine, renting a car or bullet train to travel from Tokyo to Mount Fuji to Nagoya then to Osaka? At least $300 per pax one way.
Drink green tea and goodnight Mount Fuji! ♡