Thursday, January 16, 2020

MY TRIP TO JAPAN: JANUARY 2020

The longest and last of my 4 trips this month was to Tokyo, Japan. I am incredibly lucky to have been able to visit this wonderful city, but in hindsight, I should have gone during a time where I wasn’t so exhausted from all the travelling I had been doing. Just a day into my travels around Tokyo left me so tired and worn out that a lot of enjoyment was taken away from it. Having said this, I still had a superb time and was lucky enough to have been taken around the city by a local, Alan, a friend I met in Chengdu last year, which made the sight-seeing a lot less lonely and a lot less stressful too! 


I landed in Narita Airport from Shanghai early in the morning and made my way to my hotel. I was warned that taxis in Tokyo are incredibly expensive, and for a tenth of the price I could get to my hotel by subway. The Tokyo subway is very big, and I found it a little confusing but managed to get to my hotel with little trouble. Met my friend, we had some lunch and commenced the sight-seeing. Much like some of my other travel blog posts, this post will contain mostly pictures of my trip, so I hope you enjoy it!  

As half the day was already gone, we did not see much. We visited Meiji Jingu in Shibuya, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife. Then we walked to Yoyogi Park, 5 minutes away from the shrine. I don’t know why, but this park kind of reminded of Hyde Park in central London, a big open green space in the middle of the city. Next we hopped on the subway to see the famous Shibuya crossing, supposedly the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world, and I believe it! I have never seen so many people crossing a road at one given time! 

Entrance to Meiji Jingu 

Meiji Jingu 

 Meiji Jingu 

View from Yoyogi Park 

Shibuya Crossing

The next day began with a visit to Sensō-ji temple, the oldest ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, and here we also had some street food. From here, we went to Ueno Zoo, Tokyo’s oldest zoo located in Taitō. I was hoping to see some of the Giant Pandas that China gave to Japan, but we missed them! Instead I saw some Japanese Macaques (amongst other animals) which was lovely as I had seen their Tibetan cousins not 2 weeks ago when I climbed Dagu glacier. Dinner was sushi of course, one of my favourite dishes and as expected, it was delicious. We ended the day on a high (quite literally) by going up the Tokyo Skytree, an observation Tower located in Oshiage. Seeing Tokyo at night was truly spectacular.

Entrance to Sensō-ji Temple 

Me in front of Sensō-ji Temple 

Japanese Macaques in Ueno Zoo

Sushi in Shibuya  

 Tokyo Skytree 

View from the top of Tokyo Skytree

My last full day in Tokyo started in the Shinjuku Gyo-en National Gardens which, given the beautiful weather, was the perfect start to the end of my short stay in Japan’s capital. Like Yoyogi Park, it reminded me of the London parks we have back home, with the large open spaces juxtaposing the bustling city surrounding them. Because the weather was stunning, we made the spontaneous decision to go to the top of Tokyo Tower to watch the sun set over the city, and this was the best decision we made on this trip. It was absolutely breath-taking, watching the sun descend behind Mount Fuji. We ended the day with some souvenir shopping and buying some Pokémon bits and bobs for the boyfriend. I headed to the airport the following day quite early for my return journey back to Chengdu. 

Shinjuku Gyo-en National Gardens and yours truly x

 Shinjuku Gyo-en National Gardens

Shinjuku Gyo-en National Gardens

Tokyo Tower 

View from the top of the Tokyo Tower  

Sunset over Tokyo and Mount Fuji

Pokemon centre in Tokyo

Entrance Fee to Ueno Zoo = 600 Yen 
Entrance Fee to Tokyo Skytree = 3400 Yen 
Entrance Fee to Shinjuku Gyo-en National Gardens = 500 Yen 
Entrance Fee to Tokyo Tower = 3000 Yen 

All in all, despite general exhaustion and longing for a good rest, my time in Tokyo was nothing short of amazing! It’s a place I will definitely be visiting again and was such a memorable trip to conclude my travels this month. Now I am resting in my home in Chengdu waiting for my next trip; my trip home. 

B x   
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