Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tokyo, Japan Day 1

March 7, 2015. Our first day in Tokyo, Japan. :D Here's our Itinerary for the whole day:
*✽ Haneda Airport
*✽ Keio Plaza Hotel
*✽ Shinjuku
*✽ Shinjuku Gyoen Park
*✽ Takashimaya Times Square
*✽ Southern Terrace
*✽ Tokyo Metropolitan Building
*✽ Shibuya



Hello, Mr. Westerner! :))

We went to the JAL ABC Counter at Haneda Airport to pickup our pocket wifi.

Inside the Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport)

Queue for bus tickets going to our hotel


We were looking for the "Welcome to Japan" sign but I think that one is located at Narita airport :)) So Sakura tree for our "touchdown" photo. :D

Bought our Suica Card here. A MUST buy because you need this to get around Tokyo!

Suica IC cards are essential for conventional travel in Japan. Just hold one over a sensor at a gate, wait for a beep and get on your train.
Waiting for the airport limousine bus going to Keio Plaza Hotel

The limousine has toilet wala lang :))

Unboxing our pocket wifi from globaladvancedcomm.

You can get free WiFi in Tokyo by getting either the Japan Connected Free WiFi App or the Travel Japan WiFi App (be sure to download and register before going to Japan) And if you are traveling via Japan Airlines, they will provide you with a special code to use with the Travel Japan WiFi App to access even more WiFi hotspots.

However, we decided that we don't want to hunt for WiFi hotspots thus we rented a pocket WiFi from Global Advanced Communications. There's a lot of positive reviews from this company and we find their rate quite reasonable. You can now add us to those that gives a positive review to this company.

We arranged to pickup the pocket WiFi at Haneda Airport but you can also have it delivered to your hotel if you want to. The device comes pre-charged so you can use it right away. Speed and signal strength is good even in the subway trains.

No hunting for free WiFi hotspots.

KEIO PLAZA HOTEL. Here we come! Check-in time is 2pm so we checked-in our baggage first then headed outside to eat. They have a hello kitty room :D but it's not the room we booked.

But first we enter @ Lawson conbini store to buy gloves and tissue! Because of our freezing hands! :))

We ate our lunch here @ Sangokuichi! Just across our hotel. AND IT'S SO YUMMEH!




SHINJUKU. After eating we explored Shinjuku. Japan's greatest entertainment district where tall buildings are lined up next to each other along with plenty of  new hot spots.

Gashapon is love! <3 Gashapon- japanese toy vending machine


Odakyu Department Store

Keio Department Store

green cab in Japan!

convex mirror selfie~

Takashimaya Times Square   where my husband bought my Randoseru dream bag <3

Shinjuku Clock Tower

 Some direction maps in Japan are written in Japanese

Shinjuku Gyoen Park  this extensive garden is composed of 3 distinctive-styled gardens: English landscape garden, French normal garden, and Japanese traditional garden.

 so cold hihihi

Visiting Information
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed days: Mondays (If Monday is a public holiday, the garden is closed the following day)
December 29 to January 3
Special open days: Open throughout the following period
Spring:March 25th to April 24th Autumn: November 1st to 15th
Admission fee: ¥ 200
Access: To Shinjuku Gate- 5 min. walk from Shinjuku-gyoenmae station exit 1 on Marunouchi line. 


WARNING: Sakura / Cherry blossoms spam post :)) <3












 just outside the restaurant Yurinoki (eco-house) <3

my prince charming haha <3






can't take away my eyes from you, Sakura <333333

Taiwan Pavillion (kyu-goryo-tei)

Amazing bonsai trees <3


 Bicycle parking area

 Southern Terrace pathway to Takashimaya Department Store

Shinjuku Skyscraper District


Dinner time! While walking around Shinjuku we saw this GYOZA building and decided to eat there. :D
 Husband just loves my FACE! :D
the best! =p~

They have basket under the table for your bags!

 Neon lights! <3

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building or "Tosho" One of Tokyo's landmarks, with a FREE observatory on the 45th floor. The Tokyo Tourist information center on the 1st floor of the main building.

What to see:





 Yamanote line explorer :D


 with Hachiko the faithful dog <3

 Shibuya at night. Once you cross the street away from the entertainment district filled with the latest trends, you will find yourself surrounded by a quiet and cultural townscape.

Bronze Statue of Children Playing on Earth :D


 The famous Shibuya scramble crossing

Shibuya- center for youth and fashion culture.


 Harajuku Girls

Shibuya 109- a fashionable building that symbolizes Shibuya as does the scramble crossing in front of the Shibuya Station Hachiko exit.


 Tokyu Plaza shopping mall- a "fashion theme park"

 Hachiko rainbow wall

 soft ice cream to end the night! <3

Hope you enjoyed my very long post Day 1 Japan! haha

Soredawa mata (see you),
Karriebear





5 comments:

  1. Cherry blossoms! And how clean is that city! Paradise.

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    1. para para paradise! haha napakanta ako, Lux! :D

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  2. Huhuhuhuhu nakakainggit naman. Bakit ba ako di nag-ipon last year, sayang yung Tokyo tickets namin ni Joey!! Ang ganda gandaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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    1. waaaah sayang nga! This year or next year i-plan na yan! :D

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