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Breathe Under the Oriental Holiday

Asakusa November 17, 2015
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Last post of my trip to Tokyo, until next time Japan!  For other Japan travel journey can click here to read.

A trip to Tokyo is not an end without visiting The Kaminarimon aka the Thunder Gate at Asakusa Kannon and Meiji Shrine, highly recommend to go as it’s a serenity hidden gem in the hustle bustle Tokyo city, you’ll not believe you are in Tokyo when in there. Unfortunately I didn’t take a lot of photos in Meiji Shrine and am not able to share the beauty in there with you all. I’ll be sure to do more of that next time 😉

We started this day out from fishing around Tsukiji Market and had the best sushi lunch in my life up-to-date, then to Akihabara wondering why it fascinates Otaku*(wikipedia: a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom), and to Asakusa to visit the renowned Kaminarimon and Tokyo Sky Tree.

Tokyo Metro looks kinda complicated but not that much when planned well. We lived between Ginza(Orange) Line and Hibiya(Silver) Line, took us both a good 10 mins walk to the station every morning. We planned Tsukiji>Akihabara>Asakusa together in a day as they were all on the Hibiya Line with Ginza Line parallel, able to switch and walk from stations when needed.

  • The Kaminarimon aka the Thunder Gate : photogenic place. No one would stop taking a nice selfie until they had a good post.
  • Asakusa Kannon: where Thunder Gate act as is front gate, upon arrival Asakusa Kannon will pass rows of street stalls with traditional Japanese food and art. ps- I bought a Japanese fabric pattern name card holder, which I always seek it stands out in the crowd and give others an aesthetic feeling I have…haha.

Pool in money time with my friends again. There is this one important rule on this street “prohibit to eat and walk while hanging around, must finish your sweets beside the stall. throw your trash into the bin, then you are allowed to wander again.” We didn’t know this in the beginning and got yell at the first stall, perhaps my first time seeing always-smiling Japanese with a growl. Anyhow, it does protect the environment for being clean, and show how a well-supportive community build up their clean environment by addressing their thoughts to the tourists.

Upon arriving at the temple, we saw many people gesture the scent of air from the censer from their head and half way to their body, like putting on the scent to themselves. Quite eye-opening to me, as I hardly see any of this here in Taiwan. I was being told it’s like making your wish come true,  receiving the blessing from the temple/god from the scent, a good deed.  *The burning of the scent is a symbolized the temple/god has heard your prayer, as the scent got shorter as it burned, it’s said they heard what you say and will do something about it. 

There are houses and houses of street izakaya behind Asakusa Kannon (those stalls in the last few pics), we didn’t stop there for dinner there as we were on our way to Tokyo Sky Tree which was just a few mins walk away. I recalled it was a few mins walks from the picture, but still took us almost 15-20mins to get there.

  • Tokyo Sky Tree: we were being told to get our ticket online prior arriving as the ticker was somehow cheaper and also would not have to bother the queue.

Well, we didn’t plan to go up there in the beginning nor get a ticket prior. Still we end up there wondering if we should go up and check out the city night view as we miss out Tokyo City View up at Roppongi aka one of the best place for Tokyo night view, since it was under construction during the time being we were there.  (Still we had a scrumptious Michelin desert to wrap up the day)

Out of all the Q, there is a special queue for foreign tourist, foreign tourist can choose this “fast lane” or normal lane, however ticket of course was much expensive than the normal queue, alternatively only have to wait 15-20 mins, compare to the regular hour or hour and a half.

Somehow we still didn’t end up at the top, because we were all hungry, and nothing could come first than to stop our stomach from growling. Such a foodie gang. We had Indian that night with an eye-filling set of naan, curry sauce, tandoori chicken, yum!

I guess this is my last post of Japan this year, hopefully I’ll get to visit other parts of Japan such as Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido, and other small town next year 🙂

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Camera: iPhone 5


 

東京旅行最終回,直到下一次的日本飛行遊記。其他日本旅遊文章,可以從此連結點閱。

沒到雷門淺草寺或明治神宮就不像來到東京,尤其是宛如隱藏版東京的明治神宮,身在其中很難想像外面的世界是如此車水馬龍的繁忙,那一片靜謐,是大推造訪東京不可錯過的純淨小世界。可惜沒有在明治神宮留下好照片,無法跟大家分享記憶中的美,下一次一定會照更多照片分享給大家 😉

一日之行從築地市場開始,在400年江戶壽司-秀德本店 紀之重吃完目前這一輩子吃過最好吃的壽司之後,前往秋葉原看看宅宅天堂,再前往淺草造訪必去的雷門與晴空塔。

東京地鐵看似複雜但只要有完善的規劃,一切都不難。我們住在銀座線與日比谷線的正中間,每天步行到其中一條線最臨近車站只要10分鐘。因此我們這一天的行程是這樣規劃: 築地市場>秋葉原>淺草,從地圖上可發現這幾站都有在銀座線或日比谷線上或平行,無論要換線或是從一站走路到另一站都是很方便的!

  • 雷門:不用多解釋,這個站位點大概是東京自拍第一景吧!
  • 淺草寺:雷面為淺草寺的大門,要走到淺草寺之前會經過排排的攤販,販賣日本甜點小食及傳統藝術品。ps: 我買了日本傳統花紋的名片夾,每一次拿出來的時候可以感覺到它被注目的眼光以及個人的美感樓層是很高的⋯⋯哈哈。

且又到了與朋友們集結資金吃喝的時間。在這一條街上吃喝有一件非常重要且一定要遵守的事情:「不能邊吃邊逛,一定要在攤販前將剛買的東西吃完喝完,把垃圾丟進攤販旁的垃圾桶,才能繼續逛」,我們一開始完全不知道這一件事情,看到永遠親民,展現和藹微笑的日本人第一次露出面目猙獰的表情及罵人的功力。以上我們覺得當地人在擁有觀光的同時,致力於環境保護是非常值得讚賞,讓造訪的觀光客了解:這是別人的家園,觀光時,請友愛環境,共同維護環境此重大責任。

淺草寺前有許多香爐,大家除了拜拜之外,將香爐上的飄香薰煙往自己的身上、頭上身上放,這一點有讓我驚艷到,沒有印象在台灣的寺廟有看到這一景象,除了將幸運物在香爐上畫圈。將煙薰往自己身上放這一個動作意味著希望神明有保佑,一切可以平安順利。

淺草寺後面有很多路邊居酒屋(照片最後那幾張照片),我們沒有在居酒屋多做停留因為我們要去不遠處的晴空塔。從照片看真的在不遠處,但印象中好像也花了我們15-20分鐘才走到那。

  • 晴空塔:之前就有被知會一定要先在網路上買票,因網路上販售的比現場還要便宜,更別說還要排著看不到盡頭的隊伍。

我們行程裡一開始就沒有規劃要去晴空塔或是上去,到了現場,還是在猶豫要不要上去看東京夜景,因為我們原本是規劃上去位於六本木的東京觀景台 欣賞東京夜景,但那時不巧的正在整修中。(但我們還是吃了超好吃的米其林甜點!)

排隊的隊伍中有一條是特別開放給外國觀光客,若你想要選擇「快速通關」,外國觀光客這一條當然又比旁邊正常排隊的票價貴但是跟原排隊隊伍需要60-90分鐘相較之下,只需15-20分鐘就可以上去了。

最後我們還是沒上晴空塔,一切不敵我們餓壞的肚子,跟著一群美食愛好者旅行的第一守則就是不能讓他們挨餓了,所以我們到百貨公司裡吃超豐盛又好吃的印度料理,滿桌的印度餅,咖哩醬,印度招牌香料雞⋯⋯感到銷魂與心滿意足!

這是今年最後一篇日本遊記,希望明年有機會可以去日本其他地區−大阪、京都、北海道,及一些小而美的小鎮!

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*我的instagram這3年來都呈現腦子不聰明的狀態,當我要PO照片時就當掉,不然就來一些超級曝光的特殊光影特效,所以請見諒當你看到我的instagram後,不要以為我是超宅女或無聊女沒社交生活的人⋯⋯囧,我本人不是這樣的! 這些年來我已試著刪除與重新下載軟體不下3次以上,但還是常行不通。 當我可以po照片的時候,會盡我所能的上傳,在不能的情況下,請大家追蹤臉書粉絲團與bloglovin’吧!

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34 Comments

  • Reply Joyce December 16, 2015 at 05:47

    This is one of my favorite stops in Tokyo, I loved the traditional aspects and browsing the shops

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • Reply Tiff January 12, 2016 at 18:43

      OMG, i just realized i haven’t reply to you Joyce, so sorry 😐
      The traditional Japanese vibe is what make it near 😀 I enjoy finding food I’ve not try of around the stalls as well 😀

  • Reply Miriam November 29, 2015 at 13:16

    Awesome photographs as usual! I really can’t wait to have an Asian trip, I’ll surely re-read these posts on your blog again when that happens to get some reference!

    http://www.awholelotofserendipity.com/

    • Reply Tiff December 2, 2015 at 09:30

      Thanks Miriam, it means a lot for the highlight of photograph 😀
      I am glad you find some nice inspiration from the blog for your next Asia travel! Can’t wait for that day to come!!!! 🙂

  • Reply Helen Chik November 27, 2015 at 17:56

    I remember heading to Asakusa when I went on exchange in Japan in high school! It’s been so long since I went to Japan and I miss it so much! Your images are beautiful and thanks for sharing your trip with us girl! You rock!

    Sending you hugs from Sydney!

    Check out my full review on the luxurious Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong now up on my blog xx

    Helen xx
    http://CH1K.com

    • Reply Tiff November 28, 2015 at 14:51

      You did Helen?! I am glad it bring back great memories, and hopefully you’ll get to visit Japan next year! Thanks for your lovely comment!
      And yes I did, I had read you Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong post when it’s first up!!! 😀
      x

  • Reply Mitzie Mee November 27, 2015 at 04:22

    Gorgeous photos as always. I usually visit Senso-ji every time I’m in Japan so I have a bunch of pictures, but I still haven’t blogged about it:) Seems like you’ve seen a lot on your Tokyo trip. PS: I love those fish cakes, especially the ones with custard inside.

    • Reply Tiff November 28, 2015 at 14:49

      Thanks Mitzie and I did have a load of fun, though it was just a short trip, we wraped everything in our itinerary..haha
      I can’t wait to read your post when you blogged it! Please do 🙂
      Ha..the fish cake! Isn’t it the best when the custard come flowing blasting out from the fish! Ha, I love those kind as well, though it’s quite dangerous at one point for our mouth not to get burn (oopsie)

  • Reply Tamara November 24, 2015 at 19:37

    Wow, these photos are just so amazing! THanks for sharing them, I really hope to visit Tokio soon, it’s on my bucket list!

    Check out my blog if you want: http://www.theglamandglitter.com

    Tamara xxx

    • Reply Tiff November 26, 2015 at 23:29

      Hey Tamara, thanks for stopping by!
      I hope you have Tokyo on your next travel list, I am sure you’ll end up in this oriental place soon 😉
      I checked your blog, enjoy the OOTD!!! 😀

      x

  • Reply Sher November 24, 2015 at 00:01

    ooh i remember asakusa well! i loved all those street food stands in the beginning by the entrance. ah i really miss good asian food 🙂 hope you had a great time!

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

    • Reply Tiff November 26, 2015 at 23:26

      Haha..plan your visit back to Asia soon Sher! Good Asian food awaits you!
      How was your previous weekend Taiwanese food? Was it good?

      x

  • Reply danielle November 23, 2015 at 02:27

    i really want to visit tokyo one day, your photography is lovely!

    http://www.avecdanielle.com

    • Reply Tiff November 23, 2015 at 12:45

      hi danielle, thank you for stopping by and nice comment 🙂
      you will next year 😉

      x

  • Reply Vicky November 20, 2015 at 13:54

    Your trip looks so fun! I always wanted to visit Japan especially to these “oriental” areas. I’ll be sure to check out your other social medias too 🙂

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.wordpress.com/

    • Reply Tiff November 23, 2015 at 00:13

      Thanks Vicky! I am glad I had a fun trip as well 😀
      Put Japan on your 2016 travel list 😉
      Thanks for checking out my other social media platform, I hope they work well
      xx

  • Reply Bold Bliss November 19, 2015 at 17:58

    Asakusa looks like a very interesting place to visit. I like the style of old buildings there, the hush in the streets, the look of the food. Also the fact that they are very environment-friendly: we should follow their example!
    Thank you for this tip
    Bold Bliss

    • Reply Tiff November 23, 2015 at 00:08

      Yes, it’s an amazing place to wander around 😀
      Glad they have environmental-friendly tip for me to share
      x

  • Reply ~ carmen ~ November 18, 2015 at 15:09

    Very interesting. I like the little bit about trying to waft the scent onto themselves; I can understand how it could be a spiritual experience & ritual. I bet it smells nice. I’ve been to a Buddhist temple in Canada & loved all the incense. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Reply Tiff November 18, 2015 at 23:43

      Thanks for stopping by Carmen, I believe it’s similar to the buddhist temple in Canada, as I heard there are many Asian there 🙂
      Hope you get to visit the buddhist temple in Japan or my hometown Taipei one day!
      x

  • Reply Kim November 18, 2015 at 07:24

    As soon as I saw the photos I was thinking Asakusa!! This brings back lovely memories of when I visited Tokyo around 5 years back.
    I was actually disappointed when I went to the City View in Roppongi because they sold me a ticket but when I got up there it was too foggy to see anything.
    What’s crazy is, the fortune I had picked the day before in Asakusa predicted clouds in my future!

    • Reply Tiff November 18, 2015 at 23:40

      Oh, no Kim….. how coincidence could this be???!!!! 😐
      Beside the foggy view, did you enjoy the observatory?
      A-S-A-K-U-S-Aaaaa….next time I’ll get a fortune and see what it said.
      I’m glad it bought back lovely memories from Tokyo 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra November 18, 2015 at 05:53

    Oh wow — these photos are all so impressive. You have a great eye for photography!
    It looks like you had an incredible time though — I’m jealous!

    -Alex
    http://anorthernlightblog.blogspot.com

    • Reply Tiff November 18, 2015 at 23:37

      Thank you Alexandra!
      I had a wonderful time, and thanks for the compliment of photography. I took them with my iphone5 cause i didnt want to carry around a camera with me, and I am glad the outcome were wonderful 🙂

  • Reply sileas November 18, 2015 at 02:51

    A wonderful photo tour of Asakusa! Such a beautiful and spiritual place. But wait, that little pony – is that dude really sitting on it!? Poor thing… And all the food stalls – oh so tempting!

    • Reply Tiff November 18, 2015 at 23:35

      Yes he is, i chuckled at your comment at the word–dude, no idea why he was riding the pony
      the fool stalls are always the tempting part 😀 i love checking out food stalls!

  • Reply Elizabeth T. November 18, 2015 at 02:22

    Wow all of these destinations, and most importantly, the food look amazing! I can’t wait to visit Japan one day! 😀
    And that’s such a funny rule on the streets, though I do see the usefulness of it 🙂 Clean streets!
    Love all of your travels! And yes, I hope your Instagram will work again soon!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

    • Reply Tiff November 18, 2015 at 23:33

      You will visit Japan soon dear, it’s really a nice and clean place to visit. 🙂
      No worries about dirty bathroom, unsanitary, unfriendly people, safety, it’s a place that can just pack and go!

      awh, thank you Elizabeth i do hope my instagram will work well too 😛

  • Reply Tiffany November 18, 2015 at 00:09

    I love 淺草!!!! its one of my favourite places in Tokyo.
    I always spend so much time in Asakusa Kannon, more than i spend in the actual temple. and the strangest thing is that I always buy so many pairs of traditional japanese chopstick there, even though I live alone haha! By the way, did you try the famous bun near Asakusa Kannon? the one thats always queuing like crazy!

    Tiffany

    • Reply Tiff November 18, 2015 at 23:07

      Haha, what are you gonna do with so many chopsticks dear, perhaps they can be good deco for your new flat! 🙂
      Which bun are you talking about?????? Please tell me!!!!
      I did not do a lot of research prior my trip, so no clue 🙁
      Be sure to tell me, and i’ll try to give it a shot next time when I visit Asakusa, and which part of Asakusa do you like the most?

      • Reply Tiffany November 25, 2015 at 22:17

        the place is called 花月堂, the bun there is very good! but the queue there is quite long, the wait can get overwhelming sometimes. Of course if you’re with friends it wouldn’t be a problem, since you can all just chat and joke around! 🙂 let me know if you like it next time when you’re there again!

        • Reply Tiff November 26, 2015 at 23:35

          I searched for review, and gee whiz, why all those people there for a 菠蘿麵包 😐 真的有那麼好吃嗎~ Have you tried it before????
          Highly recommend http://www.ginzakimuraya.jp/bakery/index.html at Ginza, their red bean bun is ICHIBAN! 😀

  • Reply Hanh November 17, 2015 at 23:58

    I’ll have to make a note of these suggestions when I head to Japan one day! I like sound of receiving the blessing from the Temple and also how the Japanese people keep the area clean and tidy 🙂 It’s so easy to not say anything but when these little rules are in places, it makes it a more pleasant environment.

    • Reply Tiff November 18, 2015 at 23:15

      Ha, I am glad you found these travel journey useful Hanh!
      I like how they think of ways to create a clean environment. and must go to a temple when in Japan. Most temples has this water pavilion/ basin, they also have this rule of cleaning your hand, washing your mouth, purify your soul with water before entering the temple. Found an article about it: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/indepth/exotic/lifestyle/see.html

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