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 🙂
*my instagram has been a pain in the ass for 3 years long, no idea why it always bug out when i wanted to post, or gave me crazy photo effect that expose too much. bear in mind, if you think i am such a social-outcast which i truly am not, ha. i have deleted my account for 3+ times to see if it’ll work better by registering a new account, which i think does not work out. i’ll try my best to post when i can, in the mean time, can stay tune to Facebook fanpage and bloglovin’!
Camera: iPhone 5
- 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。