Hey guys こんにちは! I’m back from another beautiful city!
I had a 8D7N trip to Tokyo, so I’m gonna split the post into a few to show you guys where I’ve been to for the whole week. 🙂
I took the morning flight with Japan Airlines to Narita Airport, smooth flight, service & in-flight meal was good 😀 I forgot to take photos onboard AGAIN aiishhhh :O It was a 6 hours ++ flight & I arrived at about 430pm local time! Japan is GMT+9, one hour ahead of Singapore!
Anyway FYI, it’s walk able from one terminal to another in Narita airport, you just need to walk out of the terminal & follow the sheltered walkway, you can probably reach the next terminal in 10-15 mins. Alternatively, shuttle buses are available. I had the time so I decided to walk from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 to wait for my friend arriving from Seoul!
We took the airport limousine bus from Narita Airport to Hotel Villa Fontaine in Shiodome, Tokyo & it took about 1.5hours. BUT if you take the bus from Haneda airport, it’s definitely faster & cheaper.
You can buy the bus tickets from the terminal booth, or you can actually buy in advance from Changi Recommends which I did so for one-way to the hotel! If you purchase from CR, do 1) print out the voucher in the confirmation email, 2) exchange for a physical coupon at Changi Airport & 3) exchange for the bus ticket at the Japan airport! It costed about SGD31 from Narita Airport.
Oh yes, there are different drop off point at different hotels in the city, do check out where is nearer for you to drop off beforehand! There was no drop off directly at our hotel, so we dropped off at Conrad Tokyo which was just a 1 min walk away. 😀
There are many other ways for airport transfer of course, I’ve tried the public train before as well in the past, but it might be slightly inconvenient especially if you have bulky luggage & during peak hours. So the limousine bus was definitely a more comfortable choice for me this time.
It was almost 9pm when we check in to the hotel, and most of the malls & restaurants in Japan do close quite early, around 830pm. So after roaming around the empty street & not able to find any food, we settled for pizza delivery hahahah.
Hey, it’s quite fun to call for delivery overseas though, & it was funny that the guy over the phone couldn’t find what we wanted initially in the menu & asked his colleagues who finally helped him find the item hahaha.
That’s all for Day 1! Not really part of the itinerary since it was more of like a day travelling here and there, just good to share!
おはようございます! Brought the friend to Asakusa for a tour, to visit the Senso-ji & do some shopping & eating!
The attraction is usually packed with tourists, especially when it was a Sunday when we visited. Mind your belongings in crowded places The attraction is a really short walk from the subway station, & the Asakusa area is easy to navigate around, so don’t be lazy & don’t waste money going for local tours to get you there yeah haha.
I like this area where people write down their wishes on the board & hang it up. (Yes, need to pay too!) You see many many interesting wishes haha (I don’t mean to peep, but yeah it’s publicly hanging there heh)
There’s a stretch of shopping street for visitors to shop eat shop eat, so you won’t go off empty handed or with an empty stomach. 😀
We walked around a bit at the shopping/eating street, & stopped at this place (I forgot to take photo oops) for some rice cake! Don’t judge that whole piece of black stuff, it’s actually sesame paste haha. I think I prefer that to the soy sauce flavored one (partly because it was a bit burned haha), it adds sweetness to the rice cake! 😀 Oh yes, hot tea is free flow!
Access: Asakusa station (G19 on the Ginza subway Line)
Don’t worry about getting lost, just follow the signs at the subway stations that leads to the attraction. You should be able to reach within 5mins walk!
We decided to visit the Ghibli Museum after that, because the friend is a fan haha. You know that animation of 龙猫 (long mao) that many of us should have watched before when we were young, yeap they have a museum in Tokyo!
This photot should ring a bell haha (bad lighting I know)! Anyway, it’s easy to get to the museum, follow the road sign from the station and just walk straight & you should reach in 15mins walk. Be sure to reserve your entrance ticket in advance online, as tickets get sold out really early, like even a month before your travel date. :O
Address: 1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi,
Within Mitaka Inokashira Park.
To Mitaka station, take the JR Chuo Line. Approx. 20 min. from Shinjuku station.
From the Mitaka South Exit, approx. 15 min. walk along the Tamagawa Josui “Waterworks” to the museum.
Lastly, we went to the Shinjuku area to start hunting for other friend’s cosmetics & stuff (Yes, I work as a part time delivery woman for friends when I go overseas #justkidding)
Brought the friend to ICHIRAN Shinjuku for ramen dinner! We went at the right time, around 6pm and the queue was not too long, and we saw a long queue after we left (Thank god haha). Usually you have to queue for at least an hour. x_xI like the concept of ordering through vending machine in the restaurant. When it’s your turn, the staff will lead you to the vending machine for you to order & pay. You get your food tickets and just wait for your turn to get seated! Of course, you still can add in orders in the midst.
& yes, you can customize your own ramen! The firmness of the noodle, spicy level, amount of green/white onion etc. The onsen egg is not included in the ramen, so be sure to order from the vending machine first! #becauseiforgot haha
Almond lovers, not to forget the almond beancurd/pudding with matcha syrup before you leave! The pudding was soft, & you can adjust the amount of matcha syrup to add according to your own preference from the small bag.
Instant packet ramen are available too! If you can’t get over the taste, get some home, but it’s not very cheap so you probably just wanna buy one for fun especially if it’s your first time there. I didn’t get any this time round! #goodgirl
B1F, 3-34-11 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo-to
Opening hours: HEY IT’S 24HOURS DAILY! 😀
Before all the malls & restaurants closed, we had to hunt for our desserts. For pastries/flour lovers like us, we went to THE BREAKFAST QUEEN OF NEW YORK: Sarabeth’s.Sarabeth’s opened its first store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan,New York in 1981 and ever since then, it has held a cherished place in the hearts of New Yorkers. Zagat Survey has chosen Sarabeth’s as the “No.1 Dessert Restaurant in New York” and New York Magazine has praised Sarabeth as “The Breakfast Queen of New York”.
You can now enjoy the goodness in Tokyo, Japan!There are several outlets throughout Tokyo, and Japan itself. The LUMINE outlet that we visited in Shinjuku can hold a capacity of 64 consumers, small yet really cozy for hanging out with your friends.
The restaurant served main course as well, but the desserts are definitely the heart catcher. The friend ordered the pancakes with maple syrup & fresh cream. Serving was definitely generous!
Not particularly a pancake fan, & I had my eye on the Sunshine French Toast when I saw the menu, so no doubt about what I ordered in the end. 🙂Served with honey-yogurt dip/syrup, it really compliment the fluffy yet slightly crunchy toast, giving it a pinch of sweetness, and it didn’t feel gelate at all.
* No reservations.
Address: LUMINE SHINJUKU LUMINE2, 2nd Floor, 3-38-2, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00AM – 10:00PM (Daily)
Last Order: FOOD 9:00PM/DRINK 9:30PM
Access: One minute walk from JR Line , Odakyu Line and Keio Line’s Shinjuku Station South Exit.
A direct path from Keio Line, Lumine Shinjuku.
One minute walk from Keio Shinsen Line, Toei Shinjuku Line and Toei Oedo Line’s Shinjuku Station Keio Shinsen Exit.
That’s all for DAY 1-2 in Tokyo! Shall continue the rest of the itinerary in the next few posts!
Till then! 😀