2023年9月4日月曜日

TOP 33 THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO CITY 4 DAYS ITINERY

THING TO DAO WHEN TRAVEL ALONE FROM KUMAMOTO CITY (ASO) TO NARITA TOKYO - 4 DAYS (  3 NIGHTS )

SHARING IS CARING !!


@Jackie San


TRAVEL PERIOD : 28 - AUGUST 31, 2023

FLIGHT TICKETS COST (RETURN) :

  • KUMAMOTO AIRPORT - NARITA AIRPORT - KUMAMOTO (YEN 28,115.96)
  • ACCOMODATION (ASAKUSA NIBANKAN APARTO (YEN 6,393/3N)

ITINERY SOLO TRIP

AUGUST 28, 2023 (MONDAY)
1ST DAY

0730 am - International House, Kumamoto University Off to Tatsutaguchi Sta                     (Train)
0750 am - Tatsutaguchi Sta (train) to Higo Ozu Sta (6 station) Yen 300
0850 am - Higo Ozu Sta - Kumamoto Aso Airport (using airport shuttle van)                        Free
1000 am - Jetstar Airlines (Kumamoto - Narita Airport ) arrived 1150 am 
                 (about 1 h xxxx m)
1150 am - Landed to Narita Airport Terminal 3 (walk about 5 minutes, 200m)
1215 pm - Bus Shuttle from Terminal 3 - Terminal 2 (free shuttle bus)
1230 pm - Narita International Airport (Terminal 2) to Asakusa Station, 1                             Chrome-1-3 Asakusa (Using Keisei Narita Skyaccess)
                 Train (1 hr) Yen 1302 (8 stops) Platform 1, Stop ID: 1:2
1320 pm - Asakusa Station, 1 Chrome-1-3 Asakusa, Taito City, 
                 Tokyo 111-0032
1330 pm - Walk exit Asakusa Station and head towards Senso-ji Temple 
                 (about 2 minutes) 130 m.
               - Head North on (Family Mart on the left)
               - Turn left after Izumiya Honten (on the right)
               - Turn left after Tonkyu (on the right)
               - Turn right before Kurodaya
               - Turn left (28 m) You will arrive Senso-ji

Asakusa Station &; Town

@Jackie San



Asakusa is the traditional downtown area of Tokyo and home to many internationally-known sightseeing places. From visiting ancient temples to river cruises or souvenir shopping to Michelin-starred eats, here's what we shouldn't miss out in Asakusa Town area.

A - Asakusa - The Highlight Of Tokyo Sightseeing
Asakusa is one of the most popular sightseeing areas in Tokyo. Despite suffering expensive damage during the Tokyo bombings that took place during the Second World War, the area was rebuilt and the preserved historical shitamachi (downtown area) of Asakusa is now one of the most visited tourist sports in the city.

In Asakusa town, actually we can find the famed Senso-ji Temple (Red Building) and the great paper lantern of Kaminarimon, but there are dozens, if not hundreds, of incredible things to both see and do here, many of which you won't find in most guidebooks. Here I would like to share about 20 classic things to do in Asakusa what I have done in my travel alone trip.

Top 20 Things To Do In Asakusa, Tokyo Japan (28 - 31 August 2023)
1- Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Dori - Explore Tokyo's Oldest Temple
2- Asakusa Yokocho: Japanese Food and Izakya Bar Culture
3- Asakusa Tourist Culture Information Center: Enjoy the View from Above
4- Take a Rickshaw Ride and Get to Know Asakusa More Deeply
5- SUmida RIver Cruise- Discover Asakusa from a Different Angle
6- Hanayashiki - Enjoy Japan's Oldest Amusement Park
7- Tokyo Skytree - Get the Perfect Photo of Japan's Tallest Tower
8- Nishi Sando Shopping Street - A Place Like an Ukiyo-e Painting
9- Asakusa Shrine: A Shrine Connected to Senseoji Temple
10- Souvenir Hunting in Asakusa - So Many Options in Asakusa
11- Asakusa's Underground Shopping Center - Check Out Retro Asakusa
12- Eat Healthy and Flavorful Vegan Food
13- Munch on Michelin - Starred Rice Balls
14- Explore Kappabashi, Japan's Kitchen Town
15- Shichifukujin Pilgrimage - Set Out To Improve Your Luck
16- Asahi Super Dry Hall - Figure Out What The Golden Flame Is !
17- Edo Taito Traditional Crafts Center: See Exhibits and Demonstrations of Artisan Crafts
18- Lean Japanese Cooking at Local Classes
19- Matsuchiyama Shoden - A Temple Decorated With Daikon Radishes ?
20- Oku Asakusa - Explore A Less - Crowded, Quaint Neighborhood

1 - SENSO-JI TEMPLE

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Sensoji Temple is one of the most famous temples in Japan Country. It tooks back on a 1,300-year-long history and is also famous for its entrance gate called Kaminarimon which stands out through its large red lantern.

Senso-ji itself is not the only reason why you should visit the area. The oldest shopping street in Japan, called Nakamise Dori is located beyond Kaminarimon and leads to the temple's main hall. On Nakamise Dori you can buy traditional Japanese craft items as well as delicious snacks such as fried mochi (Glutinous Rice Cakes) and so on.

2 - ASAKUSA YOKOCHO: JAPANESE FOOD AND IZAKAYA BAR CULTURE

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Asakusa Yokocho opened in July 2022 as a new food court in Asakusa. The facility comprises seven izakaya bars that offer Japanese dishes and various types of beverages. Customers can choose from yakitori, sushi, pork dishes, Korean cuisine, and even Japanese eel dishes.

What makes this place special is its surreal ambiance inspired by Japan's vibrant festival culture. The items on display will make you feel you've gone down the rabbit hole into the world of Japanese folklore. A kimono rental shop offering chic, casual kimono styling is also located within Asakusa Yokocho.

3 - Take a Rickshaw Ride and Get To Know Asakusa More Deeply

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You can book a Rickshaw Tour makes it simple to explore the streets of Asakusa while experiencing traditional Japanese Culture. We also can choose from 30-minute, 1-hour, and two-hour tours to fit our schedule and our budget. Guides can speak English don't worry.

Jidaiya is one of the rickshaw tour companies in Asakusa. They offer a variety of plans for one to three people, all of which last for different lengths of time and are available in Japanese, English, and Chinese language. Although it can get pricey, this is the ideal option for those who want to see it all, but don't have enough time to wander about the city.

4 - SUMIDA RIVER CRUISE - DISCOVER ASAKUSA FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE

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Sumida River flows through Asakusa, so why not we not take the opportunity to explore more about Asakusa by ship ? It's a great occasion to see this historical part of Tokyo City from a different angle.

Water cruises on the popular Suijo Bus between Asakusa and other areas of Tokyo such as Odaiba are very enjoyable. We can get off the ship in Hamarikyu and enjoy its beautiful gardens or at Hinode Pier, which is a popular boat trip location in Japan Country. Or how about going all the way to Odaiba Seaside Park ?

5 - TOKYO SKYTREE: GET THE PERFECT PHOTA OF JAPAN'S TALLEST TOWER

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While it goes without saying that we should definitely check out Tokyo Skytree and all its related attractions in nearby Oshiage, there is one thing that we can do to enjoy Japan's tallest tower while in Asakusa: Don't forget photograph it!

There are plenty of places to take pictures of Skytree in Asakusa, and depending on what sort of shot we like, there are even different poses you can take on to get a selfie with the tower too. Why not get creative and see what sort of photos we can get of Skytree ?

6 - NISHI SANDO SHOPPING STREET
- STROLL THROUGH AN UKIYO-E PAINTING

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Take a left and a short walk from Senso-ji Temple to find the picturesque Nishi Sando Shopping Street. This covered shopping street looks like something you would find in an Edo Period Ukiyo-e Painting and is the ideal place for relaxed exploration and photos.

The floor of this market is covered in natural Japanese cypress flooring and is filled with tiny shops! Browse through everything, from souvenirs, regional ramen, to samurai swords and pick up a souvenir or treat for ourself. This is the perfect place to go if we want to do a little shopping and get a sense of Japanese history.

7 - ASAKUSA SHRINE - A SHRINE CONNECTED TO SENSO-JI TEMPLE

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Off to the right of Senso-ji Temple, we will notice a tall torri shrine gate and long pathway - this is the entranceway to Senso-ji neighbor, Asakusa Shrine. While it might seem hard to fathom at first, the relationship between Japan's native religion, Shinto, and the imported Buddhism, is very syncretic, so having these two structures side by side just seems to make sense.

Asakusa Shrine is where the two men who founded Senso-ji Temple are enshrined and is yet another peaceful spot in the complex that is said to offer blessings regarding safe travels, familial happiness, and in whatever our heart desires. Plus, here we can find an unusual, all-black omamori charm, meant to remind us that everything will be alright.

8 - ASAKUSA'S UNDERGROUND SHOPPING CENTER - CHECK OUT RETRO ASAKUSA

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Have you ever wondered what life was like in Japan Country during the postwar period? If you have, then you might want to head to Asakusa's Underground Shopping Center, easily reached from EKIMISE, a shopping center and the Tobu Asakusa Line's Asakusa Station.

This shopping center is not very well known even to the Japanese, despite having been open since 1955, but there are many great and cheap Japanese restaurants, bars, and shops catering to the busy working person here. Not only that, but the majority of them have been in business since the shopping center first opened. If we want to see a retro slice of life in Tokyo City, then this is the place we need to go.

9 - SOUVENIR HUNTING IN ASAKUSA - SO MANY OPTIONS WE CAN FIND HERE 

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One thing that everyone does in Asakusa is shop for souvenirs. Here, there are literally hundreds of stores selling thousands of items; everything form simple postcards to green tea snacks all the way to antique kimono and authentic samurai swords or original Japanese handicrafts can be easily found at this very station.

That being said, knowing jut where to find what we are looking for can be quite the challenge. Nakamise Dori - the street in front of Senso-ji Temple, EKIMISE Rox, and of course Asakusa's Don Quijote are great places to start the search for the perfect souvenir and are sightseeing sports in their own right as well.

10 - MUNCH ON MICHELIN - STARRED RICE BALLS

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Located north of Senso-ji is Onigiri Asakusa Yadoroku, a restaurant specializing in onigiri, or rice balls. Onigiri is one of the oldest foods in Japan and is a quintessential lunchtime food for many. Appearing in the Michelin Guide for Tokyo in 2019 and 2020, it is a highly recommended place that anyone wanting to try simple, delicious Japanese cuisine shouldn't pass up.

Please be aware that the restaurant is small and very popular. Once ingredients run out, the restaurant closes. Try arriving as early as possible: you won't regret it!!!

11 - ASAHI SUPER DRY HALL - FIGURE OUT WHAT THE GOLDEN FLAME IS !

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When we come out of Asakua Station and look forwards the Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree, we may notice this strange, gold figure on top of a glittering black building.

This is the Asahi Super Dry Hall, one of the offices of the Asahi Beer Company, and a landmark in the Asakusa area. We're likely see scores of people taking photos of this strange gold object, wondering what it actually is.

This is the Flame d'Or ("Golden Flame") monument, which represents the passion and dedication of the Asahi Beer Company.

12 - OKU ASAKUSA - EXPLORE A LESS - CROWDED, QUAINT NEIGHBORHOOD

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Located just north of Senso-ji Temple, Oku Asakusa, or Deep Asakusa, is known for its charming traditional townscape, shopping streets, and laidback atmosphere. It is lesser-known and therefore less crowded than other places nearby. It is the ideal place for photography, finding homestyle meals, and taking a peaceful walk.

As we stroll down the streets here, look for the machiya-style shops, with long, narrow rooms that go into the back of the store, allowing owners to see when customers enter through the front door. There are also seasonal events and festivals held, like the Oiran Dochu Procession where in-period costumes are won by parade participants. Tori no Ichi is another exciting event. Tori-no-Ichi, where local businesses gather at Otori Shrine in hopes of more.


1430 pm - From Senso-ji Temple - Asakusa Nibankan Apartmen (9 min)
               - Sensoji (walk about 3 min, 220 m)
               -  Tobu - Asakusa Sta.
               - Minami-Senju-Shako ( 3 min, 3 stops, Platform 9)- Train
               - Asakusa - Nanachome (Asakusa 7) walk about 3 min, 220 m
               -  ASAKUSA Nibankan Apartment Hotel (Taito City, Tokyo 111-0024)
              - Yen 210

Rest for 1 hour before sightseeing again for afternoon - night.

1700 pm - Asakusa Nibankan Apartment Hotel - Asakusa Station
1710 pm - Asakusa Station - Shin-Okubo Station, 1 Chrome Hyankuninco,
               - Walk about 2 min, 200 m
               - Ginza Line (Local Shibuya) 7 min ( 4 stops), STOP IC: G19
               - Ueno - Hirokoji Station (Walk about 4 min)
               - Okachimachi Station (Yamanote Line Local For Ueno/ Ikebukuro                      (Counter-Clockwise) 24 min (12 stops) Platform 3, Stop ID: JY04
              - Shin-Okubo Station (1 Chrome Hyakunincho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo                    169-0073 
               - (Cost Yen 390)

AUGUST 29, 2023 (TUESDAY)
2ND DAY

1 - TSUKIJI OUTER MARKET

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Second Day, there will be more places of interest that will be shared as a guide to all. For me it is not difficult to travel solo to Japan by ensuring that every trip is manage without failing. The most important for me is preparation and planning before arriving at any location you want to explore before leaving.

0900 am - Asakusa Station to Tsukiji Outer Market (28 minutes) Train
               - Asakusa Sta (walk about 7 min, 350 m)
               - Asakusa Line (Limited Express Haneda Airport Terminal 1:2)
                 12 min (7 Stops Platform 1, STOP ID: A18)
               - Higashi-ginza Station
                 (Walk about 9 min, 650 m)
               - Tsukiji Outer Market (4 Chome-13 Tsukiji, Chuo City, 
                 Tokyo 104-0045
               - Cost Yen 220



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What is interesting at Tsukiji Outer Market, is about variety of fresh fish-based product are presented. When compared to the Karator Fish Market at Kitakhusyu last time I went during my Seminars it is located inside a large building. But Tsukiji Fresh Fish Market is a row of shops selling fresh products such as fish, shellfish, shrimp, crab, squid, vegetables and more. 

Original Tsukiji Market catered primarily to professionals. That is why items sold there were generally too large for a small family to buy. However, some of the wholesale shops in the market have started retailing high-end merchandise to retail customers and visitors. For example, ready-to-eat sushi meals are now sold in smaller sizes. Even a bite-sized egg roll can be had for those who just want to try it.

The market is most bustling in the morning. Actually many Japanese would even have their breakfast there, So if you want to see the market when it's most alive, head there first thing in the morning!

Tsukiji Outer Market is a district adjacent to the site of the former Tsukiji Wholesale Market. It consists of a few blocks of wholesale and retail shops, as well as restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. Here we can find fresh and processed seafood and produce alongside food-related goods such as knives.

A visit to Tsukiji Outer Market is best combined with a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants. The restaurants are typically open from 5:00 in the morning to around noon or early afternoon. Because most of the fish served and sold at Tsukiji Outer Market is delivered directly from Toyosu Market, this is one of the best places in Tokyo to enjoy fresh seafood.

In addition, small shops selling as ice cream, hot beverages drinks eg coffee or tea and the very popular tokoyaki we can find here. There are many interesting souvenir shops that promise we can share our memories.

I also bought a lot of souvenirs and t-shirts at Tsujiki Outer Market.


2 - TOKYO STATION/TOKYO ART MUSEUM

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Then from Tsukiji Outer Market travel by train to Tokyo station and Tokyo Art Museum.

1200 pm - Tsukiji Fish Market to Tokyo Station / Tokyo Art Museum
               - Walk about 2 min, 140 m
               - Tsukiji - Rokuchome (Tsukiji 6)
               - Tokyo Sta. Marunouchi-Minamiguchi (Marunouchi South Exit)        
                 (11 min (5 stops) Platform 14)
               - Tokyo Kokusai Forum (Tokyo Inter) Walk about 1 min, 100 m
               - Tokyo Station (1 Chome Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
               Cost Yen 210

Tokyo Station also sometimes referred to as Tokyo Central Station, is a railway station in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The original station is located in Chiyoda's Marunouchi business district near the Imperial Palace grounds. The newer Eastern extension is not far from the Ginza commercial district. Due to the large area covered by the station, it is divided into the Marunouchi (west) and Yaesu (east) sides in its directional signage.

Served by the high-speed rail lines of the Shinkasen network, Tokyo Station is the main inter-city rail terminal in Tokyo. It is the busiest station in Japan, with more than 4,000 trains arriving and departing daily, and the fifth-busiest in eastern Japan in terms of passenger throughput, on average, more than 500,000 people use Tokyo Station every day. The station is also served by many regional commuter lines of Japan Railways, as well as the Tokyo Metro network.

3 - TOKYO ART MUSEUM

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Located in the beautiful surrounds of Ueno Park, the museum showcases works by Japanese and foreign artists, featuring exhibitions on everything from calligraphy and woodblock prints to Van Gogh, Gauguin and new wave art.

While there are regular special exhibitions of interest, a lot of the exhibitions are mainly concerned with exhibiting communities of artists, so aside from the special exhibitions the standard is not as high as art museums with permanent collections. It's best to think of it as a very large community gallery.

Entrance is free, but special exhibitions may have a fee.

If you don't have unlimited time in the area and you really want a museum fix, the National Museum of Western Art, The Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Nature and Science are usually a lot more interesting.

1345 PM LUNCH LOVE JAVA

@Jackie San

Enjoying my lunch time at CINTA JAWA Restaurant owned by the Indonesian people who lives in TOKYO Japan. This restaurant is located on the top floor of a building in the middle of TOKYO CITY and not far from TOKYO ART MUSEUM and TOKYO STATION.

The cost per person is actually not very expensive approximately around Yen 1,500/person depending on what your order.
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4 - ZOJO-JI TEMPLE

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Then from Tokyo station and Tokyo Art Museum to Zojo-ji Temple via Train.

1500 pm - Tokyo Station (1 Chome Marunouchi, Chiyoda City) 
                  6 min (3 Stops) Platform 6 (Stop ID: JK 26)
               - Hamamatsucho Station (Walk about 12 min, 950 m)
               -Zojo-ji Temple (4 Chome-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo)
               - COST Yen 170

I would like to share here is a little bit of history about Zoji-ji Temple.

Zoji-ji was founded in 1393 as an orthodox and fundamental nembutsu seminary for Jodo shu in the Kanto (east Japan) region.

Zoji-ji was relocated to the present site in 1598 after Ieyasu Tokugawa, (founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, entered Edo (present-day Tokyo) in 1590 to establish his provincial government. After the start of the Edo period when the Tokugawa shogunate ruled Japan, Zojo-ji became the family temple of the Tokugawa family and an unparalleled grand cathedral was built. Zojo-ji also served as an administrative center to govern the religious studies and activities of Judo shu. In those days, its precincts covered an area of 826, 000 square meters which also contained 48 smaller attached temples and about 150 grammar schools. Moreover, as many as 3,000 priests and novices always resided here as students.

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Nevertheless, as the Tokugawa shogunate came to an end and the Meiji Era started, an anti-Buddhist movement got under way. The cathedral, temples and the mausoleum of the Tokugawa family were burned down by air raids during World Ward II. Thus, Zoji-ji was profoundly affected by political and social circumstances. 
Today, however, its cathedral and other structures have been rebuilt, and Zoji-ji continues to serve as the main temple of Jodo Shu and the central nembutsu seminary for priests and novices. Furthermore, it has endeared itself to the general public as both a grand Buddhist temple typical of the metropolis Tokyo and a hub of religious and cultural activities.

Zojo-ji Treasures Gallery

The first basement floor of the Daiden (Great Hall) houses the Treasures Gallery, an exhibition space completed in 2015. The centerpiece of the gallery is the extraordinarily detailed 1:10 scale model of the Taitokuin Mausoleum, the original burial site of second shogun Tokugawa Hidetada (1579 - 1632). The mausoleum, along with many of Zoji-ji Temple's other structures, was destroyed in the 1945 air raids.


5 - SHIBUYA SKY - SCRAMBLE SQUARE 

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Next I would like to share the beautiful scenario and how beautiful TOKYO CITY from the highest view that I have observed. To scarifies your self here, you need to book early ticket to enjoy the TOKYO CITY from Shibuya Sky - Scramble Square because a lot of visitors and tourists it will make difficult if walk-in to the counter. For that reason, I have booked early tickets and it easier to fulfilled my itinery in TOKYO. The cost for Shibuya Sky - Scramble Square about Yen 2, 200/person.

Actually, Shibuya Sky is an outdoor observation deck on the top of Scramble Square Tower, at the exit of Shibuya Station in Tokyo. Standing 229 meters above sea - level, it offers an exciting new panorama on the surroundings and especially on the famous Shibuya Crossing. The ultra - modern amenities were carefully thought to provide the best experience of admiring the capital from above.

AN OBSERVATORY DIVIDED INTO THREE (3) SPACES
You will have to reach the top floor to discover the highlight of the visit: about 230 meters high, Shibuya Sky Observatory seems to float above the city. The path to the outdoor observation deck was cleverly split into three different zones, with various amenities taking the view on TOKYO to a next level. A delicate task, as expectations were high given the expensive entrance fee.

#1 : THE ENTRANCE THROUGH THE SKY GATE
At Sky Scramble's ground floor, take a lift to the Sky Gate, the first transition level located at the 14th floor, where you will find the booths to buy your tickets. The wide glass panels already provide a great view on trains in the underneath station.

#2 : THE SKY GALLERY'S INDOOR CORRIDOR
You will then line up to go to Sky Gallery, a second area dedicated to the observatory and located on the 46th floor of the tower. While going up, visitors are prepared to reach the sky, in an intersidereal-like voyage rendered by light beams and ceiling built-in screens.

@Jackie San


This second zone is totally indoor, air-conditioned, with large glass panels to enjoy the view under any weather condition. The dark walls emphasize the place's modern and hushed aspects. Visitors can also enjoy services like a small restaurant and a cozy lounge inviting to a peaceful contemplation.

As for the panorama, the view on Shibuya Crossing and its continual traffic and pedestrians ballet is particularly emphasized. In addition, it is possible to circle around the building and have a 360 degree view on Tokyo.

#3 : THE OPEN-AIR PANORAMA AT SKY STAGE
The last space, named Sky Stage, is certainly the most exhilarating of the three, located just above Sky Gallery, on Scramble Square's roof. Viewers are transported by escalators to a 2,500 m2 outdoor panoramic observatory, one of the largest of its kind in Japan. Before that however, it is necessary to leave one's belongings to a Yen 100 (US$0.69) locker room, except for a camera and a wind-proof jacket.

The magic happens as soon as outdoor is reached and a spectacular endless view opens. Well-designed transparent security barriers enhance the feeling of lightness that arises when moving around the platform. One can almost forget the void and the altitude.

A last short escalator brings visitors to the "TOP" of the tower. Observatory amateurs will be pleased by the numerous equipment set to create an unforgettable visit. Among them are: 
  • The "soothing" green of a synthetic lawn, in the middle of the area, also used as a helicopter airstrip. Slightly raising above the rest of the facility, it offers the most unobstructed view;
  • On the eastern side, a cozy corridor, furnished with tables and comfortable sofas, is the ideal place to enjoy the view on Roppongi, Tokyo Tower and the New National Stadium built for TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS. Powerful vertical spotlights illuminate the nightly sky with light beams. And,
  • The Hammock nets on the western façade are the best place to observe the stars whilst comfortably lying down.
The northern and southern sides offer a more conventional view on Shinjuku's wide skyline. On the north-east is a specific arrangement named Sky Edge, where varying colors floor spotlights highlight visitors posing for a picture. People are queuing up to experience a short magical moment in this aerial space.

1630 pm - just walk around 15 min 
               -  Zojo-ji Temple - Shibuya Sky, Shihuya City, Tokyo 150-6145
               - COST TICKET Yen 2, 200/person



6 - SHIBUYA CROSSING

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It will be not acceptable if you don't feel the pleasure of standing in the middle of the road that has four (4) corner of traffic lights with a lots of people on the road at every corner in Shibuya Crossing.

Shibuya Scramble Crossing, commonly known as Shibuya Crossing is a popular pedestrian scramble crossing in Shibuya, Tokyo Japan. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachiko exit and stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. The statue of Hachiko, between the station and the intersection, is a common meeting place, which is almost always crowded.

Three large video screens mounted on nearby buildings overlook the crossing, as well as many static advertising signs. The Starbucks store overlooking the crossing is one of the busiest in the world. Given its heavy traffic and amount of advertising, it is compared to Times Square in New York City and Piccadilly Circus in London.

Shibuya Crossing is the world's busiest pedestrian crossing, with as many as 3,000 people crossing at a time. Tokyo-based architecture professor Shane Flynn has said Shibuya Crossing is " A GREAD EXAMPLE OF WHAT TOKYO DOES BEST WHEN IT'S NOT TRYING".

7 - HACKIKO STATUE IN SHIBUYA
" Japan's Most Popular Meeting Point In The Heart Of Tokyo "

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One of Japan's landmarks, the Hachiko statue in Shibuya is a homage to the faithful Akita dog who waited at Shibuya Station every day for his master, even after his death. Today, it's one of the most popular meeting places in Tokyo.

The Story of Hachiko
Professor Eizaburo Ueno of Tokyo University adopted Hachiko in Akita prefecture in the early 1920s. The two were inseparable, with Hachiko accompanying his master to Shibuya Station each day when the professor would head off to work at Tokyo's Imperial University. The faithful pup would come back to the station each afternoon at 3pm to greet Ueno upon his return. Unfortunately, the professor died in 1925 while at the university and never returned for a final goodbye with his pet. However, the loyal Hachiko continued to visit the station daily until his own death nearly 10 years later. His own death made headlines, and he was cremated and buried next to his beloved owner.

This story became a legend and a small statue was erected in front of Shibuya Station to commemorate Hachiko. This statue is now a typical starting point for anyone visiting Shibuya, and a convenient meeting point for friends and occasionally tour groups. Locals and foreigners are always queuing for photos with the statue, just meters away from Shibuya's popular Scramble Crossing.


AUGUST 30, 2023 (WEDNESDAY)
3RD DAY

For the (3) third day in Tokyo City, I would like to share the next location is to explore the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and the largest Uniqlo in Tokyo City.

0830 am - From Asakusa Nibankan Apartment to Kuramae Station
                 Walk about 10 min, 550 m
               - Kuramae Station (Local For Ryogoku/Daimon
                 31 min (14 Stops) Platform 2 STOP ID: E11
               - Kokuritsu - Kyogijo Station
                 Walk about 3 min, 190 m
               - Japan National Stadium
                  10-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0013
                  COST YEN 280

1 - OLYMPIC SITE

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For history in the making, check out the Olympic sites for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the New National Stadium, the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Nippon Budokan, and Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The National Stadium was used as the main Stadium for the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, and has been rebuilt as a brand new stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Games were held here along with Athletics events and Football matches. After the 2020 games are over, the stadium will be used for sporting and cultural events.

JAPAN OLYMPIC MUSEUM

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Since opening in September 2019, the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo introduced the Japanese Olympic Movement through its immersive multimedia exhibits under the theme of "KNOW, LEARN, CHALLENGE, AND THINK," inviting visitors to experience the "OLYMPIC SPIRIT".

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The Japan Olympic Museum is across the street from the National Stadium in the capital's Meiji Jingu Gaien. It is accessible by train and is a 5-minute walk from exit 3 at Gaienmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line, 10 minutes from exit 2 at Kokuritsu Kyogijo station on the Toei Oedo line, or 12 minutes from Sendagaya or Shinanomachi Stations on the JR Sobu line.

Next moved to Tokyo Sky Tree....

1230 pm - Japan National Stadium
                 10-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0013 (Train)
                  Walk about 7 min, 450m

               - Sendagaya Station
                 Chuo-Sobu Line (LOcal) Local Chiba
                 26 min (10 Stops) Platform 2 Stop ID: JB12

              - Kinshicho Station
                Walk about 6 min
                Hanzomon Line (Local Minami-Kurihashi)
2 min (non-stop) Platform 2 Stop ID:Z13

             - Oshiage Station (SKYTREE)

             - TOKYO SKYTREE
               1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045
               COST YEN 410

2 - TOKYO SKYTREE

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Next I want to share my experience in Tokyo Skytree.

On a clear day, the world's tallest tower offers views for miles and miles in every direction. Not for the faint of heart, but great for thrill-seekers.

This Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "MUSASHI",  a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and was the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with an aquarium is located at its base.

The hightlight of the Tokyo Skytree is its two (2) observation decks which offer spectacular views out over Tokyo. The two (2) enclosed decks are located at heights of 350 m and 450 meters respectively, making them the highest observation decks in Japan. The COST ABOUT YEN 2,000.


3 - TOKYO TOWER

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From Tokyo Skytree I moved to Tokyo Tower...

The Beautiful TOKYO TOWER was completed in 1958 and remains a very popular lookout point. Just a short distance from such well-known districts as Roppongi and Toranomon.

The Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 meters (1, 092 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.

The tower's main sources of income are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower. FootTown, a four-story building directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants, and shops. Departing from there, guests can visit two (2) observation decks. The two-story Main Deck (formerly known as the Main Observatory) is at 150 meters (490 ft), while the smaller Top Deck (formerly known as the "special Observatory") reaches a height of 249.6 meters (819 ft). The names were changed following renovation of the top deck in 2018. The tower is repainted every five years, taking a year to complete the process. The COST YEN 3,000 (Top Deck Tour) and YEN 1,200 (Main Deck).

1830 pm - From Tokyo Skytree to Tokyo Tower (33 min)
               - Tokyo Skytree to Oshiage Station (SKYTREE)
                 Asakusa Line (Rapid-Limited)
                 Express Haneda Airport Terminal 1:2 (19 min - 11 Stops)
                 Platform 1/2 Stop ID:A20

               - Daimon Station
                 Walk About 14 min, 900 m

               - Tokyo Tower
                  4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011
                  COST ABOUT YEN 220

4 - GINZA
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Next about GINZA...

GINZA continues to present TOKYO at its most elegant and luxurious. Come here for the ultimate in shopping and delicious gourmet cuisine.

One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence.

Most shops in the Ginza district are open every day of the week. A visit is most pleasant on weekend afternoons when the central Chuo Dori street is closed to automobile traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. The road closure takes place from noon to 18:00 (until 1700 from October through March).

1930 pm - Off from Tokyo Tower to Ginza (about 9 min and 3.0 km)
                 Tokyo Tower ...
               - Take 301 to 5 in 3 [5 min (1.2 km)]
               - Follow 15 to 5 [7 min (1.6 km)]
               - Continue on drive to in 8 [ 1 min (160 m)]

5 - UNIQLO, TOKYO CHUO CITY, GINZA (BIGGEST)

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I managed to visit the biggest shopping center which is Uniqlo, Tokyo Chuo City, Ginza the biggest shopping mall (UNIQLO) in Japan.

From Asakusa Station (22 minutes)

2000 pm - walk about 3 min, 180 m
                 Tawaramachi Station

                - Ginza Line (Local Shibuya)
                  15 min (9 Stops) Platform 1 Stop ID: G18
               
                - Ginza Staion (Walk About 4 min, 500 m)

                - UNIQLO (104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 3, 
                  Chome-2-1 2 1F - 4F

                  COST YEN 210

6 - ODAIBA

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After UNIQLO, I would like to share about Odaiba and Thing to do ...

ODAIBA offers fascinatingly diverse attractions on a large expanse of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. Recommended for lovers of all ages: an evening bayside stroll, admiring the illuminated Rainbow Bridge.

ODAIBA is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man-made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built in the late Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in response to the gunboat diplomacy of Commodore Perry.

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More than a century later, the small islands were joined into larger islands by massive landfills, and Tokyo began a spectacular development project aimed to turn the islands into a futuristic new city district during the extravagant 1980s. But development was critically slowed after the burst of the " bubble economy " in the early 1990s, leaving Odaiba nearly vacant.

Fuji TV Building

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The headquarters of Fuji Television, one of Japan's private, nationwide TV Stations. You can see some exhibits on popular programs, buy Fuji TV goods at a shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck housed in the sphere shaped part of the building.

Decks Tokyo Beach

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Decks is a shopping mall featuring shops, restaurants and multiple indoor theme parks, including Tokyo Joypolis, Legoland Discovery Center, a Madam Tussauds was museum and a trick art museum.

Aquaticity Odaiba

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Aquaticity is a shopping mall featuring various stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafees and a cinema complex. The fifth floor houses a ramen food theme park where you can try different ramen from all over Japan. There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks.

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

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This shopping, dining and entertainment complex opened in 2012 and features attractions related to the Gundam anime series, including a large, "LIFE - SIZE" Gundam statue in front of the building and Gundam Base Tokyo, a shop dedicated to plastic models.

Rainbow Bridge

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The Rainbow Bridge connects Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo. The two-story bridge is an iconic symbol of the bay and is especially beautiful during its nightly illumination. The bridge supports an expressway, a regular road, the Yurikanome train line and pedestrian walkways.

From Tokyo Tower actually, off to Odaiba, Tokyo.

2030 pm - Tokyo Tower (walk about 12 min, 990m) Train
               - Daimon Station
                 Asakusa Line Access-Tikkyu Narita Airport Terminal 1
                 ( 1 min non-stop, Platform 2 Stop ID: A09 )

              -  Shimbashi Station
                 Walk about 5 min

              - Yurikamome (Local Toyosu)
                18 min (8 Stops) Platform 1/2 Stop ID: U01

             - Telecom Center Station
               Walk about 8 min, 600 m

            - ODAIBA, Tokyo

             COST YEN 570

6 - ANIME ATTRACTIONS

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Ikebukuro, Nakano and Akihabara are among the must-see locations for any fan of anime and manga. Big-Name shops like Animate will have everything you need, but smaller shops also offer quirky souvenirs.

From Odaiba to Akihabara...

Now I moved to Akihabara for anime attractions what should I do and see...

2200 pm - Off to Akihabara from Odaiba ( 51 min using train )
                  Odaiba Tokyo (Walk about 9 min, 600 m)
         
               - Shimbashi Station
                 Walk about 5 min

              - Shimbashi Station
                Yamanote Line (Local For Tokyo/Ueno Counter-Clockwise)
                 9 min ( 4 stops ) Platform 5 Stop ID: JY29

              - Akihabara Station (Walk about 7 min, 550 m)

              - Akihabara, Taiyo City, Tokyo 110-0006
                COST YEN 560

AUGUST 31, 2023 (THURSDAY)
4RD DAY LAST DAY IN TOKYO

For the last day in Tokyo Japan actually not many locations were visited due to chasing time to take my virtual exam (Japanese language class level 2) and prepare to board the plane for the flight from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Kumamoto Airport using a Jetstar.

I satisfied when travel alone this time gives me real satisfaction being in Japan in addition can manage my finances while spending and having fun in Tokyo, Japan.

For last day only Sumida Park River I visit then straight to the airport using train.

1# SUMIDA PARK RIVER

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0900 am - Off to Sumida Park River (Walk about 11 min, 850 m)
      
               - Asakusa Nibankan Apartment Head east (37m)
                 Turn left toward 463 (110m)
                 Turn right onto 463 (pass by Kitakata Ramen Bannai Asakusa the                             left in 500m)
                 Turn left (23m)
                 Turn right (31m)
                 Sharp right (Destination will be on the left) 52m
               - Arrived SUMIDA RIVER, TOKYO
                 
2# LONDON SPORTS HONTEN, 4 CHOME-7-4 UENO

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Go on a hunt for a come-up at London Sports Honten. Like its sister store on Amoyoko, the shop doesn't leave much room to walk around, as boxes and price tags occupy the space. Still, when you dig up gear from the likes of Nike and Adidas at incredibly low prices, you'll understand why the customers here are so serious.

1100 am - Sumda River Ryokudo Park (20 min) by Train
                 2 Chome-6-1 Yokoami, Sumida City, Toyo 130-0015
                 Walk About 5 min (350m)

               - Honjo-Itchome (Honjo 1)
                 Otsuka Station
                 11 min (7 Stops) On time

               - Okachimachi Station
                 Walk About 4 min (280 m)

               - London Sports Honten
                 4 Chome-7-4 Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0005
         
                COST YEN 210

What's interesting here is that necessities such as clothes, sports equipment and jersey are all available and certainly very cheap price.

For me, the running pants I wanted to have already been bought with cheapest price and worth compared to Nike, Puma or Adidas boutiques. Even Arena products should be cheap here too.

Don't miss the opportunity to buy something at London Sports if you visit TOKYO JAPAN.

IT'S WORTH !!!


It's been an interesting for me when travel to Tokyo Japan during Summer Times while studying in Japan for my Doctoral Course.

I hoped what I am sharing my itinery will give some information and guidance's for those who love to travel with lower budget.

I can conclude here the highest of transportation cost compared to the cost of food and drink, shopping and visiting Japan's tourist attractions.
the cost of transportation is very high compared to the cost of eating, drinking, shopping or the cost of visiting Japan's leading tourist centers.

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