Category: Tokyo

Ichiran Ramen Shinjuku

Ichiran Ramen Shinjuku

 

Ichiran Ramen is one of the more popular ramen chains in Japan. They specialize in tonkotsu ramen which is ramen with a soup base of pork bones broth. Tonkotsu ramen originates in the Fukuoka region of Japan. Ichiran ramen began with a single store but started to expand into more in 1993. They also have a lot of overseas location in the US and Asia. According to their website, they originated the Original Spicy Red Sauce, Aromatic Tonkotsu Broth, Solo Dining Booth, Order Form
and Kae-Dama Ordering System.

 
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Maidreamin Shinjuku

Maidreamin Shinjuku

 

We were in Shunjuku in the late afternoon and were just walking around and we saw a girl in a costume carrying a sign advertising their “Maid Cafe” and the direction pointing towards the alley. We passed by it and walked some more and we thought a while later that we might as well check it out. It would be another unique Japan experience for this trip.

 
 

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Mario Kart Tokyo

Mario Kart Tokyo

Karting around Tokyo in our Marion costumes was by far the best experience we had on this trip. It was amazing to drive around the streets of Tokyo. If you are a fan of Mario Brothers like we were growing up, then this is an experience to remember. It was fun and exhilarating. People also constantly took pictures of us and especially kids would wave at us when they saw us. That was enjoyable to experience. Our Mario Kart Tokyo experience was courtesy of a company called Maricar. They have several offices in Tokyo and you can choose on a range of itinerary, area and time.

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Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

On our first night in Tokyo, we did not have much time as we arrived at the Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo in the afternoon. We settled and rested for a bit and after, we decided to explore a part of Tokyo at night and have dinner as well. We took the subway from Tamachi station and stopped at Shibuya

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Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo

Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo

 

Tokyo is known for small spaces specially with hotels on a budget. We were looking for hotels to book for this trip. We were attracted particularly with this Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo because of the size. It was a bit larger than regular Japanese hotel rooms but not by much. We saw the pictures online and it looked roomier than in actual life. We also chose it because the location was good. They have many hotels in Tokyo and we stayed in the Tamachi branch. Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo also included breakfast.
 
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Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo

Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo

 

I have traveled to Japan three times before but this is the first time that I have tried the bullet train or Shinkansen in Japanese. For this trip, it was a must do experience on our list. One of the many firsts I’ve done on this Japan itinerary which mainly visited Osaka and Tokyo. The bullet trains on this route are aplenty. There are even three different kinds you can choose from. We went with the fastest one since YOLO! Haha. What we didn’t realize when we were planning the trips was it was golden week. On on a normal day, you have no problem buying tickets from the day itself but since it was golden week, I opted to buy tickets online to make sure we get to Tokyo in time and on that day. Our tickets can only be bought the week before by the agency so we opted for them to be mailed at the hotel in Osaka. We had no problem receiving them on time. Same with our pocket wifi.
 

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8 Days Japan Itinerary

8 Days Japan Itinerary

Our 8 days Japan Itinerary was full of amazing experiences. It was the schatje’s first trip to Japan and my fourth. 90 percent of what we did was also new to me despite having been there before. It just means that Japan has a lot to offer. I divided the trip into two parts, around Osaka and Tokyo. We also wanted to ride the Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo which takes 2.5 hours, also a first for me. It was expensive but definitely an experience. This is the schatje’s second foray into Asia after the Philippines. I thought it was a really nice place to explore for in Asia. We plan to visit at least one other Asian country whenever we go to the Philippines. It was also made possible with the good flight deal we had with Finnair and Cebu Pacific to the Philippines

 

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Harajuku Crepes

 

Harajuku is known not only for having the latest fashion in Japan but also for crepes. On Takeshita Street, you will see a few of these stores. My cousin said that there was a more popular store of Harajuku crepes towards the middle of the street but we tried this one near the station. It’s called Sweetbox.

 

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Airbnb accommodation near Harajuku

Airbnb accommodation near Harajuku

 

I was dreading to book a place in Tokyo since I know it would cost a bit more than other places in Japan. Our accommodations on this trip have been relatively the same on budget – 3000 pesos a night for a triple room. So, 1000 pesos budget per person. I was looking for something around this price range and I was glad I found an airbnb accommodation in Harajuku. I also got a discount since I signed up for a new account and this is actually my first experience booking on airbnb. I inquired about a few places. I also showed my cousin the places I was looking at and coincidentally, she has stayed at one of the place a specific property manager was managing so we went with that one.

 

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Our Winter Japan Trip Itinerary

Our Winter Japan Trip Itinerary

 

When there’s a Japan seat sale at Cebu Pacific, my heart always skips a beat. Usually when I go to a place the second time, it’s not as amazing as the first time. Japan however, does not disappoint. We went to about 7 cities/towns. It was my dream to see Shirakawa-go and I finally did! It was not cheap but I think it was worth it since It would probably be hard to go back during the winter and this is the time Shirakawa-go really shines. I don’t mind coming back to this beautiful country whenever I can afford it or live there if I ever get the chance. Haha.

 

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