Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tokyo Station & Tokyo Tower, Japan


When you are feeling hungry and running out of ideas to find a good place to dine, you can take a ride to Tokyo Station. Tokyo Station is a 100 year old historical building and the busiest station in Japan which connects you to Tokyo Metro Network and Japan Railways (also known as JR for the high speed trains). Tokyo Station is located in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan and also near the Imperial Palace as well as Ginza commercial district. This is a perfect blend between the Western architecture design which is surrounded by the traditional Japanese buildings.

You will be fascinated by the historical building of a 100 year old Tokyo Station. You can take as many photographs of the exterior building of Tokyo Station within the designated areas which are surrounded by guard rails. You can also take photographs of Marunouchi skyscrapers after crossing the main street from Tokyo Station.

Tokyo Station is another recommended place to eat in Tokyo, Japan. You can find various kinds of food served at small restaurants located at Kitchen Street in Tokyo Station. The prices can be either at reasonable costs or expensive, depending on your needs.  

A panaromic view of historical Tokyo Station within Marunouchi district in Tokyo, Japan
A panaromic view of historical Tokyo Station within Marunouchi district in Tokyo, Japan

A 100 years old Tokyo Station is the busiest station in Japan, with Tokyo Metro and Tokaido Shinkansen (JR high-speed bullet train) lines
A 100 years old Tokyo Station is the busiest station in Japan, with Tokyo Metro and Tokaido Shinkansen (JR high-speed bullet train) lines

The authorities designed a wider pedestrian lane surrounded by guard rails at Tokyo Station,   preventing them from running over by vehicles in Japan
The authorities designed a wider pedestrian lane surrounded by guard rails at Tokyo Station,   preventing them from running over by vehicles in Japan

The architecture of Tokyo Station symbolizes the country's modernization and is surrounded by sky scrapers in within Marunouchi in Tokyo, Japan
The architecture of Tokyo Station symbolizes the country's modernization and is surrounded by sky scrapers in within Marunouchi in Tokyo, Japan

Walking to the other end of Tokyo Station which is quieter than the main operation side of Tokyo Station with trains coming from Tokyo Metro and JR lines in Japan
Walking to the other end of Tokyo Station which is quieter than the main operation side of Tokyo Station with trains coming from Tokyo Metro and JR lines in Japan

The busiest Tokyo Station dealing with trains coming from Tokyo Metro and Tokaido Shinkansen (JR high speed bullet train) lines in Tokyo, Japan
The busiest Tokyo Station dealing with trains coming from Tokyo Metro and Tokaido Shinkansen (JR high speed bullet train) lines in Tokyo, Japan

I was fascinated to Japanese Culture as everything is designed in an order and systematic which is easy for us to abide like traffic and escalator rules in Japan
I was fascinated to Japanese Culture as everything is designed in an order and systematic which is easy for us to abide like traffic and escalator rules in Japan

My favourite Tulips exhibition outside of Tokyo Station in Japan
My favourite Tulips exhibition outside of Tokyo Station in Japan

Affordable restaurants and food stalls within Kitchen Street at Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan
Affordable restaurants and food stalls within Kitchen Street at Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan

Restaurants ensure customers enjoy their privacy and comfort during their meals by placing a divider on the table while sharing the table besides hanging your coat in front of your table in Tokyo, Japan
Restaurants ensure customers enjoy their privacy and comfort during their meals by placing a divider on the table while sharing the table besides hanging your coat in front of your table in Tokyo, Japan

And, these are some night photos of Tokyo Tower before heading back to our hotel. Tickets to the main observatory decks of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree can be rather quite expensive if you are on budget trip to Japan. Well, there is an alternative way to visit the observatory deck for free, at the Government buildings such as Observation Deck: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku, Tokyo.


On the way to Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan
On the way to Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan

Walking up the hill as we were heading towards Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan
Walking up the hill as we were heading towards Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan

Close up with Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan
Close up with Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan

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  • Saturday, December 6, 2014

    Akihabara Anime, Manga and Maid Cafe in Tokyo, Japan


    We are heading to Akihabara after our lunch meals at Shibuya. Akihabara is located in the central district of Tokyo, which is a popular place for Japan's otaku (male nerds) who are obsessive with anime, manga, video games and computer goods (as well computer parts too). I am not an otakus (the term for female otaku) but I am curious to explore some of the stores at Akihabara.
    Beside that, there are many interesting Maid cafes or Cosplay restaurants at Akihabara district. Due to my limited time at Akihabara, I don't get the opportunity to experience at a maid cafe or cosplay restaurant. It is not difficult to search for a maid cafe as there are many pretty maids standing and distributing leaflets, to promote their maid cafes nearby Akihabara Station. As when you step into the maid cafe, the maids will bow and greet customers in friendly mode besides offering them towels and menus as well as exchanging some basic interactions. This is  strictly clean service as customers have to obey the basic etiquette and rules when patronizing a maid cafe. Customers are forbidden to touch and take pictures of the maids, asking for their personal contacts and staking their privacy. 

    It is highly recommended to get to Akihabara Station by riding on JR Yamanote (the Green Metro Train which runs in a loop in Tokyo city.) JR Yamanote connects you to popular districts of Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Tokyo Station, Ueno and Ikebukuro without changing the trains at a short distance of traveling.


    Arriving Akihabara at the train station in Tokyo, Japan
    Arriving Akihabara at the train station in Tokyo, Japan

    Pretty maids promote maid cafes at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan
    Pretty maids promote maid cafes at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan

    Famous Labi and Sega stores at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan
    Famous Labi and Sega stores at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan

    Akihabara is popular for video games, manga, anime and computer goods in Tokyo, Japan
    Akihabara is popular for video games, manga, anime and computer goods in Tokyo, Japan

    One of the maid cafes can be seen nearby Akihabara Station in Tokyo, Japan
    One of the maid cafes can be seen nearby Akihabara Station in Tokyo, Japan

    You can find anime, manga, video games and computer goods along Akihabara streets in Tokyo, Japan
    You can find anime, manga, video games and computer goods along Akihabara streets in Tokyo, Japan

    A popular Sofmap is selling all kinds of anime, manga and video games at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan
    A popular Sofmap is selling all kinds of anime, manga and video games at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan

    There are rows of anime, manga, video games and computer goods along Akihabara Electric Town in Tokyo, Japan
    There are rows of anime, manga, video games and computer goods along Akihabara Electric Town in Tokyo, Japan

    An interesting softdrink dispenser machine with co-sponsor by Sega at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan
    An interesting softdrink dispenser machine with co-sponsor by Sega at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan

    A shop sells anime and manga at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan
    A shop sells anime and manga at Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan

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  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Hachiko Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan


    Shibuya is one of the most popular cities to visit in Tokyo, Japan. Tourists and the locals visit Shibuya for a few reasons such as shopping for fashion, entertainment and taking photos of the popular large intersection of pedestrian crossing in front of Shibuya Station which is normally seen on Japanese dramas and movies. Apart from that, visitors also take selfie photos with Hachiko statue, a popular landmark attraction outside of Shibuya Station.

    There are many shopping malls and boutique stores around Shibuya. Shibuya 109 is a fashion shopping complex, targeting at young shoppers while there are some high-end shopping malls such as Shibuya Mark City, Shibuya Hikarie and some leading shopping malls from Marui department store to Parco department store. Beside that, there are many restaurants, bars and entertainment located along Center Gai. Center Gai is situated across the street, after crossing the main intersection of pedestrian crossing as when you walk out of Shibuya Station.

    Overcrowded Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan
    Overcrowded Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan

    Shibuya Sakuragicho old train converted as a museum outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan
    Shibuya Sakuragicho old train converted as a museum outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan

    Visitors are able to see the old days and the current days of Shibuya on  Sakuragicho Museum Train, outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan
    Visitors are able to see the old days and the current days of Shibuya on  Sakuragicho Museum Train, outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan

    I was excited getting the Shibuya stamping at Shibuya Sakuragicho Museum, outside of Shibuya Station of Tokyo, Japan
    I was excited getting the Shibuya stamping at Shibuya Sakuragicho Museum, outside of Shibuya Station of Tokyo, Japan

    The famous Hachiko statue in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan
    The famous Hachiko statue in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan

    Heading to Shibuya famous pedestrian crossing in dramas and movies, outside of Shibuya Station of Tokyo, Japan
    Heading to Shibuya famous pedestrian crossing in dramas and movies, outside of Shibuya Station of Tokyo, Japan

    It was the moment of pedestrian crossing at the large intersection in front of Shibuya Station of Tokyo, Japan
    It was the moment of pedestrian crossing at the large intersection in front of Shibuya Station of Tokyo, Japan

    Shibuya 109 mall on the far left while Center Gai is situated on the right which is popular with stores, boutiques, restaurants and bars in Tokyo, Japan
    Shibuya 109 mall on the far left while Center Gai is situated on the right which is popular with stores, boutiques, restaurants and bars in Tokyo, Japan

    A lot of restaurants and boutique stores are located at Center Gai in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    A lot of restaurants and boutique stores are located at Center Gai in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    There are many cafes, restaurants and boutique stores along Center Gai in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    There are many cafes, restaurants and boutique stores along Center Gai in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    Returning to Shibuya Station from Center Gai in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    Returning to Shibuya Station from Center Gai in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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