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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  • Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Observation Deck: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku, Tokyo


    If you are on the budget trip to Tokyo, Japan but don't intend to spend a lot on getting an entrance ticket to the observation deck at Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower. Then, you should make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District in Tokyo downtown. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a government office tower where the observation decks are open to the public for free. The observation decks provide good panoramic views of Shinjuku skyscrapers, Tokyo downtown and Mount Fuji (on the clear view day).

    In order to ensure the safety of the visitors at the observation decks, all bags are required to be examined by the security services on the ground floor of North Tower and South Tower before riding on the elevator. Tripods, big bags and luggage aren't permitted to be carried to the observation decks thus, please ensure to carry a small bag or backpack during your trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. We carried a small camera bag and backpack during the trip so we didn't encounter problems with the security over there. 

    As we headed to the escalator after security check, we were guided into the escalator by a staff there. The moment before the escalator door closed, the Japanese staff gave a short briefing in Japanese before ended with a bow (Japanese Greetings) to us, which was a real shocking to us. I believed it was a  45-degree angle Japanese bow by the staff, which was the most polite Japanese Greetings Etiquette. As I mentioned before in my earlier post, Japan is well-known for its high hospitality service which also known as "Omotenashi" which ensures customers feel greatly satisfied with attentive care and attention provided by Japanese service industrial from hotels, restaurants, retail companies, supermarkets etc. Anyway, we didn't feel any language barriers as there was another staff in the elevator with us, gave us a translated version in English or Chinese before reaching to the observation deck. 

    How to get there?
    Address:  45F Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 
    Subway:
    Tokyo Metro Nishi-shinjuku Station via the passageway to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings: 10 minutes on foot  
    Admission: FREE ENTRANCE
    Open:  
    North Observatory 9.30am-10:30pm daily, 
    South Observatory 9.30am-5pm daily 
    Closed
    North Observation Deck: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
    South Observation Deck: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 
    Both observatories: December 29 to January 3 (except January 1)


    Heading to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District for a free visit at the observation deck in Tokyo, Japan
    Heading to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District for a free visit at the observation deck in Tokyo, Japan

    A compact and high density of Tokyo downtown from the observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Japan
    A compact and high density of Tokyo downtown from the observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Japan

    Another closer compact and high density of Tokyo city from the observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku
    Another closer compact and high density of Tokyo city from the observation deck at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku

    Look at how compact and high density Tokyo city is from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Japan
    Look at how compact and high density Tokyo city is from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Japan

    Shinjuku Park Tower (235m) & Tokyo Opera City Tower (234m), the skyscrapers in Shinjuku Business District at observation deck in Tokyo
    Shinjuku Park Tower (235m) & Tokyo Opera City Tower (234m), the skyscrapers in Shinjuku Business District at observation deck in Tokyo

    Shinjuku Park Tower and Tokyo Opera City Tower can be seen at observation deck, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo
    Shinjuku Park Tower and Tokyo Opera City Tower can be seen at observation deck, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Shinjuku Sumitomo, Shinjuku Mitsui and Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower at the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Japan
    Shinjuku Sumitomo, Shinjuku Mitsui and Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower at the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Japan

    Shinjuku skyscrapers at the business district from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo, Japan
    Shinjuku skyscrapers at the business district from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo, Japan

    The model of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building can be seen at its observation deck in Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan
    The model of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building can be seen at its observation deck in Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo Skytree tower can be seen from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan
    Tokyo Skytree tower can be seen from the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo Tower can be seen at the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan
    Tokyo Tower can be seen at the observation deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku Business District of Tokyo, Japan

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  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Shinjuku Skyscraper & Kabukicho in Tokyo, Japan


    Planning for a budget accommodation during the trip to Tokyo, Japan wasn't an easy task as we had to consider a few criteria such as
    • Location - how far the distance from the hotel to attraction places in Tokyo
    • Convenience - how far to get to the subway (train) station
    • Hotel budget - looking for an affordable budget stay
    • Entertainment - Preferably to stay within the food alleys and shopping areas which open until late at night.
    We were recommended to stay at the budget hotel at Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan. The hotel room and bathroom are small but the hotel location is very convenient as it was situated in Kabukicho. Kabukicho is the location of many hosts' and hostess' clubs, love hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and shopping malls which operate until late at night. We weren't bothered and concerned about the activities of the red-light district as it was safe to walk around since this industry had been legalized in Japan. Apart from that, it is a short walking distance of 5 minutes from the hotel to Shinjuku station.


    Welcome to Shinjuku city after a long ride from Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan
    Welcome to Shinjuku city after a long ride from Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan

    Crossing on the pedestrian crossing when the pedestrian light turns green is mainly practised by Japanese on the road safety etiquette in Japan
    Crossing on the pedestrian crossing when the pedestrian light turns green is mainly practised by Japanese on the road safety etiquette in Japan

    Standing at the border between Skyscraper District and Kabukicho of Shinjuku City in Tokyo, Japan
    Standing at the border between Skyscraper District and Kabukicho of Shinjuku City in Tokyo, Japan

    Amazed with cocoon design which belongs to Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, a 50-story educational facility located within Shinjuku Skyscrapers Business District in Tokyo, Japan
    Amazed with cocoon design which belongs to Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, a 50-story educational facility located within Shinjuku Skyscrapers Business District in Tokyo, Japan

    Queuing in a line and turning your mobile into silent mode before getting onto a train or a subway is the basic rules of train etiquette (manners) in Japan
    Queuing in a line and turning your mobile into silent mode before getting onto a train or a subway is the basic rules of train etiquette (manners) in Japan

    Reasonable prices of Japanese food can be found at small outlets (restaurants) in a train station or along the narrow alley in Japan
    Reasonable prices of Japanese food can be found at small outlets (restaurants) in a train station or along the narrow alley in Japan

    There are many crowds of people heading for dinner or home at Kabukicho, Shinjuku city which is surrounded by entertainment, food and shopping mall in Tokyo, Japan
    There are many crowds of people heading for dinner or home at Kabukicho, Shinjuku city which is surrounded by entertainment, food and shopping mall in Tokyo, Japan

    Look at these pedestrian lines crossing which guide the pedestrians to cross horizontally, vertically or diagonally once the pedestrian light turns green in Japan
    Look at these pedestrian lines crossing which guide the pedestrians to cross horizontally, vertically or diagonally once the pedestrian light turns green in Japan

    Walking along Kabukicho of Shinjuku city which is surrounded by shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment in Tokyo, Japan
    Walking along Kabukicho of Shinjuku city which is surrounded by shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment in Tokyo, Japan

    Busy night traffic with crowded people at Shinjuku city (Kabukicho) of Tokyo, Japan
    Busy night traffic with crowded people at Shinjuku city (Kabukicho) of Tokyo, Japan

    Popular Robot Restaurant with crowded customers at Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan
    Popular Robot Restaurant at Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan

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