Tokyo Trip (Sakura Season)

Japan, North Asia

Another throwback of my Tokyo trip with my bae to see the amazing cherry blossoms back in 2015.

We visited quite a number of places for hanami spots – Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Yoyogi Park, Chidorigafuchi Park, Inokashira Park.

Ueno Park has got to be the most popular place to go – a few steps from Ueno station, featuring more than 1000 trees lining along the street.

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We went Chidorigafuchi to row a boat in the river, with sakura trees lining the river bank. It was a memorable experience.

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Shinjuku Gyoen Park was not a letdown – another sakura galore! After a while, most of our photos actually look the same..

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Inokashira Park was filled with swan rides and created a dreamy feel to it.

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Of course, what is Tokyo without some nice sushi and sashimi? We went to Katsu Midori Seibu Shibuya while meeting up with our friend Martin.

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We went on for a day trip to Hakone as well, where we saw the majestic Mount Fuji.

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We got lost somehow at Roppongi and chanced upon this night illumination!

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We took a lot of photos but my camera was dropped at Disneyland.. need to dig out more photos from my memory card. Till then, enjoy sakura to those who are in Tokyo now!

Wanderlust,

Salseralove

Osaka, Kyoto, Nara Trip (Sakura)

Japan, Southeast Asia

I know sakura season is all the rage now which I believe everyone is flocking there now to catch the beautiful cherry blossoms. Reminds me of my solo trip to Osaka/Kyoto/Nara back in 2013. Just had to jot this down and chronicled  this somehow for future reference, if I’m going back there soon.

I took China Eastern airlines and stayed in New Osaka Hotel (Shin Osaka Station) and given a choice now, I prolly wouldn’t take the same airline and stay at the same hotel. LOL.

First day, I alighted at Osaka Station and made it to Osaka Castle.

Next, at Sakuranomiya station, the lovely blossoms were located along the bank of river at Kema Sakuranomiya Park.

Of course, the trip would not be complete without Kyoto. Nijo Castle was beautiful.

Arashiyama Park is another important sight-seeing place in Kyoto but I didn’t manage to see the full glory of the bamboo grove.

I managed to squeeze in a day trip to Nara to catch a glimpse of those adorable deers!

Still remembered I went to this Maruyama Park next to Yasaka Shrine. It’s well-known as a main center for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto, and can get extremely crowded at that time of year. The park’s star attraction is a weeping cherry tree which becomes lit up at night.

Last but not least, USJ was the final stop for me then.

Wonder when will I be back to Japan?…

Wanderlust,

Salseralove

Tokyo Autumn Trip Part 3 (Final)

Japan, North Asia

Atlas, the final part of our Toyko autumn trip.

Yoyogi Park really offered a spectacular spot of viewing their fall foliage. But before that, it is refuel time with our all-time favourite – sushi! It is located at another exit of Shibuya station and we walked a good 10 minutes from our hotel to this place. But it was worth every step because it was good and so affordable! Highly recommended for lunch as they have awesome promo prices.

 

Miso soup with crab at only 100 yen. Which is like SGD2?

 

 

The shop name and shop front for those who wants to try this.

 

 

 

After this sumptuous meal, yoyogi park it is. It is slightly beyond peak but still managed to spot some beautiful sights in this place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thereafter, our last pit stop was Shinjuku Park. More myriads of colours. By then, we couldn’t feel our feet anymore haha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After getting our shopping loots – Colors by Jennifer Sky, we settled for the nearest cafe. Literally just beside the bag store. This Mr Farmer place offers healthy meals as you can see, with floral decor that instantly makes you feel so at peace.

 

 


And what were we doing at Harajuku? Of course we’ve got it all planned out. you gotta try Red Rock Roast Beef Bowl! We were there ard 5pm and we managed to beat the crowd.


 And though I was so full, I managed to squeeze in this Pablo cheesetart. 🙂

Next up, our favourite activity when we were young and free – Neoprint time!

 

 


View from Loccitane cafe but I would go for Starbucks anytime instead. Last meal before we head home – Ippudo! It was just average to me somehow.

 

 

Along the way, we chanced upon this dessert store named Ouca. Awesome combination of flavours! We chose sweet potato and roasted version and also the classic green tea.

 

 

My humble makeup loots! Till then, It’s amazing to have that travel buddy who’s also your BFF. I’m one lucky girl to be able to enjoy and share this experience with her. From BKK to Tokyo, and onward to our next BIG adventure, that neither one of us believe we are gg to!

XOXO

Tokyo Autumn Trip Part 2

Japan, North Asia

So here goes part 2 of my Japan trip… Have been so caught up with 2017.

We walked quite abit of distance before reaching Streames Coffee Company, situated at the other side of Shibuya. This Seattle style cafe is run by a Champion latte artist named Hiroshi Sawada. It is located right at the end of a small street and there’s few people in the morning. We tried their signature drink military coffee and latte. Price-wise, it is on the pricier end which is equivalent to SGD10 per cuppa. The coffee is one of the smoothest I have ever tasted. Highly recommended.

Steamer Coffee Company, 1-20-18 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 6427 3705

 

 

We then proceeded with our plan and headed to Showa Memorial Park. Was hoping to see abundance of Gingko leaves lining up awaiting our visit and after a long journey and 20 minutes of walking, were we disappointed with what we see. But since we were there already, we just explored the park anyways and still caught few beautiful sights here and there.

Bare leaves, beyond peak.

 

 

 

 

Who would you sit here with?

So we grabbed a quick bite at the train station before we raced against time to catch Ginko leaves at Meiji Gingu Gaien, as it was close to 2pm. (Dusk tends to settle around 4pm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole stretch of restaurants were packed and we settled with Shake Shack for latte. Yes we are caffeine addicts! While the BFF heads off for her boyband concert, I went on to explore night illumination at Gotanda station and it was a beautiful sight on its own. Thereafter, had Sushizanmai at Shibuya outlet and boy, were there so many fellow Singaporeans there! Personally I feel the food is good but pricey.

 

 

 

 

 

Ended the night with Oden after salsa social!

The next day, we headed to Rikugien Garden to soak in the sun and admire maple leaves!

 

Their limited edition Baked Apple Drink was sweet but not too overwhelming.

 

#OOTD 🙂

 

The lovely entrance sight that greeted us… what a contrast with Showa’s entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vibrancy of colours.

 

 

 

 

 

Ho Mia Ducks (Good Life Ducks)

 

Chilling at this tea house while waiting for night illumination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thereafter, I headed to Shinjuku area for good coffee and Baked cheese tart. I chanced upon this hip and modern Blue Bottle Coffee Aoyama Cafe. So cool to see the baristas in action in front of you. Their humble Baked cheese tart is located at a small corner in Shinjuku station, in which I initially walked past and my inner sense guided me back to Baked cheese tart. haha.

 

 

 

No queue at all

 

Located at the entrance of Shibuya alley (Just beside Starbucks), Gyu Shige Yakiniku is a great place for meat lovers. Tried their Genki Kalbi and Sakura Yukhoe (Horse meat), which tasted sweet and awesome. 🙂

 

 

That’s all folks. Part 3 coming up soon!
Danceoff,
Salseralove

Tokyo in Autumn Part 1

Japan, North Asia

Back from a wonderful Tokyo trip.. I finally had a good experience of witnessing Japan in autumn instead of spring. Though I have been sick since Day 1 of my trip (yes it sucks) but it has not decreased the fun of it. The sole purpose of the trip is to travel with my BFF and to catch those pretty and awesome Gingko and Maple leaves. I would say having witness Japan in spring and autumn, both sakura and autumn leaves were pretty. Both has its own unique beauty which is captivating. So glad I have my BFF with me. 🙂

For those who have asked me which device did I use to take these photos, I was only using my newly-bought Xiaomi Redmi 3s! Which totally exceeded my expectations.

The start of the trip was awesome. Received a call from airline that my flight was overbooked and they wanted me to change to an earlier flight with $400 cash compensation on the spot! omg… imagine my joy!

BFF and I stayed at this hotel – Granbell Shibuya and it was a good choice. There were abundant food choices, 5 minutes away from Shibuya crossing… what more can I ask?

First meal would be this beef tongue meal which cost only 1000 yen! I then headed to Harajuku for sightseeing and a mission to try Luke Lobster.

 

Beef tongue set
The sight that greeted me at Harajuku
Entrance of Harajuku

 

Caught this amazing sight of Gingko!

Found this Luke Lobster some distance from Harajuku and there was a long queue. However, it only took me 25 minutes to get my paws on the lobster roll! It cost only 900 yen for their regular lobster roll.

 

 

Look at the chunky meat!

Dinner time was meet-up with my fellow Japanese colleague and she brought me to this amazing place beside Shibuya Starbucks (Seibu building) which is located at Level 8. Picture below only shows round 1 of our order! :p

 

 

Second day, it was another mission to go to the famous Midori Sushi at Shibuya Mark City. Though it states that the operating hours start from 11am, there was a long queue at that time already! Total damage was only around 25sgd.

 

Waited 1 hour.. can’t wait for my turn!
That fatty tuna is the bomb

 

9 slices of sashimi down my stomach within minutes!

Second day was a trip to Asakusa! So glad we reserve this kimono package which include a good selection of kimono to choose and includes hair styling as well. We soon became a ‘tourist attraction’ as well when we start getting photo taking requests.  

BFF and I

 

Second half of the day would be a visit to the sea aquarium, which coincides with an art gallery. The jellyfish is so cute and just staring at it made me feel at ease.

 

 

 

That’s all for today… shall continue part 2 soon. 🙂