1 Week in Japan

Incheon Airport

I arrived 3 hours before my flight and this was the line for checking in!

Tradional Korean performance while waiting for my plane

Airport is huge!

Kimbap (김밥) before I board the plane. United Airlines gave a sandwich for lunch as the flight was only 2 hours. But Korean Air gave a proper meal when I flew the same route last year!

My Plane

"Economy Plus" seat. So much leg room. The benefit of being one of the last ones to check in, no more normal seats left

2 hours later.. Narita Airport!

Narita Sky Express train. This is what most of the subway trains look like

Hotel Kawase. My place in Asakusa. It took around 90 minutes to get here from Narita (direct train to Asakusa station)

My "Capsule" on the bottom. Quite spacious, a little old, clean, had my own locker, very cheap, not bad, but 6 nights in that was enough i think!

Decided to walk around the area for the rest of the night. Kaminarimon Gate. This was a 2 minute walk from my place

Walk through the gate and you enter Nakamise Shopping Street. Souvenir shops, Japanese sweets, food and other small shops

At the end of that walkway you see this. Hozomon Gate

Hi (:

Sensoji Temple on the right. They give the buildings a nice orange light before it gets dark, looks nice! Once it's late, they change it to white lights, not as nice

Asakusajinja Shrine in the back

Tokyo Sky Tree in the middle (the tallest building in Japan, 634m!)

Sensoji Temple. Main Hall (Hondo)

Five-storied Pagoda

Sensoji Temple Main Hall

View from the other side

So peaceful

Five-storied Pagoda and Hozomon Gate

Walking back through Nakamise Shopping Street

Guard inside the Kaminarimon Gate

One of the shops in Nakamise Street. Need a sword or a gun?

Looking for dinner in Asakusa

Yoshinoya for dinner! Japanese fast food restaurant

Not bad for Fast Food!

Walking back to the hotel. Asakusa at night

Late at Kaminarimon Gate

Shelter..

The next day. Inside a subway. People are always sleeping

Sushi Train for lunch with two international students from KAIST. Met them in my hotel, so random! They were in Tokyo for the Korean long weekend

Yum!

Visited Akihabara after sushi

Electronic stores everywhere! Anything electronic you can find in Akihabara

They also have everything for Japanese comics, anime, manga, toys and figurines. It really is a place you only see in Japan

You can also find levels of game shops and maid cafes

After Akihabara I walked around Asakusa. That golden object on the right is the building for Asahi Breweries. Tokyo Sky Tree hidden on the left

Asakusa with light

I wanted to see Sensoji Temple again but during the day. Nakamise Shopping Street

Race Cake?

Swords and guns again?

Walking around the temple

End of Nakamise Shopping Street

Five-storied Pagoda and Hozomon Gate. With light

Main Hall

Sensoji Temple. People Pray

Temple Smoke

Streets of Asakusa

Back streets in the early evening

This building wasn't straight. Effect of an earthquake?

Dinner in Asakusa. The pictures show the restaurant's menu. Each dish has a number that goes along with it (foreigner friendly!). Choose one you like and remember the number

Insert your money. Find that number on the machine and press the button. A ticket will pop out the bottom. Hand the ticket to the counter and wait for 5 minutes or so

Food is ready! That cost 500 Yen (~$6)

Japanese Style

The next day I visited Shibuya. In Japan there are Smoking Areas, if you need to smoke, smoke there!

The famous Shibuya crossing

Bright Lights, Bigger City!

Nice wheels on this taxi

J-Pop girl group?

Interesting building above the Disney Store

Streets of Shibuya. People everywhere!

So many people!

Shibuya 109. Shopping heaven for the girls!

Shibuya at night, so bright!

People lining up for the bus. Everywhere and everything in Japan, you need to line up and stay in the line! Subways, buses, going up escalators, there's always a line!

Nice artwork on that building

Cadillac bike?

Mini bus (they have normal size buses in Japan too). Japan's "cute" culture

Starbucks view of Shibuya crossing. Lights turned green!

Always busy! If this was an hour or two earlier, it would probably be twice as full

Full view of Shibuya crossing

Back at Asakusa

Nice place to stay. Famous temple around the corner, direct train to and from Narita Airport, easy subway access to all the main areas in Tokyo

Breakfast in this place again. Cheap, filling and fast!

Breakfast. Mix the egg with the sauce. Pour into the rice bowl. I think that's what the chef was trying to show me?

After breakfast, I was on my way to Ueno Park. Asakusa subway station (Ginza Line; so many different lines in Tokyo but still so efficient!). To buy a ticket; on the big subway maps above the ticket machines, each station has the price shown next to the name (the further away from your station, the more expensive), insert your money and select the price on the screen (or the other way around, both work), and then you have your ticket

Nice artwork inside the subway station

Ueno Station

Walking towards the park, looking back towards the station

Why walk forwards when you can walk backwards?

Water cleaning

Clean your left hand, clean your right hand, rinse your mouth and then rinse the cup

Prayers

Lanterns

Shrine Gate

On the way to a shrine

More lanterns

Pagoda and some lanterns

Copper Lanterns. There are 50 in total used for purification and sacred fires when performing religious ceremonies

Toshogu Shrine under construction. Looked real from a distance!

Obake-Doro (Monstor Stone Lantern). 6 metres high!

Imagine this filled with cherry blossoms

Filming something at Ueno Park

Would look really nice in April!

Torii gates

Honda Today? Honda Everyday!

Honda Today

Some cherry blossoms on the left?

There's also lakes in the park

Cleaners at work

The other lake in Ueno Park

The bird feeder. Birds were were just flying onto his hand

Walking back to Ueno station. I think that man was posing for the camera. The street crossing light was green for 5 seconds. He just stood there, I took the photo, I started walking, then he finally started walking

BOSS drinks

Streets of Ueno

Back to Ueno station

Cigarette vending machines

After Ueno Park I caught the train to visit Meiji Jingu

I needed to transfer subway lines. This station had safety barriers

Inside the train. If you stand in the first carriage, you can get a view of the driver and also the driver's view. There's not much to see though, just a dark tunnel

Inside the train

Torii (Shrine Gate)

Bamboo forest

On my way to the main shrine area

So quiet and relaxing. Not for me though, I was walking everywhere everyday!

Spot the turtles. There are three

Torii before the main area

Need a clean?

Need to say a prayer?

Main area of Meiji Jingu

Main Shrine Building

Say a prayer here

Meiji Jingu Main Building Shrine

Meiji Jingu main area

Leaving the Meiji main area and walking towards Harajuku station

Bye bye

History of Meiji Jingu

Wine barrels from France

Barrels of sake wrapped in straw

Leaving Meiji Jingu. Very wide path

The exit is just there and Harajuku station around the corner

Harajuku Station

Not everyday you see the fire brigade down Takeshita Street (famous shopping street in Harajuku)

Fire fighters go!

I didn't spend a lot of time in Harajuku that afternoon, went straight to Shinjuku

A watch shop in Shinjuku. Levels of watches!

Shinjuku is Japan's busiest station.. there really was a lot of people!

In Japan, people ride bicycles everywhere. You see them riding their bikes while carrying their shopping, if it's raining they carry an umbrella in one hand or sometimes they even have umbrella stands connected to their bikes

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (North Tower) 45th floor

There is no fee for this observatory and you can also get a view from the south building

West side of Shinjuku station

Walking to the east side. The station is surrounded by big department stores, left, right and on top

Big Screens

A street away from the station. The east side is a lot more busier; plenty of shopping, restaurants, game arcades and people!

People, Lights, Everyday!

Kabukicho street on the right. "Entertainment" area in Shinjuku. Big screens on buildings are everywhere in Shinjuku

If you like to shop and want to see a busy Tokyo; you should visit Shinjuku!

Those guys standing in the middle of the street try to bring you to their clubs, bars, etc.. They usually have "Dragon Ball Z" style hair

Lamborghini Murcielago and Gucci

They stood around the car with the doors open for a good hour. When you have that car and your in Shinjuku, why not?

Going back to my capsule

Good Night

Good Morning. On my way to Odaiba

At Odaiba. First stop, Tokyo Mega Web

Lexus Line

Toyota G Sports

Toyota Century

Century!

Supra!

86!

Toyata History Garage. What's that car there hiding behind the pillar?

So new!

FT-86 G Sports Concept

New and Old

There was an old mechanic in this workshop; I'm not sure if he was actually working or just there for display? (he wasn't actually doing anything)

Wow

86 test drive. In the Mega web, you can test drive any of the cars. You just need your international drivers license

Model cars and magazines all for sale, not just Toyota!

Delorean DMC 12

Classics

Not just Toyota in here

Odaiba is known as an "amusement" area. Shopping, food, entertainment and the view of Tokyo Bay

Smoking room inside the Venus Fort shopping mall

Fountain inside Venus Fort

Venus Fort has a European Style throughout the mall

Fuji TV Building

Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and the Statue of Liberty?

Inside Decks Tokyo Beach (shopping mall). Famous J-Girls being filmed

A couple hours later

Yep that's definitely the Statue of Liberty

Fuji TV Bright Lights

Tokyo Bay. Nice view at night!

On my way home from Odaiba, I needed to transfer subway lines. I saw bright lights from the station and decided to take a detour, it ended up being Ginza!

Luxury brands fill the street. Side streets and back streets too!

Feel like spending some money? The people here definitely dress a lot more "classy"

Protest in Ginza, not sure what about though

Finally on the train

The next day I decided to visit the Imperial Palace. It was raining again! It rained 5 out of the 7 days I was there!

Half moat before the Imperial Palace

Trees surrounding the palace

The Nijubashi Bridge in front of the main entrance

This is as close as you can get to the Imperial Palace. It's always closed, only open on special days

Not satisfied with the Imperial Palace, I headed to Rikugien Garden

Long underground passage to Tokyo station from the Imperial Palace

At Rikugien Garden. Togetsukyo - two large slabs of stone make this bridge

Rikugien Garden lake

Sleeping Dragon Rock

What's up duck?

Something was blossoming? Again, this garden would look a lot nicer in April

Fujishiro-toge. View from the tallest hill in the garden. Nice view!

After the garden walk I visited Akihabara again to buy some cheap sport headphones from Yodabashi Camera. Everything electronic and everything for your electronics you can find in here. It's so big!

After Akihabara, I visited Ginza again to buy some Wasabi and Orange flavoured Kit Kats. The yellow/brown building is the Yamaha building and the building on the left is the H&M building

After Ginza, I visited Shibuya again

Umbrellas everywhere!

I found the shop in Shibuya where I bought my 3 watches last year, added green and blue to the collection!

After Shibuya, I walked to Harajuku. Mad Hectic Store, there shirt line wasn't as good as last years

Audi Building

Last dinner in Tokyo for now, Mos Burger. Teriyaki burger and Mos rice burger (the patty was rice!)

Just walked around Asakusa again on my last day. Panda Bus

One last time

Waiting for my train at Asakusa station, heading to Narita Airport. If you can open this picture and zoom into the lady that is sitting down, notice how her feet are pointing inwards, a lot of girls in Japan do this. They walk/stand with their feet pointed inwards, I don't know why?

Observation deck at Narita Airport

Bought some food before boarding because I knew what was for dinner, a sandwich!

Feel like going to Japan now? Bye Tokyo! be back soon