Asakusa

Asakusa (浅草) is on the north-east fringe of central Tokyo, most famous for the Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺) – Tokyo’s largest Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon (Goddess of Mercy, 观音). From Shinjuku Station, it takes about half an hour by subway to get to Asakusa Station.  Take the Asakusa exit of the subway and simply…

Hakone (Part 2)

We continued our Hakone journey after a relaxing bath at Yoshihama Hot Spring by taking the Hakone Sounzan Cablecar from Gora Station to Sounzan (早雲山) via the route in the picture below: The entire cablecar route only took us 12 min from Gora to Sounzan, 5 stations.  Basically, this route is very short & only…

Hakone (Part 1)

Hakone (箱根) is a mountainous area west & less than 100 km from Tokyo, and part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. We had planned a full day for enjoying Hakone as it is famous for its hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, something totally different from the busy Tokyo city…

Shibuya

Shibuya (渋谷) is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but often people are just referring to the popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station.  Similar to Harajuku, Shibuya is a centre for youth fashion & culture, and also a major nightlife area. Shibuya has one of Tokyo’s busiest railway stations, and…

Harajuku – the Fashion Capital

Harajuku (原宿) is renowned for its unique street fashion.  Every Sunday, lots of young people dressed in a variety of styles spend the day there socialising, gathering on Jingu Bridge that connects Harajuku to the nearby Meiji Shrine area (which I wrote about in my previous post). We were at Harajuku on a Saturday &…

Harajuku – Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū), Tokyo’s grandest shrine, is the Shinto Shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji & his wife, Empress Shōken.  The shrine is located just a 10-minute stroll from Harajuku Station south entrance. Located in an evergreen forest, shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine covers an area…

Ginza

After a tour at Tsukiji Fish Market, we proceeded to the nearby Ginza via the Shimbashi Station.  Ginza (銀座) is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. You can find virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics in Ginza…