3 Great Finds @ Tokyo Station

1. 諸国ご当地プラザ – Souvenirs From My Trip Located at B1F right below McDonald’s, Shokoku Gotochi Plaza is a shop well-stocked with famous snacks from all over Japan. My favourite buy was a box of luxury matcha limited onsen edition KitKat.  It was the best matcha KitKat I’ve eaten, better than the Kyoto Uji Matcha one. This…

Why I Visit A Bookstore In Japan

Magazines! Not for content or pictures but for the freebies. I usually go for the monthly ones that cost not more than 1,000 yen. They normally come bundled with bags, wallets, pouches, accessories, beauty products and other knick-knacks. Besides using these items myself, they also make great gifts. There are also magazines priced between 1,000…

3 Tokyo Depachika You Can Eat In

Known for variety and quality, depachika (departmental store basement) is an ideal place to sample Japanese cuisine. It is also home to famous confectionery outlets, so you can purchase all your omiyage under one roof. The biggest disadvantage however is most do not have seating areas for you to enjoy your takeaway food. Well, here…

3 Spots for a Panoramic View of Tokyo Station

1. Marunouchi Building Go up to the 5F terrace and get a sweeping view of the station. Opening hours 11am-8pm, free entry. 2. Shin-Marunouchi Building Enjoy the station view at the terrace on the 7F. You may use the tables and chairs for eating but only if the takeout food is from restaurants at Marunouchi…

Day 5, Fri 8 Dec – Fuji Five Lakes

The view from our room was stunning. Managed to capture the changing colours as the sun rose. Breakfast was a mix of Japanese and Western food. Having read about houtou, a Yamanashi Prefecture speciality, I was eager to try the stewed flat udon noodles. It was yummy. Comfort food on a cold morning.  Just before…

Day 4, Thurs 7 Dec – Fuji Five Lakes

Thankful for blue skies and a hotel that allowed us to leave our luggage so we could just pack an overnight bag for our Fuji stay. Took a 15 min walk to Nippon-Rent-A-Car’s Tsukiji Higashi-Ginza branch to pick up our Mazda Premacy. Settled everything within 10 mins – insurance, ETC card, except for the Central…

Day 3, Wed 6 Dec – Shibuya

Been to Tokyo thrice but never set foot in Shibuya and the neighbouring Harajuku and Omotesando, so this trip I made plans to spend a day exploring the area. Breakfast Wanted to start off with a hearty breakfast. There’re fast food options like Macs, chain cafes like Starbucks, Doutor and Cafe Veloce, and classier cafes…

Day 2, Tues 5 Dec – Tokyo Disney Sea

Rides Fourth time visiting and I felt like a pro. First things first, make a beeline for Toy Story fast pass once the ticket gates open. By 9 am, all the passes will be gone which means an average queue time of 60-90 mins for the ride.  Next best ride was Indiana Jones Adventure. This…

Day 1, Mon 4 Dec – Autumn Foliage

Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue (Gingko Ave) One of Tokyo’s hot autumn spots. Such a pity to miss the festival held from 17/11 – 3/12. Would have loved to soak in the atmosphere and eat street food. Still it was fun walking under the gingko trees among all the fallen yellow leaves.   Koishikawa Korakuen…

Day 0, Sun 3 Dec – Arrival

Decided to take the afternoon instead of the overnight flight so we could have a good night’s sleep before we kick-start our trip. Flip side of this choice was a late arrival at Haneda International Terminal, almost 10pm, closing time of the Keikyu Tourist Centre, which means no “Welcome! Tokyo Subway Ticket”, a discount ticket…

Family Fun @ Hakone

I recently launched my travel concierge service and I’m now planning 3 trips, a honeymoon and 2 family holidays. Researching new places is fun. Revisiting familiar places and discovering new things is just as fun. And Hakone is one such familiar place. Having been there twice, there are still many activities I didn’t know about….