Sankeien Garden in Spring

Sankeien Garden

Yokohama is a very astonishing city with endless possibility. That’s why I always make sure to check the Yokohama City’s website for latest news and events. From there, I found out that the their notable Sankeien Garden was open for night cherry blossoms viewing until 8 p.m. due to season as opposed to its regular closing time of 5 p.m.

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Inside, I was astounded when I saw bunch of photographers with tripods lined up beside the lake. I was curious as the sun was still up at that point. Looking closer, I realized that they were saving their spots for later’s low light shooting.

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Walking further, I met a nice couple who asked me to take their photos with the cherry blossoms, until then, they would always thanked me whenever we bump into each other.

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

This photo was taken by a fellow visitor. He-she’s a very cheerful tranny by the way. It happened when I offered to take her photo as she looked struggling with her camera timer and tripod to take photo of herself. From there, she offered to take my photos too and took several photos of me like a mini photoshoot. I will not deny, she has the good eye for photography!

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden
Cherry blossom ice cream

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden is a huge garden and there were even small hiking trails inside. Unfortunately, I arrived there at 4:30 p.m. and hiking trails were already closed for safety reasons. Nevertheless, just walking around the garden was already considered a hike like I said it’s HUGE.

My short solo trip to this beautiful garden with random people encounter was fun, but not as fun when you’re with someone else. I missed my hubby, it was already getting late and I was getting hungry. I was time to go home.

For more information about this beautiful garden, click here to visit their website. When you visit Tokyo, I really recommend having a side trip to Yokohama City.

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A Glimpse of Cherry Blossoms and the man with priceless face

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Husband goes home late night on certain days of the week and two days ago was one of those days. I got bored at the house and from there, I embarked on yet another trip alone somewhere not far from where we live and thought of going to Sankeien Garden in Yokohama (which I will blog about later).

I was very surprised that cherry blossoms were already bloomed just across from where we live. They weren’t there 3 days ago and now it’s just BOOOOM! Cherry blossoms! It’s like magic that happens overnight.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

On my way to the bus stop, I saw an old man sitting at the bench starring at the cherry blossoms and his face was priceless — a face so bright and peaceful. A face that doesn’t carry burden in the world. A face of contentment. A face of happiness.

“Konnichiwa!” (Good afternoon) I greeted.

He greeted me back with a smile and I was blown away. I didn’t expect that he’d greet me back.

This man, is he a saint? He’s seemed very happy and contented with his life. I wish I had that kind of attitude.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

As I walked away, I remembered he was the same old man I’ve seen while I was running before. On the same bench starring up at the trees, same face, same expression.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

I paused and realized I have been here for 3 months but why I had never stopped by here (benches)? With great surroundings and quiet environment, this place could help me think, relax, and be connected to myself.

Sometimes, the ones that’s close to us (from where we live) are best enjoyed. We don’t always have to go that far to enjoy life. They could be just around the corner just waiting to be discovered.

Visiting Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum

I felt that my legs were developing varicose veins after a long and excruciating walk to Yamashita Park and its neighboring tourist spots (Red Brick Warehouse, World Porters and Cosmo World — will blog later). So I took a rest and had a refreshing mango drink and sugar rush banana chocolate crepe at World Porters until my Foursquare App sensed that Cup Noodles Museum was just around the corner.

Cup Noodles Museum

There weren’t too many people around, glad I went here on a weekday. I was greeted by the always friendly Japanese staff and assisted me towards the ticketing lady.

Adult Entrance Fee: JPY 500
Elementary school children: JPY 300

Cup Noodles Museum
Instant Noodles History Cube

The Instant Noodles History Cube and Noodles Bazaar were the only attractions open that time. The Momofuku Theater was also open however, for Japanese people or Japanese speaking people only. I was barricaded by the staff of the floor when I attempted to walk in and was told, “Japanese only”

Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum

It was amazing to learn that the first instant noodle was first marketed in 1958 by Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando produced by Nissin Foods in Japan and there were only 7 variety of instant noodles that time.

Cup Noodles Museum
Our very own Cup noodles and Instant Pancit Canton were also in this museum too!

Cup Noodles Museum

Since there’s not much left to see in the 2nd floor, I proceeded to 4th floor where the Noodles Bazaar was. Basically, it’s like a mini food court but everything is noodles.

Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum
The Cup Noodles Park

Cup Noodles Museum
My Cup Noodles Factory

My favorite part of the tour was the “Make your own Noodles.” I was actually really happy that availed this activity or else it’d be a boring tour as there’s really not much to see in this museum. I paid an additional JPY 300 to experience noodle making.

Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum

The idea wasn’t exactly “making your own noodles,” but to Customize Your Own Cup Noodles. After purchasing my cup from the vending machine and sanitizing, I was assisted by yet another always friendly staff to my seat and joined the other participants in customizing our cups.

Cup Noodles Museum

My Cup Noodles
My original cup noodle!

After doing the art, I was told to stand in line and wait to be called by the noodle maker to put the noodle in my cup. Then, I chose the soup flavor and 3 ingredients for my cup noodles and they sealed it.

Cup Noodles Museum

The last part was wrapping your cup noodles by pumping the air package and your done.

Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum
Souvenir shop

It was already 5:30 p.m. when I finished just before the museum closes. Visiting Cup Noodles museum was one of the main highlights of my Yokohama day tour. The tour is best enjoyed when you’re with friends or your partner. Even though it was fun, something was missing the entire time I visited Cup Noodles museum, I was alone and missed my husband, so time to head back home.

For more information about Cup Noodles Museum, visit their website at: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/index.html

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Ada Wilkinson of adaphobic.com

My name is Ada, an old-fashioned, curly, jumper, wanderlust, who enjoys budget and DIY traveling.

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