The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

The historic sites in Tokyo are a must for visitors, but if you want to get a taste of the eccentric lifestyle of the Japanese youth, you must visit The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku. I met many interesting people like those who are dressed up as Lolita in different styles — be it gothic or kawaii, while I was strolling on the street.

The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku

I could not get enough of the small shops with unique accessories and clothing. The colors, the hassle and the music are all things which make this attraction of Tokyo absolutely unique. Do not miss to immerse into the Harajuku culture.

Shinto Wedding at Meiji Shrine

You should definitely visit Meiji Shrine when you go on a trip to Tokyo. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting places I have been to and I strongly recommend it to any passionate traveler like myself.

Meiji Shrine

The shrine is the resting place of the first emperor of modern Japan, Emperor Meiji, and his wife. It was built in 1920. In addition to the religious buildings, there is the Treasure House which has personal belongings of the emperor on display. The garden of the shrine is gorgeous especially in June when the irises bloom.

A Day in Ueno Park and Zoo

Submitting a “Daily Schedule” in Japan is one of the requirements when applying for a Japan tourist visa. While preparing for it, I needed to visit Japan tourist websites and look for realistic 12-Day itinerary. I booked my hotel in Tokyo, explored the things to do in the city, and that’s how I learned about the Ueno Park and Zoo.

Upon arriving at Ueno Station, the place was already jam-packed with tourists and locals on their way to Ueno Park.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

I was enchanted when I finally saw cherry blossoms up close and personal. I was surprised that they were not pink. According to Josh, they were not full bloomed yet and not all trees has pink blossoms.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Spotted this group of tourist gathered for group picture taking. It seemed that they availed a package tour and were having fun spending their holiday in Japan. I can’t determine their nationality, though some look from Middle East and some from Western Countries.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Colorful flowers situated in front of the restroom. They looked fake but they’re real. That’s one of  the amazing things in Japan, trees, flowers, and other plants are very well taken care of.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

It’s like half of this photo was infrared because of the white blossoms. At the side of the streets, there were picnic blankets which soon occupied by tourists and locals.

Ueno Park Tokyo

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Me and a better visualization of picnic blankets.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Finally saw a tree with pink blossoms. Although, it looked mature and petals be falling off soon.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Unlike in Singapore, I noticed that temples in Japan weren’t really that crowded or has few devotees. I then later found that religion isn’t really a practice or self-identification for most Japanese people.
In recent studies, 70% of Japanese people claim that they do not belong to any religion and instead, they enjoy the Freedom of Religion or also known as apostasy (abandonment of the religion by a person).

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo
The other beautiful side of Ueno Park.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo
Not sure what bird was this, maybe a Japanese bird?

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo
Then the water invited ducks and Japanese cranes.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Random people encounter: A dog master. A drunk Japanese guy thrown into the water by his drunk friends. Alcohol drinking in public places is legal in the place during this season.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

There were also a number of food stalls as we walked, mostly street foods, but Josh chose to have turkey leg. It was good!

Ueno Park Tokyo

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo
Another temple that doesn’t have devotees.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Unlike in Manila and other parts of the Philippines, street beggars in Tokyo appear clean and well-poised. Straight body si kuya.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo
A Koreanovela effect under the cherry blossoms.

Ueno Park Tokyo

Ueno Park Tokyo

Ueno Park Tokyo

All of a sudden grumpy kid.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo

Picnic blankets were occupied by locals, and they drink! It is legal here! How come there are no police around. Japanese people must be very good in composing themselves even when drunk.

Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo
Lovely HHWW (holding hand while walking) couple. Their outfit matched!

You can also read my Tour with Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park and Zoo Part II (soon)

Ueno Park and Zoo Tour Information: How to Get to Ueno Park and Zoo

Ueno Park is just next to JR Ueno Station. You can ride any Major JR Lines in Central Tokyo, and look for Ueno Station. Look for “Park Exit” sign once arrived in Ueno Station.

Photos were from 2012 Spring.

Just Around the Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station

I went to Japan twice last year of 2012 during the beautiful seasons of Spring and Autumn, and I realized that I haven’t posted anything about my second travel there (it’s really hard to put Japan experience in words!!)

Meanwhile, I’ll just post my first set of photos featuring the places around Tokyo Station during the Autumn season..

Just Around Tokyo Station
The time was around 4:30 in the afternoon but it seemed like 6 in the evening.

Just Around Tokyo Station
The Tokyo Station is also a hotel (Tokyo Station Hotel), a brilliant idea.

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station is situated in Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Just Around Tokyo Station
The street of Marunouchi District.

Just Around Tokyo Station
A peopleless park

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station
The Imperial Garden Palace but it was closed when we went there. Poor thing.

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station
Of course…

Just Around Tokyo Station
A beautiful carpet of leaves

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station
Hibiya Park, is one of the many parks around Marunouchi district.

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station
Went inside, a real haven for photo enthusiasts!

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station

Just Around Tokyo Station

Hope you enjoyed them!

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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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