We got miles! So we rode Delta for this trip. Having ridden only Jetstar for the past two trips, all the small perks in this trip is absolutely worth it.
We arrived in our Airbnb a bit later than I planned but we had enough time to enjoy the Senso-ji illumination and an empty but well lit Nakamise-dori.
During my first trip to Senso-ji, I was still finding my bearing. It was only now I truly got to full appreciate the temple grounds.
This is not a bad first visit with the destination for the family.
I want to make the most of my trips to Japan so I often start very early. Like 4:00 AM early.
Thankfully, we are a family of early risers so waking up at 4:00 am is a piece of cake.
Since Senso-ji is right beside Asakusa Station, it would make sense to see the temple during the day before the crowds descend upon this place.
I showed my family how to purify yourself and how to find get your Omikuji Paper Fortunes.
Once we got those instaworthy shots, we headed to Ueno.
Asakusa and Ueno have always been a pair destination for me. I always make sure to visit Ueno Park when I am in the area.
Coming fro a country with very small to no greenspaces, I appreciate areas like Ueno Park.
The place holds tons of temples, shrine and memorials and sometimes there will be small set ups.
After that quick visit to Benten-do, we visited one of the many shrines dedicated to inari.
It really looked like a miniature version of Fushimi-Inari Shrine. The shot of the torii pathway looks really awesome!
We need to get out of the cold and to warm ourselves up. Since we haven’t had our coffee for the day, it would be perfect to sit down, admire the park while warming up.
One of the many shrines dedicate to Tokugawa Iyeyasu but this particular shrine has a golden facade.
This shrine survived the Great Kanto Earthquake and World War II.
Forget shopping. This is a place to eat. Most of the things they sell here you can find in other shopping streets.
The ultimate tourist trap but its a great place for first or second time visitors to try the variety of Japanese snack and tradition items. Here are some of the items I found here:
1. Furoshiki (wrapping cloth)
2. Bokken (wooden training sword)
3. Furin (windchime)
4. Hashi (chopsticks)
5. Sensu (folding fan)
6. Uchiwa (non-folding fans)
7. Festival Masks
8. Tabi Socks
If you want to see some view but don’t want to pay the fee to reach the very top. There is a viewing deck attached to Tokyo Solamachi and Sky Tree itself.
Tokyo Solamachi offers a wide range of products from character merchandise to samurai stuff. Explore it from top to bottom.
Never miss a Sunday mass!
English celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is at 8:00 AM on a Sunday.
Don Quijote is always a good place to restock on your Japanese essentials or to get the ‘souvenir duties’ out of the way.
First time visiting Kawagoe and You can feel how the sky seem closer to the ground and how the pace of the people has slowed down.
Truly, I have left Tokyo.