Saturday, 3 October 2015

Spring Adventure 2015 - part 4

This is a bit late though...but better late than nothing right?! Hehe

Sayonara to our lodging in Shinjuku

Our next destination is Kawaguchiko, one of the Fuji 5 Lakes. Fuji 5 Lakes are famous spots for viewing Mount Fuji as they are located at the foot of Mount Fuji. April is off season for climbing Mount Fuji, and the official climbing season runs from July to August. My sister and I planned to hunt for views from the foothills around the Lake Kawaguchi. At this time of year, the view of snow-capped Mount Fuji and sakura is astounding.

Snow capped Mt Fuji

We bought bus ticket for Fujikawaguchiko which departs at 2pm. So we said hello to Tokyo Tower before getting on our bus. We kept our luggages in the lockers available at the train station before heading towards the Tokyo's landmark.

The bus ride was quite okay actually. We kinda enjoy the sceneries from the bus window

More cherry blossom

Everybody on the bus was euphoric upon seeing this

The Fujikawaguchiko station; small yet cozy

 As we arrived to the bus station, we were picked up by the van sent from our lodging 

Lake Villa

Mount Fuji can be seen from the window

The driver helped with our luggages

It was a 2-storey house, fit for a group of 6-8 people I would say

3 beds 

5 futons

First thing on the list was photography session with Fuji-san. We went to Kachi Kachi ropeway for a view from a higher ground. We never thought that was the only chance we had, good thing we didn't laze around in the lodging that afternoon.

Say cheese

If you ring the bell with your beloved...(you can guess what comes after, no?)

The folk tale of tanuki and rabbit

Enjoying the view from the observation deck

We were lucky to have met this sunset view

It's time to go back downhill

Walking down the sakura path

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Spring adventure 2015 - Part 3


Waiting for the train early in the morning

Ring leaders studying itinerary for the day

We started our 3rd day with a sushi feast in Tsuiji fish market. It is the world's biggest seafood market which supplies tonnes of seafood for Tokyo's top restaurants. It is also very popular for maguro (bluefin tuna) auction which starts at dawn. 

It was a busy place full of hustle and bustle. Traffic is quite packed with pedestrians and mini cars for transporting fishes. You better watch your steps and make sure you're out of their way!

Make way for the big car!

There are rows of sushi houses which are next to each other and each had long queues at their entrance. We opted for the one deeper inside the alley, which has lesser queuing people. It feels less crowded as it is the only sushi house at that row of shops.

People are queuing despite the rain

Chefs of Sushi Kang concentrating on making sushi

Fresh sashimi


The kind waitress is gives out recommendation despite our language restriction

Tsukiji is like a food heaven! Different kinds of food and people can be seen. We then stopped at a shop for some king crabs. The crabs are fresh and sweet! The different parts tastes differently, and they are sold at the price of 2000 yen each (about RM30+). 

Scrumptious crab legs and shellfish

Prawns anyone?

Raw sea products 

We ended our feast with sweet strawberries. Strawberries in Japan is definitely different than those grown in Malaysia. They are bigger aaaand sweet! Nyum~

Big, fat, sweet strawberry for dessert

Imperial palace
It is the residence of the Japan's emperor which occupies the site where Edo-jo, the Tokugawa shogun's castle once stood. The park nearby is very pretty, I wish we had time for a picnic there. It is peaceful, I would recommend a picnic with friends and family.

Pretty park for picnic on the way to the Imperial palace from the station

The Imperial palace from afar

Snapping pictures from outside the palace 

A park nearby lined with blossoming sakura

It is the centre of Tokyo's otaku subculture, and is also known as the Electric Town. You might be able to get electronics at a cheaper price, but that would need a lot of surveying. 

A sunny day in Akihabara

Gundam in display

It homes the Tokyo's oldest attraction, the centuries-old temple Sensoji. Just across the river is the city's newest Tokyo Sky Tree. Asakusa jinja was built in honour of the brothers who discovered the Kanon statue that inspired the construction of Senso-ji.


Inside is a street of souvenir shops

Who needs a mask?

Tokyo Skytree from afar

A snap while waiting for the lights

I promised my ex-classmate to meet for dinner in Roppongi

I love meat~

Grill 'em baby!

Cheesecake dessert for a treat from my friend

We walked around to see Sakura at night. Too bad the pretty lamps are already turned off