Tokyo Sights – Shibuya, Roppongi Hills and Re-Visiting Harajuku
Upon alighting from our flight and while taking our walk to the immigration zone, I was just mesmerized by how it all looked through the glass area. Not sure why but I decided to just take out my camera to capture this scene. Like HELLO JAPAN, WE ARE HERE AGAIN! あいたいです～
Being our second time back in Japan, we decided to visit some of the famous locations that we didn’t get to visit on our last trip due to one reason or another. :X
You wonder how can we miss this out during our last trip to Japan! I don’t know as well! I guess we were really running about to too many places that in the end I just didn’t want to move my ass to get to Shibuya just for a crossing. Hahaha!
So yes, we were pretty much amazed with the Shibuya Crossing but since it wasn’t the first time we saw diagonal crossings like that, it wasn’t too wow-ing. The number of travelers there was much more interesting. I think we spotted tour groups and many other free travelers like us standing around or on steps to try to capture the scene of people crossing. There were also people crossing back and forth to capture videos as well. Does the locals think we are weird? 😛
Since the Starbucks opposite the crossing was recommended as the best place to see the crossing in full view, the 2nd storey was pretty much slightly crowded with people trying to stand around to capture photos of the crossing, including me. Sorry to Starbucks for not buying anything and sorry for disturbing the real customers in there trying to get their peace! This photo was taken standing between people. Not the best but oh well, better than nothing! 🙂
So after the photo-taking session of the crossing, we walked to our real destination, a locals-only eatery – Katsudonya Zuicho. You can read more about it in the another blog entry! 🙂
After the super yummy and heavy meal, we walked back to explore the main Shibuya area a bit. What I love about coming to places like Japan are those big billboards and how lovely they look at night. I do wish that we have these in Singapore as compared to the many shopping centers lining our Orchard Road ‘cos I think such boards bring character to the place.
Another icon of Shibuya is definitely the legendary Hachiko statue. It wasn’t that tough to find but somehow we walked about a bit before spotting it in the most obvious area. Probably ‘cos it was such a cold night and there was just too many people crowding around under those lovely Sakura trees that we didn’t spot the statue. The story of Hachiko is actually quite a tearjerker if you actually read up on it, which I will leave it to you to find out so I shall not elaborate further here. 🙂
To find Hachiko, it was actually very near to the Shibuya station exit. Spot a tree in my first photo above? That was where the Hachiko statue was but yeah, we were kind of too blind to find it. :X
Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ)
I have mentioned before that the Tokyo Tower will always be the icon of Tokyo in my heart, even with the new Tokyo Skytree being the new icon in town. Tokyo Tower has appeared in so many Japanese dramas and movies that for many who has experienced the Japanese wave will always remember Tokyo Tower as the icon that we have to at least visit once in our life. Having visited the Tokyo Tower in our last trip, we decided to visit the Roppongi Hills so that we can spot the Tokyo Tower from the top. The view from the top of Roppongi Hills was also quite nice and I believe it has less crowd as compared to the Tokyo Tower or even the Tokyo Skytree.
Both Feng and I were chilling quite a bit at our seat while looking out to the amazing sight of Tokyo city. 🙂
We spotted this whole area that has a lot of Sakura trees. Not sure what area is that though we thought it looks like graveyards were there. We could be wrong! The number of full-bloom Sakura trees all around Tokyo was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo amazingly pretty~ 😀
There was also an open-air observation deck but we didn’t went up since we have to pay extra amount for the ticket to go up to the deck and I think the city view area was good enough for us. 🙂
Yoyogi Park (代々木公園)
Since our next destination was to re-visit Harajuku, we thought of visiting at least one of the parks to look at the glorious full-bloom of sakura since every morning the Japanese news on TV was reporting on the blooming status of sakura in different places. We found out that Yoyogi Park is just nearby to Harajuku hence decided to hunt down this place! So the silly us went the wrong way again. We walked into the Meiji Shrine, thinking that the park was found inside according to our Google map. I don’t know what we were doing but obviously it was not! So we headed out and asked the guard outside Meiji Shrine instead.
So after following some crowd and some signs, we finally found our way to Yoyogi Park! At first it looked like nothing much and it felt pretty peaceful, making me think that there will be no sakura. When overseas, always follow where the majority of the people are going and you shall find what you’re looking for. 😀
And then we hit gold! I mean sakura!! Once we stepped in, we were WOW-ed. This photo obviously doesn’t capture the full beauty of the sakura bloom. You literally have to be there to feel it when you walked into the area full of sakura trees, when the wind blows and it was “snowing” sakura. It was as if like we have been brought to another paradise. 😀
Lots of people were there to picnic on the beds of fallen sakura under those beautiful sakura trees. The park was also kind enough to put mats on the ground should you not bring your own mat and will just want to sit on one to chill your time away under those trees. It was absolutely beautiful and will always be one of those beautiful memories I have with Feng. 🙂
Feng and I were here the last we visited Japan. We hardly walked past ten shops and then we decided to surrender to the terrible amount of crowd there. It was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too crowded that you can hardly visit any shops or even walk along the street with ease ‘cos it was way too suffocating. Probably ‘cos we visited on a Friday, the crowd was actually less scary and we actually had space around us to roam a bit.
Since we are not really into shopping, we just mainly walked past most shops and just keep walking until we reached the end of the Takeshita Street. And that’s when I spotted something familiar across the street. It was a LINE Friends store!!! So we definitely have to visit it since we are LINE Friends lover. 😀
Not sure if all couples feel the same but both Feng and I think that Brown and Cony’s stickers reflect so much of ourselves, especially when Cony is always so injury prone while Brown is so obedient. That’s why we love our Cony and Brown soft toys as well and will definitely try to bring them overseas with us as much as possible.
Well this blog post is really quite a random one that showcases some of the more famous places in Tokyo that you might want to visit. For me, I personally didn’t think that Harajuku is that much exciting to me as compared to the past when people blogged about seeing cosplayers around the area. I think they no longer hang around there the last time we went to find them so should you be interested to drop by Harajuku, don’t forget to give the Meiji Shrine a visit as well! We definitely love going to the shrine the last time we went since it happened to be the Shichi-Go-San festival and we saw a lot of cute kids in their traditional outfit with their parents. 😀
Don’t ever miss out the Tokyo Tower! Not sure about the Tokyo Skytree though ‘cos we were kind of put off by the high price of the ticket hence decided not to visit it at all. Explore and enjoy! 🙂