Oiran Geisha Show

Oiran Geisha Show

In part 2 of “Amy’s Travel Log,” she will share her and her cousins’ favorite Japanese foods, shopping and souvenirs places and sightseeing spots. Reviewing the food they liked, I’m surprised how these familiar Japanese food were already halal.

Food

  • Unadon (grilled eel on rice bowl)

 

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  • Takoyaki (Octopus ball)
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  • Sushi

 

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  • Onigiri (rice ball) with salmon roe filling (FYI, the red thing on the photo is not salmon roe, it’s umeboshi.)

 

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Shopping

  • Odaiba – There are lots of shops, including renowned domestic brands, and restaurants in Aqua City Odaiba and DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, which opens from 10:00/11:00 to 21:00.

 

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Gundam statue in Odaiba

  • Shibuya – For electronics, there are Yamada Denki Labi and Bic Camera, while creative and interesting goods can be found in Tokyu Hands department store.

 

  • Akihabara – One of the biggest Yodobashi camera electronics store and Duty-free LAOX store as well as Animate store, which sells anime and manga goods.

 

  • Omotesando – There are lots of branded shops along the road, such as Oakley official store as well as one of the biggest Apple store and also Kiddyland, which sells toys and character goods.

 

  • Asakusa – All ranges of Japanese souvenirs can be found along the road towards Sensoji temple like katanas, keychains, traditional snacks and bags with reasonable prices. Tokyo Solamachi, which is located at the foot of Tokyo Sky Tree, also offers a lot of Japanese souvenirs.

 

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Asakusa

 

Leisure/sightseeing

Kanto region

  • Disneysea – Enjoyed the rides like the Tower of Terror, but the queue was very long as it was school holiday period. Opens from 8:00 to 22:00.

 

  • Tokyo Sky tree – The tallest broadcasting tower in the world (634m in height). You can observe Tokyo panoramas and change the day and night view on the touch-panel display on the 350th floor and stand on the glass floor on the 340th floor. Opens from 8:00 to 22:00hr.

 

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

 

  •  Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura – Ninja action battle, Oiran Geisha show and water magic show are highly recommended. Also, the ninja tricky house was very interesting. Opens from 9:30 to 16:00hr (December – March).

 

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Nikko Edomura

 

Ninja tricky house

Ninja tricky house

 

Kansai regio

  • Osaka castle

 

  • Universal Studios Japan – Spiderman, Back to the Future, Jaws and Forbidden journey rides were not to be missed. As the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was still quite new (opened in July 2014), we needed to take numbered ticket to be able to enter the area within a specific period of time, we were able to enter from 11am onwards and the queued for about 3hrs for the ride.

 

Universal Studio Japan

Universal Studio Japan

 

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THE WIZARDING WORLD OF Harry Potter

 

  • Kinkakuji temple – Temple of the Golden Pavilion is a Zen Buddhist temple, which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

 

Kinakuji Temple

Kinakuji Temple

 

  • Kiyomizudera temple – The road leading up to the temple was surrounded by souvenir shops. The temple is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto, also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. The view from the hillside overlooking Kyoto was breathtaking.

 

In the next and last post, she will share her itinerary in detail!

By the way, speaking of Ninja trick house, I’ve been to one in Nagano and I LOVED IT!! At first you would think it’s for kids but it’s not! You enter the house and it’s like a maze. It’s so much fun. Highly recommended ;D

Written by mochi-tomo