Last month, I went to the wonderful country of Japan (for the very first time)! I instantly fell in love with the country for many reasons. Let me take you with me as I look back on my trip with this blog post!
Day 1: November 18, 2015
I was so worried about today. We left the house really early to avoid traffic and the road blockings of the APEC. Luckily, we reached the airport on time just as the roads were about to be blocked. I was hoping that since we’re using ANA, we’d get to ride the R2-D2 plane…unfortunately, we didn’t. 😦
We left Manila at around 10 in the morning and arrived in Tokyo at around in the afternoon. We had two hours of waiting time before we needed to ride another plane for Osaka. I was just so wide-eyed, looking around and really not believing that I was in Japan! We looked around the airport while waiting and I saw my love: Tokyo Banana. Oh my gosh, these are so delicious and addicting. I remember when I first tasted it after one of my relatives brought it home as a souvenir. Love at first bite! Anyways, on the first day, we basically just went to the hotel and crashed.
(We went to the 7-11 and Family Mart before we crashed, and everything is amazing there. I bought some milk and bread for breakfast, and went back to the hotel – which took less than five minutes of walking.)
Day 2: December 19, 2015
We left our hotel quite early to head to Kyoto to see the Autumn foliage. We rode the train to the Hankyu Arashiyama Station.
From there, we walked for a while until we reached the Arashimaya Bamboo Groves. I was speechless at the bamboo garden (and secretly wished for pandas to appear). The air was so crisp and cold, and it was honestly so refreshing as the Philippines is a ‘summer country’ almost all the time.
Next, we went to the gardens / temples and looked around.
Next, we had an authentic Japanese lunch at Togetsu-tei. I had the Tamate Magical Bento Box.
Later, in the late afternoon, we headed to Tokyu Hands (oh my gosh, hoarder’s galore). I went to the Pokèmon Center and the Tomica store. Unfortunately, I was not able to grab a photo of the Pokèmon Center as I was in a hurry. I bought a R2-D2 Tomica car in the Tomica store though.
For dinner we went to a nearby restaurant and had authentic ramen and gyoza with a side of Japanese rice (my favorite rice). After a long day, we slept early.
Day 3: November 20, 2015
Oh my gosh. What a day! We went to Universal Studios – Japan today!
The highlight of Universal for me (aside from the really fun rides) was Snoopy Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (RAVENCLAW PRIDE!). We first went around and used our Fastpass for a few rides.
We went around for a while and eventually ended up in Snoopy Studios! I absolutely love Peanuts / Snoopy and it’s just like Heaven on earth (for Snoopy hehe) here!
So after eating, we went around for a bit inside the Snoopy shop — well, it took us almost an hour…my aunt and I went a little crazy inside as we both love Snoopy.
After Snoopy studios, we went to… The Wizarding World of Harry Potter / Hogsmeade!
I also bought a Minion chocolate banana Belgian waffle and (mmmm) it was so good. [Then again, most food is good for me!]
We ended our day by watching the Christmas show in the evening.
Later on, we went to the Takoyaki museum and had a good dinner there!
Our last full day in Japan — so we made the most out of it! In the morning, we went to the Instant Ramen / Instant Noodles Museum! We made our own instant noodles there and it was so fun and educational to do. (Each personalized cup costs 300 yen.)
We ate lunch at another ramen restaurant, Ippudo, and the ramen and the gyoza was so good!
In the afternoon, we went to Namba and went shopping in Shinsaibashi. I didn’t take too many photos because I wanted to spend more time looking with my own eyes rather than through the lenses of my phone.
Day 5: November 22, 2015
Well, this is good-bye for now, Japan. I hope to be back soon!
(Funny thing is, I had a 7:30AM class the next day sooo….)
And that was my trip to Japan! 🙂