Japan 2014 Day 1: Arrival, University of Tokyo, Ebisu Garden Place, and Shibuya Crosswalk

It has finally happened! And now I’m back to reality. Let me now humbly share my travel diary to the Land of the Rising Sun.

As a lot of my readers would know, I have been planning this trip for more than 6 months, including the preparation for the application of the visit visa. My trip was not perfect, we weren’t able to complete the original itinerary, but we had lots of fun getting lost in and out of the cities we visited! And I think that was really what made the trip memorable.

We arrived at Narita Airport a little before lunch, and we found our way to our hotel in Ikebukuro (drenched at that! Thank you Tokyo rain for the warm, albeit freezing, welcome!) around 2:30pm, just in time for check-in.

Tired from hauling our bags here and there, we had our first lunch in an Italian pizzeria (surprise!) and proceeded to look for University of Tokyo. What I didn’t anticipate was how at 5pm, it was already pitch black in Tokyo (save for the city lights and car lights, of course) but the sun has completely set and it was already night time!

A street inside Tōdai

A street inside Tōdai

Tōdai

Tōdai

There goes our first try at looking for the perfect Autumn leaves.

We then went to Ebisu Garden Place for my fangirl mecca – the very place where Domyouji arranged his first date meeting with Makino. Kyaaaa~ You can go to the ‘Yebisu Garden Place’ via the Ebisu station along the JR Yamanote Line. Go to the East Exit and use the Ebisu Sky Walk (moving sidewalk, similar to those in airports). Upon exiting, you will see the Sapporo Beer Station Building.

Sapporo Beer Station

Sapporo Beer Station

To the left of this is the Central Square.

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Christmas Illumination at Central Square

Christmas Illumination at Central Square

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Central Square

Central Square

If you go on Christmas time, Domyouji’s waiting place is behind the big Christmas Tree.

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It ended up as their dating place in the movie ^_^

Hana Yori Dango Movie

Hana Yori Dango Movie

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Chateau Restaurant Taillvent-Robuchon

Chateau Restaurant Taillvent-Robuchon

And we then proceeded to visiting Shibuya, Hachiko, and its busy pedestrian. People were seriously either hurrying to their next appointment or just like us, fooling around and taking pictures and videos as we join the mob of people crossing one of the busiest intersections in the world.

We used the Hachiko Exit to arrive at Hachiko’s square. As the station is very busy, keep your eyes on the signage on the ceiling. You won’t miss this. Upon exiting, you will see the green train in front of you. Behind that is Hachiko’s statue.

Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue

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We ended our day with a bowl of Ramen in one of the streets in Shibuya. I can’t read Japanese but it’s near the Shibuya 109 place. You order through a vending machine like this:

Ramen Vendo

Ramen Vendo

And you get a sumptuous bowl of Ramen. Mine is their best-seller that looks like this:

my first ramen in Japan

my first ramen in Japan

Karla enjoyed hers a lot but I didn’t very much. Not that I have anything against Ramen, but the taste was too strong for me (my palate can do with food that tastes close to water, but not on food that seemed to taste more than a cup of salt).

Karla said it’s the best she ever had!

Karla and her bowl of Ramen

Karla and her bowl of Ramen

Have you tried any ramen lately?

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