Japan 2014 Day 5: Tokyo Station, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Shin-Okubo, Tokyo Tower, Roponggi Hills

obligatory turista pose!

obligatory turista pose!

In celebration of my 5000th tweet, here’s my travel Diary for Tokyo~

Day 5

Today was supposed to be relaxed. We arrived from our Osaka side trip the night before and I was just thankful for the bed and sunny Tokyo.

The itinerary for the day was simple, take a picture in front of the Tokyo Station, get a tour of the Tokyo Imperial Palace, go to Odaiba, visit Shin-Okubo, buy K-pop pasalubong, night visit at Tokyo Tower, meet France, eat at a kaiten sushi place, go back to hotel, prepare luggage, sleep.

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Japan 2014 Day 4: Osaka Castle Gounds, Universal Studios Japan (WWofHP)


Waking up to a cold Osaka morning, we checked out of our hostel a little before 8am. It wasn’t originally part of our plan, but we decided to take a glimpse of Osaka Castle before going to Universal Studios.

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JAPAN 2014

ebisu4A few months ago, I blogged about my plans of going to Japan before the end of the year. Two weeks ago, my friend and I finally did and I’ll blog about the trip in the next couple of weeks. This photo on the left is my obligatory fangirl photo, and victory shot after locating this memorable JDrama shooting location. Below is the itinerary that took us forever to change and change and change! This will also be the guide for this Japan 2014 trip diary!

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

Day 2: Hakone sightseeing, Izakaya

Day 3: Kyoto Day tour (Kiyomizudera, and the streets of Gion), Osaka’s Dotonbori

Day 4: Osaka Day Tour (Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan), return to Tokyo

Day 5: Tokyo Imperial Palace, Shin-Okubo, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills

Day 6 & 7: Sensoji Temple, Odaiba, Tokyo Dome City, glimpse of Akihabara, Tokyo Disney Sea, Departure

This is a Project Japan Post



Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of

Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet Nam and India


June 17, 2014




Following today’s meeting of the Ministerial Council on the Promotion of Japan as a Tourism-Oriented Country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to endeavour to realize the exemption of visa requirements as promptly as possible and to implement, as an initial step, the following substantial relaxations of visa requirements for nationals of Indonesia, the Philippines and Viet Nam, in cooperation with these partner countries.


The objectives of these measures are to promote Japan as a tourism-oriented country with the even higher goal of attracting 20 million foreign visitors, to contribute to growth strategies as well as the promotion of people-to-people exchanges. The details of the measures including the beginning date of application are currently under consideration.


For national of the Philippines  multiple-entry visa requirements will be substantially relaxed, and requirements for single-entry tourism visas will be relaxed to a quasi-exemption-equivalent level when applied via specified travel agencies.

Reference: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/pressandspeech/press/visa_relaxed.html

If it matters, my friend and I are planning to visit Japan in winter. We already have our tickets booked, and relaxing the requirements for the Japan visit Visa will boost my/our confidence in setting foot in the Land of the Rising Sun and Arashi.  *winkwink*

Here’s t crossing our fingers and toes!