A day trip to Miyajima

Hello everyone! I’m back from my summer vacation and I’m kinda suffering the post-vacation syndrome. While we were back in Y-chan’s grandma place, we don’t need to worry on what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner and we can have air-conditioner switched on while we sleep. These are almost impossible when we’re back in our own apartment. Among these, we’re so glad that grandma looks much better compared to the last visit in May last year. 😀

So anyway, we have to go Hiroshima for a night’s stay because Y-chan has to attend a friend’s wedding and I’m left alone (shopping). Took a local train from Yamaguchi to Hiroshima and that takes about 3 hours to reach. There was another choice which is to take the Shinkansen (about an hour journey), but I wanted to see the scenery of Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). So yeah, local train. 😐 On the second day, we had okonomiyaki for lunch at Hiroshima station before we head off to Miyajima. It’s our first time as a couple to visit Miyajima because the first time we went there together was with my exchange group.

Alrightsssss! Photos time!

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The city tram – Hiroden (Hiroshima Dentetsu).moneychanging

Coins changing machine/Paspy charging machine – If you don’t own a Paspy IC card, you’ll have to pay in cash. What happens if you don’t have the exact coins to pay for your fare? Use this machine. 🙂 It’ll change your 500yen coin to a few 100yen coins, 50yen coins and 10yen coins.

And oh! My dear Singaporeans, if you’re paying your fare trip in cash, it’s unlike Singapore where you have to pay first before boarding. You’ll pay when you alight at your stop. 😀okonomiyakiteppan

Okonomiyaki stall in Hiroshima station. The one I went to is Icchan (いっちゃん).

I had my first Hiroshima Okonomiyaki when I was in Secondary school? There was this stall at B2 of Takashimaya food hall near the escalator (it’s now gone because the owner went back to Hiroshima). And from then on, I’m in love with it. 😀 negiokonomiyaki

Y-chan’s Negi Okonomiyaki soba version (Okonomiyaki topped with lots of spring onions), 900yen.cheeseudonokonomiyaki

This was mine. Cheese Okonomiyaki udon version (half-size), 900yen. You may choose between soba or udon, and I chose udon. Then, if you have a small appetite (like me), you can order half-size. BUT, the price would be the same as a normal sized one. orzshikacouple

These furry messengers from heaven welcomed us after we alighted the cruiser. heartbutt

shaped butt. 😀OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Asked a guy to help us take a photo of the gigantic torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine 厳島神社 (and got photobombed by a tourist behind, that explains the awfully cropped photo). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Inside Itsukushima Shrine and it was at low-tide, we could see lots of sea creatures crawling out from the bed. miyajimacoffee

Had a rest at Miyajima Itsuki Coffee (伊都岐珈琲) because the weather was hot & humid. Iced Americano at 400yen was quite a reasonable price considering it to be a touristy place. Itsuki Coffee has good ratings on TripAdvisor too, so if you’re in Hiroshima, do give it a visit.cafe

My new summer hat that I bought while shopping alone the day before. 😀miyajimagurume

Spent quite a lot on omiyage (souvenirs) and the above street food. 😉

1. Anago Chikuwa あなご竹輪 (served pipping hot!)

2. Yaki Kaki 焼き牡蠣 (grilled oysters – Hiroshima is famous for its oysters production and you need to give it a try unless you have allergies. There are some seasonings available on the table so feel free to add some.)

3. Age-manju 揚げまんじゅう (Deep-fried momiji manju)

4. Kaki kare pan 牡蠣カレーパン (I LOVE THIS! There are 2 big juicy oysters inside the deep fried curry bread.)babyshikaWhile we were heading back to the dock, this little bambi kinda sent us off. LOVE!!♥♥♥

Hiroshima holds a big big place in my heart because it was my first overseas trip (please excuse Malaysia) and I met my super nice host family and friends there (not knowing that one of them will be my future-husband).

I seldom hear of Singaporeans including Hiroshima in their itinerary which is kind of sad. 😦 No need to even mention Y-chan’s hometown, Yamaguchi. ._.

While on our way back on the local train, there was a group of ladies in their late 20s (perhaps?) who were talking so loudly that their conversations woke me up from my nap (I suspect I’m having motion sickness). I was so pissed about it that I said out to Y-chan in a tone loud enough for them to hear ‘This is so much noisier than the aeroplane we took!’ Straight after I said that, I went back to nap and woke up again to find out that they had shifted their seats away from us. LOL.

*I’m evil* 😉

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About DisneySea and Hakone Trips

Hello! I am still on my cucumber breakfast and I’m seeing very small improvements (at least my bowel movements improved). LOL

Just a month back, we went to DisneySea and Hakone but it feels like we went there 2 weeks ago. 😉 It’s Y-chan’s first time to visit DisneySea so I’m somehow in charged of navigating inside the park.

We looked super forward to this Disney trip and even booked a cheap hotel in Tokyo so that we can reach early to make full use of the day.

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BUT GUESS WHAT?

It’s has to rain/snow on that day and I think I’m the ’cause’ of it. Whenever I plan & looked forward to any outings, the weather will try to spoil my plan.

From typhoon hitting Tokyo the day I touched down in Haneda airport, to blizzard on my first snowboard experience and now, extremely cold & wet weather on our Disney trip. Really FML.

So I thought to myself that with this lousy weather, DisneySea would be kind of empty so the waiting time for attractions will be lesser.

BUT NO.

We reached 30mins after the park open and fast pass queue for Toy Story’s Mania has already cut-off (fyi, queue for that fast pass needs 3hours). Nevermind, we dashed for other attraction’s fast pass and managed to get it. *thank goodness, if not I might just curse and swear from morning till the moment we reach home*
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Ok, at least we managed to ride the attractions we wanted to so not much complaints. Just as I thought everything is good and fine, JAPANESE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS. So pissed off at them as they have no manners at all. ;(
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Bought some souvenirs for family and friends and left the park during the night parade so as to avoid the crowd. No regrets at this choice we made. 😉

So after our Disney trip, we went to Hakone the following week with Y-chan’s friend, F-san.

It’s my first time to Hakone and has been looking forward to it too. 😀 F-san picked us up at Tokyo area off we go to Hakone.
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I thought it’ll be a good and smooth ride but… nightmare has began. We got lost in Tokyo’s highway. :O Paid unnecessary highway fares and reached Hakone 2 hours later than planned. At least we managed to reach by the dinner time and had time to soak in onsen after that. 😀
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The following day we visited Le Petit Prince Museum and Owakudani. Although I wanted to visit the Hakone Shrine but it doesn’t fits the schedule so I gave up the idea. Not too bad since I got to eat the black shell eggs at Owakudani. 😀
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Nightmare strikes back as never in my 2nth years of life, gotten car sick before. I talked to Y-chan about that on our way back after F-san dropped us at Ebisu station and Y-chan said he understand how I felt. Reason was that….. F-san’s driving was kinda unacceptable. (._.) *So sorry*

That’s the end of my February encounters and thank you for reading my complains. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at these situations. In a different meaning of my previous post, what an Exciting February!

Winter Nikkō – Day 1

(It’s going to be a long long post!)

I’m back from my short trip to Nikkō and am recharged for the rest of the year (well, not much days left though). 😀 Although it was just a night’s stay, we managed to visit all the places we wanted to go within the 2 days there. 🙂

So I was planning to visit Nikkō city during the autumn season but it was difficult getting an accommodation so I had no choice but to postpone the trip to mid-December. Well.. the suggested dates of our trip coincides with our monthsary so we decided to go with the plan. 😀

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Christmas Illumination in Tokyo

Hello my friends, I’m sure you know Christmas is coming when you see the streets light up with colorful illuminations. 😉

In Japan, the illumination spots competition can be quite intense. Business/Office area such as Marunouchi has collaboration with Disney. Buildings in that area has different Disney theme set up. From Frozen (the trend here is just crazy) to Tangled to Alice in Wonderland and last but not least, Mickey & friends. 🙂

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Every year, the streets of Marunouchi will be lighted up with countless LED lights. For this year, the theme color is Champagne Gold.

GLORIOUS GORGEOUS GOLD.

I was intending to visit this area but it seems kinda inconvenient for us so we went to somewhere else instead.

So other than office areas, shopping centers, even riverside walkways are joining in the illumination event.

Yes, yes. The blue photo you see on the top of this post?

Yes, we went to that illumination spot instead. 😀 This spot (Meguro river) is located near Naka-Meguro station and it’s the first time Meguro river is doing illumination light up event. We went on the first day (23rd Nov) of the light up and as expected, the crowds were crowding around the river sidewalks.

Thank goodness we went early (at 5pm)! The crowds continued to flow in when we finished enjoying the illumination. :O
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This shot was taken on one of the many bridges in Meguro river.

Almost every bridges were filled with people. I had to squeeze myself into the crowd to get a shot and then squeeze myself out asap. Whereas there’ll be inconsiderate Japanese ladies (and couples too) hogging the whole area for their selfie. Tsk tsk tsk.
And because of the human traffic congestion at the bridges, the organisers had to cancel the illumination light up on one of the weekend as it was disrupting the traffic. 😦

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This was a shot of the illumination while on our way back to the station.

I like the idea of how the organizer used LED lights to hang on the trees, and reflection of the lights from the river forms a mysterious blue cave. 🙂

If you’re in Tokyo, do give this place and Marunouchi area a visit. I’d also recommend Roppongi area as well because you get to see Tokyo’s landmark – Tokyo Tower amidst the illuminated walkways. 😉

Will be going on a short onsen trip to Nikko tomorrow. So looking forward to all the world heritage places and onsen and yummy Japanese food. 😀

Happy weekends people! ♥

Autumn Foliage in Tokyo

Hi, Hi and HI…! 🙂

It was a long weekend over here in Japan last week, and I dragged Y-chan with me to enjoy the Autumn foliage/leaves (or kouyou 紅葉) which were happening almost every where in Tokyo.

Initially, I was planning to visit Tochigi in mid-November for the pretty autumn foliage & a night’s stay in the ryokan but gave up because the ryokans were either fully booked or waaayyyy too expensive (SGD 400/pax). 😥 *face palms & shakes head*

So we took the cheaper route to enjoy autumn by going to Shinjuku instead. 😉 The spot we went to was Jingu Gaien Ichou namiki (神宮外苑イチョウ並木). Ichou in English is Ginkgo tree. You may think “What’s so special about Ginkgo tree?” right?

The answer is this.

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Golden colored ginkgo trees lined the road of Aoyama. It was my first time seeing such uniformly-shaped trees and colors.

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The pathway was filled with visitors and everyone was just strolling and enjoying the moment.

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It was very hard to capture the actual colors of the ginkgo trees because of the reflection it gives off. (So I tried to edit it and added a layer of filter to match it to the original colors.)

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Asked Y-chan to take of shot of me with the trees. It’s just so hard to take a nice photo without strangers photobombing it. *sighs*
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I love how the fallen leaves piled up to cover the protruding roots.

One BAD point to note: the area stinks.

Yes, it smelled like some animal’s poop. The fruits (ginkgo nuts) dropped from the trees, no one picks it up and it just rot there. 😦

Other than it stinks (and crowded with visitors), I would recommend giving this place a visit when you’re in Tokyo during late November. 🙂

Directions: From Shinjuku station, take Oedo line (subway) to Aoyama Itchome station and exit at Exit 1. Walk down the street and you’ll reach in a few minutes.