The second 24 hours in Tokyo, Japan
We covered Asakusa (Sensoji Temple), Skytree, and Harajuku on our second 24 hours in Tokyo. In fact, this was our first time going on free and easy tour without signing any package. We had to thank Hiro San, the Japanese owner of our rented room. He loaned us a portable WiFi without extra charges. We used the portable WiFi, so that we could use Google map and GPS to help us finding places that we wanted to go.
When approaching Sensoji Temple, we first entered through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the outer gate of Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo. A shopping street of over 200 meters, called Nakamise,leads from the outer gate the temple second gate, The Hozomon. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.
Before we entered the Sensoji Temple, we saw many people using a ladle to pour water to wash their hands, face and mouth. We followed to do so, but April and May were actually drinking the water from the pool. Wakakaka!
Again, we went into a ramen shop to fill up our hungry stomachs. Why ramen? Because my princesses love ramen and we always wanted some hot soup to keep us warm. I remember this noodle shop the most, as it was our first time using vending machine to get a ticket. The vending machine is written only in Japanese and it doesn’t have any picture. When we were still struggling on which button to press, I turned back. To my utter amazement, I saw a long but quiet queue lining behind us. We quickly let the queue make their orders, and we just stood aside to observe what they pressed. Never mind, we learned.
Then we proceeded to visit Skytree. The girls took pictures at the backdrop. Skytree is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary.
Tokyo Skytree was opened in 2012. It reached its final height of 634meters becoming the world’s
tallest tower. Though it was just the beginning of December, we could easily see big tall Christmas tree and Christmas decors in Tokyo city.
Before we called it our second day in Tokyo, we went to Harajuku to see the shopping streets and the LINE Friends store. Of course, I went into H&M, Forever 21, Zara, Adidas and many more stores too, but I didn't buy any because they were mostly winter items.
We visited this store, because my brother is a fan of LINE Friends. He asked me to buy him a phone case of Brown.
It was a compact and tiring day for all of us. We walked a lot and we took train from one station to another station. He was the most tiring people. He needed to carry a backpack that filled with water tumblers, camera, selfie stick, travel guide, map, portable Wifi and umbrellas. He had to bear with our grumbles when we were tired and hungry. To my poor jin jin, 老公，你辛苦了 .