Sunday, July 31, 2016

Rabbit cafe: Candy Fruit Usagi no Yakata


Location: Akihabara, Soto-Kanda 4-6-2, Isuzu Bldg 9F

Akihabara is the district that is famous for electronic items & otaku stuff like manga/anime shops. The cafes have waitress dress up as maids or anime characters in order to attract customers. However, I am more interested in the rabbit cafe which is not available in Singapore. It is not easy to find the entrance of the building as it is located behind the building. 
List of rabbits in the cafe
Before entering the cafe, we have to change into slippers which is to prevent bringing in harm bacteria that might affect the rabbit.


We are given rabbit picture book which contains the rules of the cafes, price list, type of drinks and information about each rabbits.




All rabbits are kept inside their own cage and only 1 rabbit is allowed to roam around at any point of time. If you want to change rabbit, just have to inform the staff.

Popularity ranking of the rabbit
Let meet Omochi, friendly Holland lop. To really get close to the rabbit, it is best to get a small plate of vegetables and she would jump toward you for treats :p Let meet other rabbits!!




They are so cute but I also feel sorry for them ... If only they can come out together, it would be good for them. 

Overall, I really enjoyed my time here playing with them. It reminds me of my first and only rabbit "Whitey" which I had. My neighbor who forcefully tried to carry her but end up injured her and she died as a result -.-  Just remember don't forcefully try to carry the rabbits especially they are not comfortable with it. 

Next and last stop of the day: Koishikawa Korakuen


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ueno Park

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Location: Next to JR Ueno Station

Second stop of the Ueno Park which is also one of the top spot for watching cherry blossom in Tokyo. It is really big as it comprises of many temples, shrines, museums and even zoo inside here. As most of the attractions are opened around 9:30am, it is just nice to visit right after Asakusa. You can take a train from Asakusa station to JR Ueno station which is 3 stations away or slow walk which took around 30 minutes for me!!

I visited quite a lot temples and shrines during my trip. The temples and shrines in Kyoto are more impressive and well preserved so I would skip this part for Ueno park.
Tokyo Museum

Nice scenery inside Tokyo Museum
I decided to visit Tokyo Museum being of the oldest and largest museum in Japan featuring over largest collection of artifacts in Japan. There are a few different halls of the museum which showcase from Buddhism to Japan history and culture. It is really quite fascinating to learn all these but some parts of the exhibitions do not have English translation. If you are really into Japan history and culture, you should really visit here to have a better understanding :)




The park is really full of people and they also allocated two sides of the park for family/friends to enjoy Sakura flower season. I see quite a number of people having picnic here.

There are food stores along the way where you can grab yummy bites if you are hungry :p











Imagine walking with your partner down the path and enjoying the Sakura flower is really so romantic!! The park is really big and it would take around 2 hours to enjoy the scenery if you are skipping the museum. After walking the park, time for lunch!! You can consider visiting either

Ichiran Ueno (for yummy ramen)


Yamabe Uenoten
Address: 4-5-1, Ueno, Taitou-Ku, Tokyo (Around 10 minutes walk from JR Ueno Station)

Opening Hour: 11am to 10pm (Last order @ 9:30pm)

Upon reaching the shop, there is long queue outside and I waited for around 30 minutes before I got my seat in front of the counter. It is really quite a small shop with 2 storey which is able to accommodate up to 26 people.


Tonkatsu (999 Yen)

The whole set meal only costs 999 yen which comes with tonkatsu, prickles, miso soup and shredded vegetables which make it value meal. The best part of the meal is pork cutlet which is crispy on the outside covering the soft and juicy pork meat inside. It also comes with their own homemade sauce which helps to enhance the taste of the tonkatsu making one of the best that I ever have. Despite being hungry and 30 minutes of wait just for this Tonkatsu, it is really definitely worthy.

Full re-charge for the next half of my day!!





Sunday, July 17, 2016

Asakusa


Location: Asakusa station

First stop of the day is Asakusa where the Sensoji temple and Kaminarimon is located at. Most people will recognize this temple by the big red lantern on TV show. Most of nearby shops at Nakamise shopping street and Shin-Nakamise shopping street are closed when I reach Asakusa area around 7am. There is hardly any crowd at this time which allow you to take nice photos :)





First encounter with Sakura flower in Sensoji temple




My first encounter with Sakura flower!! I did not expect as I thought it would be just a temple with shopping area. They are so beautiful :)

Nakamise Shopping Street



Nakamise shopping street which is just outside Sensoji Temple stretches all the way to Kaminarimon which sell local specialties and souvenirs. 

Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street



It is located at perendicular to the Nakamise shopping street where there are lots of restaurants. One of must tried food at this area is Melon Bread :)

Although Sensoji temple is opened at 6am, most of nearby shops at Nakamise shopping street and Shin-Nakamise shopping street only open after 9am. I will recommend visiting the temple around 8am to walk around take nice photos before the main crowds arrive.