Go Japan ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Tokyo

(My apologies for not updating this for almost a year, gone hibernating… i guess)

DAy 6 & DAy 7

We took the Shinkansen  to go back to Tokyo.

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We bought Bento Box  for lunch and Mochi for dessert!   I just love love love these! ♥

When we arrived in Tokyo, we just spent this day to rest and take in the view from our hotel.

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Day 7

This is my first try doing a time lapse.  I called it good morning Tokyo 🙂 .

 

We ate our breakfast at Girandole. Yum Yum.  It was good  and  it comes with a view!

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Bagel, smoked salmon, Wasabi cream

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Eggs Benedict,  Smoked Salmon, Hollandaise Sauce

 

 

 

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View from Girandole

 

Then later that night we went to Shibuya.

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Hachiko

To see the statue of Hachiko, alight at the shibuya station and take the Hachiko Exit.

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Shibuya Crossing

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Since we are the  Shibuya area,  we went to eat dinner at  Ichiran Ramen

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Ichiran Ramen

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How to order:

  1. Select and purchase your ramen from the vending machine.
  2. The staff will pass you a piece of paper to customize your ramen.  You can select the noodles texture, strength of flavor, onions etc.
  3. Wait to be seated.
  4. Once you are in your booth. The staff will serve your order

 

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5. Enjoy your ramen. Itadakimasu 🙂

Ichiran Ramen– Shibuya : Open 24 hrs.

Address in Japanese:  Japan, 〒150-0041 Tokyo, 渋谷区Jinnan, 1−22−7

1-22-7 Jinnan | Iwamoto Bldg. B1F, Shibuya 150-0041, Tokyo
(3 min walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit)                                                                    Phone number :  +81 3-3463-3667

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Go Japan ♥♥♥ Lake Kawaguchiko & Kyoto

DAy 3

     Ohaiyo Gozaimasu .  This day we plan to go very early and see the Chureito Pagoda, which is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine. Woke up about 5 am and before 6 am  and we are good to go.  I went near the lake and took a couple of pictures on this very early morning.

     After taking some photographs we went back to the hotel and asked the  reception of the hotel, the english speaking staff is not yet available.  However,  since my friend can speak a little bit of  Japanese, we managed to ask if he can help us call a cab.  Unfortunately, there is no cab available, it was too early.  The staff informed us that the shuttle service is available at 8:30 am.  We sat down at the lobby and thinking what to do. Seems our only option is to walk  to the station if we still want to make it on time for breakfast at 9:30 am. It will be about 20 minutes walk.  Then the staff approached us again and said he is able to take us to the station.  We are so thankful that he was able to accommodate us.  He drove us there himself :).  We were able to catch the train before it leaves.  The staff at the station alerted them and waited for us to board the train.  We thanked the  train driver for waiting.  He greeted us with a smile.

How to get to the Chureito Pagoda:

    From Kawaguchiko Station take the train and alight  at the Shimo-Yoshida Station (300 JPY, about 15 minutes).  The Arakura Sengen Shrine is  a 10 minute walk from the  station. From the Station there are signs that will lead you to the  shrine.  Then you will pass by residential area .

Shimo-Yoshida Station

Shimo-Yoshida Station

 

 

Ricefields along the way

rice fields along the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn is coming!

Autumn is coming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arakura Sengen Shrine

Arakura Sengen Shrine

             

stairs to the Pagoda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt Fuji on the way to the Chureito Pagoda

Mt Fuji on the way to the Chureito Pagoda

 

Chureito Pagoda

Chureito Pagoda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

    Finally after how many hundred steps, I was able to see this view in real life.  I always admired this in pictures and in  post cards.  I just have to take this shot hahaha :).  So happy that it was a clear morning and we are able to see Mt Fuji for a couple of hours ♥♥♥.

Mt Fuji and Chureito Pagoda

Mt Fuji and Chureito Pagoda

    Around 9 am Mt Fuji was hidden in the clouds. We are very lucky we were able to see it for two days.  After that we went back to the  hotel and  we are able to catch breakfast.

Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast

 

Took some pictures of the area before we prepare for check out.

 

 

 

 

Mt. Fuji hidden by the clouds

Mt. Fuji hidden by the clouds-Lake Kawaguchiko

     We left the hotel around 11 a.m.  We are heading to Kyoto.  We ate lunch at the Kawaguchiko station and sent some postcards.

Yoshida Udon Noodles

Yoshida Udon Noodles

Cafe at the Kawaguchiko Station

Cafe at the Kawaguchiko Station

      From Kawaguchiko, we need to go back to Otsuki (47 Minutes).   Then from Otsuki transfer from there and take the train going to Hachioji (about 30 minutes). From Hachioji then take the train bound for Shin-Yokohama (about 40 minutes train ride).  Then from Shin-Yokohama to Kyoto (about 139 minutes train ride).

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     We arrived at Kyoto Station around 6:45 pm and we took a cab to go to  our hotel.  We booked at the Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto.  Check in was easy and  they have english speaking staff at the reception.  Location is good . Gojo station is just beside the  hotel. The room & toilet is nice and quite spacious :).  You can also cook.  The room has its own sink and stove.  I like it.  I  wasn’t able to take much pictures of the room.  We are in a hurry because we have an 8 pm reservation for dinner.

My bed

     After Check in , we just put our luggages in the room. We just freshen a bit, then off to dinner.  I have been looking forward to this dinner for almost a year ever since I  saw that youtube vid of an omu rice opening up  like a flower ♥, so NO!  I am not going to miss this chance.  We took a cab to go to the  place so we won’t be late.  So far it I find it easy to take a cab here in Japan (cab fare is quite expensive, I think flag down rate is about 8 sgd. So most people will choose to take train or bus).

    The restaurant name is KichiKichi (キチキチ).  It is an eight seater (counter seat type) restaurant and I would highly suggest that you make a reservation before coming here.  You can fill up this reservation form or you can call them (you can ask the hotel staff to help you).  In our case we fill up the form,  initially it’s all in japanese, Thank you google translate! Mwah mwah and mwah.  Now they have the reservation form in english Yay!  :).  After making a reservation they will send email confirmation.

Kichi Kichi sign on the street

Kichi Kichi sign on the street

Go in this small alley where Kichi-kichi is located

Go in this small alley where Kichi-kichi is located

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Omu Rice Heaven!

Welcome to Omu Rice Heaven!

Menu outside the store

Menu outside the store

 

 

Need I say more? If there is an Omu rice heaven  this guy must be the  God of Omu rice ♥♥♥

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Chef Motoyoshi Yukimura

Chef Motoyoshi Yukimura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was fun and  showed  us the art of making an awesome Omu rice.  This was one of highlights of my Kyoto trip.  I actually went to Kyoto just to eat this!  Best Omu rice I’ve tasted 😀

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Chef and his pretty assistant

omu rice

croquette

croquette

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kichikichi 

185-4 Zaimokucho, Sanjo Pontocho-dori Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture (Pontocho)