Hanami in Japan : Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

It was great experiencing hanami in Japan even at least once in your lifetime and one of the popular and best place to go is Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo.

Shinjuku Gyoen is home to a huge number of cherry trees of different varieties and has extended viewing season from mid March to late April. So other parks might not be in cherry blossom season anymore but Shinjuku Gyoen still is.

It is a 15-20 minute walk about 700m from JR Shinjuku station New South exit or 5-10 minute walk from Shinjukugyoenmae station on the Marunouchi Subway line. We took the JR Shinjuku station route when we went there and took the Shinjukugyoenmae station afterwards. The best tip I can give when in doubt, use Google maps. 🙂

Operating hours from 9 AM to 4:30 PM with last entry at 4 PM. Entrance fee is 400 YEN for adults and 50 YEN for children.

I hope to go back someday!

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Asakusa Kannon Temple

Also known as Sensoji is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, which is one of the most popular destination in Tokyo Japan.

I must admit that I am not fond of going to temples but I’m glad I did visit this place because I felt positive upon leaving Sensoji temple.

Aside from the souvenirs and unique cuisines that I can buy from Nakamise, I also went to pray and try my luck at Omikuji. I am a bit reluctant because Sensoji temple’s omikuji are known to have a high rate of misfortune but it is what it is.

There is no admission fee and the temple grounds is always open for people who wants to visit however, Sensoji temple’s main hall is only open from 6 AM to 5 PM.

Getting here is easy, alight at Asakusa station served by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways. It is at least a 5-minute walk from the station.

I hope I can come back to see the temple’s main hall as we arrived already past 5 PM.

Asakusa Kannon Temple

Kaminarimon, the Thunder Gate.

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Things to See and Do in Odaiba

Odaiba originated from the word Daiba which means fort. It is a popular shopping area as well as an entertainment place.

Here you will find the famous Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV building, Decks Tokyo Beach, Aquacity, Divercity Tokyo Plaza, Telecom Center, Museum of Maritime Science, National Museum of Emerging Science and Oedi Onsen Monogatari.

Palette Town is also a walking distance away where you can shop at the Venus Fort, see vintage cars at Toyota Mega Web, ride the Ferris Wheel and play at Leisureland.

There are several ways to get here. I was planning to take a bus but end up taking a train instead.

We rode the elevated train with rubber tires called Yurikamome that connects Shimbashi station of the Yamanote line with all of Odaiba’s attractions. Kindly note that Yurikamome is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass or JR Pass so you have to pay for a separate ticket worth 320 YEN per trip.

You can also take the Rinkai line which connects Osaki station on the JR Yamanote line with Shin-kiba station on the JR Keiyo line which stops at Tokyo Teleport and Kokusai Tenjijo underground stations or ride a boat from Hinode Pier for 20 minutes at 480 YEN. If you are really the adventurous type you can cross the Rainbow bridge by foot which takes about 30-45 minutes walk.

Odaiba Park

Rainbow Bridge at night.

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