I went to Tokyo with Mum and Dad in March 2013 and I know it’s been so many months that I am now beginning to blog it down. I hope I do remember most of the details. Heh. It is my first time doing a free and easy trip in Japan! We took SQ midnight flight and touched down at Narita Airport around 7-ish in the morning.
After checking-out and collecting our luggage, we went to the airport limousine counter which can be easily spotted once you clear the custom, to purchase the limousine tickets to our hotel – Tokyo Metropolitan Hotel. It is 3000 Yen per pax but I suppose it is worth it since I do not have to lug the luggage to the hotel on my own. ^^
The limousine tickets will indicate which bus stop number to board the limousine. So just walk to the bus stop and wait for the limousine to be here. It is very convenient as there will be a person-in-charge at every bus stop to assist you and also tag your luggage accordingly before placing them into the luggage area ‘under’ the bus. While waiting for the limousine, I enjoyed the crisp morning air and cool weather, and sipping my favorite 伊藤园 green tea. 🙂
We arrived at the hotel around 10-ish. Since it was still too early for check-in, we left our luggage with the hotel concierge (definitely safe cos they kept it in a room and will give you a number tag), freshened up ourselves in the washroom and proceed to the first place on my itinerary – Asakusa!
Our hotel is located within 3 minutes walking distance to Ikebukuro JR Station. To go to Asakusa, we need to take the JR from Ikebukuro Station to JR Ueno Station, exit the JR Station, follow the signage to walk to Ginza Subway Line and take the subway to Asakusa Station. It is very simple, just that there’s a lot of walking to do. Heh.
Oh and buy the Suica Card for more convenient travelling, it is something like our EZ Link Card. The card can either be purchased from the JR Office or from the ‘Black’ color machine in the JR Station. Once we reached Asakusa, we decided to go for lunch first. There were many restaurants lying on the streets around the Asakusa Kannon Temple and I spotted Aoi-Marushin which is famous for their tempura!
As it was lunch peak hour, we have to wait for 30 minutes before we could get a table. >.<
The Tempura Don! Itadakimasu! You would have notice that their tempura is different from the usual tempura that we have seen in Japanese restaurants. Theirs are coated with lots of bread crumbs and sweet sauce. It is very crispy and I really love the sweet sauce, together with the round and fat Japanese rice, this is just heavenly yummy! The prawns are huge, meaty and fresh too! This bowl cost around 1500 -1700 Yen.
After filling up our stomach, it is time to do some touristy stuff – Asakusa Kannon Temple!