Tokyo: Hama-Rikyu Gardens, Sen-soji Temple & Ueno Park

Can’t believe it’s been a month since my last update (I keep on saying this) and I wanted to update my Tokyo trip part by part but who am I kidding, I sometimes even forget that I have a blog. I forgot some of the places that we went because we did not follow our itinerary since we over-estimated our stamina (especially me).

We stayed for 8 nights in Tokyo and our house was located nearby Asakusa Mitsuke (Ginza Line), Akasaka (JR Line) station, Family Mart and few convenience stores. One thing that I absolutely love about Tokyo is their vending machines! Not sure how much Echo spent for vending machine drinks but where can I find Calpis Soda here!

Hama-rikyu Gardens

If you can’t stand the already hustle and bustle city, you can opt for Hama-Rikyu Gardens since it’s probably one of a peaceful spot in the city. I choose Hama-Rikyu over Ueno any day albeit there’s small fee to pay, this garden is well-kept, not that crowded and it is picturesque in every corner. If you’re lucky, you can even see sakura, everywhere.

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Hama-Rikyu graced us with their blossomed sakura on my birthday! You can find below for some of my behind the scenes photos ;p

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The thing I love about Spring is, doesn’t matter what picture you take, it will always end up looking breathtakingly beautiful.

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Tip: If you’re nice to their workers, they will tell you the best place to take pictures.

Sensoji Shrine

Tokyo is famous for its shrines and their famous ones would be Meiji & Sensoji. At first we were supposed to go for Meiji but Echo convinced us that Sensoji would be better and it was. We went there twice, at two different timings and I would recommend to do it too because at night, Sensoji is in all its glory.

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The shrine closes at 5PM and you can’t really do anything much after that but some of the shops there close quite late and if you are looking for the famous Naritaya Halal Ramen Shop, it’s just somewhere behind the shrine. Please don’t come with an empty stomach because the line can be quite long and if possible, avoid coming in if you’re in a big group because the place is small.

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I’d recommend photography enthusiasts to go there at night because the shop alley looks beautiful at night!

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Tip: Try to go at day & night if you are about that photography life, avoid buying souvenirs at the shops because it’s quite pricey there and don’t forget to try the mochi!

Ueno Park

One thing I wish I could’ve done properly in Tokyo is, explore the park’s every nook and cranny. We wanted to spend a good half day there but the park is huge, you need to have walking patience. We only managed to visit the zoo before our legs gave up. Even the zoo itself was huge.

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This park is not kidding with their cherry blossom. It. was. everywhere. My inner non-four-season-Malaysian was excited. I took pictures of every cherry blossom tree that I could find. Major tourist, right here.

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Auntie drawing trees

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To be honest, I did not take a lot of pictures here because it was, just okay for me but I did find Farfetch’d there. For those who want to come to Tokyo for cherry blossom, Ueno Park should be at the top of your list because you can have a picnic there and if you are lucky, you can watch some street shows too! I wish I could write more about Ueno Park but it was just okay for me, my heart is still with Hama-Rikyu Gardens.

That’s all for now! DisneySea will have its own post, because come on… It’s DisneySea!

Photos were taken using Sony A6000 & Iphone7. Edited using VSCO Cam App.

(Disclaimer: All photos in potato resolution because I was lazy to properly edit, so I ended up editing with VSCO at low resolution.)

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