Friday, June 23, 2017

Japan 2017: Chiyoda and Taito

In our 11 days stay in Japan, it was only in our second to the last day that it rained.  We still followed our scheduled to visit Chiyoda and Taito for sightseeing and Shinjuku and Shibuya for shopping that day. 

Imperial Palace

Japan’s Imperial Palace, where their royal family resides, is located at Chiyoda city ward.  There are scheduled guided tours to enter the palace for free.  We were not fortunate to try this as during our visit, the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (access to Imperial Palace) was closed.  We just content ourselves in taking pictures from the outside.

Our Airbnb host has provided us an umbrella. J

Taito: Ueno and Asakusa

Ueno Park is a famous area for cherry blossom trees in Taito.  We wanted to visit this place to see the cherry blossoms and to visit the Ueno Zoo (located beside the park) to see the Pandas that reside in there.  We were unlucky as Ueno Zoo was closed during our visit.  Fortunately, the cherry blossom trees did not disappoint.

Gorgeous Sakura tree!

We then headed to Asakusa.  Asakusa is famous for the Senso-ji Temple.  I am not a big fan of temples, unless they really look gorgeous like Kinkakuji and Fushimi Inari, which is why I am not sure why we went here. 

Kaminarimon gate.

It was raining hard that we didn’t not enter Senso-ji Temple and just shop around Nakamise Dori, a shopping street at Senso-ji.  Yes, it was raining but we still opted to shop. Haha.

Nakamise Dori shopping street full of shoppers. 

Rickshaw on standby.  These are pulled by men and costly to experience hehe. 

For me, visiting these places are a nice add-ons to your itinerary in case you just need to fill it up.   Just make sure the attractions like the East Gardens of Imperial Palace and Ueno Zoo are not closed during your visit.


  1. Aside from the places, the things I'd love to experience in JP are the food, the people, I wanna see their culture, and the weather. There's still hope for us, JP is one of the places Dane and I wish we could visit with Nate one day.

  2. When we went to Japan, inulan din kami nung last two days namin. We have no umbrella so goodbye sa aming itinerary for that day. We just went to the nearby mall to buy pasalubong. Weather and operating hours talaga ang kalaban natin pag nagtravel.

  3. I don't know, but looking at your photos, the place looks nostalgic when it's raining. Siguro kasi gloomy yung weather. At ang hilig ko kasi noon sa Japanese horror films. Hahaha! Anyway, Japan is one of the countries I would love to pay a visit kung magkaron kami ng chance. Sayang naman di kayo nakapasok sa Senso-Ji temple. Infairness, kahit maulan, marami pa ring tao.

  4. Awww, too bad you didn't get to tour the Imperial Palace and visit the zoo. Seeing those cute pandas would have been super nice. At least you got to see the Sakura trees. They're so pretty!

  5. Now I know where to go to see those beautiful cherry blossoms. I like to see one. I hope we could visit Japan and enjoy those places, too. Surely your little Neo enjoyed the trip and will cherish it forever.

  6. I am also not fond of temples, but going to other places automatically include visiting such to experience their culture. I do hope we can visit Japan soon!

  7. Everything is so pretty! And I love that you went to historical places - I'm sure you were deeply immersed in Japan's culture. Also, I'm loving your AirBNB host's thoughtfulness!

  8. wow Cherry blossoms trees!!! I love that historical place with beautiful environment. Sayang lang at di kayo nakapasok sa loob no? Oh your diary blog post in Japan makes me to go there too and visit that place.


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