Sunday, June 18, 2017

Japan 2017: Shinjuku and Shibuya

We visited Japan’s two famous regions when we went there last March: Kansai and Kanto.  After touring the Kansai region and exploring the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, we geared ourselves for more adventure as we discover the Kanto region, especially the city of Tokyo.

We visited as much attractions as we can when we went to Tokyo.  Tokyo is divided into 23 city wards.  It is fairly easy to sightsee as it has very modern trains and subway system.   We made sure to buy the Tokyo Metro Subway Pass (JPY800 for 24hours), to save money while transporting through trains.


Shinjuku is the closest city ward of Tokyo to our Airbnb accommodation in Tokyo.  It was with so much coincidence that the overnight bus we rode stops at Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal. 

Busy checking out the Tokyo subway map. 

The first tourist attraction we visited was the Shinjuku Gyoen National Park.  Entrance fee cost JPY200.  This is a very huge park with a lot of cherry blossom trees.  It has also a lot of different variety of flowering trees and shrubs.  Every bit of the park is picturesque.  There are a lot of things to do at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park.  You can go on picnic as some did during our visit.  There are also kids from Day Care who were touring the place. 

Shinjuku is also famous for its Robot Restaurant.  We did not enter this place as entrance fee costs JPY8000 and food costs vary per menu.  It’s quite pricey for the experience if you ask me.

Shinjuku at night.


Shibuya is another famous city ward of Tokyo.  This is particularly famous because of the Shibuya Crossing.  We made sure to try it of course!

Shibuya is also a famous shopping district and food haven.  We were able to try the vendo ramen and it was a really nice experience (we actually tried it twice).

You eat next to each other at Ramen houses. 

During our last day at Japan, we wanted to take a photo with Hachiko, the famous akita dog.  However, it was raining so we just content ourselves in looking at the statue and telling the story to Neo.

Busy Shibuya crossing under the rain.

Don’t miss out Shinjuku and Shibuya in your Tokyo visit.  Both areas can be accessed through the Fukutoshin Line and will only cost JPY170 per train ride.


  1. We haven't explored the Shinjuku area but we went to Shibuya. Actually, this is far from our hotel but I really want to see Hachiko and experience the "Shibuya Crossing". Ang dami vendo sa Japan noh?

  2. Nakakatuwa ang vendo ramen! I think it's safe to say masarap ang ramen nila dun. Dito nga may mga masasarap na ramen, dun pa kaya. Hachiko's statue is definitely one of the places I would love to visit in Japan. I cried while watching that movie. lol.


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