we spent our last two days in japan in tokyo, which we immediately loved with its manhattan feel. despite wanting to arrive in tokyo as early as possible, sleep won over and we ended up taking the 9:00 am train from yamato koizumi to kyoto then to tokyo, and got in the big city after lunch. the air was bitingly colder there than in osaka and kyoto that my cheeks burned while we walked from the beautiful tokyo train station to sotetsu fresa inn tokyo. knowing how the cold temperature could dry up the skin, i dutifully slathered on moisturizer and sunblock but the combination was still no match for the surprising weather. we warmed up a bit in the hotel, me pulling out the last set of clothes we would wear, and P downloading videos and photos from the gopro so we would have enough space for our last two days. then we headed out again, excited to see a number of sights, although we ended up skipping the tokyo skytree in favor of just roaming around shibuya.
the first tourist destination was the “tokyo imperial palace” according to P and while walking towards the “palace,” i realized that there wasn’t any mention of a tokyo imperial palace that was open to the public. or i could be wrong, i thought to myself, because obviously, P had looked it up. we reached the palace gates a good 20 minutes before they were going to close so we hurriedly went inside, took our passes, and walked around.
roaming around the palace gardens and taking photo after photo, P asked, “so where’s the palace?” then it dawned on me. uhm, we were not at the tokyo imperial palace. we were at the tokyo imperial palace gardens, which is the only part of the whole property that’s open to the public. k. lol.
we met a young bisaya couple there as well. they seemed to be too young to be honeymooners but what do we know? we had our first born when we were just 21 years old. lol. from the tokyo imperial palace gardens, we went straight to shibuya station as P really wanted to see the swarm of people crossing it, just like in times square. k. we took a local train to the shibuya station then walked to the famous intersection. to have a good view, we bought lattes from starbucks (IKR?) so we can climb to the coffee shop’s second floor and take snapshots. P, giving me elaborate instructions, ran downstairs so i could take his photo doing whatever he’s doing while people crossed the street all around him. as it was tourist season, he wasn’t the only one who had the idea so cameras were going off everytime the signal light would turn green. lol. one guy even wore a costume. lol.
of course, running slash brisk walking slash taking selfies is serious and tiring business so we were quite starving then. we ended up in a hole in a wall just in the shibuya district, whose serving area was in the basement.
we cannot leave shibuya without stopping by muji as it’s P’s favorite store after all. we stopped by uniqlo first as an officemate wanted some shirts and P ended up buying pants there. then we went to muji but they don’t have the white longsleeves and black shirts in his size anhmore so he was a bit disappointed.
we wanted to see the tokyo skytree at least before we leave but it closes at 9:00 PM and it was 8:45 PM when we googled the information. we just walked around the shibuya district, talking how it would be nice to sigh, live in japan. hahaha. we headed home early as i was too excited to see our final stop for japan: tokyo disneysea!
despite my purest intentions, we got in tokyo disneysea at 10:30 am, when fast passes were for 2:00 PM in the afternoon and onwards already. still, that didn’t dampen my giddiness to be in a disneyland property again for the second time. japan has both tokyo disneyland and tokyo disneysea, but since i have already been to disneyland anaheim in california, i just wanted to see disneysea. P was huffing and puffing about it when we were creating our itinerary but of course, a good husband gives in to his wife’s wishes. lol.
tokyo disneysea is relatively smaller than the main disneyland as we were able to go around it in just half a day. of course that doesn’t include going for all the rides but you get my drift.
sigh. a month after going to japan for the first time and i can still vividly remember the crisp, cool air, the beautiful sakura lining the park, the japanese people’s warmth, and the overall desire of wanting to live there. maybe we’ll settle for a second visit, with the three kids this time. so happy i had the chance not only to visit it in springtime, but also to travel with P. if only traveling wasn’t such a luxury, what with financial constraints and all, it would be lovely to visit a new country as a family every year. a mommy could dream, couldn’t she?