Happy New Year!
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Tokyo with my father and brother during this New Year. We sent 2016 on its way with bowls of hot ramen, sticky daifuku, and a whole lotta walking.
Here are some pictures of the trip– click for captions. For a comprehensive map of our travels during these five days, scroll down for the Google Map with categories for shopping, eating, sight seeing, free wifi, and more.
You can keep your Hello Kitty and eat her too.
The singer greeting everyone at the entrance to Takeshita Street in Harajuku.
The Playstation 1 on display at Sony Park.
Some interesting wares at Don Quijote, a massive local chain dollar store.
SensoJi Shrine, the oldest Shinto shrine in Tokyo.
Nakamise street, leading up to the entrance of Senso Ji.
Michael navigates the Tokyo Metro map.
Pachinko parlors, a popular arcade game, are filled with smoke and mostly men, old and young.
A panorama of the treetops in Yoyogi park.
A decaying lamp in Ueno’s Ameya Yokocho streets.
Purikura, Japanese photo booths, are endless fun. A photoshoot to your favorite annoying popsong followed by 20 minutes of photoshopping!
A look back at the entrance to the main Meiji shrine.
A good spread of Tokyo denizens.
Bastardized Hello Kitty wall in Shinjuku.
Ichiran’s delicious ramen, to be enjoyed in your own private booth.
A ramen kitchen serving 10 at a time.
To use this map yourself, take a look and toggle between the layers to hone in on what you need during your travels! Some quick travel tips:
_I used the Maps.Me app to navigate between wifi spots.
_Tokyo provides a free wifi for tourists for up to 14 days.
_Cash, cash cash– buy Yen before you arrive; the ATMs will rip you off.
_Buy discounted subway tickets in the airport before you get into the city to save boku bucks.
_Bring your passport with you for tax-free shopping!