My 2016 Japan travelogue so far:
Osaka Day 1: Ana Crowne Plaza & Sennichimae Doguyasuji
Osaka Day 2: Osaka Station, Kuromon Market & Dotonbori
Nara Day 3: Todai-ji, Cheeky Deer & Fall Foliage
Osaka + Kyoto Day 4: Nishiki Market & Len Kyoto Kawaramachi
Kyoto Day 5: Kiyomizu-dera, Sannen-zaka & Ninen-zaka (Part 1)
Kyoto Day 5: Kōdai-ji (Part 2)
Kyoto Day 6: Autumn At Beautiful Arashiyama & Kyoto Station
Kyoto Day 7: Fushimi Inari Taisha & Yasaka Shrine
Kyoto & Mishima Day 8: Shinkansen & Beautiful Mishima (Part 1)
Fujikawaguchiko Day 8: Kagelow & Kawaguchiko (Part 2)
Fujikawaguchiko & Tokyo Day 9: Mount Fuji Views, Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center & Oishi Park
Tokyo & Urayasu Day 10: Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Day 11: Nui. Hostel, Ameyoko & Takeya
Tokyo Day 12: Autumn At University Of Tokyo, Kappabashi Street & Senso-ji
Yesterday (day 12) was all about fall ginkgo, and today (day 13) will all be about fall maple and also ginkgo! 🙂 Seriously, we were really lucky to have all these chances.
Start the day with breakfast: Corn bread from 7-11 @ 138 yen.
From Nui, we took the subway to Morishita Station on Oedo line and then to Shinjukusanchome Station on Shinjuku line. From there, we walked to Shinjuku Gyoen 新宿御苑. Shinjuku Gyoen is a very large park/garden. It’s so soooooo beautiful. If you’re a nature lover, I highly recommend this place – no matter the season.
Ate strawberries at the rest area. We bought it two days back at Takeya.
This is the English landscape garden. The trees on the top left photo were REALLY TALL!!! Btw, I did a crazy thing, by lying on the grass, flapping my arms and legs (to make invisible snow angel) because I didn’t have time to sit down on these grasses and enjoy a picnic. Haha
We saw more cherry blossom near the management office. The citrus tree (a type of lemon) is located near the Old Imperial rest house if I’m not mistaken. The bottom photos, well they are gorgeous and unique especially the one on the right.
While the rest of the gang went to check out the greenhouse (I actually went inside but quickly head back out as I prefer the real nature), I decided to stay back and rest at the flower bed area where there are couple of giant ginkgo trees, all shedding leaves, which made the ground turned yellow!
We exited at Sendagaya Gate. As much as I wanted to stay longer at Shinjuku Gyoen, I knew it was time to leave. Good bye to this VERY beautiful park/garden. We spent a whopping 4 hours here!!! It’s money well spent and totally worth my time. I can’t wait to come back here again.
The reason we came out from Sendagaya Gate was because we have another fall foliage viewing at a location nearby. Well, I thought it was nearby. There were plenty of walking and getting lost a bit.
After that we got lost a bit because we’re not sure how to cut through Jingu Stadium. I asked the security guard at the stadium how to go to Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki and he told me to go inside and exit at one of the gate.
And so, here we are at the vicinity of the famous Jingu Stadium 明治神宮野球場, where baseball games are held. We went for toilet break at one of the building where we saw they have golf range too. Oh, and I saw lots of good-looking wealthy guys. Haha I guess that is where they hang out. LOL
Finally we arrived. This is Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue 神宮外苑いちょう並木. Stunning isn’t it? This road is the main entrance to Meiji Jingu Gaien. As you can see, the ginkgo trees were over their peak. Most have lost their leaves, which you can see on the ground. There was suppose to be fall festival here but it was cancelled.
It was a nice afternoon walk. If you ask me, I prefer the atmosphere at University of Tokyo. This was just too hectic and noisy.
In total, we spent only about 15 minutes here. It was all about walking from one end to the other end. Feeling tired, we decided to head back to our hostel, but not before spending some time checking out the views near our hostel.
Around 5pm, we had dinner at Yayoiken やよい軒 again. Feeling energized after dinner, we then walked to Asakusa and did some shopping at Seria at EKIMISE store and Uniqlo at Matsuya store.
Dropped by a convenience store by the name of まいばすけっと which was operated by Aeon to get our breakfast. Also stoppd by 7-11 to get a yummy mini cake!
That’s all for day 13. A little more before concluding my Japan trip. It’s going to be a year soon since my trip. Haha