Monday, 4 May 2015

Free Trial For Ninja Wi-Fi In The Month Of May

Just spreading the word out for fellow travelers visiting Japan this month.

A promotional campaign by Vision Inc Japan, where they are offering free trials of their new product; Ninja Wi-Fi; to all visitors during the month of May.

Through the newly expanded network system of au mobile, Ninja Wi-Fi currently has the best 4G LTE coverage among portable WiFi systems. Given how important a reliable Internet connection is, especially in a country like Japan, the new product is believed to be of great assistance to those traveling to Japan.

For those who are keen to try it out, do click on this (http://goo.gl/forms/gCMRk0K3sb) link and complete the form.

Or for more info, head to their website : http://ninjawifi.com/en/

The requirement after accepting the free rental is to post photos of the Japan visit either on blog (for bloggers) or FB page and write a positive review on the service. 

Whaddya think?

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Daily Trip Report - Day Six. Bus Trip To Kawaguchiko

Day Three - A Trip To The Post Office
Day Four - Morning Run By The Sumida River
Day Four - Mount Takao
Day Four - A Night Stroll and A Date
Day Five - An Important Date!
Day Five - Heirin-ji
Day Five - To Todai We Go!

Day Six of our 2014 autumn trip was a Saturday. It was a cold, rainy Saturday morning so thank goodness the plan was to take a bus to Lake Kawaguchi Station to collect my race kit because I was to run in the Fujisan Marathon the day after.

From our hotel in Asakusa, we made our way to Shinjuku as the bus we're taking to Kawaguchiko is at the Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal.

We had already made an online reservation for our bus tickets from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko Station so it was just a matter of paying for the tickets before we board our bus. Info on the highway bus can be found here.
We arrived rather early so we decided to loiter at the Shinjuku Post Office and look at commemorative stamps.

It was before 9.00am and although the staff who was in-charge of cleaning had told a few of us who were there looking at stamps that the post office will only be open at 9.00am for transactions and none of us were too concerned about waiting; she decided to open the counter 15minutes before opening time.

I guess we probably should apologise for making her stressed out with us waiting outside. Hahaha

Bought a few sets of stamps (like we always do when we visit Japan), sent some postcards and even managed  to buy a few boxes of Japan Post New Year Kit-Kat. ^^
Later, we made our way to the bus terminal which is kinda opposite the Shinjuku Post Office.

It is directly located opposite Yodobashi Camera so it is pretty easy to find the bus terminal. But don't in any way, think that the bus terminal is the same as what KL bus terminals look like!
Paid for and got our tickets printed out.

1,750yen for adult, one way to Kawaguchiko and our bus departed at 11.40am, arrival 01.32pm. A 2-hour bus trip.
This is the bus line.
And that's Yodobashi Camera right opposite it.
Our bus arrived, passengers were called to board the bus, bags were given to these helpful and efficient staff. Fast and painless.
The bus driver collecting our bus ticket.
And then, off we go to Kawaguchiko Station! Yes, it departs right on time.
The view along the way. ^^
Arrived Kawaguchiko Station and headed straight to the Overseas Runner Reception area to collect my race kit for Fujisan Marathon and bumped into a fellow Malaysian who was running the marathon.

We bumped into other Malaysians too, who came for a holiday and going to Fuji 5th Station.
A family portrait with the iconic mountain in the background for the album.

We were blessed with great weather and unhindered view of Mount Fuji when we were there. ^^

Friday, 24 April 2015

Daily Trip Report - Day Five. To Todai We Go!

Day Three - A Trip To The Post Office
Day Four - Morning Run By The Sumida River
Day Four - Mount Takao
Day Four - A Night Stroll and A Date
Day Five - An Important Date!
Day Five - Heirin-ji

The glorious, awe-inspiring Tokyo University. What more can I say?

Thank you Ru for introducing us to her beloved gingko tree.

Continuing from the previous post where we visited Heirin-ji in Saitama. We headed straight to Tokyo University after Heirin-ji. It was a bit of walk from the train station to the University, but nothing too far or strenuous and was greeted with a blanket of yellow under the gingko trees. Awesome!
A friend saw this and it took him back down memory lane. He was a Todai graduate. ^^
This way for the tree, says she. ^^
Oh hi, tree.
Boy meets tree.
Boy and Dad happy,
Under the tree.
We later made our way to Sanshiro Pond located within the university compound.
Lovely pond. Imagine sitting here alone, just being accompanied by our thoughts. 

There were other visitors when we there. Noisy too. Hohoho
We needed refreshment after our excursion so a stop a Doutor was made. A hot cuppa and a sweet bun. Heaven.
Then later, because we are a bunch of tourists after all; we made a stop at the University co-op.

We wanted to buy some postcards to send to ourselves and friends too.
And ended up buying a tee for Son too. No 12, because he just celebrated his 12th birthday last year.

For luck. And motivation. For future university application to Todai. HAHAHA

Oh yeah, in case anyone got confused, the one holding the t-shirt is the Dad. Not the 12-year old Son. ;-)

We later made our way to Ueno Park after the visit to Todai since it is so near.
So after Ueno, we should we head to?
Back to Asakusa.

And a dash to Kappabashi before most of the stores closes as we promised our Son we'd go there as he wanted to go omiyage hunting in Kappabashi. For his classmates and school teachers. Using his own pocket money.

We managed to get some of the things he had in mind, and the rest, we found later in Akihabara. And because Mommy remembers where to get some cheap, sold in bulk keychains and Daddy knows where to get cheaper, off-season anime related stuff in Akihabara; the Boy spent less than RM150.00 for souvenirs for ALL of his classmates and ALL of his primary school teachers too. *thumbs up* 

We skipped lunch as we had a nice big breakfast and opted for coffee and snacks at Todai so after all that train trip, walking and shopping, we had an early dinner.

Where else? Yayoi-ken!
Om nom nom.

Saba misoni for the boys and Mommy chose sanma this time.

Burp.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Daily Trip Report - Day Five. Heirin-Ji

We're already looking for flight tickets for our next trip to Japan (to celebrate my 40th birthday, no less) and here I am still struggling with last year's trip report. Ahahaha...

Anyways, as usual here's the summary of 2014 Autumn trip so far. Only up to Day Five. And just the morning part of it too!
The Summary
Day One - Touchdown
Day Three - A Trip To The Post Office
Day Four - Morning Run By The Sumida River
Day Four - Mount Takao
Day Four - A Night Stroll and A Date
Day Five - An Important Date!

Continuing from the last trip report, where we met up with a friend, Ru and she took us to a couple of her favourite spots.

First, we visited Herinji Temple in Saitama (click here for the website. It's in Japanese though).

I am not going to write much about the temple but if you want to read more about it, do check out Ru's post Heirin-Ji here and here.
We got off at Niiza Station and proceeded to walk to the temple. One can opt to take a bus or a taxi but we chose to walk and enjoy the sights getting to the temple.

Quite interesting sights too, I might add. Normal, everyday but interesting nonetheless. ^^
 Plenty of vegetable patches!
 Even crossing the road using the pedestrian bridge was interesting. Hahaha
 Just follow the crowd.

A wide pedestrian path too.
Awwwwww.... Didn't see any though. Shoot!
Less than 30 minutes later, our stroll took us to the outer gate of the temple.

Despite being a weekday (we were there on a Friday), the temple had quite a number of visitors. Most were elderlies.

Entry to the temple is 500yen and it's really 500 yen well spent. We didn't spend a lot of time there but maybe another time; when time permits and we visit Heirin-ji again, we'll spent hours and hours there.

It's spectacular during autumn but I'm told it is equally nice during other seasons too. Maybe next time, we'll be there for Spring? ^^

But for the the time being, all I have to share is the photos of Heirin-ji during autumn.
Yes, there was a big crowd that day but we still have a sense of privacy to enjoy the sights and scenery and at certain places, it was rather quiet.
I can't remember exactly how long we were there, maybe just a couple of hours; walking, stopping, taking photographs, avoiding the crowd... ^^
Oh yes, we went up this stairs.
Thank you again Ru for bringing us here. It was lovely!

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