Tuesday, 3 January 2012

2011 Trip Recap, Part II

Still not too late to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR, right? あけましておめでとうございます again! :)

A continuation from my earlier post, recapping our trip to Japan made a few weeks ago in Dec 2011.
From Takamatsu in Shikoku, we made our way to Honshu Island on Day 8. Visited Nara for a few hours, stopped at Kyoto Station for a while, walked around Namba before finally calling it a day by boarding a sleeping train from Osaka to Tokyo. A pretty productive day, if I say so myself. ^^
Arrived Tokyo on Day 9 at 7.00am and proceeded on with more train journeys, all the way to Hakodate and view & touch some snow. Not to mention eating some awesome seafood there.
Stood in awe in front of the Kamakura Daibutsu on Day 10. It was raining the whole day we were there so had to re-adjust our plan but that's OK. There's always next time, right? ^^
Day 11 was spent with our most gracious host that day, Minor and his wife. It didn't rain that day, but it was COLD! Brrrr....
Day 12 was a sunny day, lucky for us. We took a stroll by the Sumida River, walking from our hotel in Senzoku and pretty soon found ourselves in Kinshicho.
 Went to Ogawamachi on Day 13 for a spot of shopping
On Day 14, we started our day at Kappabashi. Then, we made our way to Ueno and visited Yanaka Cemetery and stumbled into a few more interesting sites along the way. We eventually stopped to rest at Nippori before making our way back to Ueno.
The last day of our 2011 trip saw us visiting Yokohama again. No concrete plans of going sight-seeing anywhere so we just meander around the area before finally making our way to Haneda Airport and boarded our AirAsia X flight.

A totally awesome trip. We got to see the sights we wanted and more. A few we didn't make it but we are not totally bummed over it. As I see it, that's an excuse to make a return visit, if we need any. xD


  1. Wow, train drivers in Japan look so smart one huh!
    Got topi like our mata.
    Even got white gloves some more. ;)

  2. I wonder how many km you guys covered on foot on this trip. Not by train, but ON FOOT. Nara, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo in one day? I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

    PS: Don't worry about excuses for a return trip. We'll all help you come up with many! ;)

  3. You're making me want to visit Japan in this year 2012. I wish to visit Tokyo Highland! :D

  4. Happy New Year! Have a rocking 2012, Lina!

  5. @London Caller,
    Yes, the train pesonnel in Japan has really smart looking uniforms. The cart-ladies in shinkansen has uniforms that can rivall flight attendants. ^^

  6. @Rurousha,
    On foot? Not that many, I think seein that there are train rides in between. Now, if you are talking about walking to Nara from Osaka.... then... I'll consider it a LOT! Hahaha

  7. Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます You had a great trip and covered a lot of ground! Hope you have a great year in 2012 :)

    Japan Australia

  8. @Ristinw,
    Go! :)

    And enjoy yourself.^^

  9. @ECL,

    You have a great one too! :)

  10. @Japan Australia,
    Yes, we covered a lot of grounds but it just wasn't enough!

    Happy New Year! :)

  11. Happy New Year!
    I wish 2012 is filled with joy ,peace and happiness for you and your family.

  12. @minor,
    Thank you for the wish. :)

    We hope that you and family will have a blessed and happy 2012 too. :)

  13. Ha... I prefer our baju kebaya uniforms like MAS or SIA.
    You should write to them, ask them to wear the traditional stuff too.

  14. So it's common to visit cemeteries in Japan? They look pretty interesting.

  15. @London Caller,
    Our "kebaya" is pretty easy to wear. Imagine Japan Airlines or ANA FAs having to wear a traditional Japanese costume. Cannot move around the aisle. ;p

  16. @foong,
    Thanks! ^^

    Dunno about whether its common to visit cemeteries but it's an interesting sight. Haven't seen bus loads of tourists there, which is really nice. ;p


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