Category Archives: Japan

Japan- Day 12 

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The most expected day of my whole trip. We went to Tokyo station and Shibuya and did some very little shopping.

The station underground had 100’s of shops and there is a big complex in the station with 12 floors called Daimaru, selling cute and Japan stuff and food items for Tax free (but it was a bit expensive).

So many yummy cake shops… Take away Bento box shops… Looked very yummy…

Earrings made with Sakura flower petals…

Costs almost $30 AUD…

Ladies toilet in Daimaru building…

We then headed to Shibuya and walked in the world famous Shibuya crossing. Thousands of people crossing the roads at a time from four directions taking a selfie and video. The Starbucks there and first floor ofother buildings are crowded with people taking pictures of the crossing.


All this time, I wondered where I can see those world famous Japanese fashionista kids  and we finally saw all of them here. All English speaking Japanese kids, store staff, girls with super heavy foundation and make-up. It is a very good experience. The shops here ask us to wear a veil while trying clothes as the foundation and make-up might stain the clothes.

We can see the world famous Japanese fashion here… Beautiful Japanese girls whom we all envy… What more do we need… We spent the rest 4-5 hrs there and left the place just because of our 6 yr old son who started dancing to every music we hear in the street 😍

Japan-Day 11

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We went to Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, one of the World’s biggest fish market. We reached there at 11.45am and it was too late as the market start wrapping the fishes by 10.30am. So we went there when the market was clean.

Still managed to capture few fisherman cleaning and slicing fishes.


Japanese pottery stores that sell cheaper but quality stuff are also present in the outer market area.


We then headed to Asakusabshi, to visit the Miyuki beads store and the beads and gemstones shops.


Gemstones are expensive and are not like in China. Less variety too. We didn’t buy many beads.

After finishing beads shopping, we went to the Electronic hub in Tokyo, Akihabara.

We went to only Yadobashi Akiba and there are some 7-8 floors there and we spent 5 hrs in that shop looking at things and buying some small stuff. Again electronics is expensive or almost equivalent to what we get in Australia. So we bought only some important things.

Japan-Day 10

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Tired and sick with itchy hands and wheeze.

People sometimes call me a OCD but if you get such itchy hands with terrible pain and dirty look like this won’t you be always extra careful about what you touch and where you play.

I can’t play in beach sand because I would get such itchy hands immediately. Doctors just prescribe Topical creams and tablets to avoid the itchiness like Allergy tablets. No permanent cure so far. If anyone reading this post has any suggestions, please let me know.

It was a rest day…

These pictures show the cleanest part of my hand. The fingers are badly infected on the back side of the hand.


Visited the nearby mall for lunch and bought some custom embroidered hand towels, medicines for hands and cough. I have lost my voice this time.

Japan-Day 9

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We went to the 3 shrines again today as we couldn’t go inside the shrines on Day-8 ( the shrines close at 4pm). After visiting the main temple we started to Tobu to visit the Tobu world center/Square where they have miniatures of all the famous Japan sites and some of the World famous buildings from all around the World.

All the people and trees near the architectures are also small and tiny ones. The trees are all Bonsai trees and real.

I didn’t know that Kyoto and Nara had so many beautiful temples and we just planned 1 day for Kyoto and Nara together. Atleast I saw the Bamboo gardens in Kyoto which is recommended as a must visit in the Internet.

It was a scorching day and I managed to see all the architectures without fainting there.

At this time, I had severe wheezing and cough and my hands were infected with Eczema like rashes.

Japan-Day 8

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We started to Nikko and visited the yumato Onsen first and then after 4pm we visited the famous three shrines at Nikko.


We spent the night at a hotel in Nikko and had a traditional Japanese dinner. I would have never spent so much for a dinner but the dinner and breakfast is part of the hotel service so enjoyed it happily.

Tip: 

Remember to carry a small hand kerchief and a small towel. The toilets outside the main cities don’t have hand dryers or paper towels.

Japan – Day 6

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We allocated the whole day for Kyoto and Nara but at the end realised that just to see all the temples and shrines in Kyoto would take 2 days. It is a very beautiful place.

Kyoto is like Tanjore in South India. Not sure if I can compare them like that but it is so crowded with Shrines.

Since I was havin high fever, we started only at noon from our hotel and directly went to see the Bamboo Garden. After getting down at the station, there is a bicycle hire place within 50m from the station. We wanted to mainly see the Bamboo Garden but since my little boy was also tired, we hired bicycles and it’s worth it. We could cover all the streets and shrines within the next 4hrs in this suburb (??). It is a very beautiful place and riding a bicycle after 15 years was really worth it.


Don’t miss the tax free shops in the basement mall where they sell the Kyoto famous sweets. I couldn’t buy or eat anything as my sweet tongue was also down with fever and cold.

Japan – Day 5

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We started with USJ again and quickly finished our Jurassic park and Harry potter kids rides and went to Wonderland and met Snoopy and Hello Kitty.

Do not miss the Jurassic park water ride… It is worth the wait. My little one enjoyed it and wanted to go again the second day.

I felt so funny in the Hello Kitty ride (is it a ride??). Father’s of little girls, beware!!!

Cute and little rides for little kids in the colorful Wonderland…


We left the Studios a little early and went to the Osaka Aquarium by taking a ferry from the Universal city port.

We can touch sharks and stingrays in this aquarium. My little to be fisherman boy enjoyed it very much.


With high fever and cold, finally our Osaka visit came to an end and we started to Kyoto and checked in at a hotel very near to the Kyota train station.