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  • Day4

    Sunshine City

    December 30, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Today we set off for a walk to see the Frank Lloyd Wright designed girls school Jiyugakuen Miyonichikan. It is now a museum - unfortunately closed for the New Year holidays. We took a walk around the outside, then headed to Sunshine City - a shopping centre in Ikebukuro with a huge Pokemon shop, Kiddyland, and an Aquarium on the top floor. Sayu had given us some free tickets to the Aquarium which she got because they visited just after a terrible incident where a tank of fish died. Highlights were luminescent cuttlefish and jellyfish, a fugu and a huge ocean sun fish.
    Ivy convinced us all to go to a cat cafe (grrr...). We then finished the day with a delicious bowl of ramen at one of the places from Russ's book - Bushikoto Taizo. You place your order via vending machine and then watch the cooks as you wait. It is not the sort of place to linger over your meal. In fact most of the other people there were dining solo and getting seriously stuck in. By the time we left a queue had formed outside.
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  • Day5

    New Years Eve

    December 31, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    There were little flurries of snowflakes in Tokyo this morning. It took Henry and I a few seconds of wondering what the floating white things were before we realised - snow !!! After some deliberating, we decided to spend the day and night in our home neighbourhood again. I ventured into the food-hall of Seibo, one of the huge department stores. New Years Eve was probably not the best time to visit, but it was quite an experience - absolutely heaving with people stocking up on New Year food and sweets and gifts. We bought some kit kats and whisky and went home for a rest before heading out for karaoke and dinner.
    After dinner we walked to the nearest temple we could find on google maps. It was so quiet and peaceful even though it was so close to the city lights. A few people were milling around but at 10:30 pm there was no sign of any monks so we went home to bed.
    (post-script - Russell popped out again just before 12:00 and lined up for an hour to ring the bell. He had to team up with a Japanese couple because there were so many people. I feel sorry to have missed that experience).
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  • Day2

    Japan Narita Airport- Tokyo (Ikebukuro)

    May 7, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Arrived Narita airport approx 8.15am
    Travelled on the NEX express Train from Airport to Ikebukuro station then walked to the Sunshine City Prince Hotel. Room not yet available so checked luggage into storage. Explored the Sunshine City Mall adjoining the hotel with its amazing musical and animated 'Fountain' in Fountain Square and then the local area.
    Dinner at city restaurant then walked local area
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  • Day3

    Tokyo Imperial palace - Shibuya

    May 8, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Train from Ikebukuro Stn to Tokyo Stn.
    Walked to the Imperial Palace formerly called Edo Castle.
    Visited and explored the East Gardens of the palace.
    Lunch at Bosso cafe.
    Boarded train at Tokyo Stn to Shibuya Stn and saw the busiest road crossing (Scramble crossing)
    Explored Shibuya area then boarded the train back to Ikebukuro.
    Dinner in authentic Japanese restaurant in city.
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  • Day4

    Tokyo Imperial Palace - Tokyo Sky Bus

    May 9, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Train to Tokyo Stn and walk to Imperial Palace(west side) Nijyubashi Bridge entrance.
    Back towards stn and boarded the Sky Bus ( Hop On Hop Off bus) Red line.
    Got off at the Sky Tree and purchased tickets to Tembo Deck floors 350 and 450.
    Lunch in Food court in the Sky Tree Mall.
    Sky Bus back to R1 start of Red line.
    Coffees Starbucks.
    Boarded Sky Bus Blue Line and completed tour back to Tokyo Stn.
    Train to Ikebukuro and Hotel
    Dinner in cosy underground restaurant in city centre then explored the night lights of the city.
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  • Day5

    D2 Tour. Tokyo Guided Tour

    May 10, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Met our Nexus Tour Group in the hotel lobby & Akiko our Guide. Bus to Shibuya , Meiji Shrine.
    on to Asakusa Kaminarimon Gate, street market and Senso-gi Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple.
    Went up the Sky Tree in Sumida City again for views from floor 350.
    Trip to Odiba for views of Tokyo bay, Statue of Liberty and Aqua City.
    Passed parliament and govt buildings, Imperial and Royal Palaces, Asahi Beer HO, Honda HO and Tokyo Tower.
    Back to Ikebukuro. Dinner in Japanese restaurant in city.
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  • Day6

    D3 Tour. Nikko World Heritage Day tour

    May 11, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nikko UNESCO day tour with our 'Nikko' guide 'Michi'.
    Travelled to Okunikko on expressway and highway.
    30 min holdup due to accident on roadway.Turned up into the mountains with cherry blossoms and 48 curves along the way.
    Visited the Kegon and Nehan falls then had lunch in Nikko town Teppanyaki style.
    Walked to Toshogu Shinto Shrine built for Tokugawa Ieyasu built in 1671. Entered the 3 gates and explored the site and museum.
    Travelled back to Hotel stopping for Tech Stop at unique roadhouse.
    Dinner at the Sanku chuu-boa then explored Ikebukuro district and night lights.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Higashiikebukuro, 東池袋

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