2014 Japan Trip Day 7: Kyoto

19 January 2015
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2014 Japan Trip Day 7: Kyoto

Continued from 2014 Japan Trip Day 6: Tokyo.

We arrived at our Osaka AirBNB apartment pretty late the previous evening, so we decided to sleep in and ride the noontime shinkansen for Kyoto instead of the 8AM train we originally listed in our travel plans. Thanks to our Japan Rail Pass, we could afford to switch trains at the drop of a hat, and do multiple city tours commuting via the bullet train system. Instead of two hours via local train, we reached Kyoto in just twenty minutes, so we managed to do the rest of the things on our itinerary.

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2014 Japan Trip Day 6: Tokyo

16 January 2015
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2014 Japan Trip Day 6: Tokyo

Continued from 2014 Japan Trip Day 5: Tokyo.

It was technically our last day in Tokyo, so we wanted to get one more temple visit in before we hot-footed it to Osaka. If Meiji Shrine was our home shrine, then Asakusa Temple was our home temple, and we always tried to visit with every trip. It’s always fun to meander through Nakamise Doori, fight off the hordes of Chinese tourists, and make our way to the main temple Sensoji which supplies o-mikuji and o-mamori to the faithful (or curious).

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2014 Japan Trip Day 5: Tokyo

14 January 2015
by magnetic_rose
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2014 Japan Trip Day 5: Tokyo

Continued from 2014 Japan Trip Day 4: Tokyo.

We decided to spend Christmas Day in Harajuku and Shibuya. We always make it a point to visit Meiji Jingu in Harajuku whenever we are in Tokyo, as we consider it our “home shrine” and always come to give thanks for another trip to Japan. We do this according to Japanese belief by hanging ema or wooden prayer tablets, which the shrine priests burn to send the intentions up to heaven. With the New Year so close as well, preparations for Hatsumode were already in full swing — lanterns and barriers were set up, as were temporary food stalls and stalls that sold o-mikuji (fortunes) and o-mamori (amulets).

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2014 Japan Trip Day 4: Tokyo

12 January 2015
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2014 Japan Trip Day 4: Tokyo

Continued from 2014 Japan Trip Day 3: Tokyo.

We continued our travels by looking for the brand new location of the Evangelion Store, which moved from Harajuku to Ikebukuro in late 2014. Unlike the Harajuku store that had its own building, the new store is now only a section on the second floor of Ikebukuro Parco’s P’ building. The selection of goods has likewise downsized, so if you were used to the scope of the old store, the new store may be a bit of a letdown (that didn’t stop us from picking up a few things though).

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2014 Japan Trip Day 3: Tokyo

8 January 2015
by magnetic_rose
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2014 Japan Trip Day 3: Tokyo

Continued from 2014 Japan Trip Day 2: Tokyo.

The 23rd of December is the birthday of His Imperial Majesty Akihito, the Emperor of Japan, and is a national holiday, as well as one of the two days in each year (the other being the New Year) that the Imperial Palace of Tokyo is open to the public. We took advantage of this holiday to roam the palace gardens, and it’s a pretty neat way of spending the day without having to spend a lot of money (cheap thrills <3).

2014 Japan Trip Day 3: Tokyo

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