Akihabara: Electronic, Anime and Manga Town

We took the train from Tokyo Skytree Station to Ueno Station and set out on foot to explore Akihabara. Akihabara is a district in central Tokyo that is well-known for its numerous electronic shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga, video games, figurines, card games and other collectibles. We strolled along taking random photos and just visited a few shops along the way.

Here you will also find many young women wearing frilly French maid costume handing out brochures or just roaming around the street. They are maid cafe waitresses trying to entice customers into their cafe shops. I saw a cute Akiba maid with pink ribbon in her hair and carries a tiny teddy bear bag. I got so excited I instantly took a photo of her but she shielded her face from the camera. I just noticed the "no photo/no video" sign she was holding while I was editing this picture. Gomennasai!




Akky specializes in tax free goods and sells a variety of electronic items



JR Akihabara Station
Labi Akihabara just across of JR Akihabara station specializing in personal computers, pc accessories and household electronics
far right is the Laox main store - the largest comprehensive duty-free store

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Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Part IV: Japanese Food
Till next time... toodles,
June

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting and observation tower in the Sumida District of Tokyo. With a height of 634 meters, it is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.8 meters). There are two enclosed observation decks of Tokyo Skytree - Tembo Deck (350 meters) and Tembo Gallery (450 meters).

Tokyo Skytree Tower
outdoor terrace
Admission tickets can be purchased from the Skytree Ticket Lobby on the 4th floor. When we arrived, we were greeted with insanely LONG queues and it took us an hour to finally get to purchase our ticket (2,060 Yen) for the Tembo Deck only. 

what you see here is just 10% of the people queuing up for tickets

When we got into Tembo Deck Floor 350, it is covered in huge 5 meter-high glass. We had our first 360-degree view of the Sumida River and the city. We could see all around Tokyo for miles. They are stunning!



If you want your memories captured on film with the Tokyo Skytree miniature statue, a photo service can be found here.



There are 3 floors of Tembo Deck. Aside from the top floor observation deck that I've mentioned, there's the middle floor which has a souvenir shop and the Musashi Sky Restaurant, while the lowest floor features some glass panels on the ground from where you can look all the way down to the base of the tower.


Around the base of Tokyo Skytree lies Tokyo Solamachi, a shopping and entertainment complex with over 300 shops and restaurants. While walking nowhere in particular, we stumbled upon these cute shops such as Hello Kitty Japan, Meneki-Neko (Lucky Cat), MediCom Toy and Rilakkuma store.





I would suggest coming here at Tokyo Skytree as early as possible or right when they open. If you decide to go to the Tembo Galleria, tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Counter located on the Tembo Deck.

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Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo Disney Resort has two theme parks - Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. We decided that the latter would be more fun to go to since it's the only one DisneySea in the world. Tokyo Disney Sea is a 176-acre theme park designed with a nautical and maritime theme that opened on September 4, 2001.

We knew it was going to be jam-packed on weekends so we just wandered along the park. Basically taking countless pictures of ourselves and of course for my blog, and just soaking up the views and ambiance.



DisneySea AquaSphere is one of the icons of Tokyo DisneySea located at Disney Sea Plaza


It is made up of seven themed areas: Mediterranean Harbor, Mystery Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront. Park shows and rides are more suitable for adults.

Mount Prometheus is another icon of Tokyo DisneySea
Southern European port building at Mediterranean Harbor
Mediterranean Harbor
one of the shops at the park
at the American Waterfront
Toy Story Mania at American Waterfront where you can board a tram and play some carnival games with Woody Buzz and pals
SS Columbia Ship at New York Harbor

Hotel High Tower also known as Tower of Terror, an old hotel where you can explore its treasures and mysteries
Lobster Fishing at American Waterfront
Aquatopia, a boat ride that uses LPS tracking at Port Discovery
C-3PO plane at the Lost River Delta
Stalls selling fruits and instruments at Saludos Amigos! Greeting Dock in Lost River Delta
steam boat ride
Raging Spirits, a roller coaster with a 360-degree loop at Lost River Delta
Sinbad's Storybook Voyage at Arabian Coast
a sailing adventure at Arabian Coast
Caravan Carousel, a two-level carousel at Arabian Coast
Mysterious Island where you can aboard a unique subterranean vehicle and research submarines
We'd been going around the theme park and suddenly it started to rain so we were not able to take pictures of Mermaid Lagoon area.

This park is huge so be physically prepared to avoid an arduous long walks. Admission ticket is 5,000 Yen per person. Tokyo Disney resort is located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan just outside of Tokyo.

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Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Part IV: Japanese Food
Till next time... toodles,
June

Tokyo Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland was one of my Tokyo bucket lists. We set off early Sunday morning to visit this place located on the western outskirts of Tokyo in Tama New Town. Admission ticket price is 3,800Y per person on weekends (around P1,600).

Sanrio Puroland is geared for younger children. It's a small indoor theme park featuring all the Sanrio characters. It offers musical performances, live shows, few rides and attractions such as Sanrio character boat ride, My Melody and Kuromi Mymeroad Drive, Kiki and Lala Twinklingtour and Lady Kitty House. In my opinion, there's nothing much to do unless you're here with a kid. There are no exciting rides and all of the shows are only in Japanese.



ticket booths
Puro Village
the giant wisdom tree stands at the center of Puro Village

Though, I enjoyed the Lady Kitty House, which I think is the big attraction here. I may not be young anymore but I still like Hello Kitty and I'm addicted to anything cute.


Sanrio Puroland Lady Kitty House
lady kitty house striking foyer
with exquisite pink sofa
huge bear pops in and out of his hiding spot
a sofa set covered in cute plush bears
gorgeous wardrobe of Hello Kitty
and her sugary bed :)
And we had a photo-op with Hello Kitty in the studio. Pictures with Kitty are only to be taken with the Lady Kitty House photographer.


Then we purchased our photo at the photo counter located outside the exit. A photo cost around 2,000Y if I'm not mistaken.

photo counter is on the left side
Lady Kitty House Shop and her cute pink carriage seat
Also worth mentioning is the Character Food Court offering all kinds of cute character-designed food.


But regrettably, I wasn't able to try because HB was in a hurry to have a bowl of Kitakata ramen noodles in Bannai.

Related Posts:
Part I: Konnichiwa Japan
Part II: Konnichiwa Japan (Getting There)
Part III: Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae
Part IV: Japanese Food
Till next time... toodles,
June