Last few days, I just came back from my second trip to Japan… This time to Tokyo and Sapporo… IT WaS AWeSomE !!!!… Ten days travel with my travel buddies Ili and Rushd seems too short, however we had a fantastic journey and experience.. Traveling during winter in Japan have its own pros and cons.. but coming from a 2 seasons country of Malaysia, experiencing winter was something that we look forward to. Personally, it’s my second winter trip, my first also to Japan, visiting Kansai region last year. Yeah.. the days is shorter, shops and visiting place open late and closed early, but with a good planning, we managed to utilize the time that we had to the max..
We save a lot with the JR Kanto pass.. We had a night stay at Lake Kawaguchi, having the whole day cycling around Lake Kawaguchi while admiring the magnificent views of Mount Fuji. We ride the shinkansen bullet train to Nikko, a World Heritage area located 2hours ride from Tokyo, although we missed the first train, thanks to our JR kanto pass, we managed to get into the second train and walk around the countryside city. We had a wonderful 2 days children fantasy in Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea. We climb the highest tower in Tokyo, the Tokyo Skytree, viewing the vibrant metropolitan city from the highest 360degree viewing platform. We eat delicious sushi and fresh salmon at the Tsukiji Market, although we missed the tuna auction experience from the world largest wholesale market Tsukiji. We explored the streets of Ueno, shopping the latest trend at Harajuku and Omotesando, having coffee break while watching the busy crossing of Shibuya, walk at the electric and colourfull Akihabara, emerged into the cultural district of Asakusa, and elegant Ginza, experiencing the uniqueness of each part of the Tokyo city. Yeah… we missed few areas due to the limited time, but these places was too good to be rushed for, so we took our time at each places..
A short trip to Sapporo in Hokkaido was also a blast… I manage to get a good deal, thanks to Airasia. Our trip to Sapporo was few days early from the world famous annual event, The Sapporo Ice Festival, but we manage to sneak peak the preparation done for the festival. We manage the see the making of the Ice sculpture and snow scuplture at the Odari park. A day-trip to the romantic city of Otaru was the unforgettable one. I ate the most delicious corn I have eaten here, and also had unforgettable seafood lunch with fresh Hokkaido crab and hairy crab. I even bought a large fresh Hokkaido crab weight over 2kg from the Nishiki Market, to be brought back to Malaysia, which full with tasty meat, enough to be eaten with my 8 family members in meals. The price… very cheap compared to Malaysia, which can cost us more than 1k here..
I really love Japan.. There is something about this country that makes me fall in love with and makes me eager to come again… the place.. the buildings.. the environment.. the culture.. the people.. EVertThing !!… I know I will be visiting Japan again… maybe next time, experiencing the cherry blossom in Tokyo, or autumn leaves in Kyoto…