I've been to Japan several times before but it was only my last visit that I was able to explore Tokyo. I was with my mom and stayed in the city for 2 nights. My parents lived in Yokosuka for about 5 years in the 90s when my father relocated to Japan from the US (military duties). Interestingly though, my mom has never explored much of Japan (although they stayed for another decade in Nagasaki, Japan) so when I booked a trip to Tokyo I decided to bring her along.
I've long been wanting to have my photo taken at the famous Shibuya crossing so I was happy my wish was finally granted. Oh yeah, I know it's funny. I just thought that a Tokyo trip isn't complete without crossing this busy, somewhat 'chaotic' intersection. Colourful city lights were pleasing to my eyes, too.
If you are familiar with Hachiko the dog, a photo with his statue is also a must. It is found near Shibuya Station, close to the tourist information center. It can get crowded though, because it's already become a waiting area for locals and tourists alike. Also, situated nearby is a smoking area so expect to inhale smoke.
I told my mom I'll take her picture with Hachiko but she was just like.. "sino ba yang aso na yan?" LOL. Their picture came out a little to funny so I'm just sharing a solo shot of Hachiko.
Like I said we only stayed in Tokyo for 2 nights; the first day was spent touring around Hakone and visiting 5th of Mt Fuji then stayed back to Tokyo to spend the night there. The following day we headed to the US Naval Base in Yokosuka to visit my dad who was temporarily based there. Yokosuka is in the Kanagawa prefecture of Japan, probably an hour or two drive away from Tokyo.
It was interesting to know that my mom hadn't tried riding Japan's bullet there (despite living there for close to 2 decades) so when I booked a Mt Fuji tour I chose a package that included a bullet train ride back to Tokyo.
She seems happy she got to do a lot of things she's never done before. Thanks to me, LOL. Kidding. I was happy spending time with her, too, although she can get really stubborn at times... Mahirap magpalaki ng magulang eh. :)
|That's the bullet train behind her. She asked me to take her photo with the train because it was her first time. LOL.|
Too bad we didn't have much time for Disneyland anymore, she brought that shirt for that. Sayang.