Japan · 11 Days · 41 Moments · March 2017

Tokio & Okinawa

31 March 2017

Flight back to Haneda and from there directly to Frankfurt.

30 March 2017

Went to the beach for a bit and again to the candy factory. We also dared to visit the fishing spot in front of our apartment.

29 March 2017

Went to the candy factory which produces all its cookies and cakes out of benipotato and mango. You can watch the production through huge windows inside the shop.
Went to Kin Kannon-do Temple and visited its cave, buddhas parasol.
Walked around Mt. Onna and came by some rice fields and the US Base which covers the whole mountain and its jungle.

28 March 2017

We followed the beach to Mermaid Grotto. At some points we walked through Onnas jungles on our way home 😝
Followed some hidden ways to the toilet bowl.
Explored the area and went to Cape Manzamou.

27 March 2017

Explored Seragaki beach, Diamond beach and turtle breeding beach (no turtles). Later we ate at a shabu shabu place some selfprepared tofu.

26 March 2017

Drove by bus to our apartment in Onna. At evening we explored the area and had an awesome dinner.
Flight from Haneda to Okinawa.

25 March 2017

Strolled through Akihabara and saw different theme cafes e.g. Gundam Wing cafe. There were also some go-kart groups that drove through the streets and dressed up as Mario & Luigi. At Mandarake we went shopping.
Visited Ueno Park for the last time
Walked through Meiji Jingu garden to Meiji Shrine.
Shiba Park, where we had a beautiful view at Tokyo Tower and Zojoji Temple.
Went to Shunkaen Bonsai Museum, the private garden of Bonsaimaster Kunio Kobayashi. There we got a small guided tour from one of Kobayashis apprentices who explained us all the displays. Afterwards we were free to walk around. Last picture shows a 1200 years old japanese pine - one of the oldest bonsais in the world.

24 March 2017

Had the best vegan dinner at Meu Nota!
At evening we strolled through Koenji and enjoyed its countless lovely 2nd hand stores. We also visited Koenjis local temple.
Later we watched two kabuki plays at Kabuki Theater Kabukiza in Ginza.
Sasuke Inari Shrine
Huge Daibutsu Statue
Hataage Benzaiten Shrine
Main Shrine Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
Experienced a light earthquake at night. Went again to Kamakura but earlier and started our tour at Hokokuji temple and its amazing bamboo garden.

23 March 2017

At night we walked through Yoyogi park.
We strolled through harajuku and went to kiddyland and other cute shops. We also walked through Takeshita Street and took purikuras.
Jomjoji Temple
Got up way too late and went to Kamakura just to notice that almost every shrine had already closed. Instead I bought lots of stuff at the Ghibli shop there and had a nice traditional dinner.

22 March 2017

Had traditional japanese vegan dinner at Nagi Shokudo.
Pagoda of Kaneiji Temple at Ueno
Back in the city we visited Ueno Park to watch cherry blossoms and visited Ueno Toshogu shrine (jap. stil).
On our way down, we visited temple Takao-san Yakuo-in (zen-/chin. stil). Got myself a Goshuin (seal book) there.
Climbed Mt Takao and had a beautiful sight at Mt. Fuji. We took road ... up and road ... down. We got ourselves sesame dango and were amazed by the Octopus tree. Ate Soba at a restaurant at the top of the mountain.

21 March 2017

At night, we visited the drunkards alley aka nonbei yokocho at Shibuya and spent 50€ on sake.
Ate boiling hot tofu and soba at Shibuya.
Explored Shibuya and visited Shibuya 109. At 109 men's, Markus got a fancy Shibuya jacket. We watched the craze at Shibuya crossing and of course visited Hachiko.
Inari Shrine
Yoyogihachiman Shrine
Went to Hachimangu Shrine across the government building to pray and buy blessings.
Visited the Tokio Government building (north). Unfortunatelly, it had been a very grey and rainy day.

20 March 2017

Arrival at Haneda Airport. Directly bought our suica cards and drove via train to our room in Koenji.