Spots to visit in Tokyo

Before anything else, I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful 2017! How did you welcome the new year? Would love to know. Just leave it on the comment box. 🙂

As for me, it was by far the best because I got to spend 2 weeks with my mom and younger sis here in Japan. My joy was beyond words! God is so good! On the gloomy part, my husband and I saw them off at the airport yesterday. It’s true that everything has an end. However, in every end, there’s always a new beginning. That being said, I believe we’ll see each other again and we’ll start making new memories.

That’s why I was MIA in the last 2 weeks. I wanted to spend all my time catching up with them and take them to good places in Tokyo. So here.. let me recommend those spots to you.

Apart from the renown Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea, there are a bunch of places in Tokyo that are worth your time alone, with friends and family.

Sumida Aquarium

This is known to be the second aquarium built in Japan, following Kyoto Aquarium. What’s unique about it is that artificial seawater is being used for all tanks (except freshwater tanks) with the help of technology. It’s said that utilizing artificial seawater yields the aquarium to sustain an unfailing water quality all the time, providing a snug abode for the aquatic creatures. My family and I were truly amazed by their system and the sight of different kinds of marine species that were completely new to us.

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More photos here.^^

Tokyo Skytree

Guinness World Records certified this prodigious work as the tallest tower in the world boasting its 634m height in 2011. When we queued for tickets, it was longish. 😀 I guess people were just thrilled to take a look at Tokyo from above. Indeed, it was fabulous!

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The weather was clear and Mt. Fuji beautifully emerged.

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Every other day, the lighting patterns vary between “Iki” and “Miyabi”. That point, we witnessed the Iki lighting motif when the dim blue highlights on the central pillar show a water theme in honor of the Sumida River.

More photos here.

Madame Tussauds Tokyo

Dreaming of rubbing elbows with Madonna, Lady Gaga, Audrey Hepburn, and a lot more? Oh wait, I mean their wax figures. 😄 Personally, I was blown away! They looked really real. Wow, the people behind those masterpieces are absolutely talented. It was also good to know a bit about Madame Tussauds. Great woman! 👏

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Had coffee with Audrey. 😀

Click here for more photos.

Legoland Discovery Center

Generally, kids would love this but we did have fun looking around the place as grown ups. LOL! Looking back, I never had lego as a child to play with. So I enjoyed it! The ride was calm but a little witty.

legoland-tokyo
I swear I’ll never be patient to make this giant thing. LOL

Ueno Zoological Gardens

Commonly known as Ueno Zoo and the oldest zoo in Japan which was established back in 1882. It has expanded and has received scads of animals from overseas. I was glad to see some animals for the first time in my 26 years of living. 😀 Say, okapi that I only saw in pictures when I was an online English teacher.

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Finally! Nice to meet you okapi, my friend! 😀

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If you want to know more about these places, just click the titles and you’ll be taken to their official websites in English. You’re welcome! 😄

2017, more adventures, lessons, and great things to happen! Claim it, ya’ll! 😊

 

 

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42 thoughts on “Spots to visit in Tokyo

  1. Happy New Year, Sheryl! Those pictures from the Skytree are quite impressive. That view is breathtaking. I’d love to go into that tower, although I’d be a bit nervous being up so high. lol. As for my New Year’s Eve, I spent the night drinking champagne, watching Sex and The City, and dancing and being silly with my dog for the last half hour or so before midnight 🙂 It was good times!

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      1. I did see the movie….both of them actually! I own them both on DVD. I love them!

        I’m not so much afraid of heights…I have a fear of falling. I think it unconsciously comes from some major falls I had as a child. I had to go to the hospital. When I’m up high, I instantly think about falling. Lol

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  2. Last March they did a show on Skytree, a mix of real people and virtual images of people washing the windows. It was as impressive and perfect as you can expect from Japanese. Only Japanese can make a fascinating show using washing windows as a theme. 🙂
    I haven’t seen the Sumida Aquarium yet, I just discover it thanks to your blog.

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  3. There’s a legoland there too?! Cool, I’ve been thinking of having a stopover in Tokyo one year we fly between the northern and southern hemispheres… (not because of the legoland but that would be a bonus as far as the kids are asked😊)

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