Places to visit in Tokyo- 4 Day Itinerary

Did a quick stopover –  4 day trip to Tokyo back in November before visiting Hong Kong. It was definitely a quick one and I felt a bit rushed as there was so much to see and do. A few family members met the hubby and I there and it became a great family vacation.

Although 4 days might not be enough to see all Tokyo has to offer, but it’s definitely a good start.

Takeshita Dori – Takeshita Street

Below is a simple suggested itinerary that covers most places that I visited.

Day 1

Meiji Shrine
A shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji. Located conveniently beside the JR Yamanote Line (Harajuku Station).

Takeshita Dori – Takeshita Street
Main area of Harajuku filled with trendy shops, cafes, famous crepes and anything cute.

Omotesando Hills
A mall consisting of 6 floors of luxury goods. Unique architecture and elements.

Walk to Shibuya
Approximately a 30 minute walk then check out the famous Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko Statue, next to the Shibuya Station

Shibuya Crossing

Explore and Shop in Shibuya

Train to Shinjuku
Explore Shinjuku and walk to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to the Observation Deck for (free admission) night view of the city.

Day 2

Kaminarimon
Start in Asakusa at Kaminarimon Gate at the entrance to Sensoji Temple. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. First built more than 1000 years ago, it is the symbol of Asakusa

Nakamise Dori
Shopping street filled with souvenirs and food vendors

Sensoji Temple
Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples.

Sumida River Boat Ride
Take a sightseeing boat to Hama Rikyu Garden

Aquacity and Decks
Take the elevated train to Odaiba and explore Aquacity and Decks. There are large variety stores and restaurants.

Oedo Onsen
End the day at the Oedo Onsen – hot spring theme park

Sunset in Hakone

Day 3

Take a day trip to Hakone
Famous for hot springs and view of Mt. Fuji. Book a 1 day tour in advance. Either book through your concierge at the hotel or online.

Typical 1 day tour:
Hotel pick up
Head to Mt. Fuji by bus
Fuji Visitor Center
Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Lunch
Lake Ashi Cruise
Mt. Komagatake Ropeway
Depart Hakone

Day 4

Tsukiji Market
With jet lag waking up early isn’t as hard. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets where auctions happen daily. If you wish to see the auction, apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 5:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Eat Sushi Time – Tsukiji Market
After watching the auction, it is time for a sushi breakfast! Choose from Sushi Daiwa and Sushi Dai. Be prepared to wait wait wait wait…the wait can be very long.

Sumida River Cruise
Take a river cruise to see views of Tokyo

Until next time!

I am back with a brand new track

Okay, it’s been long enough and I am happy to say that I am back. You are probably thinking where did she go? Really -nowhere. Life just took over for a while and I couldn’t drive myself to blog or update.

Recently, I started feeling antsy and I realized that blogging is a great outlet for me and that I should “re-start”.

Excited to share more stories and adventures this year as I will be traveling a bit more (attending weddings – 3 weddings to be exact!) and taking the time to enjoy what life has to offer.

Last year was quite a busy one and it lacked in the travel department – except for my 3 week spree in Asia to visit family. Other than that, I was glued to Vancouver. Definitely not complaining since I love it here!

Talk soon!

glimpse of our europe trip

Europe Love 2013 from Sabine Cheng on Vimeo.

 Finally, after 3 months I have put together a simple video of our trip to Europe. We went for about a month back in November, 2013 starting in London then headed down to Paris and then made our rounds in Italy.

We had such a great, relaxing time! Will definitely post more pictures and details soon.

For now – enjoy a glimpse of our trip.

PS, sorry about some of the quality as it was filmed with my phone at times.

happy one year to us…..

I’m a little late (actually 1.5 months late), but nevertheless Happy 1st Year of Marriage to us! I heard many stories of how the first year is always hard especially if we have never lived together before. Adjusting to each other’s habits, sharing personal space and finding that balance.  On the contrary it was the total opposite. This first year has been filled with so much laughter, excitement, unforgettable moments and most importantly happiness. There were even moments when I thought “hmmmmm….something is wrong cause it’s too right!”

I am very lucky to have found someone so understanding and accommodating to my cleaning rituals and my ever-changing ideas and plans. Funny to think back at our little-selves and how far we’ve come!

Happy Anniversary to my best friend, once in a life time and my biggest supporter of all!

 

Salt & Straw – Fresh Made Ice Cream

I’m usually not a fan of anything too sweet including ice-cream. However, on a recent girl’s trip down to Portland I tasted some amazing ice cream flavors from Salt & Straw. Their fresh made ice-cream and unique flavors shifted my taste buds and I was feeling bliss.

Their farm to ice-cream cone concept incorporates all natural dairy, organic ingredients and is handmade in small batches. I never thought that ice-cream could taste so different and unique. The flavours from the fresh ingredients really shine through and best of all not too sweet!

They let you sample and taste as many flavors as you like before you make the big decision (so hard when everything taste so good). I went with Sea Salt Caramel and Woodblock Chocolate…….Oh! The Sea Salt Caramel is soo sooo soooooo good…. so good. A must try in Portland! Remember to go early as line ups are long. 

 

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LA – Recently

Recap of an awesome trip to Los Angeles: ate, ate, sunny beaches, shopping, ate, meeting new friends, first Lakers game, ate, a long 4 hour hike to the Hollywood sign and back, more shopping and spending quality time with bestest people.

Umami Burger – Santa Monica

Seriously…one of the best burgers I have ever had was at Umami Burger in Santa Monica. The patty is made to order and you decide how well you like it cooked. I went with the classic Umami Burger: Shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp and Umami ketchup. So many great flavors and a juicy patty between a toasted bun. So very delicious. A definitely must try for all burger lovers.

 The delicious truffle skinny fries completed the meal.

And who can forget dessert? : snickerdoodle cookie & pistachio ice-cream sandwich

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Starbucks with a traditional Hong Kong twist

During my recent trip to Hong Kong I stumbled upon an unique Starbucks tucked away in the Central Financial District. It is designed like an old fashioned Hong Kong coffeehouse with antique arrangements and style. I was pleasantly surprised by the close resemblance.

They even serve traditional Hong Kong goodies. Brings back good childhood memories.

Definitely a great place to check out if you are in the Central area.

Address: M2 Baskerville House – 13 Duddell Street, Central

agnes b. le pain grille – High Tea – Hong Kong

It was my first experience having high tea in Hong Kong. My dad and I shared an afternoon tea set for two @ $318 (HkD).
There was a wide selection of teas and a nice blend of savories and sweets. The servers were also very tentative and refilled our pots very frequently.  The only disappointment was the scones. Scones are usually my favorite, however these ones were hard and dry. Definitely not made in-house or fresh.  The grilled ham & cheese and the prawn polenta cakes was definitely the high light.

Slickity Jim’s Chat ‘n’ Chew – Brunch on Main St

Had a nice brunch over Easter long weekend and one suggested to check out Slickity Jim’s on Main St. Really enjoyed the cozy, relaxing atmosphere of the place and the unique names on the menu.

Tip Toe Through The Turnips – $9.75
Scrambled eggs with artichoke hearts, spinach and asiago cheese on English muffin served with roasted potatoes and salad.
Fun Gus  - The Benedictions $11.oo
Poached eggs with bacon and mushroom and an added avocado.

The quality of both dishes were great and everything tasted fresh and all dishes were made with free-range eggs. A great brunch spot that I will be visiting frequently.

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