Japan Trip 2017 – Day 18, 19 & 20

The final three days of my Japan Trip 2017, it’s been… well, a trip!


If you haven’t read Day 1 & 2 of my Japan Trip 2017 blog series, please do so before reading this post for context and continuity’s sake. Day 3Day 4Day 5 & 6Day 7Day 8, Day 9Day 10Day 11/12Day 13Day 14Day 15 & 16 and Day 17 are also available to read.

So this is the end, huh? Yes, I’ve decided to wrap up the last 3 days into one post, not just because my 2019 trip to Japan is imminent (I’m writing this less than a week from the day we fly out), but also because not much happened in day 19 and 20 so it made sense to not draw it all out unnecessarily.

Fair enough. So what did you get up to on Day 18Another shrine, though this one was both closer by to Akihabara–it’s called the Kanda Shrine and it’s literally 5 minutes walk from Akiba–and it’s full of anime stuff, so you know, win-win!

Shrine = stairs. It’s just facts.

A religious shrine with anime stuff in it? Doesn’t seem exactly respectful, does it? What do I look like, a Shintoist? I don’t know how strict their religion is with regards to this stuff, all I know is I was glad the amount of ‘Is The Order A Rabbit??’ stuff at the shrine (a good show) outpaced the number of ‘Love Live! Sunshine!!’ stuff (a not-good show).

Shrine + anime = win.
Intricate AF.
Yay, more anime! My ‘Is The Order A Rabbit’ girls! 🙂
Wave thing.
The temple.

Well that’s an ~opinion~ if ever I’ve heard one… (Opinions are my own, they do not represent, well anyone elses’ because that’d be weird…)

Right. And so after that? You’ll never guess what we did next! Pretty much the opposite of a calm and serene shrine.

Something lewd, I presume? Nope! We went to a “shooting cafe” in Akiba, which was as close as I’ll ever want to get to a real gun as we fired Airsoft guns into a target on a range. It was fun, and also kind of scary how easy it was to use a gun and get bulls-eyes!


And then? Dinner! *picture incoming*

Absolutely delicious.

Well that seemed like a full day of fun, what about Day 19According to my memory we just did a heck of a lot of anime merch shopping with the only picture being of the irlwaifu Sharon eating Taiyaki.

I don’t know why I’ve always got these photos of Sharon putting things in her mouth…
It’s a ‘Magikarp’ branded Taiyaki from ‘Pokemon’ hence why it has ‘GAME FREAK’ and ‘TV Tokyo’ on the wrapping.

That’s it?! Oh and some wistful midnight photography of the night time streets below from the window of our tiny hotel room.


I get melancholic at night.

Right and so Day 20 then? So here’s a fun fact for all you potential tourists. If you only intend to spend 1 day visiting Akihabara make it a Sunday! Why? Because around noon the police close off all the connecting side streets and open up the main thoroughfare of Akiba to pedestrian traffic. That’s right, you can walk up and down the actual road of the titular Akiba strip without a care in the world. It might seem inconsequential, but if you’ve ever been constricted to the pedestrian heavy sidewalks being able to walk down the length of Akihabara on the roads is sublime. Also makes lugging heavy suitcases a kilometer (that’s a bit over half a mile for you Yanks) to the train station an absolute breeze.

It’s a free-for-all on the Akiba strip and it’s a really cool experience!
Gorgeous day.
Had to get a pic standing in front of the billboard for the ‘Is The Order A Rabbit? – Dear My Sister’ movie!
Time to go home…

And so that’s the end of the Japan 2017 blogs now, is it? Yep. That’s it, the end!

Wow, okay so how you want to wrap these things up? First of all, thanks so much for reading these vaguely incompetent posts. I started out okay but quickly degenerated into something (what I considered to be) disappointing–mostly due to a lack of photos. But it’s all a learning curve and my upcoming 2019 Japan Trip (I’ll be there from February 7th to 28th FYI) will hopefully be lightyears ahead of this as I am now well aware of what I need to capture and record in order to make a satisfying travel blog series! I won’t be blogging while I’m there but within a month or two of my return I will start the weekly travel posts again.

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Japan Trip 2017 – Day 17

The seventeenth day of my Japan Trip 2017, hope you like pictures of trees and stuff!


If you haven’t read Day 1 & 2 of my Japan Trip 2017 blog series, please do so before reading this post for context and continuity’s sake. Day 3Day 4Day 5 & 6Day 7Day 8, Day 9Day 10Day 11/12Day 13Day 14 and Day 15 & 16 are also available to read.

Day 17, what’s in store? We went to visit Ueno, specifically Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo. And it’s an absolutely gorgeous place–specifically Ueno Park.

Looks like a pretty place. Indeed and it was a nice day. Though we had a rather unique experience when we were in the main thoroughfare of Ueno Park. Five middle schoolers and their teacher approached us with questionnaires and questions to ask us in English to help practice their English skills. They asked us some generic questions about where we were from and what we liked about Japan, then they asked what my favourite sport was. I replied “I don’t like sport but I like anime!” and they asked me which ones, I had to wrack my brain to think of one that was suitable for middle school boys and Sharon suggested ‘Assassination Classroom’ I said to her “it’s not called that in Japanese, but I couldn’t remember it’s name in Japanese and so I just said Koro-sensei” and they all excitedly exclaimed “ah, Koro-sensei! Koro-sensei!” It was a really fun and endearing experience.

Sounds like it. So what about the zoo? Can we expect lots of pictures of animals now? Nope. Zero pictures of animals, I’ve never really been a fan of zoo’s at the best of times and the zoo’s in Japan don’t really have the best reputation. Ueno Zoo is apparently among the better Japanese Zoo’s in terms of animal enclosure sizes and cleanliness but it was still kinda depressing. So here’s some pictures of the scenery inside the zoo.

Zoo pics without animals, fair play. Anything else happen? We had Indian food for lunch at Ueno Station, unexpectedly delicious. (Well I say “unexpected” but it’s hard to get legitimately ~bad~ food in Japan unless you’re really trying).

Right, and is that it for the day? Because that only seems like half a day. That’s all the photos on my phone which must mean after lunch we must have headed back to Akihabara and just went anime shopping for the rest of the day. I don’t even know what we had for dinner! Once again I apologise for being so bad at travel blogging–i’ll do better next trip I promise!

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Japan Trip 2017 – Day 15 & 16

The fifteenth and sixteenth day of my Japan Trip 2017, don’t get your hopes up


If you haven’t read Day 1 & 2 of my Japan Trip 2017 blog series, please do so before reading this post for context and continuity’s sake. Day 3Day 4Day 5 & 6Day 7Day 8, Day 9Day 10Day 11/12Day 13 and Day 14 are also available to read.

So you promised a “not very exciting Day 15 and 16”, care to elaborate? The irlwaifu Sharon has a chronic illness and the fact we’d been more or less put in 2 full weeks of travel activities meant exhaustion had struck her in a big way so we didn’t really do anything active or exciting these two days so she could rest up.

Sorry to hear it. No worries, a day of Sharon resting means a day (or two) of me going out and shopping at anime stores which is good for me, but bad for you readers as there’s not a lot to showcase. But here it goes anyway!

We went for a walk through Yokohama’s pristine business district nearby our hotel, there was some gorgeous autumnal foliage on the trees, so if that’s your thing enjoy the photos!

Afterwards Sharon went back to the hotel to sleep while I undoubtedly sought out some lewd anime store filled with scantily clad waifus. It’s what I do. (No pictures, sorry perverts). Afterwards we went for dinner at one of the many restaraunts located in Landmark Tower, this time something less fancy than yesterday. A tasty pizza and exceptionally crispy potato chips.

You Americans out there might think it odd to put an egg on a pizza but Australians have been doing it for decades! Seems like the Japanese have caught on too!

And is that it for Day 15? Yep, and that was our last day in Yokohama. If you ever get the chance I recommend it for sure, especially visiting the area in and around Yokohama Landmark Tower, its clean, beautiful and surprisingly laid back for such a big city! Although here’s some last minute night time shots from our hotel window.

The city below, I did love watching the traffic zoom around like I was playing SimCity or something!
Me trying to photograph the hotel room next door like some pervy voyeur.

Right, thanks for that… so moving on from Yokohama where did you go for Day 16 and onwards? AKIHABARA, BABY!

Of course… Yes the last 4 days we were based in Akihabara (again) I did say I loved this place right?!

Oh you mentioned it once or twice… Good. So yeah, not a lot doing on this day, lots of shopping and some eating, here it is in that order.

Me admiring some “fine art” outside the Sofmap building.

And what’s that you are carrying? I’m glad you asked. That’s an anime figure I’d bought from Mandarake and here’s something important to know for all you would be purchasers of all things anime who are travelling to Japan. If you see something you like but don’t know if the price is worth it, GO TO MANDARAKE’s website! I wouldn’t call it the perfect solution but more often than not the price you’ll see (whether in stock or not) is the price you should be paying for secondhand anime goods. The figure in that bag I saw on five seperate occasions throughout Akihabara in big department stores and tiny toy stores. And the prices? Well as high as $550 US to averaging around $200 US to the price I eventually got at Mandarake’s brick and mortar store at $110 US. Be smart about your shopping.

This is the item in the ‘Mandarake’ bag, a Ryoko ‘Kill La Kill’ figurine. Even if you can’t speak Japanese, just show them the page from their website and they’ll more than likely be able to find the item for you.

And the food? Right, sorry, got sidetracked there for a minute. True to form I can’t remember what exactly lunch was, some chicken rice bowl from a restaurant inside the Akihabara UDX building.

It was delicious.

And dinner was takeaway burgers from Japanese fast food chain ‘Mos Burger’, they are ~good~ but kind of overrated, if you want my quick and probably inaccurate rating of Japanese fast food burgers it goes:

  1. McDonalds
  2. Carl’s Jr.
  3. Mos Burger
  4. Wendys
That’s a meal deal for 2 people FYI, I’m not a buta yarou!

And that’s all for this portion of the trip? Yep. Sorry it’s a bit low on content but that’s how it goes sometimes! Join me next time when we visit shrines and stuff! At the very least it’s sure to be more photogenic than this post!

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