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Japan Diaries: Tokyo Skytree

Hey there! Today I wanted to share a few photos from our trip to Tokyo Skytree, before that Fun Facts: The height of the TOKYO SKYTREE was originally specified at approximately 610m in the original project. However, it was planned from the beginning to be the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. After careful discussion and research on high-rise buildings that are being built around the world, it was finally decided on 634m, to become the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world. Skytree Website TOKYO SKYTREE was recognized by the Guinness World Records Company on November 17, 2011 as the tallest tower in the world. What it’s like inside?  TEMBO DECK (350 m)” is covered in huge 5 meter-high glass for a 360-degree all-round view, allowing visitors to see from the foot of the SKYTREE up to 70 kilometres away in the distance. The “TOKYO SKYTREE TEMBO GALLERIA (450 m)” will take you from the “floor 445” to SKYTREE’s highest “floor 450” via a glass tube. Skytree Website Overall experience, if you’re going there at …

Japan Diaries: Ueno Zoo

ANIMALS! After almost two years we finally decided to visit Ueno Zoo. Fun Fact: Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan. Founded in 1882, it has grown over the years, expanded its area to 14.3 ha (35.2 acres) and been the flagship of the Japanese zoo world. Now its home to over 3,000 animals from 400 different species. The hesitation initially came from the reading bad reviews on sites like TripAdvisor, but after a few friends went to visit and only had good things to say about it, we decided to see for ourselves. Verdict, it wasn’t THAT small. I read reviews of people comparing it to ones in the states which is silly. And the animals DIDN’T look like they were being mal-treated. However I do think that the later you go, the more it’ll seem that way because by that point the animals shows have already taken place, and it’s been a long day for them. I wish we had visited earlier, because we ended up rushing around trying to find the …

Japan Diaries: St Patricks Day (Tokyo)

That time I went to a St Patricks Day parade in Tokyo! A few snaps from the day. Found it quite endearing there was some Japanese influences in the mix too! Overall I am really glad I went. Had an awesome time catching up with a friend and being part of this occasion, HOWEVER it was probably one of the shortest parades I’ve been to. I think it lasted about 30 / 40 mins before it went a little quiet and the dancing stopped. Which was a little disappointing as on the website it said it would be around 3 hours of fun. One of the highlights aside from the dancing and costumes, was finding this GUINNESS stand. What parades have you been to (and where)? Share in the comments! Have a lovely day ahead.

Nagano Diaries, Part #1

Mr Cheerful and I spent a gorgeous weekend in Nagano for my birthday celebrations, we ended up doing a Snow Monkey and Temple tour. Today it’s all about the Temple (and city) part of that. We went via Bullet train which was my first experience.  The route from Ueno to Nagano took just under 2 hours and was a pretty smooth ride if I say so myself. I know it’s not as cheap as going by coach, but it’s really convenient if you want to save travel time and to feel comfortable. There was lots of leg room and plenty of storage.  ** Cost about 7,800 yen one way per person . SORRY about the lack of photos inside the train, but here is a video from the interweb. Welcome to NAGANO! Fun Facts: Nagano is an inland prefecture situated in the central part of Honshu that spreads across the Central Highland, also known as the Roof of Japan. Because it is situated between the Kanto and Kansai regions, it developed while being influenced by …