Sunday, 22 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 5 - Shrines, and Crazy Robots

Today was a mixture of shrine visiting, and the craziness of Robot Restaurant. We got up early to grab breakfast (steamed dumpling from Family Mart - I got a bit addicted to them on our trip), and visited the Meiji and Senso-Ji-Ji temples. Whilst both were equally impressive and beautiful, we loved visiting the Senso-Ji temple the most. 

At the Senso-Ji temple, we donated some yen and rattled a box of sticks to get a wish. These wishes could be picked up from the corresponding cabinet, which included your fortune on a piece of paper. Casey's was scarily accurate, and both of us were pleased that we were granted good fortunes. Bad fortunes could be tied to lengths of string in the temple, where blessings were said for your good health. 

We also bought some votive plaques which we added our wishes to. On one, Casey wished for the success of our new marriage, and on the other, we wished for the good health of my aunt, and Casey's best friend, who are both fighting their own battles with cancer right now. 

We then ended up visiting the Tokyo Skytree to check out the Pokemon Store. The Skytree itself was a little expensive for the observatory decks, and as we had already checked out free views of the city, we didn't bother with this. The Pokemon Centre here was packed, but we managed to grab a few bits of merch before heading back to Shinjuku in time for the Robot Restaurant. 

The Robot Restaurant is a totally tourist thing to do, but it was so much fun! It's also the most insane, most crazy Japan thing I've ever experienced. When you enter, the floor to the ceiling are dripping in glittering gold decor. You're seated in conch shells with cocktails in their waiting area before guided to your seats. We were lucky enough to be placed in the front room, and ordered a bento box of sushi each to eat during the show. This 2 hour show incorporated huge remote controlled robots, vibrant floats, dancers, singers, and musicians in costumes. It was packed with pyrotechnics, catchy music and insane battles. Definitely recommend this - it remains one of the highlights of my trip! Keep your eyes peeled on my YouTube for more photos and videos of this place.

We ended up heading back to the Shinjuku Black Hole for our second visit for dinner tonight, and cooked up even more delicious beef. This place needs to be tried, trust me. Food just isn't the same now I'm home!

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 4 - Studio Ghibli Museum

This was one of the days I'd been looking forward to the most - Studio Ghibli Museum day! Based in Mitaka, just outside of Tokyo, we had a little bit of time to kill before our entrance time, so we headed to the park where the museum is also located. Inside, there was a beautiful red shrine which we visited, as well as two zoos! For the cheap price of £3, we managed to get into both - bargain. 

Friday, 20 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 3 - Shinjuku, Akihabara

Day 3 was just another example of just how diverse, yet pretty the landscapes of Japan are. We headed out in the morning to the Shinjuku Gyoen Park. This was about a 10-15 minute walk from our Air BnB, and didn't disappoint. This large park had an entrance fee of only £2 each, and housed traditional Japanese gardens, a traditional Japanese-style house, and plenty of gorgeous scenery.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 2 - Harajuku, Shibuya

Our first full day in Japan! We decided to travel out of Shinjuku to explore the quirky shopping district of Harajuku, and the busy city-life of Shibuya. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

My Japanese Honeymoon: Day 1 - Shinjuku

After a long 11 and a half hour flight, we grabbed a cab to our first Air Bnb of the trip, situated in Shinjuku, Tokyo. After taking a shower and a nap, we headed out for a wander around Shinjuku. 

My Japanese Honeymoon Adventure!

Hey everyone,

It's been a while, but for some good reasons. On the 1st of October, 2017, I got married!

Photo by Glenn Sparkes (Sparkes Photography). More here:

We had a wonderful wedding, and jetted off for 2 weeks to Japan for our Honeymoon, from the 3rd of October to the 17th. During this time, we visited various places in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. I kept a travel diary, and took a ton of photos and videos, with the intention to share our journey day by day with you all on my blog. 

To get started, just click on the various days below (they open in new windows, so you won't lose this page). I hope you enjoy them, and be sure to like, comment and share. Also, let me know your Japanese experiences! It seems that a lot of you have visited this amazing country, and we've all discovered different things from one another.

Day 2 - Harajuku & Shibuya 
Day 6 - Disneyland! coming soon
Day 7 - Disney Sea coming soon
Day 8 - Osaka, more Pokemon, Final Fantasy Cafe coming soon
Day 9 - Osaka Aquarium, Osaka Castle coming soon
Day 10 - Osaka - Universal Studios coming soon
Day 11 - Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine coming soon
Day 12 - Imperial Palace, Shibuya, Shinjuku coming soon
Day 13 - Last Day in Shinjuku: Arcade fest coming soon

My Japan Haul! - coming soon
Video and Photo compilation - coming soon

This whole travel blog is gonna take me some time, so keep checking back for the latest part!

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Games I Relax With

Things have been pretty hectic for me in the past few months, so I don't really seem to find myself having much free time. However, overworking has been making me pretty stressed out, and I guess it's probably a good time to remind myself that I should be having some times of relaxation, too. 

So, here's favourite 'relaxing games' I seem to resort to whenever I need to just need to switch off from the world a little bit. 

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