Here is something unique and finally different!
I got to visit TeamLab Planets in Toyosu a few months ago and went again a couple of weeks ago. This makes me feel like Alice passing through the mirror and getting to wonderland. what a moment!!
It is a 20mn walk from Toyosu metro station and opposite Shin-Toyosu train stop. you need to book your ticket online, you cannot print it, it only comes as a QR code on your phone
Once there, you must get in with in 30mn of the time you booked, take off your shoes and belongings in the locker and off you go. the team provides you with a plastic pocket to hold your phone.
It takes about 90mn to enjoy it properly but you will get all sorts of senses, velvet, water, noise, smell, bubble, flowers, etc. fantastic!! I will go again.
I tried the evening visit and would not recommend it as it is full of noisy students. My 1st visit was a morning around 10h00 and that was perfect as not too crowded, we could experience the moment to full extent.
There is also TeamLab Borderless that I need to try!
Nikko is a historical city 2 hours north of Tokyo in the Tochigi Prefecture.
Getting there is relatively easy although there is a small thing to know when taking the train in Kita-Senju. It appears that the express train needs a reserved seat ticket that you can buy, on top of your nomal train ride, at the gate to the platform
that platform is actually a bit like a Harry Potter special one! you need to go to the indicated platform in the station BUT once there, you need to walk all the way to the end and go through a special passage to a hidden platform for that train
you will then get a very vintage train all in brown velvet, so cute, kawaii desu ne
Enjoy the ride!
You may purchase a combined ticket that will include the return ticket and access to the bus in Nikko as well as the monuments. I did not as Nikko is a very walkable city.
The other day, wandering around Daikanyama, supposed to be a trendy upbeat tiny area, I found that very old Rice shop, offering so many different types from all regions of Japan, sold in pack or by the kilo
travel back in the time – slow food!
New Year is THE big thing in Japan. In the last days of the year, it is time for a deep cleaning in the house, declutter, make everything clean and beautiful to initiate a clean new cycle of life.
in the last 3 days, a lot of time is allocated to prepare special end of the year dishes, Osechi, that you eat cold on december 31. You may order them in advance in gourmet food shops and hotel restaurants at crazy prices.
from January 1 to 3rd, all Japanese must go and pray at the shrine or temple for a healthy and prosperous year – https://youtu.be/1k9Oz4rb0JI
dont expect big ceremonies, full restaurants and party time on december 31 in Japan, most places are closed, it is very quiet!!
Kanazawa is becoming very accessible with the Shinkansen in 2h40 from Tokyo. Also, Cathay Pacific will start operating in April to Kanazawa so our neighbors will discover this jewel
please check Kanazawa but also Food in Kanazawa and Kanazawa market. Highly recommend to visit Kenrokuen, one of the 3 most beautiful gardens of Japan
For those of you who wonder what the best season to Japan is, I would say that you need to consider October and November for the autumn colors
Part of the Shinto philosophy is about the nature and Japanese citizens take time to admire nature and season changing. We got into that mode too and spend a lot of time outdoor, peace, hike, wander, weather in Japan is a blessing in that season. temperatures gradually decrease from the exhausting 38 in the summer (90% humidity) to 10 in December, blue sky, dry air, very nice
Japan has a fascination with cartoons, manga, anime of all sorts. What a surprise to find in one of those anime shops that you can buy THE Willy Wonka Chocolate….
Should I check whether I get the golden pass in one of those?