Sunday, July 15, 2018

Afternoon peeps, it's Sunday again. I am back for another weekly update. In this short post, I will be blogging about my first visit to Meigetsu-In (明月院). Yes, this is my first time going in depth to explore Kanagawa prefecture. As recommended by my sensei, Meigetsu-In is the most visited and prettiest garden that houses the popular hydrangea during the summer season. During my visit to Yokohama last summer, I met up with Yasu-san. It's been quite some time since we met up and I have decided catch up with him this coming autumn trip too!

Back to topic, so we two went to visit the garden. It's been some time since Yasu visited the garden too, so we explored for a while. We had a great time there. Once entered the shrine, we are greeted by many blue hydrangeas. As we explored further, we also spotted the purple ones too. It was pretty rare as most of the hydrangeas here are in blue. The shrine is quite big as it also housed a mini zen garden?

Entrance to the garden

Rows of blue hydrangeas

Close-Up of one of the hydrangeas

Purple hydrangeas

Mini Zen Garden

One of the attractions here are the rabbits here. They are called "Sara" and "Momo". I cannot remember if you can buy feed to feed the rabbits but well, they are cute to look at though. The other popular attractions here is the mini bamboo forest which you can feel a bit of Kyoto-ness. Hahas.

The rabbits inside cages, cannot get a good shot. :(

The Bamboo Forest

Meigetsu-In (明月院)
〒247-0062 神奈川県鎌倉市山ノ内189
Open daily: 0900 hrs ~ 1600 hrs (June - 0830 hrs ~ 1700 hrs)

After our visit, we walked quite a distance from the garden to Komachi Street (小町通り) to rest a while before we head back home. Really wanted to thanks Yasu for the company during a Sunday afternoon which he still has work the next day. (お疲れ様でした。) Anyway, Meigetsu-In and other popular attractions are all located in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. However, for this trip, we only visited Meigetsu-In. We really hope we have more time so we can explore the Great Buddha too.

Tea break with Yasu

Komachi Street

Since this is probably my only Kamakura related post, I shall share what are the number 1 omiyage here. It's none other than the Dove butter cookie (鳩サブレー). These come in packs and for someone whom come from Kanagawa prefecture and probably Tokyo Capital, these cookies are not stranger to them. So, remember to pack one box back to Singapore to share with your Japanese friends. You can get them easily on the main street of Komachi Street.

Popular cookie in Kamakura (鳩サブレー)

I have come to the end of this short travel post, I hope you will like this post like the last one. Anyway, I will be uploading another new post on Yokohama city in the upcoming week, so be sure to be back soon to read about it!

Story Closed on 15.07.2018.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Tokyo Disneyland

Evening peeps! It's Sunday and I am back for another weekly update. In this post, I will be sharing my visit to Disneyland last summer! As promised, I will be putting up as many travel posts as possible these 2 months so you guys can prepare for your summer trip in Japan.

Firstly, although the name suggest "Tokyo" Disneyland, do you guys know that the theme park is actually located in Chiba, Japan (Another prefecture in Japan)? This is also why you need to take pretty much an hour from downtown Tokyo to reach Tokyo Disneyland. (だいたい一時間ぐらいかかる。) The entrance ticket is priced at ¥7,400 for adult and ¥4,800 for children. To get to the theme park, alight at JR Maihama station and transfer to the resort line.

Inside the resort train

The park consist of 7 areas namely, World Bazaar, Tomorrowland, Toontown, Fantasyland, Critter Country, Westernland and Adventureland. Each area has its own specialty and some of them even consist of food courts and restaurants that matches the area theme. Rubbish bins are located nearby restrooms, like Disneysea, Disneyland also sell popcorn too. So remember to get one when you are there!

A must-try chicken drumstick!

Very popular Curry Popcorn

Mickey's Churros!

The most exciting ride in Disneyland would be the "Space Mountain" located in Tomorrowland. Waiting/queuing time may take about 45 minutes or so, prepared to be waiting if you don't have the fastpass. Other than that, I also visited the Stitch talk show here. The show is in Japanese, so if you can understand a bit, I guess it would be fine since their Japanese is not very difficult to understand. Lastly, I also went for the "Buzz Lightyear's AstroBlasters" which is definitely a must-go when you are here.

Inside Space Mountain

With the Stitch show!

The next exciting ride in Disneyland is none other than the "Big Thunder Mountain" located in Westernland. As usual, because it is so popular, be prepared to wait for a while. Nearby the Westernland is the Advertureland where I took the ride on "Western River Railroad". Food wise, I settled for lunch at "Plazma Rays Diner" and dinner at "Hungry Bear Restaurant". Both of the meals are around S$15.00 which are affordable.

Inside Big Thunder Mountain

Spotted Woody after the ride!

Lunch at Plazma Rays Diner

Dinner at Hungry Bear Restaurant

I have come to the end of the picture-heavy post and I really hope you guys like this post. If you like this post, please share with your friends and of course, be sure to be back soon for more weekly updates! :D

Photos with Mickey and Donald!

Haul for the trip, bought my fave Stitch

Fireworks was replaced with Mickey Parade due to rain. :(

Tokyo Disneland (東京ディズニーランド)
Opens daily: 0800 hrs ~ 2200 hrs

Click below to read about my trip to Disneysea!

Story Closed on 11.07.2018.

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