The World is a Book
“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
― Frank Herbert
The last leg of our Japan trip was a whirlwind of speed shopping and last minute sight-seeing. Post-vacation depression was already settling in and we hadn't even left the country. As much as I dislike the melancholy that accompanies my soul whenever I return back home to responsibilities and obligations, I know this won't be my last adventure. It's the rarity of the experience that makes it so memorable.
This is where we went during the last two days of our trip:
BIC Camera (ビックカメラ): This is a play land for photo enthusiasts! I could spend hours and all my money here. All purchases over 10,000¥ are eligible for duty-free. Use a VISA card and you will get 5% off (BIC Camera promotion as of September 2015).
Tokyu Hands (東急ハンズ): My favorite retail store for stationery, art supplies and beauty items. Another place where I can spend all my time and money. These places are dangerous.
MUGI (無印良品): This retail company sells everything you could possibly need for living. I particularly like the section for home goods and packaged foods.
Donki or Don Quijote (ドンキホーテ): This is a chain of discount stores in Japan that sells almost everything (snacks, beauty, cosmetics, house wares, small knick knacks etc). It's a great place to buy packaged treats to bring back as gifts.
Tsukiji Kiyomura Sushi-Zanmai Toku-Toku near Akabane Station in Kita: A friend took us out here for dinner. Words can't describe the sushi here. It's just so f*#kin' good. (Fantastic food photo below)
BIG ECHO Karaoke Entertainment (ビッグエコカラオケ): One of my favorite karaoke chains in Japan. It's affordable and has a good selection of English songs.
Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama: Take the Minato Mirai Line to Minato Mirai Station. It's fairly easy to navigate around here and plenty to see if you have a full day.
Chinatown in Yokohama: This is one of the biggest Chinatowns in Japan. I honestly wish we had time to sit and eat in one of the many delicious looking Chinese restaurants here.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura (大仏): The Amida Buddha is located in front of Kotokuin Temple. Admission to go inside the Buddha is 20¥, but there's not much to see and it's hot during the summer season.
Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura (由比ヶ浜): This beach is a ten-minute walk from the Great Buddha.
Enoshima Island (江の島): This is a short train ride from Kamakura and one of the most beautiful places that I've been to in Japan (so far). The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge with the most amazing views of the ocean right before dusk. There is much to explore and I highly recommend stopping by the southern coastline near the Iwaya Caves to watch the sunset.
Afuri Ramen (阿夫利 恵比寿): Afuri is a five-minute walk from Ebisu Station. They are famous for their yuzu ramen. Tsukemen was really good here too. I wish they would open a location in New York! (Fantastic food photo below)