February 16th, 2018
My recent trip to Japan.
About 5 months ago Sanrio invited me to go to Tokyo to check out some of their latests products; they knew I am a big fan of Gudetama, and of course I couldn’t pass this opportunity. February approached, and so Felix, PJ, Sophie and I all got ready to go.
Here are some photos from my trip!
We landed early in the morning, got to rest a bit, and then went to check out the Sanrioworld store in Ginza. This store was massive, and we ended up spending a while in there.
The fact that we had stuff to do helped massively with fighting the jet lag. We all went out for dinner and then got to rest the entire night.
The view from our hotel was stunning: we picked the Cerulean Hotel, since we stayed there in the past (the very first time we went to Tokyo) and remember how central it is.
On the second day the Sanrio team brought us to Puroland, a theme park for their characters.
The highlight was definitely meeting Gudetama, but also the show (which you will see bits of in my video) was lovely.
I honestly had a great time, as there was so much to do and lots of chances to take fun photos.
In the evening we had a Sanrio dinner scheduled – Sanrio booked an entire restaurant with something like 8 courses so we stayed out till late, eating.
Then there was a big shopping day (although I only really bought a couple of things), starting off with Tokyo station.
We had a couple of free hours in the morning, so we went there to check out all the cute shops.
We also wandered the streets of Harajuku, checked out Kiddyland, and stopped by the hedgehog café.
All the hedgehogs were so cute!
Later that afternoon we went to the Sanrio Expo, where we saw some shows, the latest Sanrio products before they are available on the market, and got to meet Aggretsuko.
This was so awkwardly hilarious!
Unfortunately on my final day in Tokyo I lost 90% of my clips (which got corrupted whilst moving them to my laptop).
It’s really a shame, because it was a super fun day: we met the creator of Gudetama – got a private lesson from her – and then went to Joypolis, where we spent an afternoon playing a bunch of games.
The morning after we said goodbye to Hachiko, and took the shinkansen to Osaka.
On the way there we spotted Mt Fuji, looking majestic.
That evening we had tickets for The XX. They were amazing live, and made this trip even more special.
We were pretty lucky with the weather, till our first full day in Osaka.
It made walking around not so pleasant, so after going lost for a couple of lonely stations, we headed over to the aquarium in order to stay warm and dry.
That was definitely our best option, and honestly the rain turned out to be totally fine as we were planning on coming here anyway, so it gave us the perfect excuse to take our time and stay inside.
Here is a photo of me and a porcupine puffer. I will treasure it forever, wishing for the day that I can have one (which will probably never come).
Also, take a good look at this photo. I did not see it at first, but maybe it’s quite obvious now.
Once again, the rain actually made Osaka look very pretty at night, contrasting all the lights and creating a very interesting mood.
The streets were illuminated by all the signs, whilst people were busy walking under clear umbrellas.
The following day we decided to spend the morning in Osaka, since we didn’t get to see much yet due to the rain.
The castle on the outside is absolutely stunning, and you can actually go up 8 floors to look over the city.
While walking around, we came across a shiba inu!
In the afternoon, we caught a multitude of public transports and made our way to Hakone, arriving after sun set.
The hotel we were staying at had the cosiest vibe, sitting on a hill, surrounded by a snowy forest.
We made the most of our only day there, even though it was absolutely freezing, and very windy.
We first went to the Open Air museum; it was really great, not even the freezing weather could take away from the beauty of this place.
We warmed up in the museum’s restaurant, and then found our way to the shrine by the lake.
It took us a bit to figure out how to get there, but we did it, eventually. This place is so worth checking out!
The white against the red looked so striking.
The wind of course was against us, but we got our photo!
This pretty much concludes our trip to Japan. We had one more day that we spent back in Tokyo, before catching our plane. Felix wanted to do some final shopping, and I wanted to meet with a few youtubers, so we did both!
I of course managed to get ill – I bet that doesn’t surprise anyone. I started getting high fever on the plane, and I’m currently home with the flu. Eh.
But hey, I had an amazing time, and I can’t wait to post my videos soon!
( ິ•ᆺ⃘• )ິฅ✧