TOKYO March 2016 Day 3 Part II: Imperial Palace, Chidorigafuchi, Atago Shrine, Tokyo Tower, Monja Street, Ginza

Seriously don’t know how we were able to visit all these places on our 3rd day in Tokyo! Read on to see the rest of the sights we visited (Day 3 Part 1 here).

IMPERIAL PALACE

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After strolling through the gardens, we ended up at which seems to be the main entrance of the Imperial Palace (there are several entry points and we entered through the garden). The entire palace is so huge that it’s easy to miss this bridge! We kept asking around not knowing what exactly it’s called but luckily found it. So lucky that a rainbow appeared too when I took this shot! <3

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Look at those details!

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CHIDORIGAFUCHI

Not so far away from the Imperial Palace is the Chidorigafuchi moat, which is a long walkway and one of the famous cherry blossom viewing spots. We initially went because we were planning to take a boat along the river (as seen in many of the photos when you search the place). We were surprised to find no boats in sight – maybe because it wasn’t the full bloom season of the cherry blossoms yet? 🙁 Regardless though, we enjoyed a very peaceful and relaxing walk along the river. 🙂

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Next stop is a hidden temple and not one you would often find on blogs or tours. If you’re looking for a different kind of temple, visit this one. Although if you’re afraid of heights, you might not like the long ancient staircase that you’ll have to take to get you inside.

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After spending some time at the shrine, we decided to just explore and walk around the area.

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TOKYO TOWER

We then headed to Tokyo Tower, which was just walking distance away. Because we already got a great view of the whole of Tokyo the day before, we decided to no longer check the view from this point. Plus, there was minimum 30 minutes waiting time and we couldn’t wait since it was getting dark. We decided to just take photos instead!

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 MONJA STREET

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After all the walking, we were STARVING. Because we were dedicated in trying different kinds of Japanese food, we didn’t just eat anywhere (even if we were so hungry! haha). We took a train to Tsukishima then walked to “Monja street” which is a long alley with various stores and restaurants. It reminds me a lot of a Christmas market because of all the pretty lights! <3

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Monja street is known to offer the best Monjayaki dish. We spent a good 30 minutes just looking for a restaurant (we’re so picky). We chose this restaurant above because it seemed good from the looks of it! The place was packed. Oh and it had an english menu too which most of the others didn’t offer. Super good choice! Food tasted great and authentic, and the staff were very nice and accommodating to us, tourists.

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Monyaki is similar to “Okonomiyaki” which is becoming famous here in the Philippines. Unlike the latter, which is cooked and shaped into a pancake, this dish is thinly spread onto the pan. Think of it like a giant savory pizza without the crust!

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It was super good! Martin and I devoured this in like five minutes because we were so hungry already!

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GINZA

Because the night is young (and so are we haha!), our final stop was revisiting Ginza at night. It was freeeezing, but it was so so lovely. Even lovelier than during the day!

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We capped off the night just walking around Ginza’s safe and peaceful streets. <3

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What a day! Can’t wait to blog about my 4th day in Tokyo soon! AND can’t wait to go back next month!!! Any suggestions on new places to visit?? <3

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