Ameyoko / Ameyayokocho

I've heard about this area from friends and students many times in the past. Even though I had the curiosity, I've never found a time to visit... until now!

Ameyoko is famous for having a one-stop shopping area, flea-market style. People say you can find lots of cheap products for sale here. And when there's a sale, there's me!!!

One of the many (I counted three) Ameyoko arches. No tourist visit is complete without a picture under this. :P

You will also find lots of street food here. Choco banana is a classic. You can also find these being sold in festivals, especially during summer, all over Japan.

Hmm... It seems that sukajan (souvenir jackets) are getting more popular now. Don't be fooled though! They are not cheap. The embroidery work done in these jackets will have you pulling more than one 10,000 yen bill off your pocket.

Remember what I said about Ameyoko being a one-stop shopping area? You can buy your dinner here as well. :P

If you are not repulsed by giant octopus tentacles like I am... there's no shortage of that either.

If you're after souvenirs, this might be a good place to visit for you as well. There are lots of plushies and toys and trinkets all over the place.

If you somehow missed visiting a temple during your trip, there's also one here! Obviously, the place where this man is standing isn't the temple (it's within the shopping streets).

Expect a crowd. This is not half of the people you will see in the main street.

What's Japan without gachapon???

I was told this is just a shop name... but it's pretty creative, isn't it?

This place also have a few second-hand shops. There's a few for "branded" items and there's some for less expensive stuff as well. I was able to snag three pieces of clothing and a couple of belts for a little over 1000 yen (approximately $10)!

I've personally always been a fan of flea markets. In every country I visit, I go to flea markets. While Ameyoko is a great place to visit for shopping and souvenir, I'll say that I've seen better. The Shilin Night Market in Taiwan, for one. But nothing will ever beat the Philippines' Divisoria. Haha.

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5 Centimeters Per Second

As many people know, the Sakura are only in full bloom for a short amount of time, roughly a week. That's why many Japanese people take the time to admire them every year in an event called "Hanami" (literally flower viewing).

It had been such a dull, gloomy week, with all the clouds and rain but today was such a beautiful day. Luckily, we also had a few minutes to spare to admire the Sakura trees!

Here are some of the many photos I took today. I don't know if it fully captures the mood and the gentle beauty of these lovely flowers... but here they are!

(All photos are direct from my camera)



I hope you enjoyed my photos! I enjoyed taking them. (*^^*)

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Into the Woods (or the Safari)

本当に本当に本当にライオンだ! (It's really, really, really, really a lion!)

That was the theme song of the day. I didn't know about the funny TV Commercial Jingle the park had before that day. But the lyrics are really funny if you understand how senseless it really is. lol

Anyway, I waited a month before we finally went to the Fuji Safari Park. It was almost cancelled because I caught a cold but I definitely wanted to go so... I got it my way. Haha.

A few weeks before that, I registered for a discount card at their website. Because of that, we got a 600 yen discount on each ticket. Processing and delivery of the discount card takes about two weeks so if you don't have a permanent address or won't be staying for more than two weeks in Japan, I don't think you can get it. The registration is also in Japanese.

Regular admission cost is as follows:

Adults (high school students and older) 2,700yen
Children (ages 4 to junior high school students) 1,500yen
Senior discount (ages 65 and older) 2,000yen
  • For groups of 15 or more : Adults 2,000yen / Children 1,000yen
  • Rates for persons with disabilities : Visitors with disabilities are admitted at half price. (Please be ready to present your disability certificate)
  • Parking is free.

I don't think that's too bad! You can bring your own car to the vicinity or book a tour with the safari bus. :)

We took a car there. I just think it would give me more time to take pictures. :P But if you  take the safari bus, they will feed the lions during the course so you can REALLY see them up-close!

 Here are some photos I took! ^_^

Just goats lazing around... :D

Beautiful zebras chowing!

A handsome brown bear.

A lioness on a tree.

A giraffe posing for the camera.

This is a gazelle, isn't it? Correct me if I'm wrong! They would casually cross the street as people drove by. It's amusing!

A curious wallaby.

A horse ready for a race! :)

The park is divided into "safari zones" so you won't see lions hunting the giraffes. I'm kinda curious as to how that would look like but it's better this way, I suppose. :P

There's also a part of the park called the Animal Village where you can pet dogs, cats or bunnies (for an extra 500 yen each). I naturally gravitated towards the "House of Dogs" because I love doggies!

Doubutsu Mura (Animal Village).


The moment I sat down, a cute black poodle cuddled up to me and sat on my lap. So adorable! There are many, many dogs that would just sit on your lap when you sit down or call upon them. :) I was so happy. Hahaha.

I had to try hard not to squeeze the life out of this fluffy little dog. It's too cute! TT_TT 

Shetland Sheepdogs aren't mean to be lap dogs... This one didn't really sit on anybody's lap but would go for pets and cuddles. Look how beautiful he is!

This tiny Chihuahua is a real treat. I have sort of a negative image about Chihuahua being snippy and having the small dog syndrome... But this one was just lovely!

 There were many other dog breeds and they were all so friendly. There was a corgi but he was so lazy and I couldn't cuddle with him. Haha!

It was so sad when it was time to leave. :( I really enjoyed Fuji Safari Park! I think a lot of tours to Japan include an itinerary to view Mt. Fuji (you can see Mt. Fuji from this park!) so it would be a good idea to drop by this place, too!

Have you ever been to Fuji Safari Park? Please leave a link to your blog below!

If not, do you wanna go? What animal do you want to see?(*^^*)

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