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10/2016 Tokyo - Day 3 (Ikebukuro / Don Quijote)

Oops, fell off the radar again! Went to Bangkok last week for a short getaway; hence I didn't manage to continue with my Japan's Travelogue. It seems like my backlogs are piling up again.

Continue from where I left off...

Day 3 in Tokyo was quite dull because I fell sick. Took the effort to rest early the night before, but I got woken up by the fiancé at 02:00 and couldn't fall back asleep after that. Was feeling terrible the entire night with a fever and sore throat.

So, we decided to take it slow for Day 3 by exploring the places near our Airbnb. Fortunately, staying at Ikebukuro means there were plenty of shops and eateries around us. Left our place at around 16:00 and by then, we were both hungry so we decided to look for a place close by to have our lunch.

Found a small restaurant that sells ramen behind one of the alleys and decided to give it a try. Even though it was a small place, we still had to order through the machine. We were able to choose the hardness of our…

10/2016 Tokyo - Day 2 (Getting a Suica Card / Asakusa / Senso-ji Temple / Ueno)

Surprisingly, I managed to wake up at 08:00 on our second day in Tokyo. I think it partly had to do with the fact that the sky was already completely bright outside since 05:00! I managed to sleep well the night before though I did toss and turned a few times at night.

Weather seems good that morning, and I thought we could head to one of the temples in Tokyo!

We were planning to do a lot of travelling from Day 2 onwards, and in order to do that, we have to decide what transportation to take and how much it will likely cost us. Like all new places we go to, we have to figure out what is the best way to get around places - buses, trains, taxis, etc. and which of the above is the most economical and ideal one for us. Or if there's a need to get a one-day / seven-day travel pass.

After doing some research online, I figured the best way is to get a Suica Card. It is a "pre-paid IC card", which works like the EZ-link card we have in Singapore, and we can use it to enjoy train…