If you been following my Twitter lately, you know that I will be going to Japan in a few days. I’ve been looking for places to go and things to photograph. Here’s the list.
In Tokyo itself, there is only 3 Apple Stores. Of course, I’ll visit all three for Applephania. Figuring on the list is the Apple Store Ginza, Shibuya and Omotesandō (this one is fairly new; it opened on the 13th of June, 2014). I will also be going to Osaka (a city to the south of Tokyo). There is one Apple Store there.
You can’t go to Japan without going to the Shibuya Crossing. It’s the busiest street crossing in the world. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station. Just like Times Square, there are multiple TV screens presenting advertisement. It is also host of a very famous Starbucks Coffee shop which gives you a view from the 2nd floor.
Yodobashi Camera in Osaka
If you think B&H or Adorama in New-York are big camera stores, think again. Yodobashi is a chain of stores selling mostly electronic products. It is composed of 21 stores over Japan and 2 onlines in China. Of course, there is a global online website. The store in Osaka is 12 stories tall and there are restaurants and parking lots inside. Crazy!
The Tokyo City View is at the top of the Roppongi Hills complex, more precisely, in the Mori Tower. For $18, you can go up to the 54th floor (the Sky Deck) and have access to the Mori Art Museum. The Sky Deck is open from 11am to 8pm, making it suitable for taking sunset and night shots if you go when the sun sets early (which is the case in December). You can take pictures without shooting through glass, which is cool. Unfortunately, you cannot bring your tripod, which is a real bummer. There is also an heliport up top.
Tsukiji Fish Market
This is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market on Earth. Located in Tsukiji, it is quite close to the Apple Store in Ginza I talked about earlier. The interiors are no where near what we expect to see in North America in terms of cleanness and organization, but this is what makes it charms.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
You probably have seen images of this place without knowing it (I know I did). It’s the famous bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan. It is known for its feeling of being in another world because you are enveloped by bamboo plants. It has that sense of midst to it that makes it differentiate from other regular forests.
Arakurayama Sengen Park
Once again, you must of have seen pictures of it. It is near the Shimoyoshida Station in Yamanashi. From there, you have an awesome view of a traditional chinese building with the recognizable Mount-Fuji in the background. It is a place not to miss. The park is also known for its cherry blossoms that are blooming in the Spring. I’m not going in Spring but the leaves will, however, be Autumn colored (if we look at this chart) when I’ll be there.
These were the main places I’ll be going on my trip to Japan next week. I will surely be going to more places and the best way to keep in touch with me is by following my Twitter.