Friday, November 27, 2015

Tokyo Cruise @ Sumida River

We finished our visit at Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa and proceeded
to walk to our next destination at Azuma Bridge which is in the
same vicinity.



1. One thief says Hi-5!!




2. In Japan, we will always see all the artistic characters, mascots 
and cute icons everywhere. The folks there use Art as their way
of life which enabled them to fully appreciate their nature 
and beautiful surroundings.





3. We slowly strolled along the interesting malls and neat covered
shopping areas which was a bliss. One traditional restaurant 
caught my eyes and we had their tastiest tempura for lunch.
Sorry no photos, as usual.





4. The Tokyo Cruise embarks daily from this building 
beside the Azuma bridge.




5. The prominent Sky Tree Tower is flanked by 2 buildings
and an artistic golden icon. Blogger SK has pointed out to me
that is Asahi Beer Brewery's building with a Golden Flames
on its roof.




6. A traditional cruise boat arrived and it looked old fashioned.




7. Yay! Jumping with joy. 
My boat has arrived!




8. That's a hi-tech looking boat that looks
like a Cat Fish! We have booked this
Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line which
is 50 minutes @ 1560 Yen.




9. We hopped into the very spacious boat with glass top
for full panoramic viewing. It has a drinks bar and clean
toilets on board. I loved it.




10. The boat gently cruised down Sumida River towards the
Tokyo Bay where the man-made Odaiba Island lies.





11. Tokyo city has got so many spectacular tall buildings on both sides
of the river. This one is a high end residential condos
with fabulous river views below!





12. We passed under a total of 12 interesting bridges.




13. Everyone was relaxed and many dozed off dreaming away on this
love boat. Some ladies were all smiles and snapped many photos of the
boat's captain.




14. This was the handsome captain who looked like the famous actor.
Do you remember Hideki Saijo??




15. Most of the boat's passengers were on the roof top to enjoy
the chilly breeze of early Winter and snapped photos.




16. We all got off at the Hinode Pier on the Odaiba Island
which is man made with full of shopping & entertainment
being housed together under one roof.
I was shivering because I left my warm jacket
at home in Kuala Lumpur. I was silly alright.




17. View of the Tokyo Bay from Odaiba's DECKS.




18. It is a lovely place to dine and chat at the waterfront.




19. We came here twice but didn't have time to step into
the Legoland or Madame Tussaud's.


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52 comments:

  1. Good afternoon TM... No rain here today, so hot the weather...

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    1. Good Evening Zumba Queen!
      The weather is very nice after the rain here.

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    1. Yeah...thanks to you for instigating me to jump so much until my shoes got torn. Muahahaha

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  3. Eh... I think you typo. Odaiba island lah... I heard the Legoland there is super awesome compared to the one in JB. I hope to go there one day.

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    1. Many many thanks for pointing out my oversight. My typing fingers and brain don;t click well these days.

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  4. I agree when you say you will see mascots everywhere in Japan.. How about ladies with costumes? They are very kawaii and frankly, sometimes I don't know if they are man or woman.. I once saw a guy dressed up in a maid Hello Kitty dress, with big eyes like Sailor Moon and sharp nose, hmm....

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    1. Wakakaka you are always funny with your honest comments.
      I saw lots of funny people in Harajuku area and will post them later after the divorce & bad marriages, right?? The folks in Tokyo are so busy running and racing for time. Such a hectic life and I think I would freak out if I lived there.

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  5. I should visit again as I missed this boat tour. Your post will then serve as my guide.

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    1. Yes take a boat tour next time and end up at Odaiba for the biggest Onsen!
      Looks like I was the last blogger to visit Tokyo.

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    2. Thank you for making your presence known in my blog and what a visit, 8 blog post comments in one go! Speaking of onsen, I actually stayed at a capsule hotel and there is a floor just for bathing, onsen style! Loved it!

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  6. I shall make Japan my next dream destination!

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    1. Yes please go soon while it is still affordable. I am sure you will love its cool seasons and please avoid summers yeah. Go to temples in their Kimono frocks too and snap photos to share!!!

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  7. I've been to Tokyo on countless occasions but I've never taken a river cruise. Guess I'm always indulge in shopping & eating. Lol! Of course, I remember Hideki Saijo; I had attended his concert in SG when I was in my younger days. Those days, we were also crazy with singers like Seiko Matsuda, Chage & Asuka.........

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    1. You are so young and you know Hideki Saijo! I remember Seiko Matsuda and Momoe Yamaguchi. I wonder what has happened to all of them now. They must be grandmothers and grandfathers.
      Tokyo is so expensive for a frequent holiday but I would love to visit again.

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    2. Oh yes, Momoe Yamaguchi too! Wonder if they're still around. Lol! I was just telling my friend how cheap it is to visit Japan compared to those days. It's not expensive at all, maybe due to our SGD. Many of my Japanese friends complain when they visit SG cause it's too expensive for them. It's the other way round now. We're suffocating in our own country. Sigh!

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  8. #1.. i remember this beautiful statue in Sensoji, i love its color and it's actually very noticeable standing there in the alley huh??

    #2.. when i look at this photo, i thought something is missing.. i look back at my own photos taken there, hahaha!! actually it was because my friend and i each stand on one side of the statue, and your photo is the statue alone, no wonder!! :D

    #3.. ooh, Anay had lunch there.. should have taken a photo of what you ate lah, because all bloggers would like to see that.. :p

    #4.. was that a long line outside the building, people waiting to board the cruise??

    #5.. i was there i was there!! not to take the cruise, but actually just walked from Sensoji to the West bank of this Sumida River to catch a good view of Tokyo SkyTree (since we did not plan to get any nearer)..

    #6.. the boat actually doesn't look old fashion to me dei..

    #7.. it looks like Anay is jumping high so that he can get his head bang on the pillar up there!! muahahaha~~

    #8.. oooh, so the boat actually brings you from Asakusa to Odaiba.. i did not go to Odaiba due to time constraint during my last trip..

    #9.. nice taking a river cruise.. i don't think i have ever taken a river cruise when i go travel, haha.. too stingy to pay, i always opt to just walk along the banks.. :D

    #10.. very nice view along the Sumida River and a very special golden flame on the Asahi Beer building.. :)

    #11.. yeah, i wonder how many million is an unit on that residential tower with such a great river view??

    #12.. oh, i love this bright yellow bridge!! the color is so beautiful and outstanding above the water..

    #13.. what??!! dozed off in the boat, then what is the purpose of them taking the river cruise?? they missed all the beautiful views along the river!! hahahaha..

    #14.. took me a while to recall who Hideki Saijo is, and i gotta go google for his photo, ooopsss!!! i was not and am not quite a fans of Japanese pop star actually..

    #15.. i would have also chose to get up to the open-air deck for fresh river breeze and enjoy the 360-deg view without any blockage..

    #16.. you were shivering and yet you could still pose like Amitabh Bachchan for the photo!! yende borrenge!!!

    #17.. beautiful..

    #18.. agree!! it would be a nice place to sit down, have a cup of coffee and catch up with friends!! why don't we have anything similar in KL?? oh well, maybe just forget about it, if we ever have one here in KL, it will be RM30 for a small cup of coffee and 50 people in the line every time you passed by.. :p

    #19.. wow, this must be a very huge mall, housing both Legoland as well as Madam Tussaud's.. i've not even stepped foot on Odaiba dei and you went there twice!!

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  9. Hi-5 back! Haha...

    That's a nice jump! I guess I would be hoping around too if I'm there. Hehe

    Anyway, why didn't drop by Legoland?? uhuhu

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    1. Time constraint and I regret a bit that I should have ventured into their Legoland.

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  10. What a superb jump! The photographer is very skillful to take your jump from that angle to make it look even higher. What a nice cruise. I have been to Odaiba but by train.

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    1. I took a train from Odaiba back to Akasaka.
      So my shoes gave away and ripped due to so much jumping!
      I realised my winter shoes were only worn twice a year and the glue could not get sunny exposure.

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  11. I love Japan, their food and drama

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  12. I love Japan, their food and drama

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    1. My wife is also nuts about their TV dramas and lifestyle.
      I am into K-pop and Korean dramas with Kim Chi.

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    2. Anay, you can click on my photos to get a larger image if you find them too small, hee hee

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  13. Interesting! I saw the golden droplet when I was there but from far.

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    1. Love Japan. Might go again some other time.

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    2. Yes you should go again and your daughter should be a good guide.
      Just fly to Osaka and move on from there! Fun!

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  14. Lovely love boat ride..Hideki who? Sorry.. shirimasen. Wow thought you like super man without your jacket until I finished reading about your jacket thing. Poor fellow.

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    1. Pixz#1 thief says 'soli no photo taking' not hi -5 haha

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    2. It is so true that the thief said "No Photos"....
      Hideki Saijo was the known actor of your era dei. He often appeared in HKG dramas.

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  15. Like the cruise around the river in Tokyo..thanks for bringing us to the cruise..wonder what's that golden droplet means ?

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    1. I have just updated the golden droplet in my post after Blogger SK had pointed out to me that it is a Golden Flames belonging to the Asahi Beer Brewery. I have no idea whether one would shoot golden flames after drinking their famous beer!

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  16. You sound cool about the boat ride and it’s pretty good to see a clean river passing among the skyscrapers. The boat looks great inside with state of the art features!

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    1. That was certainly the best short boat rides I have ever tried. The whole boat looks hi-tech inside out.

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  17. The DECKS must be huge! Legoland and Madame Tussauds inside wo!

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    1. Yes it is very huge but quite empty inside. I am not sure whether it was a weekday's issue with lesser crowd.

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  18. Nevermind, Malaysia have Legoland and Singaore have Madame Tussauds.

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    1. I think I am too old to appreciate Legoland as I heard some adults felt bored there. I have seen the Madame Tussauds in London and Hong Kong. Perhaps I should visit the one in Singapore.

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  19. wow, you can jump so high. Are you using a trampoline?

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    1. I had to jump over 10 times to get the perfect shot. No wonder my shoes ripped apart. Wakakaka

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  20. Looks like you had a fun trip. Beautiful photos :)

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    1. Yes I loved the trip and cold weather.
      I will be back soon.

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  21. Hi! Your jumping poses are very cool. The ship 's name is Himiko,http://www.suijobus.co.jp/ship/himiko.html
    The name comes from the ancient first queen in our country. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much for the information and the link. It is interesting to note that it was named after the first queen of Japan. I wish that I am living in Tokyo.

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  22. Nice! I've never been to Tokyo before, and after several failed attempts, we're finally going to Japan in a couple of months. Was hoping to catch the cherry blossom season, think would be too early though.

    Love the photos of the small shops where you had the tempura, looks authentic and local!

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    1. Good luck to your coming visit and you will love to see the cherry blossoms! They would make anyone happy with its pretty sight.

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  23. I love that there's so much love for art and culture. It's truly amazing!

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