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ジョナサン (JONATHAN'S)

            Jonathan's is one of many Italian-styled restaurant in Japan which you could easily find everywhere. I usually go to the one near Okubo station and it's one of my favourite to-go restaurant simply because it's affordable and the place has nice atmosphere and the food tastes good. If you like spaghetti or hamburg, I suggest you to try going here for a lunch. The other thing that I like is that they write the calories for all the food so if you're one who mind about calories and stuff it's really nice. :)

These are photos of some of the things that I usually order:

Yes, I love hamburg a lot since I came to Japan. They have many kind of hamburg style for the lunch menu with rice + soup set.

Jonathan's 001

Jonathan's 002

Jonathan's 003

Not forgot to mention that they do have lots of yummylicious desserts! If you have sweet tooth, I reccomend you to try these.
The one I really like is this anmitsu with green tea ice cream. You pour a hot green liquid onto it which suddenly turns to jelly and eat it.
Jonathan's 004


Not just hamburg, they actually have many more menu like pizzas, gratins, spaghettis, etc.
You can look for more detail here:

http://www.skylark.co.jp/jonathan/menu/

お台場 (ODAIBA)

                 If you're going to visit Tokyo, you should also go to Odaiba. It's a place with lots of tourist spots and it's definitely included in one of my most recommended list. You can see an imitation of South California beach with uncomparable beauty, one of the most famous television tower in Japan, biggest ferris wheel in Japan, a real-life sized Gundam, Sega game center, and even Statue of Liberty without having to go to America! How's that sound? Pretty much a complete package for a trip, in my opinion. I've went here for 4 times already since I came to Japan last October and can't get enough of it :D

You can also ride a water bus from Asakusa here.


The closest one from Odaiba Kaihin Kouen Station is the Palette Town, with a ferris wheel inside called Daikanransha (大観覧車), literally means big ferris wheel. The ferris wheel has a diameter of 100 meters (328ft) and stands 115 meters (377ft) tall, making it the largest ferris wheel in Japan. You can see Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree and even up to Shinjuku's skyscraper districts from above. One ride will last about 15 mins and costs you 900 yen.
Daikanransha

You'd never imagined seeing 75m replica of Statue of Liberty which is also located in Odaiba near the beach. At the back, you can see a glimpse of Rainbow Bridge.
Replica of Statue of Liberty

So, this is the close-up view of the Rainbow Bridge. Why does it called Rainbow Bridge? At night, the bridge will light up and the lights shine in rainbow colours and it's a very beautiful view to be seen.
Rainbow Bridge

This is the beach in Odaiba. You can sit around and chat while seeing the beauty of nature :D
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The big building with a metal ball is the Fuji Television Tower. It's one of the most famous channel in Japan. I heard that you are permitted to go inside and sometimes you can see the shooting places of the programmes or dramas they're doing on in that time, but I've never went in myself. (I really want to see VS Arashi shooting place XD)
Fuji TV Tower

If you're a fan of Gundam series, you can also see a real-life sized Gundam here. Sometimes you can also see it moves, but don't expect too much about the moves XD
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Eventhough I don't have other pictures of it, there are still a lot more to see in Odaiba, which are:

  • SEGA JOYPOLIS

If you're a fan of SEGA, which is known for their game Sonic the Hedgehog, or just simply searching for a game center, this is the place to go. It's a three-floor indoor theme park with lots of fun arcades, coasters, rides, and even haunted house or photoshoot. Don't imagine the place as a usual game center because it's not. It's times more amazing than that. You can have a 1-day passport for 3500 yen or simply buy an entrance ticket or whatever types of ticket you'd like. It's perfect for kids and adults.
For more information, you can visit the site:
http://tokyo-joypolis.com/ (Japanese)
http://tokyo-joypolis.com/language/english/ (English)


  • Trick Art Museum

In Odaiba, there's also a trick ar museum with great arts inside and you can take lots of fun pictures! The museum is located on the 4th floor DECKS Tokyo Beach. You definitely have to bring your camera here. To go inside, you have to pay through a ticket machine. Adults cost 900 yen, and kids cost 600 yen. It's pretty much affordable.

  • Takoyaki Museum

It's not a museum, more like a big takoyaki only food court. It's located in the same building as Trick Art Museum so while you're there you can also go and take a look or even have some delicious takoyaki! They have a lot of varieties of takoyaki you can choose and there's a candy store nearby that sells lots of cute candies. On the same floor you can find a haunted house with a mission if you go inside and a fortune-teller (too bad you have to understand Japanese to know what she's talking about).

  • Legoland

Legoland is a place for kids, just in case you're travelling as a family. It's located inside DECKS on the 3rd floor. There are lots of attractions inside and also food court that sells yummy stuff. You can buy the tickets on the spot but if you book online, you can save your money a bit.
For more information, you can visit the site:
http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.jp/tokyo/en/plan-your-visit/plan-your-visit.aspx (English)

It's really a fun trip and I hope you will go and pay a visit yourself :D

ウラーンバートル (ULAAN BAATAR)

         In Japan, it's not always about sushi and ramen but there are also lots of foreign restaurants. This is a famous Mongolian restaurant which is famous for the lamb meats called Ulaan Baatar. This restaurant is located in Ryogoku, Tokyo, Japan near the Ryogoku station. The food is really delicious and they also serve horse milk. The owner is a real Mongolian and you can hear Mongolian songs as a background music in the restaurant.

Here is the entrance to the shop. It's easy to find because they have a large yellow sign in front.
Ulaan Bataar

The specialty of the restaurant! Chopped lamb meat with 3 different dipping sauces.
You can really taste the juiciness of the meat and the portion is quite big :)
Chopped lamb meat

This is vegetables soup with lamb meats in it. It's very tasty.

Lamb meat and veggies soup

I forgot what is this but it's also filled with lamb meat.
I really recommend to try eating this. It's super delish! <3 Love it!

Lamb meat

And the last one is pastels with again, lamb meat inside! Yummy!

Lamb meat pastels

Please try it I'm sure you won't regret it >w< Lamb meat party! <3

やよい軒 (YAYOI KEN)

      Today is about food! :D I really love Japanese food, such as sushi, ramen, etc. But if you want a complete set meal then you can have a teishoku. For those of you who don't know teishoku, teishoku is a main dish with rice and miso soup. Teishoku is nice to eat because you can have various dishes at a time, and they usually have more balanced nutrition rather than having a bowl of ramen.
            The teishoku restaurant that I often go to is Yayoi Ken (やよい軒). In Yayoi Ken, you will choose your order from pictures displayed on vending machine and pay there. So you don't have to be able to speak or read Japanese to order ;) The price is quite affordable and it's also delicious! Not to mention that you can also have okawari (another bowl) of rice for free!
Oh, and for those of you who are concern about calories (like me), the teishoku in this restaurant ranges from 576 kcal to 1294 kcal.

You can find the restaurant in Takadanobaba, Shin-Okubo, Ryogoku, Koenji, Shibuya, etc.
They really have lots of branches and you can just find it anywhere across Japan.

Here is some of the menu to try:
1. This is the Shimahokke Teishoku and you can get it for 690 yen.
The fish is really nice and you also get a side dish tofu :) This dish is about 881 kcal.
しまほっけ定食

2. This is Niku Yasai Itame Teishoku and you can get it for 690 yen also.
This one is one of the lower calories dish in this shop which is about 656 kcal. It's delicious and well-balanced :D
肉野菜炒め定食

3. Sometimes, they also have a special menu on a few occassion, and this one is the menu for the spring.
They keep changing and renewing the menu so you have to try it while it lasts. I really love the deep fried shrimp.
春の定食

4. For you who love Chinese food, they also have a new special menu at the time for 890 yen,
You will get a combination of ebi chilli and pork meat with veggies and the usual miso soup.
回鍋肉と海老チリの定食

Other than the ones I've mentioned, they still have lots of other teishoku such as
Hamburg Teishoku, Steak or Katsu Teishoku, and some don (丼), and it ranges from 590 yen to 890 yen.
You can see the site for more information:
http://www.yayoiken.com/menu/index.html (Japanese)
It's kinda confusing on where to start so I'm going to start from the most high-tension amusement park in Japan. It's called Fuji-Q Highland, located near the Mount Fuji for those who love to push their limits and challenge themselves. I have been here for 2 times and will go again when my parents come in Summer. It's really fun. You can buy a 1-day pass for 5000 yen (price for adults +18), or a 2-day pass for 8000 (price for adults +18).

Here is the entrance gate and the car park in front of Fuji-Q. You can see Mt.Fuji clearly from here.

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This is the scenery from the park. I took it while riding the ferris wheel.
Mt.Fuji

This is also a part of the park. In summer, you can ride a boat here, while in winter it becomes an ice-skating rink.
Fuji-Q Highland

This is Fujiyama which is known for the longest roller coaster.
Fujiyama

Dodonpa, the fastest roller coaster with 172 km/hr speed.
Dodonpa

And here is the Takabisha with 121 degree of free fall and has been acknowledged by Guiness Book of Records!
I also heard that Big Bang rode this roller coaster :)  You should also try this it's scary but fun <3
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This is one of the food you can get inside the park. I love soft ice cream in Japan^^. They also have food court and they have giant turkey legs stand.
Soft Ice-cream

There are still a lot of fun attractions in Fuji-Q which I didn't take the pictures such as:

  • the famous Haunted Hospital -> You'll get trapped inside a haunted hospital and get chased by zombies for about 1 hour. :P

  • Hamtaro Land and Thomas Land -> these 2 lands are created for kids :)

  • White Canyon -> wooden roller coaster. yes, it is made from woods.

  • and other terrifying attractions! XD

​That's all my explanations. I hope you would try going here when visiting Japan ;)

For more information you can visit the site below:
http://www.fujiq.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.fujiq.jp/en/ (English)