December 25, 2010
Tiffy in Japan
When I was in Japan last year, I didn't really get to enjoy Christmas since I was waitressing at the sushi restaurant I part-timed for the whole holiday season. So it's no surprise that Christmas in Japan doesn't really bring a lot of fond memories.
This year, however, I was determined to change it. I headed to Tokyo with my boyfriend to initially visit Tokyo Disneyland. But since it's the holiday season, the number of people in Disneyland would be so overwhelming that we (actually, I) opted to go to Sanrio Puroland.
I've been a fan of Hello Kitty since I worked as a part-time content support staff for sanriotown.com. It's no surprise, really, that I would go there.
We reached Tokyo from Nagoya at around 11 am. And on that day, if you get in after 3 pm, you only have to pay ¥1000 if you show them the coupon you got on their website (print it out or just go to their website via your phone's browser).
I got in and saw this adorable Hello Kitty waffle and decided I wanna have one! So yes, I ate Hello Kitty in Sanrio Puroland, some meters away from Hello Kitty's house.
I chose the kitty.
A lot of people keep telling me that they want to go to Japan but that it's too expensive. It is expensive. But if you plan your trip really well, it's not as unimaginable as you might think.
Yes, the subway is expensive. But you might want to try walking around Tokyo. It's not a big city and just walking around is a tourist-y thing to do in itself.
As for accommodations? There are internet/manga cafes where you can stay at for 8-12 hours. It will only cost you around ¥1500 for 8 hours, I believe. You have your own cubicle with a couch--and, depending on the internet cafe you end up in, they might even have shower rooms where you can take a shower (I think they even provide towels).
Planning that next trip? Enjoy!