Life is Good

Uwohooo.. 😀 Finally I can write again XD This time, it’s still continuing about my Winter Holiday, since I only wrote about the part I’m having a trip with my family. :p

To be honest, after my family goes back to Indonesia, Ryu ask me to have a “big adventure” trip using Seishun 18 Ticket. :p And of course, I won’t say no to adventure. ;p

So, what is Seishun 18 Ticket? 😀

The Seishun 18 Ticket (青春18きっぷ Seishun Jūhachi Kippu?) is a special discount ticket issued in Japan that allows holders one-day unlimited rides on the local trains of Japan Railways Group during limited periods of year.

One ticket is valid for five (not necessarily continuous) days (midnight to midnight), within the designated period of the season (see table below for seasonal periods). It can also be used by several people simultaneously; for example, five passengers can use entire one sheet of ticket for their one-day trip as a group instead of one passenger traveling individually on five days different days. Basically a single sheet of ticket can be stamped for up to 5 times, and a single stamp means unlimited travel for one person for that day. The price of the ticket is 11,500 Yen per sheet of 5 tickets, this means 2,300 yen per ticket. This ticket is ideal for long distance travellers, wherein people can get more value for their money.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seishun_18_Ticket

The Seishun 18 Ticket (青春18きっぷ Seishun jūhachi kippu[1] is a discount rail ticket offered by Japan‘s JR network. When available (three times a year), it is easily the cheapest way to get around Japan, costing only ¥11,500 for five days of unlimited travel.

Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Seishun_18_Ticket

Quite understand enough? 😀 Well.. You can open the link for more explanation about Seishun 18 Ticket. 😉

So.. After my family goes back to Indonesia, which we separated at Tokyo Station as I wrote here, Ryu come to pick me up at Tokyo station. Well, we’re planning to meet our school mates from Bandung (who now lives in Tokyo). 😀 We’re using the Seishun 18 Ticket (I’ll write 18kippu for short, shall I?) to stroll around Tokyo. 😀

Our first stop was Meiji Jingu Jinjya and took a train to Harajuku station. 😀 Well, I always wanted to do hatsumoude, one of Japaese tradition during New Years, make a visit to shrines. 😀 And when I go to Harajuku with my family, we don’t have the time to go to Meiji Shrine. So I ask Ryu to go here. 😀

Finish having hatsumoude at the shrine, we go to Takeshita Dori. Takeshita Dori is one of the famous place to shop for youngsters. 😀 You can find a lot of cheap, cute and cool stuffs there 😉 Thank God, I don’t have that much money :p I only bought one fukubukuro at a 315Yen shop. 😀 Since it’s pretty hectic, we continue our trip to Akihabara. 😀

At Akihabara, we’re having a stroll and a lot of sightseeing 😀 So many cool stuffs XD But to bad, no money :p Actually, our reason to go to Akihabara is to have a lunch at Pepper n Lunch. But to bad, the resto was closed. (TTwTT) So we move on to find cheap resto. |||OTL

After a long hungry walk, finaly we found Sukiya! XD And happily enter the resto 😀 After ordering some food, we’re relaxing ourselves and fill our tummy with Gyudon X9 Yummy~! But not so long, suddenly, there’s an earthquake. Okay.. I was kinda panic at first. But seeing everyone in the store doesn’t move at all, I try to calm. While waiting for the earthquake to stop, I realize, all the Japanese people are calm, but they’re still prepared. If anything goes wrong, they’ll ready to do something. (O___O) So coooollll… >_< And not so long, the earthquake stops. ^^

After finished our food, we move on to Shibuya to meet our friends. Chit chat, talk, etc. Fun time. ^^ And at 8, we decided to go home, since it will be to late if we don’t go home. :p So, that’s our first time using the 18kippu.

Actually, Ryu bought 2 tickets of 18kippu for each of us (which means we have 10 slots of ticket). But our friend use 2 slots of the tickets, so we only have 8 slots of ticket to use. 4 slots for each of us. 🙂

So the 2nd slot was used to have a trip to Nagoya at January 3rd. 😀 This time, we make a lot of stops at stations before Nagoya. Our first stop was Shimada station. We want to go to Horai Bashi, the longest wooden bridge in the world. 😉 It’s damn cold there… =__=||| After a few walks and pics, we move on to the next stop, Bentenjima Station. Why Bentenjima? We only want to see to famous red torii which was located in the sea. Take pics, eat our onigiri bento, then move to the next station, Kakegawa. In Kakegawa, we’re visiting the Kakegawa Castle. 😀 The castle was so beautiful 😀 I love it! XD Finished sightseeing, go forward to the next stop: Kanayama Station. 😀

From Kanayama Station, we change to subways. We bought the one day subway pass due to efficiency 😀 And so, our trip at Nagoya starts! XD First we go to Atsuta Jingu for some hatsumoude and some festival snacks. 😉 Next we move on to Nagoya Castle, but unfortunately, it was already closed. :< So we move on to the last destination, Osu Kannon. It was one of the famous Buddhist Temple in Nagoya 😀 And it was also crowded :s It’s kinda shocking for me, since I thought hatsumoude is only for Shinto shrines. :p So, today’s trip was ended at Osu Kannon 😀 We ended it with one portion of Turkish Kebab for each of us. ^w^ Yummy~! And before we arrive at Shizuoka, we stopped for a minute at Bentenjima to take the night view of the famous torii 😉 Hehehe.. :p

The 3rd slot was used for a crazy trip to Kyoto on January 5th. After our friend, who used our ticket, said that Shizuoka-Kyoto is only 5 hours, we decided to go to Kyoto for our next trip. And so, we go straight to Kyoto this time 😀 And to be honest, I’m glad we go to Kyoto. 😀

On the way to Kyoto, we pass through Gifu area, which one of it was Sekigahara (I guess it’s the place for the famous Battle of Sekigahara?). There, we saw a lot of snoooowww!!! XD Me and Ryu was so happy and excited. XD We sit next to the door, so when the door open at stations, we can touch the snow and feel the cold. XD Well, it’s not my first time to see snow, but it’s definitely fun. \(^o^)/ Yehaaaw!!! XD

At Kyoto, we go to few places, such as: Fushimi Inari Shrine (which was used for one of the scene at the movie Memoirs of Geisha), Kyomizu-dera Temple (and meet maiko-san (=//w//=)v Fufufufu..), and Gion. Since Kyoto is quite far from Shizuoka, we have to be a little bit in a hurry to catch the train. ^__^;; We must get the 6PM train ^_^;; Hahaha… We’re in a rush, we didn’t even had any dinner. We only ate few onigiri on train which we bought at the station (yet we still manage to play snow for a while on one of the interchange station). ^^ Well, thank God, we arrive Shizuoka at 11 PM, so we can drop by at Hanamaru Udon for some Kake Udon. 😀 Long live Hanamaru Udooonnn~~!!! XD Hohoho…

The 4th which also the last one, is our trip to meet our University friends at Tokyo. We decided to rent a car to go for a ride to places near Tokyo. Our meeting point is Hachiko’s statue in Shibuya ^^ And our journey starts 😀 We rent a car and go to few places near Tokyo that can’t be reached by train. (^w^) Our first stop was one of the famous lake at Tochigi (based on my friends story. But to be honest, I forgot the lake’s name. ^^;;). There we play on the snow for a while and it was so fun. Since the last time me and Ryu plays snow, it’s already night. So we can’t see the snow clearly. (^^a) After a few minutes playing and taking pictures, we move on to the next stop. It’s a rope-way station for Nikko-Tochigi area. There, we have lunch and take a break for a while. Next was the famous Toshogu Nikko Shrine. This shrine was famous for “The Three Wise Monkey” (3 monkey which each of them closes their eyes, mouth and ears :p). But since the entrance fee is very expensive, we decide to move on to the last stop: Tobu World Square. 😀 Tobu World Square was nice 😀 We can see famous places all around the world but with a minature size.  😉 I enjoy the stroll there 😀 And with a little bit of worried, we drove to the nearest train station to go back to Shizuoka. Thank God, we arrived just in time at Shizuoka (00.00 AM), so we don’t have to adjust the fares. :p

Well.. So with that, our journey ends. 😀 And here how the ticket looks in the end. (^^)

Definitely can’t wait for the next 18kippu trip. 😉

Jya~ne! 😀

Sincerely, Bena nDR

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