Japan (Mar 2013)

A big Thank You to all those who helped to vote on my photo entries.

The main reason for going on this trip is because I am 1 of the winners for the Japan Photo contest organised by Japan Tourism Agency, therefore I had to attend the Award ceremony at Saitama on 15/3 and a day trip to Aizu Wakamatsu on 16/3. For more info (and pics) of the contest results, please click here.

Airfare + 3 nights hotel at Tokyo (Keio Plaza hotel) was provided for me, and I extended an additional 8 more nights on my own so that I can attend the Tokyo Anime Fair at Odaiba before flying back.

I had initially thought that my trip to Tokyo will be too early for Sakura (cherry blossoms) season. Turns out that the Sakura bloomed 2 weeks earlier than normal this year so I was really lucky to be able to enjoy Sakura viewing on this trip.

This would be my 8th trip to Japan (including the 1 trip I had about 20yrs ago).

(Since I only just arrived back at Singapore on 26 March, therefore please give me some time to upload the photos and entries. Please check back again after a few days.)

14 March (Day 1) : Singapore to Tokyo
15 March (Day 2): Tokyo (Commendation Ceremony at Saitama)
16 March (Day 3): Daytrip to Aizu Wakamatsu
17 March (Day 4): Tokyo to Yokohama (Kawasaki)
18 March (Day 5): Kamakura + Yokohama (Part 1 Kamakura / Part 2 Yokohama)
19 March (Day 6): Yokohama to Tokyo (Sanrio Puroland) (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3)
20 March (Day 7): Tokyo (Ueno + Shibamata + Asakusa + Tokyo station) (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4)
21 March (Day 8): Tokyo (Kawagoe + Omiya + Meguro + View of Tokyo Tower) (Part 1/ / Part 2 / Part 3)
22 March (Day 9): Tokyo (Ueno + Oji + Akihabara + Koishikawa Korakuen + Rikugien) (Part 1 / Part 2)
23 March (Day 10): Tokyo (Anime Fair + Hama Rikyu + Shiodome) (Part 1 / Part 2)
24 March (Day 11): Tokyo (Ueno Park + Zojoji Temple + Ginza + Yanaka) (Part 1 / Part 2)
25 March (Day 12): Tokyo to Singapore (arrive Singapore on 26/3)

Thank you to everyone involved in the planning of this photo contest event and also made this trip such an enjoyable experience for me.  It was really great meeting you all at Japan.

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