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07 March 2014

Getting Lost in Shibuya

Serunya Kesasar di Shibuya & Bertemu Hachiko


Public Bus in Tokyo
Hari ketiga di Tokyo kita mencoba untuk memakai bis umum, setelah dua hari menggunakan subway train. Sempat mencoba mengikuti jalur bus hingga ke pinggiran kota Tokyo, dekat dengan Yokohama. Sebetulnya jauh lebih mudah membaca rute subway dibanding bis, tapi di bis kita bisa mendapat pemandangan yang lebih menarik.

On our third day in Tokyo, we tried using public bus for our adventure in Tokyo,we ended up right in the outskirt of Tokyo City, maybe close to Yokohama at one point. It's much easier to navigate the subway route in comparison with bus, but we get better view on the bus, so that's the main drive.





Tokyo - Public Bus

Tokyo - Public Bus

Satu kali naik bis di Tokyo dikenai 200 Yen, atau sekitar Rp 22.000, jadi saat naik kita tidak ingin cepat-cepat turun. Hasilnya nyampailah rombongan bertiga di ujung kota, dan ongkos untuk kembali ke pusat kota via Subway hampir Rp 100.000 x_x.

A bus raid costs about 200 Yen or Rp 22.000, which is quite high for us, being backpackers. So we decided to milk it and ride all the way to the end of the route. We ended up in the outskirt of town and the train ride back would cost about 1000 Yen or Rp 100.000 x_x.


Brosur sewa flat 25m

Akhirnya kita memutuskan untuk balik ke daerah Shibuya sambil tanya-tanya rute bis yang perlu diambil untuk mencapai Shibuya. Hasil akhirnya lebih murah dibandingkan kembali menggunakan subway yang lebih simple rutenya.


We ended up going back using bus again, asking around the right route for getting there. Which ends up costing less than taking subway back.


Shibuya - Small Restaurant Residential Area

Shibuya - Small Restaurant Residential Area

Shibuya - Small Restaurant Residential Area

Shibuya - Small Restaurant Residential Area

Shibuya - Clothing Store in Residential Area

Shibuya - Typical House

Shibuya - Old House


Shibuya - Guy Skating with His Dog

Shibuya - Knick Knack Shops



Shibuya - Vending Machine



Shibuya Souvenir Store

Shibuya

Shibuya

Shibuya- Dog in Hair Dresser

Shibuya

Shibuya -KFC

Shibuya - Manryo Pachinko

Shibuya

Shibuya - Sushi Stall

Shibuya - Clothing Store with Funny Bear



Shibuya - Small Bar

Shibuya - Restaurant
Berhubung sudah jalan berjam-jam dan capek, kita mampir ke Mini Market untuk isi bensin. Sempat nyoba soft ice cream dan Dango. Dango ini salah satu snack khas jepang, harganya cukup murah 100 yen saja. ice creamnya sekitar dua kali lipat harga Dango




After hours of walking, we were spent and hungry, so we headed to a nearby minimarket to rest and get some grub. Tried the soft ice cream and Dango. The Dango was quite cheap at 100 yen, while the ice cream costs twice at 200 yen.



Shibuya - Pit Stop, Soft Ice Cream
Dango -  団子

Dango  - 団子

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

Dango adalah kue jepang yang manis dan dibuat dari tepung beras, mirip dengan tekstur mochi dan biasanya disajikan dengan teh hijau. Dango dimakan sepanjang tahun, tapi ada variasi berbeda untuk tiap musim. Tiga hingga empat biji Dango biasanya disediakan dalam satu tusuk.

Dango (団子?) is a Japanese dumpling and sweet made from mochiko (rice flour), related to mochi. It is often served with green tea. Dango is eaten year-round, but the different varieties are traditionally eaten in given seasons. Three to four dango are often served on a skewer.

Shrine in Shibuya
Setelah capek nyasar 2 jam lebih akhirnya kita menyerah, dan menuju stasiun subway terdekat untuk menuju pusat kota Shibuya.
Sedari tadi pagi mencoba mengandalkan google maps, tapi berhubung ada masalah dengan sim card yang dibeli, jadi petunjuk GPS nya tidak efektif.
Berikut panduan untuk emmbeli Sim Card di Jepang : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/04/panduan-beli-sim-card-perdana.html



Tired of getting lost and not knowing which way to go, we finally decided to resort to using subway again. This day we already purchased a sim card, but there's trouble when activating it, so we ended up not being able to use GPS effectively.

Subway in Ginza Line

Setelah nyasar satu - dua jam akhirnya kita sampai di pusat kota Shibuya, dan berkunjung di patung Hachiko yang terkenal


After a while we ended up in Shibuya and had the chance to actually encountering the famous Hachiko Statue



Shibuya Down Town

Statues in Shibuya

Hachiko Statue
Hachikō (ハチ公?, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935), known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公 "faithful dog Hachikō" ['hachi' meaning 'eight', a number referring to the dog's birth order in the litter, and 'kō', meaning prince or duke]), was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture,[1] remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, even many years after his owner's death.



In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner's life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Each day for the next nine years Hachikō awaited Ueno's return, appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.
Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. Initial reactions from the people, especially from those working at the station, were not necessarily friendly. However, after the first appearance of the article about him on October 4, 1932 in Asahi Shimbun, people started to bring Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait (Wikipedia.com)

Shibuya Down Town

Shibuya Down Town - Old Tram





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