Clueless Commuter takes you to Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō)

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Autumn trees along Meiji Jingu ouutskirts.

Autumn trees near Meiji Jingu outer garden.


  1. Harajuku (原宿)
  2. Shibuya (渋谷)
  3. Shinjuku (新宿)
  4. Ichiran Ramen
  5. Ueno Zoo and Park
  6. Meiji Temple
  7. Asakusa Temple a.k.a. Sensōji Temple
  8. Roppongi Hills
  9. Tokyo Tower
  10. Tokyo Skytree
  11. Get lost in the Tokyo, walk.

“So you have some free time in Tokyo….”

A friend recently asked me for a list of possible free time go-to’s in Tokyo. So…

To help him, I decided to write about the walkable parts of the city that I’d been to and would recommend to fellow travellers.

Buy a 24-hr unlimited Tokyo Metro pass

Tokyo is a huge place. If you get to have one day to roam it, you’ll do great by taking a city stroll — with the help of Tokyo Metro. All you need to do is buy a 24-hr unlimited Tokyo Metro ticket, which costs around ¥600 (More or less ₱270).

Tokyo Metro‘s subway lines reach all of Tokyo’s famous tourist destinations. Unlike the JR Line, which has it’s mainline through and around Tokyo’s city center, Tokyo Metro’s subway system goes inside of Tokyo’s city proper. So, if you own the JR Rail Pass, a Tokyo Metro would come in handy as a complement ticket within Tokyo.

You can buy a ticket at Tokyo Metro stations across the city.

Tokyo Metro subways offer 24-hr unlimited passes.

This is what a Tokyo Metro subway entrance looks like. Tokyo Metro subways offer 24-hr unlimited passes.

1. Harajuku, Harajyuku (原宿)

What’s there to see in Harajyuku (原宿)? Apart from Takeshita St., which is a short strip of fashion shopping finds, it also houses Tokyo’s 4-storey Daiso branch.

The Giant Daiso in Takeshita St., Harajuku

Daiso Store, Takeshita St., Harajuku

Fact: Things are really expensive in Japan. The good news is there are a few stores that sell Japan-made goods and items for less. This includes Japan’s biggest Daiso in Takeshita St., Harajuku (原宿). Most of the items cost ¥100, which was around‎ ₱‎45 during my stay.

Currency exchange rate as of this writing: ¥1 = ₱.45‎‎.

Tamagochi Shop near Harajuku (原宿) JR Station

Tamagochis were a childhood icon from the late ’90s to the early 2000s. After a while, they started disappearing. When smartphones started taking the world by storm, I remember looking for a legit Tamagochi app. There were none in the app store. It looked as if the game’s creators had secured their rights.

For the fans, worry no more. Tamagochis still exist up to this day, and you can find them right at the heart of Harajuku. I just didn’t get mine because, sadly, I didn’t have extra money.


I found a Tamagochi shop near Harajuku JR Station.

Tamagochi digital pets in 2017.

Tamagochis (digital pets) exist up to this day.


Tamagochis are a doorway to a ’90s childhood.

2. Shibuya (渋谷)

Harajuku walk to Shinjuku.

We just walked from Takeshita St. to Shibuya. The two Tokyo “wards” are near each other.

Shibuya (渋谷) is famous for its big intersection. Once the stoplight says “go,” pedestrians scramble across it. Apart from this, one strolls through Shibuya Crossing to see Hachiko’s monument.

This is the iconic Shinjuku crossing scramble, from a pedestrian's point of view.

This is the iconic Shibuya scramble from a pedestrian’s point of view.

Tourists line up to have a picture taken with Hachiko's monument.

Tourists line up to have a picture taken with Hachiko’s monument.

3. Shinjuku (新宿) shops and stores

Shinjuku is actually a huge ward for walking. It’s lined up with almost all the brands you’d look for in a city. You’ll want to go there mainly for shopping. In my case, I went for art materials and camera accessories.

Camera shopping in Shinjuku

What’s a cheap find in Japan? Electronics!

4. Ichiran (蘭) Ramen

Why is an Ichiran (蘭) Ramen chain even in my go-to list? Because not all Ramen are created equal. And since you’re in Japan, might as well try their most famous comfort food in a well recommended Ramen chain locals approve of.

Ichiran Ramen in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

Don’t forget to drop by a branch when you visit Tokyo.

I know: We can’t read Japanese, so recall this signage outside a ramen shop where people are queued outside. If you look closely, the sign does say Ichiran in English.

Ichiran Ramen customers line up outside.

Ichiran Ramen is famous, people line up outside, a sign of a bustling business.

How I’ll describe the food? You’ll still feel like a good person even after you have had your fill of it.

Ichiran Ramen in its full glory.

Here, my friends, is what people line up for. It’s just worth.

The broth was so perfect I can still vividly recall its taste. It was not overdone. Ichiran has branches in different city wards in Tokyo. I’ve seen branches around Shinjuku and Ueno during my Tokyo strolls. They’re usually that ramen house that people line up to.

Be patient! Wait for your turn so you can try their ramen out yourself.

5. Ueno Park and Zoo

What’s to see in Ueno? If you’re like me, the Panda’s and the Polar Bear within Ueno zoo is a must go to.

Ueno Zoo signages

I got to see animals whom I will never see in Manila.

Polar Bear at Ueno Zoo

A Polar Bear at Ueno Zoo

Panda at Ueno Zoo

A moving Panda felt like meeting a celebrity! I was Fangirling the whole time.

6. Meiji Temple

What’s to see:

Giant Shrine Posts
Giant Trees
Giant Crows

The enormous shrine entrances set the experience.

The enormous shrine entrances set the experience.

Meiji shrine lamp post.

Here’s me scaling a Meiji shrine lamp post.

Meiji shrine's gigantic trees.

The huge trees make you feel you are entering a giant’s lair.

Soju barrels in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Sake drums: a traditional Meiji era article.

7. Asakusa Temple a.k.a. Sensōji Temple

What’s to see:

Giant Shrine Posts
Giant Lanterns
Big Fat Kois

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Don’t forget to take a photo with the giant lantern.

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji temple is a go to for tourists.

Tokyo Skytree from Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.

From Asakusa, you can see a view of the Tokyo Skytree.

Kois in Sensoji temple garden.

Check out the huge fat kois in Sensoji temple, if you can.

8. Roppongi Hills

The giant spider at Roppongi Hills.

It’s a posh shopping center.

9. Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower from Roppongi heights.

Here’s a view of Tokyo Tower on a cold autumn night from Roppongi heights, a posh shopping district in Tokyo.

This is a shot from Roppongi Hills on a drizzly foggy cold autumn night. I never got closer than Jonathan Barasi’s visit.

10. Tokyo Skytree

On the way to Tokyo Skytree, you’ll also see Asahi’s odd froth sculpture on top of it’s building. It does look like something else *smirks.

Tokyo Skytree and Asahi Froth

That Asahi froth was funny. You’ll find it by foot on the way to Tokyo Skytree.

It’s a little walk from the nearest Tokyo Metro. We had to cross the Sumida-Gawa river bridge by foot.

Tokyo Skytree seems to be located within a building mall or complex. After getting in and up, you’ll have to look up the top.

Tokyo Skytree

The Tokyo Skytree looks like a huge amusement park ride.

Get Lost in the City

Lastly, I think you should just, for once, try to get lost in Tokyo (:

I think that would make the perfect stroll that you’re looking for. Who knows what you can unfold that I never will.


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