I can’t believe we’ve already been in Tokyo for a week! Being here has been a dream come true. Daniel and I turn to each other regularly and say, “we’re in Japan. We’re on the other side of the world right now” because we still can’t believe it. This country is gorgeous, and that was only further confirmed by the mountainous drive we took through to Mt. Fuji on Monday! The last week has been so busy and fun, I think we’ve only gotten an average of 4 hours of sleep a night!
Day 2: Shibuya
We got Day 2 started a little later than we hoped because we slept a whopping 13 hours! That afternoon, however, we went straight to Shibuya which is one of Downtown Tokyo’s largest sectors. If I had to compare it to something, it’s like New York’s Times Square on steroids. There are easily tens of thousands of people walking through the street. So many people in fact, it has the famous Shibuya crossing, which is one of the largest crosswalks in the world. All four lights in the intersection go red, and then it’s thousands of people walking in all directions. We went up to a Starbucks above the chaos to watch it from bird’s eye! Super cool.
We also went to a traditional sushi belt called Tenkasushi. I never thought I’d be open to eating raw fish, but I ate my body weight’s worth of it that day! SO YUMMY! Traveling has definitely made my palette more open-minded. Since you can’t understand 97% of menus, you just grab what looks good and hope for the best. I haven’t been disappointed yet. Japanese food is definitely my new favorite food.
Day 3: Anime District
On day 3 we joined Daniel’s parents as they toured the Anime district and man, was that an experience. People all along the streets were dressed as characters from different shows, and there were dozens of anime themed restaurants. Daniel and I tried fried Octopus balls, took a picture with a baby owl, and walked almost 9 miles that day. Anime is not personally my thing, but it was cool to see a culture who is so passionate about it that they have a district! I did get excited about seeing all of the Pokemon stuff, though!
Day 4: Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, and the Golden Gai
THIS WAS MY FAVORITE DAY SO FAR! I might even ended up writing a full blog post about this.
P.S: I was right, I couldn’t summarize this amazing day. Click here to read about our favorite day in Tokyo!
Day 5: Tokyo Tower
On our last day in Tokyo, we knew we had to get some work done, and make up the sleep we had been sacrificing for fun things. We packed, we ate, and cried about leaving Tokyo so soon. Just kidding, we didn’t cry, but my heart was definitely broken. Finally we got out of the room at 4pm and decided we wanted to go see one last temple in Ueno Park before leaving. We got on the train, and started on our 1.5 hour journey to the park, not knowing much about what was there. I noticed on the map that on the way to the park we could see Tokyo Tower, which is Tokyo’s equivalent of the Eiffel Tower. We couldn’t leave Tokyo with seeing the Tower, right?!
We got there and ended up never going to Ueno park. The area around the tower has a gorgeous shrine, and the tower itself is huge! We hadn’t seen Mt. Fuji yet because the weather here has been unpredictable, and cloudy so we thought it would be fun to see it from the top of the tower. We were in shock. There is SO much to do on this tower, guys. There’s a mall, restaurants, a theme park, a main floor with a light show, and the panoramic top floor where you can see all of Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. Our impulse decision to go to the top was impeccably timed. We watched the sunset over the horizon, and all of Tokyo light up.
Our time in Tokyo was magical. I could spend a month here, do something different every day and still not see it all. I’ve been to over 30 countries, and Japan is definitely one of my favorites. Now we’ve made it to Mt. Fuji and are gearing up for our climb on Thursday! Wish us luck!!
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- Learn the basics of Japanese
- Eat at grocery stores
- Get a suica card
- Stay two weeks
- Go to the Golden Gai
- Sing Karaoke
- Shop at Uniqlo
- Drink the Green Tea
- Don’t be afraid to stay away from the city center to save some major cash
- Do the math before just buying the JR pass- Convenient, but so expensive.