Tokyo

This place is serious…Tokyo is definitely an easy city to spent a long amount of time. We are so glad we had 7 nights to enjoy as much of the city as possible. I get the feeling that in Tokyo, you dont need to plan too much to enjoy what the city has to offer. You could catch a train to a random station, head up to the street, and you will experience something new and quirky which leaves you happy to be there. We did however have a rough plan, but surrounding that, we let our eyes and noses do the guiding. Usually we don’t spend much time in malls and shops, but I think in Tokyo – it is a must! You get to see the weird, wonderful and interesting. Tokyo by night was probably my favourite. Sky-scrappers with bright lights, billboards and music, or little Ramen alleyways buzzing with sounds of customers slurping away while the chefs do their wonderful thing.

Being the first stop as we travel around Japan, this is what we noticed (so far and subject to change?): I dont think we saw one piece of rubbish on the street…also no rubbish bins. Go figure! Everyone is so polite and we loved being welcomed into restaurants (not knowing what was being said) but we could appreciate the smiles and the polite nod. Personal hygiene feels very important here (never a bad thing). Just use the toilet functions and you’ll now what I mean. On that note, plenty of toilets which are clean and free. This may not seem like a big deal, but after travelling for the past 4 months – this stands out as a major positive! Also, beautiful people, everywhere! Everyone is so well presented and looks immaculate. No one jaywalks. Is that a red or a green man? Wait for him!!! White shirts are clearly the way to go for most businessmen. There is something here for everything, e.g. little bags to go over your umbrella when you enter a shop, mini ice packs if you buy something edible that might need mild refrigeration! Each time we got on the metro, I would look around to see at least 2 people in our carriage asleep (ZZZzzzzzz).

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Nakano

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Shibuya – Hachiko statue

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Yoyogi Park

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Meiji Shrine

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Shinjuku Gyoen
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government building for a view (great tip Emily!)

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Classic streets of Tokyo – my fav pic.

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We found ourselves spending hours in showroom department stores (yes, plural).

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More of what we ate, here.

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Akihabara

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Harajuku

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Imperial Palace

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Tsukiji fish market

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Shinjuku

Next stop…Kyoto!

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