My quick trip to Tokyo, Japan!
Japan was the most magical trip. I reflect back upon the experience like it were some fantasy or a dream. I went with two of my girlfriends. We were there for three full days and four nights.
There was a lot of wandering through the streets and absorbing the culture around us. If there is one thing that you should know about Tokyo, it is that the streets are modern and clean.
The architecture is beautifully distinct. Anime is everything in Japan! The streets echo that whimsical side of their society. It almost feels like you are living in Disneyland or a Mario Cart game. You will love every minute of it. My favourite memory on the trip was our night out at The Kawaii Monster Cafe. This is a must see place. We had a blast dancing with the Harajuku Girls.
There are many quaint spots to stop and take Instagramable photos. There is a small alley with a bunch of five seater bars that you can stop in for a drink. The sushi is to die for. I promise you that the food will be one of the top highlights of your trip. Everything is beyond fresh and very food safety.
Things to do in Tokyo, Japan:
- Kawaii Monster Cafe: Dance with the Harajuku girls on a floating cupcake in a magical world. You will have so much fun.
- Shibuya Pedestrian Walk Square: one of the coolest crosswalks in the world is Shibuya Square.
- Harajuku: Harajuku is such a fun district. You can walk around and check out all the little shops to get fun souvenirs.
- Animal cafes: We went to a cat cafe and an owl cafe. You must try at least one animal cafe in Japan. You will surely find one anywhere.
- Eat a lot of sushi: but book reservations a month in advance if you can. Japanese food is the best of the best.
- Shop at the picturesque boutiques: There are countless boutiques in Tokyo. The asian countries have fabulous style. You will want to go shopping!
- Izakaya bar district: Bar hop the quaint streets of Tokyo.
- Eat + drink at the connivence stores: Who would of thought 711’s would be such a hit for food! Grab yourself breakfast and a latte and live like the locals.
- Tokyo Tower: A great way to see the city.
- Drink a lot of matcha: If you are a matcha lover, get ready to try just about anything and everything in matcha flavour. It won’t disappoint.
- Visit a Japanese garden: Spring time is when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
- See all the temples: our favourite temple was the Senso-Ji Temple. There was a quaint and lively market just outside of it. Definitely worth seeing if you have the time.
Where to stay in Japan:
The girls and I stayed in Shinjuku. I highly recommend this area. It was super convenient and moderate walk from Shibuya and Harajuku (well – if you like walking that is). I recommend you stay in the following three locations:
Other facts about Japan:
- The metro is an easy mode of transportation. I would highly recommend using it to get around.
- The Japanese Yen is the currency of Japan. Make sure you take some cash out, as some businesses will not accept foreign credit cards.
- Bring toilet paper! Just like China, I would recommend bringing toilet paper no matter where you go as public restrooms sometimes do not have any.
- Bring plastic bags out with you. They do not have garbage bags on the streets of Japan! Collect your garbage while you are out to avoid carrying waste in your hands all day.
- People are so friendly in Japan! Try to strike up a conversation with locals. They are incredibly hospitable and always willing to help with directions.
I never used to fantasize about going to Tokyo, but I am so happy I did. It was a once in a lifetime trip and it exceeded all my expectations. I can’t wait to go back and explore the suburbs.
With Love, Emma.