I feel as though Japan is yet another one of those countries where you could spend years in, yet never see it all!
I took my first trip to Tokyo in July and here are a few things I did that you shouldn’t miss:
#1 EAT— you should obviously EAT.
A lot of yummy Japanese food. I won’t go into detail because there’s too much to say. Luckily for you, I’ve already said it. Read about the food here.
#2 Meiji Jingu Shrine
It’s a beautiful shrine with gorgeous scenery in the middle of the hustle and bustle. What a perfect and relaxing few hours in my busy weekend. Although it’s the most visited shrine in Japan, I still felt it to be a serene experience.
I wrote about Tanabata in my Disneyland post, but let me recap: During Tanabata, or star festival, bamboo trees decorated with wishes written on it. I was in Japan during this time & the Meiji Shrine had their own place to write wishes. My wish is that I wish we could all wish as simply as the one that caught my eye…
#3 Sight See in Harajuku, Akihabara & Shibuya
This is really three must-dos in one, but I needed to include them all.
-Along Harajuka’s Takeshita Street, you will find many shops, both new and vintage and ALL colorful! This is where I did any souvenir shopping and I got to people watch. You’ll find quirky cafes and boutiques as well!
–Akihabara is the anime & electronic hub of Tokyo! For me, not knowing anything significant about anime, it was still an awesome experience to walk by the shops & play a few “gashapon.” Gashapon are coin operated capsule toy machines where you put in a coin & get a prize in return. There are THOUSANDS to choose from & they make a cute little keepsake for your time in Tokyo.
–Shibuya is full with shopping and restaurants but the real attraction are the roads… Shibuya Crossing is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world!!
#4 Robot Restaurant
Although definitely 100% a spot for [mostly Western] tourists, I still recommend. The show was about an hour with fun loud dance performances and robotics. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen and it brought together my Tokyo experience. Ever since Anthony Bourdain visited on “Parts Unknown,” it had always been a dream of mine to visit. (Thanks for making me watch that at your house, Vivi.) My dream became a reality and it did not disappoint!
#5 Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo Disneysea
You all should know by now that this was coming. Loved it. I’m definitely recommending Disneysea if you have more than two days in Tokyo! Wrote a whole post on it with more details that you can check it out here!
As I said before, Japan is a country you can only scratch the surface on. I am hoping to visit more cities of my beautiful neighbor, but until then, I hope you enjoyed reading! Happy traveling–xoxo!