Tokyo! I can’t believe I finally made it there, twice! This was a massive bucket-list tick for me and it all completely exceeded my expectations. The people, the place, the food, the culture, the energy, it was all spectacular.
These pictures are from both of my visits to the land of the rising sun (had to throw that in there), I hope you enjoy them.
My first trip to Tokyo started with Harajuku, this was an absolute must and I’m so glad we went there first when we still had enough energy to take it all in. We wandered around looking at the shops and watching all the eccentrically dressed people for a while and then stopped for lunch at the famous Heiroku Sushi.
The food was so delicious and the atmosphere in the restaurant was very lively with all the chefs and waiters shouting greetings every time a customer entered or left the building. It was also interesting to watch all the dishes being prepared right in front of us.
After lunch we visited the Meiji Shrine where we witnessed and participated in different rituals either to pay tribute to the Emperor, or to bring good luck.
Then it was time for some shopping, so we headed to Takeshita Street, one of the most vibrant and quirky streets in Harajuku. Here is where you’ll see the famous Harajuku Girls dressed to the nines in the most outrageous costumes. You can also buy some typically Japanese outfits, cosmetics and souvenirs.
On my second visit to Tokyo, a couple of weeks later, I decided to take the train to Asakusa to visit the temple there and to shop at some of the more traditional Japanese shops. The temple and gardens were beautiful and I managed to find some kimonos to take home as souvenirs. I also explored the area around the temple and saw the famous Sky Tree tower.
Japan intrigues me so much because it is so completely different from where I come from, and the culture and history are so rich that I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I have no doubt that one day I’ll go back, hopefully for a longer trip, so I can explore and learn more about this incredible place.