If you are planning to go to Tokyo I have one thing to say.. Tokyo is awesome! And there are so many awesome things to do! It is definitely one of the most exciting places I have ever travelled to. The lights, the noise, the quirks are so different from my hometown in Canada. When I was in grade 4 I learned about Japan in my geography class and out of alllllllll the countries we learned, I was hooked on Japan. I swear for 3 Christmases in a row I got Japanese tea sets and lanterns.
Since I was 10 I started saving my birthday and Christmas money because I knew I wanted to travel when I was older. So I kept this tin of money for when I was ready. Sure enough when I turned 18 and moved to Australia and I found a super cheap flight to Japan during cherry blossom season!
It was such a surreal experience because you dream of a place since you were a kid, and then suddenly you’re there. It’s hard to take it in but it was an awesome experience for an 18 year old. We arrive from Kyoto and you could tell there was this buzz about Tokyo. Everyone is moving and busy. Even the subways were an experience in themselves. Who knew it would take 30 minutes to get from Asakusa to Shibuya? I knew Tokyo was big but I didn’t quite grasp how big. I grew up on an acreage away from the city so this was amazing. From fashion to temples to weird arcades – Tokyo had it all!
1. Shibuya Crossing – Visit Shibuya Crossing, take a photo at the iconic Tokyo site and then people watch from the Starbucks! You might think “How lame a Starbucks.” but it really was an awesome experience! I think one of my favourite moments was when I was with Aaron and he made me run out into the crowd while he took a picture from the Starbucks. It was such a rush walking in the middle of all these people going in every direction.
2. Harajuku – Go shopping in Harajuku – Probably one of the most iconic things to do in Tokyo! If you’re like me then you know all about cosplay, lolitas, trendy styles and then the extremes! I could get lost in the amazing streets of Harajuku happily so definitely wander around. The sights, the people, the crepes on every corner and all the amazing stores to look at.. was a dream.
3. Tokyo Sky Tree – Go up Tokyo Sky Tree and view Tokyo by night – I’m always reluctant to go up high (I’m afraid of heights) but after some coaxing from Aaron I made it up the building and really did love the view. There’s something so mesmerizing about watching a city at night. The lights, the twinkles, it’s all so magical and surreal.
4. Asakusa Temple – Go to Asakusa – preferably during a festive time! I was lucky enough to be here during cherry blossom season and it was amazing. The cherry blossoms blooming everywhere, the smell of sweets being made, everyone smiling and happy. Not to mention all the vendors, kimonos, and trinkets for you to look at.
And then there was the smell of incense burning and you could hear the monks song in the temple.. it was all so beautiful. I also share more intimate and ‘real-time‘ photos on my Instagram so make sure you’re following if you aren’t already!
5. Eat all the food! – Tokyo has the most diverse food I’ve experienced over my two trips to Japan. Not only is it easy to find vegetarian options around the main areas but the food is awesome. One day I got sick of noodles so I got a veggie burger and it was fantastic. Go try the weird ice cream and crepes to! Great places for food are San Francisco Peaks by Harajuku, or MOS Burger! I felt like an idiot because it is a fast delicious Japanese burger chain that has vegetarian burgers.. The amount of times I’ve been starving and walked by one of these.. Now you know.
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