With less than 48 hours in Tokyo, the largest city in the world, we were pressed for time with a foot long list of items on our bucket list. But instead of trying to rush to get everything done and checked off, we decided to take it slow and enjoy Tokyo with Jeremy’s family before they headed back to the States the next day.
While we were there we:
+Meiji Shrine. Located in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo, this was one of my favorite shrines that we saw in Japan, not to mention huge. You could seriously spend a few hours wandering around the grounds and just sit and people watch. My favorite. While we were there we were also able to see a traditional Shinto wedding which may have been the highlight of our trip for me. I love seeing weddings from different cultures and different religions. It’s really eye opening and humbling to how even though we come from different backgrounds, different cultures and different ways of living; love truly is universal.
+Shibuya Station. This is the busiest intersection in.the.world! We headed up to the upstairs of a nearby Starbucks to watch the commotion and even though seats were nearly impossible (guess we weren’t the only ones with that idea!) it’s quite the sight to see! You can check out of video of the chaos here.
Also home to the Hachi Statue. The dog that was so loyal that it walked it’s owner to this train station every morning. Until one morning the owner died of a heart attack at work and never returned. The dog returned to the same site day after day waiting for him to return until one day, the dog too died. It is now used as a tale to encourage loyalty in small children.+ Mount Fuji/Bullet Train. On our way from Kyoto to Tokyo we decided to take the Shinkansen to save time (but definitely not money!) and along the way were lucky enough to catch a glimpse (literally, just a glimpse) of Mt. Fuji. And I just had to add a photo of one of the train station workers. Confused on what rail to take? Simply press the call button and a friendly assistant will literally pop right out of the wall to help you. Come on America, there are lessons to be learned from this! +Sushi Train. You just had to know that my favorite part was the food. Sure, Korea has their own version of sushi, gimbap, but it often includes ham, radish and a little bit of seafood. Not quite the same Korea, actually…not the same at all. And while sushi in Japan isn’t exactly cheap, you can still find dirt cheap options for it, and not the shady ‘half off’ end of the day special sushi rolls either. I’m talking fresh, right from the kitchen and directly to your table sushi rolls. We ate until we couldn’t fit another roll in us and we fed four people for under $20! Not too shabby.