Travels in Japan :: Tokyo the First Time

It's been three days and I miss Japan already. I woke up and started to get ready for work this morning when it really hit me, that the trip is finally over. It made me a little sad because we had so much fun there. Japan was in my top three list of countries to visit for so many years, and it was everything I hoped it would be.

We flew out on a Friday and landed on Saturday afternoon to a busy, confusing, overwhelming but incredibly friendly Tokyo. That city's underground map makes London's look like a joke! But once you get the hang of it it's not so bad. We stayed in a neighborhood called Shimokitazawa in a tiny airbnb apartment (you know how much we love our airbnb ;). The moment we arrived we headed out for lunch because typically, the airplane food was way too gross to eat.

Our first meal it Tokyo was okonomiyaki with a freezing cold beer - it's this sort of eggy, cabbagy, noodley pancake thing and is just so delicious. We ate it about five more times over the next two weeks and it turned out to be one of our favourite new-found Japanese foods. But really, all Japanese foods are pretty amazing, we ate so incredibly much!

Over the next two days we wandered around, went to some parks, a temple where we met some fish and saw a wedding, then to Harajuku and to a baseball game. We went back to Shimokitazawa (a neighborhood I would really recommend if you're visiting Tokyo) every night for dinner and stayed up late most evenings drinking Sake and talking about whether we could see ourselves living in Tokyo some day - we do this with every new city we visit. 

I fell in love with Tokyo almost immediately, but I already knew I would before I arrived. I have so many more photos to share over the next few weeks. I'm glad I took some time off from posting while I was away, to really have a holiday and enjoy every second - but now I'm back and I can't wait to share some fun and exciting new things with you over the next few weeks!