19.9.10

Japan Honeymoon: Getting Lost in Tokyo


[The boy on Center Gai in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo]

Traveling, a mighty good test for any relationship. Multiple heavy suitcases, a cross-Pacific flight, hours of layover in LAX, connecting to trains, connecting to buses...and then add on the 85-95 degree weather plus humidity and an inability to speak Japanese, and sometimes I wonder how we managed to not drive each other crazy.

But what I think was really nice in helping us bond is that Japan was completely foreign to us both. Experiencing everything new together was fun, and I'm glad we got to share this mini-adventure.

For those of you planning a honeymoon/trip to Japan, this was our itinerary.
10 days, including travel time:
Flew into Narita
4 days in Tokyo
1 day in Hakone
3 days in Kyoto
1 night stay in Narita before flying home

I basically lived on tripadvisor for a few months planning, but I also consulted Mrs. Ant's posts on Weddingbee, because she had a very similar itinerary to us back in 2007, including the same hotel in Tokyo! I think her posts on Weddingbee are a great place to start for anyone planning a Japan honeymoon.

And now, for the first leg of our trip...TOKYO!
Upon arrival, we thought we had been transported to the future, complete with glittering skyscrapers, trains going here and there, and people dressed up in clothes that made our clothes look super.duper.boring. We stayed at the Park Hotel Tokyo (which was fantastic!) and crammed our four days with food, shopping, and sightseeing. One place we went to twice was the Tsukiji Fish Market, where we had sushi we could never get in San Diego. In fact one sushi stall just had a random fish on its doorstep--good sign that it's fresh!


[Sushi from Daiwa Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market]

We also took advantage of department store basements which had all the food you could possibly dream of, all on display and ready to eat. Our favorites were the basements at Isetan and Tokyu Department Store.

[Green tea gelato from Tokyu Food Show]

We had an interesting day navigating Akihabara, known for selling electronics, anime, gadgets, toys, and home to a myriad of maid cafes. I surprisingly came out of there with no shopping bags, despite all of the stuffed animals and cute toys available to buy.

[Domo-kun wind-up toys]

[Gloomy bear stuffed animals in an arcade game]

[Akihabara, Tokyo]


[Ueno Park]

We spent a much quieter day in Ueno Park, which had these amazing lily pads, and visited Asakusa to see the Kaminarimon. I had written a paper in college about Hiroshige's print, so I was especially excited to see it!

[Asakusa, "Thunder Gate"]

And, like any other time or place, I was always on the look-out for sweets! Here are a few of my finds.

[Mochi donuts]

[Mochi]

[Bunny mochi]

Up next...we recover from Tokyo at our first ryokan in Hakone!
Moo

6 comments:

honey my heart said...

your travels are so cool! the food is making me crave japanese food, especially the mochi donuts! wow.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oh the colors, the foods, and the toys! Love your Asian pose too! Did you find any other funky Kit Kat flavors? You're reminding me that I really want to go to Japan next year!

Mo said...

@honey my heart: You would have LOVED it, there was Hello Kitty everywhere!!

@Chic 'n Cheap Living: I've got the Japanese school girl pose down!
Actually, I only saw kit-kat at the airport and didn't see it in any of the markets I visited in the city. But they are good, green tea is my fave. :)
Thanks again for your boxes!!

BigAppleNosh said...

Ahhh, that bunny mochi is adorable! I love all these pictures! :)

The Professional Bridesmaid said...

Mo - I am so hungry.....great post.

blushingjoy said...

Those sweets look really yummy!!! Can't wait to go to Japan one day and have their sashimi and ramen.

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