We recently returned from 6 days in Tokyo. It was pretty incredible, though perhaps not as crazy as I was expecting it to be. Despite not really caring for the cuisine, the trip renewed my love of Japanese style.
Tokyo was a fairly foreigner-friendly city to visit. It's true that Japanese people are unfailingly polite and accomodating... and the majority spoke enough English to communicate with us. That said, Tokyo is a crazy confusing city to navigate, as most of the streets are not labeled. We ended up renting a wi-fi hotspot at the airport and using my phone to get us around. It was very much worth it.
- visiting a cat cafe
- Tokyo DisneySea
- Having drinks at the Park Hyatt (where Lost in Translation was filmed)
This trip was an excercise in intention for me. When we went to Europe in October I (over) planned our time, which led to a lot of frustration when everything didn't go exactly as planned. This time I resisted the urge to plan at all. I did do some reading ahead of time, but we basically picked an area to explore each morning and let our day progress from there. It led to some happy accidents, like stumbling upon a cat cafe (I knew I wanted to visit one but hadn't made a specific plan), which was about as awesome as you'd think it would be (I mean, if you like cats). That said, there were still some rough moments when it was time to eat dinner and nothing looked appetizing.
I'm so glad we had the opportunity to visit Japan. However, it was our third overseas trip in about 14 months and I am very much looking forward to sticking pretty close to home for the next bit.