Adventures in Japan

IMG_5783 Okay to start, I know it’s been forever and a day since I’ve posted anything.  I had a crazy few months of work and then needed some detox time after weeks of working 80+ hours.  Now that things have slowed down, I’m hoping to start posting again more regularly.  I have a bunch of ideas in my head so I’m going to try to be diligent about getting it up here.

Now to the whole purpose of this post.  My boyfriend and I just got back from a 10 day trip to Tokyo (a first time trip for both of us).  I know what everyone is thinking, 10 days is a  long time to spend in only Tokyo.  While I agree, it was a long time to be in Tokyo, and we were definitely ready to come home by the end of the trip, we definitely kept ourselves busy and didn’t even cover everything that we had wanted to.  It’s okay, though, now we still have some things on our bucket list to do on our next trip to Japan.

I know this may sound crazy, but since this was our first trip to Japan and our first trip alone outside of the country, I spent hours preparing and researching for the trip.  I wanted to make sure that I had a good idea of everything Japan had to offer so that we didn’t come home realizing that we had missed something amazing.  My research included places to go, things to eat, tours to consider, stores to shop at etc.  That being said, based on my experiences I’m thinking about starting a new travel series to share everything that I found during my research and from our experience in Japan.   Honestly, there’s just so much from this trip that I’d like to share that I don’t think I could fit it all into one post.  While I pull my thoughts together, though, I’ll start off with a few of my favorites from the trip.

Gundam

{Giant Gundam – Diver City Odaiba}

Odaiba

{Exploring Odaiba – There was surprisingly a lot to do in Odaiba, including 4 different malls}

Sensoji Temple

{Sensoji Temple}

Sanja Matsuri Festival

{Sanja Matsuri Festival}

Sanja Matsuri Food

{Sanja Matsuri Festival Food – Fried potato twist with cheese and onion powder, rice stick wrapped with beef, and okonomiyaki}

Asakusa

{Street vendors in Asakusa}

Mister Donut Cronut

{Chocolate Cronut filled with Custard from Mister Donut}

Ramen Museum

{Ramen Museum – Miso Ramen, Shoyu Ramen and Tonkotsu Ramen. Can you guess which one was my favorite?}

Harajuku

{Ladies in Harajuku}

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{Famous Shibuya Crossing – crossing this street was madness}

Shibuya

{The streets of Shibuya}

Mt. Fuji

{View of the top of Mt. Fuji from the 5th Station}

Mt. Fuji 5th Station

{Exploring the Mt. Fuji 5th Station}

Lake Ashi Cruise

{Lake Ashi Cruise – Can you spot Mt. Fuji in the distance?}

Komaga-take Ropeway

{Going up the Hakone Komaga-take Ropeway

Top of the ropeway

{Made it to the top}

Chirashi Bowl

{Breakfast in Tsukiji Market – fatty tuna, uni, shrimp, crab, fish roe, scallops, regular tuna and tamago}

Tsukiji Market

{Exploring Tsukiji Market, but let’s take a minute to focus on that amazing marbeling}

Shellfish Bar

{Found this gem of a stand. If this market is still around the next time we go to Japan, I guarantee we’ll be revisiting this guy}

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{5 year old scallop cooked in sake and shoyu = happy belly}



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