You’d be surprised by how many times we were asked, ‘So… what’s it like living in Japan?’ when we were back in the US in May. ‘Gee, I wouldn’t know…. I’ve never even been to Japan…’
Until now that is! Tokyo has been high on my must-see-while-in-Asia list so I was quick to join Jake as he was heading there for work just after Thanksgiving. Late fall was such a great time to visit the city – the leaves were changing colors and even though it was cold, the air was FRESH and the skies were BLUE. Crazy concept for those of us in HK.
We were super excited to see our friend (and ace tour guide) Ava, who was lovely enough to show Team America around her city…
The Imperial Palace. Really wanted to get closer but had to admire from a distance. No biggie though, as we were soon on to our next destination – the Meiji temple and grounds in Harajuku. Not only were we lucky in that we were the last few people to get in, but also that we got to see a traditional wedding in progress while we were there!!
Live for the magical sparkle! There were hundreds of the sake containers on display near the entrance of the park. The lineup was pretty amazing. And of course, stirred up a craving for sake. So – onwards to the izakaya (pub)! Couldn’t wait for sushi.
And mackerel cooked with a torch. Awesome day, awesome company. Til March, Miss Ava!
By this point we were on to our third (long story) and by far, favorite hotel. What a difference a company-paid hotel room at the Conrad makes 😉 The view from our hotel window was enough to keep me happy. We needed to find that park!
Which we did. And were led around it via audio tour. ‘Clever these Japanese!’
The fish market came highly recommended from pretty much everyone we consulted about what to do in Tokyo. We couldn’t get our lazy selves up at 3 am to be able to watch the live auction, but we were up and at the market before 6 in time for a very early sushi breakfast. Long lines were already forming at the string of tiny restaurants in the market.
We were the last two ushered into this tiny place. (See how we followed the locals…) Got breakfast (so good)! …And then we went back to bed.
Our last farewell meal came later that day. Surprise, surprise – more fish!
Crazy cool city. Definitely in my top 3. ‘MUST to go back!’