Hi, it’s been so long since I posted here and I don’t know why. But I got a new job and I travelled a lot last year. I went to Tokyo, Hong Kong and the Philippines in June 2018. I even got to see Singapore for a night because we missed our connecting flight to Manila 🙈
In this post I wanted to share some of my experience in Tokyo, Japan. First off, it’s one of the best cities in the world and I cannot wait to get the chance to go back there again. It was incredible, so fast paced and a world away from my small city limerick here in Ireland. Everything was amazing and the people were so nice and helpful. We stayed in the Minato area it was very easy to get around from there once we figured out the underground 😊
On our first day there we got there around 1pm but we were very tired and we flew from Manila which was a 4 hour flight so we were up around 12 hours at this point because we got a bus from Dagupan to Manila which was looong. So we ended up napping when we got there 😴When we woke up we freshened up and first stop was after some delicious food was:
Tokyo Tower, a communications and observation tower in the Minato area. It kind of looks like the Eiffel Tower and it’s amazing. It’s so big and when it lights up at night it’s incredible. Leading up to the tower is a beautiful park with a temple (this was closed as it was night time) and loads of trees, you forget you’re in a very busy city. Under the tower there is a museum and shops and a restaurant outside too. There was also a vending machine where you could buy waffles they looked good but very sweet 😂
The Imperial Palace, after a good nights sleep day two our first stop was the palace. We decided to walk there even tho it took awhile but we felt we’d see more and we did. Home to the Emperor the palace sits on an amazing park like area in the Chiyoda ward area of Tokyo. It has many building structures including museums, the private residences of the imperial family and the main palace itself. We got to see the changing of the guards which was very cool and I also liked the fact that it was free entry. You cannot go into the inner grounds palace itself but you can walk around the entire outer grounds which there’s a lot to see. The museum about the history of the imperial family was very interesting and the gardens are breathtaking.
Shibuya, the busiest intersection in the world. It’s insane how busy this gets at every crossing, even tho you see videos of it and pics unless you see it in person it’s hard to fathom how busy it actually is. It’s also a very good shopping district and the forever 21 there is so good!! The only thing I didn’t like was the shops in the 109 building. Every time I picked up clothes (except in Adidas) a member of staff came over to inform me that everything was only one size. Literally every time. Meaning for me, even tho I’m a uk 10 they weren’t going to fit. Nevertheless the other shops around Shibuya were all good and well known so I didn’t struggle to find clothes in those. I would also recommend the Hooters in the area, DELISH. Especially the nachos 🤤
Senso-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple and the oldest temple in Tokyo it’s so beautiful. The temple itself and the entrance are so lavish and stunning. Leading up to the temple there’s a long stretch of stalls where you can buy pretty much everything from souvenirs and clothes to food and Samoyed swords. It’s very busy there but free to enter again and well worth a visit. There’s loads on the grounds and across from the shrine is a 5 story pagoda. And beautiful flowers and trees are all around the grounds. If you visit definitely make a wish and see if your wish comes true you’ll find loads of these places around the temple. And take a drink from the fountain in front of the temple it’s said to bring good luck.
Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronic district. If you’re into your technology or electronics or like me and your boyfriend or girlfriend loves it definitely visit Akihabara. As soon as you come out of the station it’s a boom of lights like Times Square. You see people dressed up a lot around here too it’s pretty cool.
Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment district. It’s a hustle and bustle of lights and arcades at night time which was when we went. We unfortunately didn’t win anything despite Rafa’s determination to get a prize at one of the arcades. It was funny to watch. It’s also the red light district in Tokyo, you’ll know this by the big red light that leads you down the main strip and also leading to the arcades. (I’m assuming it’s a sign to indicate this I could be wrong lol) but it’s a very busy area again like all of Tokyo and it’s a fun area and safe enough despite the bars just make sure to stick with whoever you’re with like in all countries.
Mystays premier inn, we stayed in this hotel in the Minato-Hamamatsucho area and it was so nice. I would definitely recommend, there was a 7eleven around the corner and it was very close to the Tokyo tower and a train station to help get around. It was also near loads of amazing restaurants, we ate at one that was amazing we cooked our own steak and even though the chefs and waiter couldn’t speak English it was one of the best experiences ever. They were so lovely and it was very small so it was just so nice. The name of the restaurant is in Japanese but if you search dans Minato it’s right next door. I would deffo check it out again when we go back.
That was our last stop in Tokyo we left for Hong Kong the next morning so I think I’ll write another post on that soon and definitely one about the Philippines.
Thanks for reading,