Where do I even begin?
Japan is such an awesome country that I feel that even if I spend more than a month there, it still won’t be enough.
This was just a quick trip and so my soul is begging for MORE. I haven’t even gone to Kyoto or Osaka. I was just mostly at the center of Tokyo.
I tagged along with the family of my cousin’s groom. We were 12 in total with 2 pairs of senior citizens, 2 kids, 3 middle-aged couples, and 2 ladies (including myself).
I normally travel at a very fast pace. I hop from one tourist spot to the next. But this time, I couldn’t afford to do that because we were just too many. We all stayed at this quaint AirBNB house in Nishi-Shinjuku.
The highlight of this trip for me was the time I finally traversed the Shibuya Crossing. It made me realize how blessed I am to have crossed similar intersections all over the world– New York’s Time Square, London’s Picadilly Circus, and Sydney’s King’s Cross Road.
I also loved the cherry blossoms. I first saw these blooms in DC and then near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Just last year, I realized that there are also a lot of cherry blossoms here in Zurich. What made Japan’s blooms so special is that they are EVERYWHERE. In the mountains, at the downtown area, and some are even encircling the famous Tokyo tower.
I told my husband when he was complaining about how short my Tokyo trip was that my only goal is to taste authentic ramen from both Ippudo and Ichiran. After that, everything else is just a bonus. Imagine how I took my time finishing both bowls. I ordered iced cold Coke to go with it. I don’t normally drink soda but when I was in Tokyo, I took advantage of the chilled Coke they were serving alongside each meal. Ooooh Open Happiness!
We were also lucky enough to go outside of the city and take the bus to Ashi Lake. That was also such a beautiful and calming sight.
Sharing with you our video from the trip and a few snaps.
Japan, I shall return.