One Week in Tokyo Is Enough to Captivate You for LifeMy wife and I had been planning this trip to Tokyo for almost half a year. And it was just as spectacular as we imagined it would be. We thought up our itinerary prior to our arrival there and booked our accommodation one month in advance, to get better prices and simply have this peace of mind.
When we started our journey in fantastic, stunning Tokyo, we still got overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, despite the fact that we had done our research before getting there. There’s just so much culture clash going on even in the smaller, day-to-day ways of life, that it will take you quite some days to absorb the differences. This is why I personally recommend to book an extended stay in this enormous city, especially if it’s your first trip there.
We’ve learned that even in the most popular and internationally renowned places, such as McDonald’s, you need to pay with cash since they are not equipped to accept credit card payment. This is why we’ve each bought a small coin purse to have in handy. We’ve also learned the value of respect during conversations, as it sometimes happened that we needed to ask locals for directions and tips - this is when we first bowed our heads and we kept this tradition throughout the trip. We also heavily relied on convenience stores for our every need - they are ubiquitous, affordable and filled to the brim with great meal offers.
Tokyo is pretty widespread and walking to certain sights was out of the question, so we mostly took the subway everywhere. For this, you can easily get a Suica or Pasmo card to cover Tokyo and know that if you have a Japan Rail Pass you can travel on Japan Railways lines, such as the Yamanote Line, which also happens to be one of Tokyo’s most important and busiest lines.
We went all the way up Tokyo Skytree and admired the stunning vista over the city, visited our first ever shrine - the Meiji Shrine which is surrounded by a lovely garden, as well as took a tour at the Emperor’s residence. We were also lucky enough to see the stunning cherry trees in full blossom in Ueno Park - but there are no words to describe this type of beauty, you need to see them for yourselves!
We also reserved an entire afternoon for our Ghibli Museum visit, which my wife had been swooning over a long time. I had seen a couple of Studio Ghibli animations before too and I must admit the museum was pretty fabulous at recreating that magical universe. We also explored the incredible kawaii culture we had heard so much about by seeking out the intensely colorful stores and booking a meal at a kawaii-themed restaurant. There really is nothing like it in the world!
Even though we couldn’t fully cover Tokyo in a week’s time, we left feeling that it’s a truly mind blowing city and that we cannot wait to explore it in depth in many more travels to come.
8 months ago