Happy Throwback Thursday!
Before Fox was born, Tyler and I made it our mission to cast aside beach vacations and head straight for city centers. Japan was technically Tyler’s pick and while I was so very excited to go, I craved another European getaway and wondered if I would feel comfortable getting around there.
We stayed for about nine days and filled our schedule airtight with activities. It was SO fun! And I quickly learned that one of the best things about Japan is the people. Exceptionally polite, kind, and welcoming.
Here are a bunch of my favorite things that we did.
Not pictured in Tokyo: Visiting Akihabara to play games at the arcades and see the department stores, Andy Warhol exhibit at the Mori Art Museum atop Roppongi Hills Shopping Center (GREAT view at night), conveyor belt sushi, buying all the Japanese snacks and street food in sight and doing a taste test
My Tokyo favorite: Waking up at the Park Hotel. We had gotten in so late that the lights of the Tokyo Tower were off so our view was pitch black. When I woke up it was like Christmas morning and seeing presents under the tree!
Tyler’s Tokyo favorite: “Robot Restaurant because it was the most over-the-top, sensory overload experience of my life.”
*The Fushimi Inari Taisha is where Fox got his name. Read more about that here.
Not pictured in Kyoto: Eating traditional ramen, zen meditation, and milling about with our amazing guide (I highly recommend!), Kyoto Tower (store your luggage at the train station lockers if you want to explore before hitting your hotel), Heian Shrine, Shimogamo Shrine, Tenryu-ji Temple, Tofuku-ji Temple, Shokoku-ji Temple, Imperial Palace, an adorable little handmade paper shop, learning the word oishi (tasty, and for obvious reasons), traditional onsen
My Kyoto favorite: As I said above – rowing a boat down the river. We had just come from the Monkey Park (another must-do) and had a bunch of temples and shrines to go see, but the water tempted us. We brought on sake and matcha ice cream and cruised around for an hour.
Tyler’s Kyoto favorite: “Beer, sake, and an impromptu market experience right outside of Yasaka Shrine.”
Not pictured in Osaka: More conveyor belt sushi (this time where it was invented and one other delicious place), Umeda Sky Building (click this link, you have to see it) where we had champagne and fastened a love lock to the top, pachinko, tons of games at Round 1 and SEGA Joypolis where we left with as many prizes as we had luggage
My Osaka favorite: Karaoke. For under 2300 yen we rented a room for an entire 24 hours. The memories I have of Tyler singing The Little Mermaid will forever be emblazoned in my memory – ha!
Tyler’s Osaka favorite: “Endless hours in the arcades; specifically the pseudo-gambling ‘medal games.'”
Let me know if you are interested in a trip to Japan and have any questions! I can talk your ear off with suggestions, tips, and stories.