Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
During our time in Tokyo we ventured out on two nights to see at least a bit of the city. Remember that I had a very nasty cold and that I really didn’t want to stay out too long sadly. Whenever we left the hotel I had to take all the kleenex with me as I know I would run through them in just a few hours. It is very easy to get around in Tokyo by using the subway system!
Our first night out was in Ginza which was close to our first nights hotel, the Andaz. We took the subway only one or two stops over to Ginza. Ginza is a high fashion area with lots of high end shops. The streets were really busy as we walked through several blocks and stopped in several stores.
Our first stop was at a toy store. My wife thought we might find something unique for our new addition to the family. I was also curious as to what was in store here.
We walked around the multilevel store and wow did they have some interesting stuff! The store was loud and had a fair amount of customers buzzing about. We didn’t end up buying anything however.
Next to the toy store was a Burberry store but I figured that the Japanese sizes wouldn’t fit a bigger guy like me so we didn’t stop in.
After walking around for a bit we decided to stop and grab something to eat closer to our hotel. We ate at a place that served some tempura style food. They would tell you what they were preparing and you just paid by the amount of food you ate. They brought out a variety of vegetables and shrimp and meat. There was a plate of lettuce that you were supposed to eat to clean your palate in between dishes.
Our last night in Tokyo we decided to wander around Shibuya. Shibuya is a high energy neighborhood of Tokyo and is comparable to the Times Square of New York. I wanted to witness the “Shibuya Scramble” which is the heaviest trafficked pedestrian street crossing in the world!
I wanted to stop in a pachinko parlor just to see what it was all about. My wife was going to join me but when she realized how loud it was she decided to stay outside! It was kind of like a casino for video game players. I was a huge Sega fan as a kid so I was happy to see them doing so well in Japan still making arcade games and packing the arcades with a variety of games and pachinko machines.
We missed so much of Tokyo due to my cold but we were happy to see what we got to see and are grateful. There were several other areas and things to do that we missed but maybe next time we can get to the rest of it. We generally really enjoyed the time out and about and its always exciting seeing and experiencing new things!