[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] One word to describe Japan: addictive! That’s for both returners and first-timers. There’s always something to do in Tokyo that will allow you to appreciate the beauty of the city even when you’re there just to get your feet wet. I was in Tokyo for the weekend and even with a jammed pack schedule of sightseeing and getting full off ramen and sushi, I didn’t feel overwhelmed. Tokyo will keep you busy from sun up to sundown and offer you a peace of mind while doing so. It’s full of chaos but organization, tranquil but wacky, traditional but advanced, expensive but worthwhile. 

            I’m a person who’s VERY strategic when it comes to hostel/hotel locations. By picking a convenient accommodation, you’ll save on both time and money. Less travel time means more time to explore the essence of said country. I stayed at the Wise Owl Hostel Tokyo and I highly recommend them!! Located about a minute walk from the subway station, it was the midpoint for my itinerary, including Tokyo (Haneda) International Airport. 

Avoid taxis because they are rip-offs, so familiarize yourself with the subway system. It’s not difficult to maneuver since all the stops and signs have English translations ESP since English is not widely spoken. Another tip: purchase a PASMO card, so you can save time on purchasing a ticket every time you need to get to another destination. Buy the card and charge it. It’s quick and convenient, or opt for an all day pass. [/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”6″ initial_loading_animation=”none” grid_id=”vc_gid:1515800781509-7b19cd38-62de-8″ include=”1854,1852″][vc_column_text] Anywhere you travel to in Tokyo offers you a distinct taste of their culture, both traditional and modern.

(1) Harajuku’s Takeshita-Dori (Takeshita Street) is the center of Tokyo’s teenage culture for fashion that’s lined with boutiques and restaurants to fuel you up in between shopping. Keep your eye out for Harajuku girls dressed up from head to toe. 

(2) Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine in honor of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, which was constructed to enshrine their souls. 

(3) Yoyogi Park, where the locals go to literally “park it.” A great way to people watch and socialize. Say hello to anyone that comes across your path and see how friendly they are.

(4) One cannot come to Tokyo and not walk across Shibuya Crossing. This is the world’s busiest intersection. I stayed in my little corner across from Starbucks and marveled at how crowded it became on every “walk.” After you’ve had your share of photos, get a seat at Starbucks on the second floor and people watch some more. 

(5) For all my Anime lovers, Akihabara is for you. It’s Tokyo’s eccentric destination that’s filled with electronic stores, manga shops, Tokyo Anime Center, maid cafes, and best, billboards full of anime characters.

(6) If you have a day to kill, let that big kid inside of you run young, wild, and free at Tokyo Disenyland or Tokyo DisneySea. The ticket price was cheaper than the Disneyland in Los Angeles, so that sold me on it, but it’s Disneyland! Who is going to turn that down? [/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid initial_loading_animation=”none” grid_id=”vc_gid:1515800781514-df0c4def-dda2-5″ include=”1849,1848,1847″][vc_column_text] The moment you’ve all been waiting for — FOOD!! You’re in a different country, so you have to experience the way they do things, right? Well, since you agreed, get up at 5 a.m. to get to Tsukiji Fish Market for some fresh fish at 6 a.m. You’ll see local fishermen loading off huge catches of the day for a fish auction, so you can personally hand pick either sushi or sashimi for “breakfast.” Oh yeah get used to their breakfast being this early because lunch starts at 10 a.m. The ramen or udon will be one of the best that you’ll have in your life. Don’t get caught up in where or how. All of it is good, but I recommend checking out Tokyo Ramen Street. Note that I didn’t have a bad dish my entire trip. I’m even patiently waiting to get back to Haneda Airport just so that I can have another taste of a bowl of udon that I devoured before my flight back to Seoul. 

Overall, Tokyo is a city that has so much to offer that I constantly fall in love with it over and over again, and with no shame either. It’s just one big ball of FUN and I’m all about that.

Well, that’s Tokyo in a nutshell for you, so if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me on IG: @msrebeccac. Thanks @PassportValid.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]