Hi all! It’s been a while! Since my job doesn’t start until July, I am able to squeeze in some last-minute trips to see family and friends before my schedule gets too crazy. We took a trip to see my husband’s side of the family in Hong Kong. We stopped in Tokyo for a couple of days before heading over.
Tokyo was AWESOME! Yes, there were A LOT of people BUT everyone was so nice. And being such a germophobe as I am, I was such a big fan of the public restrooms. Most restrooms were very clean with tons of stalls for everyone! One women’s restroom I went into had about 10 stalls for women, 2 for the handicapped, 2 for women with children, and even one for little boys going in with their moms. Wow.
Of course, the first meal had to be Sushi (that fish head was still gasping for breath while we ate it…).
And the second one, Ramen. Mmm… Ichiran Ramen was an experience. You order at a kiosk and then they sit you in individual booths…reminded me of exam taking days, which was reaffirmed when you realize you have to fill out a form about your noodle order and hand it in. I guess you’re not suppose to have conversations either. The soup and noodles were very good. I am not a foodie in terms of critiquing with comments; I just eat and decide whether it’s Really Bad, Bad, Neither, Good, or Very Good. My husband, on the other hand, cried some joyful tears but he claims he only ALMOST cried.
We stayed at the Shinjuku Prince Hotel and took some random strolls while we were jet-lagged and up around 4am. Kind of weird though how you can have 4-5 star restaurants with sprinkles of super shady places. Yes, the red light district was basically across the street from us. Eek.
I couldn’t get over how cute the sewer caps were… T_T …
We happened upon this cute mural wall along the train tracks. My son actually asked to take photos with these murals.
Shinjuki Gyoen — This was the highlight of Ez’s Tokyo trip since he loves fish and we got to see a ton in the Japanese pond.
Meiji Shrine — The walk was slightly tedious with the kids and the path was paved with rocks so not very stroller friendly. Plus, the route does not loop so once you reach the shrine, you’ll have to go back the way you came. Thank goodness I had a borrowed Ergo baby carrier so we used that whenever our “American” children were too “tired” to continue like the other “Asian” babies. LOL.
The Tsukiji Fish Market — The seafood was DA BOMB! I could’ve ate til I exploded… But I lost the husband and he had my wallet. T_T In the end, I only had this plate of seafood… My belly left with such regret.
Tokyo Skytree — Got to see the city from the highest spot and walk on glass floor!
Akihabara — I am such an otaku at heart. This Naruto in sage mode almost went home with me.
Mt Fuji — Sad that the hiking part was blocked off. Not a very pretty sight up close as there were too many barriers put in place to make the environment more safe. All the fences and blockades got Ez asking me, “Mommy, is Mountain Fuji in jail?”
Hotel Sansuiro in Yugawara — The hot springs was such a relaxing trip. Mind you, I did NOT KNOW you had to be publicly naked. With my mother-in-law’s friend (that I JUST MET that day), I think I only had a minute to make that decision once we walked into the wash room. Now we’re best buddies. Haha. My daughter, however, was quite happy running around in her birthday suit. She’s not easily fazed. I wanted to get some photos of the hot spring pools but you’re not suppose to. I tried to go various times hoping it’d be empty and I can sneak a few but it was NEVER empty! >.<
The food deserves its own collage. First time I had a kaiseki meal. And the first time I really felt that food was art.
We enjoyed Tokyo and hope we can go back and stay again. I would love to see other parts of Japan! In the meantime, on to Hong Kong! 🙂