Before I left for Japan, I promised myself I would blog daily. However, I had an overwhelming itinerary and jet lag was super brutal, especially considering I had 2 long layovers prior to flying to Japan. With that said, I still want to document my trip, even though this post won’t be as detailed as my previous travel ones. Without further a due, let’s find out how spent my time in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.
I was in Tokyo for 5 days and I stayed at my friend Mandie’s place. Despite her busy schedule, Mandie took time to hang out with me and show me around. We went to see the magnificent Tokyo Tower and ate the yummiest sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market. In addition, I got to meet some of her friends with whom I also hug out. I spent a day with Ayako who took me to Asakusa where we rode a rickshaw and ate delicious pastries. We also went at Uneo Park to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Being surrounded by nature felt great and was the ideal way to recharge.
Later that day, we went to her mom’s house for dinner. After dinner, I got to try on her mom’s kimono. It was one of the highlights of my trip! I also got to hang out with some Japanese friends I had met in the States. My friend Yurika was kind enough to take me to Shibuya where I saw the famous Hachiko (statue) and I crossed the overwhelming Shibuya Crossing. We later went to Harajuku where we had a blast. Tokyo was so diverting and vibrant! I loved it even though it felt very crowded at times.
I stayed in Osaka for 5 days. I spent my first 2 days at a hostel in downtown but spent the rest of my trip at my friend Yuuka’s house. Yuuka, her mom, and some of their friends often took me sightseeing. We went to Dotonbori where I saw the Glico Man Sign, Tempoza Marketplace where we rode the Tempoza Ferris Wheel, Tsutenkaku where I had the yummiest food, Kuronmon Market where I tried tofu donuts, and Koreatown where we desperately tried to get our hands on some K-Beauty products and failed.
When I wasn’t in the city, I would spend the rest of my time exploring the country side. I always fond the Japanese countryside pretty but seeing it with my own eyes was another highlight of my trip. My favorite part about Osaka was the people. They were easy to talk, down to earth, and super fun.
I was supposed to spend 2 days in Kyoto prior to going to Osaka but I got super sick on my last day in Tokyo and had to cancel my hostel reservation. I ended up staying with Mandie for couple more days. Thankfully, Yuuka’s mom and some of her friends took me to Kyoto for a day trip. We went to Arashiyama (Bamboo Forest) and Nishiki Market. I tried some interesting Japanese street food such as Tako Tamago (baby octopus with a quail egg stuffed in its head… brain is removed prior to stuffing) and Ikayaki (baby squid on a stick), they were so good! Kyoto was truly breathtaking and very retro. I loved it but wish I could have seen more of it.
My trip to Japan was a blast. I’ve always wanted to visit this magical land since I was a teenager. Although it took me a while to get there, I am glad I finally made it because I had the time of my life and made wonderful friends. I can’t wait to go back and explore different cities and areas.