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My husband and I go on lots of holidays, but they are normally all inclusive, resort based escapes with few excursions here and there.For our honeymoon we wanted do something special. We didn’t want it to be just another holiday. We wanted to be an adventure. Something we going to remember for the rest of our lives. And there I was. Booking our flights and hotel for our honeymoon in TOKYO!!!
After watching Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift I have always wanted to go to Tokyo. Finally, my dream became true! I don’t think I have ever been so excited about going away.
I’ve never been to place so weird, but so amazing at the same time. When we go away I don’t really like to go to the same place twice as I want to see as much of the world as possible, but Tokyo is one of the destinations I could visit over, and over again! The first thing I have noticed about Tokyo was the fact they had vending machines everywhere, and with everything! I don’t mean your standard machine with canned drinks, or bar of chocolate. They have vending machines with hot food, alcohol, cigarettes, and everything else you might want.
The other thing that struck me was how safe we felt there, and how nice and helpful everyone was. From the staff in the shops to our travel guides. Even when we waited for the train everyone have been standing in the designated queue line and got on the train one by one- here, in London people won’t lets you even get of the train first before they start pushing their way in.
We used trains as our main form o transportation around Tokyo
We pre-booked all of our tours before our holiday through viator.com and I have to say, they have been truly amazing. As we were in Tokyo for only 4 days we wanted to squeeze in as much as possible, and they definitely delivered on that. The other reason we always book our excursions with them is the fact that they send you an email the day before, remaining you not only of the time, and meeting place, but also attache picture of your tour guide which I think is very useful. Especially if you’re in a foreign country.
After missing our connection flight in Dubai we have finally arrived at the Haneda airport at around midnight of the local time. We decided to get the cab to our hotel as we were to tired to be fussing around on the train. We wanted to get to our hotel as quickly as possible and go to bed as we had an early start in the morning. Our taxi driver was lovely, but he didn’t speak any English which was… interesting. We had no idea if we were going to the right place until we actually arrived there.
We were staying in the Granbell hotel in Shinjuku. Our hotel was nice and modern. Located just of the main road. It had a rooftop bar and restaurant which was pretty amazing. The room was very clean but tiny. Probably the smallest room I’ve ever stayed in. We had double bed pushed against the wall, and a desk with a chair. There was no wardrobe or drawers to put your clothes away. In fact the room was so small we struggled to open our suitcases. Then we didn’t care about the room that much as we didn’t plan on spending much time in it anywhey. There was lots of complementary products such as toiletry’s, sleepers, and even PJ’s. The most strange thing about this room was the bathroom. It had a toilet operated by a control panel. It also had a window, and this might not be a weird thing to have a window in the bathroom, it was in this hotel as the window was looking out into the room !!!
Tokyo Day 1
After few hours of sleep, we left at 6am for our first day of exploring. We were like zombies, but very excited as nether me or my husband have ever been to Japan before. We set off to get our train ( thank goodness for Google Maps as we would probably still be there looking for the train station) to our meeting point for our first excursion. The first thing we saw was the Tokyo Tower which is the second talles structure in Japan. It looks a bit like mini Eiffel Tower painted red and white.
Our first stop for the day was at Meiji Jingu Shrine (other known as Yoyogi Shrine) and Imperial Palace East Gardens. Both of which were amazing. During our walk through the Meji Jingu Shrine we were lucky enough to witness real life Japanese wedding ceremony. I have never in a million years expected for this to happen. It was truly an amazing experience.
Imperial Palace Gardens were absolutely stunning and very peaceful, but what I find a bit weird is that all of this is surrounded by super-tall, modern buildings, and busy streets, yet somehow you forget about the fact you’re in the middle of the busy city.
From there, we made our way to Sensō-ji Temple which is for sure “must see” when you in Tokyo! The temple is free to enter hence it can get very busy, especially during lunchtime hours. This traditional Japaneses Temple is surrounded by little shops selling Japaneses products and souvenirs. There is also a high possibility you will bump into Japaneses girls dress up in traditional kimonos
We finished off the day on the deck of the luxury boat- Symphony where we chilled out with few cocktails, and enjoy relaxing cruise around Tokyo Bay, passing landmarks such as Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tower, Gate Bridge, Wakasu and Odaiba Seaside before we parked up at the Hlinode Terminal
Tokyo Day 2
Day two was even busier than day one. At list we managed to get a proper night sleep before hand. As on the previous day we left our hotel around 6am and head of to bus station via train to meet our guide- who btw was lovely and very knowledgeable. The main reason I liked our guide?- she wasn’t boring. She provided us with lots of interesting facts during our tour in funny, and engaging way, and even though us a Japanese song.
After few hours on the bus we finally arrived at our destination, which was Man Fuji. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed when we came of the bus. Firstly, because it was freezing cold- like winter jacket freezing cold. Secondly, it was so foggy you could not see 5 meters ahead.
We spent most of our time in the shops pretending to buy stuff but in fact we only wanted to warm up. We then head of to get a mountain rail to the Man Fuji 5th Station. The view from the rail pod was incredible but again, when we arrived at the top it was so foggy we couldn’t see a thing.
We hopped back on the bus and went to experience our traditional Japanese lunch which was part of our tour. Our tour guide took us to a shop with hand made, leather goods where on top floor we were greeted by the owner and sitted at our table with a view of the Lake Ashi. For lunch we had Miso soup-which was very much like chicken noodle soup. We also had noodles, rice, and a bit of a grilled chicken. All of which was very, very yummy.
After our little rest we head of for our cruse around Lake Ashi, which lasted about an hour. Then hop on the bus we go for our last stop of the day at the Shinkansen Train Station where we left on a Bullet Train heading back to Tokyo. I think the Bullet train was the most fun experience of the day, mainly because I was finally in the warmth lol
Tokyo Day 3
On the day 3 we decided to take it easy and do more freestyle touring. We didn’t book any excursions as we want to have a bit of lay in ( we left at 8am instead of 6am!!) we head of to Harajuku on the mission to find one of the themed cafes. There is hundreds of them there. From unicorn themed, cat themed or french maid themed.
We went to Bunny Rabbit cafe and it was not what I expected at all. The cafe was located on the first floor of the building. It looked more like a studio flat type of place. You pay at the entry the pending on how long you would like to stay. You have unlimited soft drinks included in the price, but to be honest I wasn’t interested in having a drink as the only reason I wanted to go there is so I can play with lots of bunny’s 🙂 We were provided with an apron to protect our clothes. Just in case one of them decided to pee on us. We were also given a box of treats each ( for the bunnies, not for us) the whole experience was great. Animals were very playful, and we got lots of cuddles. They were well looked after which for me was very important.
Next, we walk around the streets of Harajuku. We went into a few entertainment center’s which are out of this world. In each building there was probably about 10 floors full of different types of games and entertainment machines. You could easily tell who goes there every day lol
We decided to head of to Ginza for lunch, bit of shopping and few drinks on the way. We had a flavoured frozen beer that looked like a beer slush puppy. On the top it had frozen froth which looked like an ice cream. Strange and cool at the same time. We then went Shibuya Train Station (walking through the busiest crossing in the world of course) and head back to our hotel.
In the evening we went out to see a Robot Show– and there is only one word to describe it all – CRAZY!!!! I wouldn’t even know where to start on this one. It was the most bizarre 2 hours of my life, but I will definitely recommend to go and see it as I can guarantee, you have never seen anything like this before.
Tokyo Day 4
Our last day in Japan started again very early. We had to leave at 5.30 am to get to our meeting point for 6am. We then met our tour guide and one more person that was booked to go with us. Our tour guide drove us in his own car ( that was a bit strange) outside of Tokyo to Stables where we took part in a morning training session for…. SUMO WRESTLING!!! This was proper fun to watch. After the training has finished, the sumo wrestlers explained to us what it takes to be a sumo fighter. Told us more about their culture, diet and training. I can tell you that I would not want to mess around with any of them lol
As we still had few ours to kill before our evening flight, we went to Shinjuku Gyoe National Gardens and near by Government Building. You can visit the Government Building and take lift to the top floor. There is viewing trace, and restaurant. Restaurant was a bit pricey, but I it was worth it as the food was incredible. Plus, you’re surrounded by panoramic view of Tokyo. What a better way to finish of the trip ey?!
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