Tokyo is a city that has successfully mixed everything that is weird and cute, traditional and modern, conveniently rolled into one delicious sushi. It’s one of those cities that catches you off guard and leaves you breathless. There is just so much to see in Tokyo, the vibrant capital metropolis of Japan, and seven days is not enough. In fact, seven days will only leave you wanting for more. Tokyo is not only a destination of cityscapes and fast trains, but it’s also a place abundant in parks and temples, of unique and delicious cuisines, and a wide array of culture that combines the ancient and new.
To be frank, I’m so happy I finally got around into writing my Tokyo trip with JP. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Tokyo, especially when I had the opportunity to share it with JP, my boyfriend of almost seven years, but the words didn’t come out naturally.
JP and I got lost trying to find our Airbnb at the Nakaitabashi-ku area. It was such an exhausting day for the both of us, and I chronicled our first day in Tokyo in a separate blog post.
JP is a science aficionado, and one of the things I want him to see are the science museums in Tokyo. So on our second day, we went to the National Museum of Nature and Science in the gigantic Ueno Park. The museum is divided into two buildings or sections: The Global Gallery and Japan Gallery. The former features an exhibit of the evolution of the Earth and its inhabitants, but half of the exhibit were under renovation when we visited. The latter is focused on the nature and history of the Japanese islands and its organisms. The museum is mostly a display of artifacts – of animals, including the famous Hachiko, the dog who waited at Shibuya for his owner, plants, and minerals.
We also briefly dropped by the Tokyo National Museum (620 yen for adults), also in Ueno Park, because the building is too pretty not to miss. The museum compound is full of art, archaeological objects, and other cultural properties from Japan. The collection in the Hyokeikan building is quite impressive, as they put value to everything, no matter how small it is. Although, going to two museums in one day is enough to turn my brain into mush. By the time we were done, it was already 4 PM. We won’t reach Odaiba in time for the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), so we decided to go to Akihabara and go shopping!
The white dog is Hachiko, an Akita dog who is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Professor Ueno. His owner would often greet Hachiko at the end of each day nearby Shibuya Station, until one day Professor Ueno died and did not return. Hachiko waited for the next nine years, nine months, and fifteen days.
Akihabara, Tokyo’s Electric Town
On our third day, JP and I went to the most popular spots in Tokyo: Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Harajuku. These areas are notorious for tourists and locals alike, so it’s always crowded. These three areas, or districts, are filled retail shops and restaurants that will make anyone go crazy. Haha, just kidding.
JP is not the type of person who enjoys shopping, but he got really excited when he found Tokyu Hand’s DIY section. Who wouldn’t be? Tokyu Hand is like heaven, it has everything you could possibly need for your latest DIY/sewing/art project. I, on the other hand, was so happy when I found Shibuya, LOFT, and other art stores in the area.
We also found a Game Center in Shibuya, which got me all excited because they have the great photo booths called Purikura! Purikura is like a rite of passage for any woman visiting Tokyo.
Our last stop of the day was the famous Tokyo SkyTree. I’m not a big fan of visiting tall towers, but I’m so glad I added this to the itinerary because their observatory is so classy AF. If it weren’t for the crowd, the place would be a super romantic place to go on a date.
Shibuya and its famous crossing
Walking around Shibuya is so exhausting. Taking refuge inside a coffee shop.
Purikura with JP
The orange-lit building you see is Tokyo Tower.
Day four was a bust. We went to visit Kawaguchiko for the Shibazakura Festival and Mt. Fuji. After two hours of travel time (express train), I was so disappointed because 1) the Shibazakura are no longer in bloom and 2) the apex of Mt. Fuji was covered with clouds. :( We’ve wasted a whole afternoon stuck in trains. But if there was any consolation, I got myself a gorgeous Amethyst crystal for 500 yen. JP and I got to watch the sunset at Odaiba beach.
Why, Mt. Fuji? Why? Still, Kawaguchiko is a lovely spot. Wish we were able to roam around.
Our ‘exhausted’ look of the day. We spent most of our day sleeping inside a train, though.
We enjoyed our brief visit to Odaiba the day before, so JP and I agreed to go back after having lunch at Yakiniku Blackhole in Shinjuku. I believe you can cook your own food here, but since we were soo hungry, we ordered whatever we think is ready. I honestly can’t remember the name of the food anymore. All I know is that I pointed whatever looked delicious, and they are indeed delicious!
I LOVE ODAIBA! It’s like an entirely different city from Tokyo, and they have a free shuttle bus. We first went to Miraikan since I think JP will love this place, then to the mall where the giant Gundam is displayed.
While waiting for JP, I saw these ladies walking around. I think they’re promoting something… not sure if an airline company or what, though.
The lighting at Miraikan
This girl is a robot. She can even blink…. It’s so creepy and also fascinating.
Gundam!!! By the way, I used to have a crush on Heero Yuy from Gundam Wing!
We spent one whole day at Tokyo DisneySea. Like any traveler, we want to blend in with the locals, but we missed the memo on couple etiquette. A LOT of the young couples were wearing the same thing, head to toe! Haha! You may read more of our Tokyo DisneySea trip here.
Since it was our last day, JP and I decided to shop around some more. I honestly can’t remember what JP and I did in the afternoon. I believe we went somewhere near Ueno to look for luggage, then went art shopping in different places before going to the Word Trade Center Observatory. I can’t go home without seeing the Tokyo Tower at night because it’s a big part of my childhood (SAILORMOON!!!). There are various places to view the Tokyo Tower from afar, but the Seaside Top is definitely the place I would recommend. The observatory is posh and not crowded like Tokyo SkyTree. Most of the visitors are also photographers with their fancy equipment.
My cutie patootie luggage from Tokyo! <3
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The city is certainly one of a kind, and the people are refreshingly kind and helpful — they literally go out of their way to assist you! After months of trying to write, I can only conclude that Tokyo is one of those places you have to visit and experience for yourself. It has that certain charm, a “Je ne sais quoi” as the French would call it, and describing Tokyo as “exciting” is definitely an understatement.