Tokyo (Part 1)

Finally getting around to publishing this. The following posts will chronicle my time in Japan this past April. I can’t wait to come back and explore more of this beautiful country. I came back with a heart and head full of admiration for Japan, it’s culture, and it’s people. There’s a lot to learn for the Japanese and I’m so thankful I got to go there with an amazing travel partner. Shoutout to X for doing most of the planning and for letting me edit her pics.

PC: X.A. , F. Alvarez

Stayed at: Space Hostel Tokyo (recommend!)

Central Tokyo

 Ginza The Ginza is Tokyo‘s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.  
Imperial Palace: The current Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. (Can’t go in without applying)
Walk to Yasukuni Shrine- One of many Shrines but worth visiting!
Akihabara: This area is famous for its electronic shops and otaku culture. So, if you’re into either of these, this is a fun place to be. Make sure you look up, too. Lots of multi-story buildings filled with all kinds of weird things. You can spend a while walking around here. 
Tsukiji Fish Market- have breakfast there!

Western Tokyo

Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi Park: These two places are pretty close to each other. It’s also a good place to go from Harajuku, since you’ll use the same train station. The Meiji Shrine is just one of many shrines in Japan, but it’s particularly interesting if you’re into modern Japanese history. Yoyogi Park, on the other hand, is just a really big park. Both are nice, though, if you’re looking to get out of the cement jungle known as Tokyo. We even got to see a traditional Japanese taking place at the Shirne.
Harajuku: Love crazy outfits? You’ll fit in right here. Harajuku is home to Tokyo’s teen fashion and cosplay (if you visit on a Sunday). There’s also plenty of shopping and crepe stands as well (yum).
Shibuya: Shibuya is just a ward of Tokyo, but it’s particularly known for all its fashion and culture. A lot of shopping can be found here, but there’s also the Hachiko Dog Statue as well. Scope it out but come back in the “shopping days” at the end of your trip.

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