Trip Date: May 2015
It’s been a good nine months since Nicholai and I were in Japan, but I’m excited to write about it and share all the goodies about our favorite country so far! Japan was actually the second leg of our 2-week trip to the Philippines/Japan, and we only stayed for about 3 full days but instantly fell in love. Read on for a list of things to do if you have 3 days in Japan!
What To Do
Where else would we rather stay than smack dab in the middle of a fish market?? It is a sushi lover’s dream being surrounded by fresh fish in Japan! Our Airbnb was a few steps away from the market, so we would wake up and make our way through alleys lined with fresh to-be sashimi waiting to be eaten.
If you are a fish lover, I would highly recommend finding an accommodation in this area. You could also try to catch the tuna auction that takes place here! Read more about it here.
There is ALWAYS a line to eat here from early morning to afternoon. Weird to think about eating all this sushi in the wee morning, but foreigners to America probably wonder why we like pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Come to think of it, kind of a weird combo? So Sushi Zanmai is a chain restaurant, and I would say that certain locations are better than others (yeah, we ate at a couple and multiple times at one or two heh). Prices are actually not too bad here. If I remember correctly, a two piece salmon nigiri order is about $1.50. It’s the cheapest-for-great-quality place that we found. I have to mention the different tuna belly (toro) cuts they have available – fatty, medium fatty, and light – will bring heaven and hell together and melt them in your mouth. If you’re looking for affordable and good quality, hit Zanmai up!
If you’re a ramen fan, gotta try this. Wow, best ramen I’ve had and even the extra add-ons they have at the table were addicting. Pork broth was just amazing and filled with flavor. I’m usually not a huge fan of the thin, smooth egg noodles, but this place did it just right!
Tokyo Disney Sea
!!! Disney in Tokyo?! Wooo! I was pretty excited about this and it didn’t let down. To burst your bubble a bit, the attractions weren’t any different than the main attractions at any other Disney parks. It’s the cultural context that’s awesome.
1) I’m not 100% sure if this is the case on the daily, but there would be groups of teens dressed in crazy matching or themed outfits all around us. Pretty amusing. 2) I note that they DO NOT sell water anywhere in the park. It was the strangest thing to me as I was a thirsty camel looking for my oasis. 3) They only had soda and cold bottled tea. Yup. 4) Best turkey leg I’ve had anywhere. Beats the OC fair.
Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
My boyfriend loves science museums so here we were. I thought the futuristic, humanoid robots exhibit was cool. Also this giant globe hanging. It wasn’t expensive for a ticket, and I thought it was worthwhile. I learned stuffs.
Take a trip to Harajuku! Maybe you’ll catch more people in cosplay than I did. I did, however, catch my boyfriend over here peeking at the pretty girl…
This electronics town was amazing and so fun! We spent a good chunk of time here in discount electronics stores, comic book stores, and arcades. The arcades here were like nothing I’ve seen before. I went into one that was about 10 floors of just different types of games. It was such a lively and colorful district. Definitely spend some time here!
Asakusa is a fun area with street markets in abundance and shops for everything made of green tea. As you walk around, you’ll inevitably see the Senso-ji Temple. It attracts tons of crowds, but the atmosphere makes for a lively experience. Asakusa is one of my favorite areas in Tokyo.
I’m about done with my list here. There are a few other places that we strolled through like Shibuya and Ginza that are well known districts in Tokyo.
Aside from these fascinating places in Tokyo, I’m very glad I finally got to experience Japanese culture a bit. I’ve always been a fan of how much value the culture places on honor and loyalty, and you can sense the strong pride that the people have for being able to hold on to so much of the country’s traditions.
Tokyo is a city that you won’t want to miss out on. There are tons to do and see in many of its districts, ranging from cool to calm to eccentric. I hope this gives you an idea of how much FUN we had in Tokyo and inspires you to make a trip to see for yourself! 🙂
Stay tuned for more.