So here are my top 5 things to do in Tokyo
1. Asakusa (Ass-ah-koo-sah)
One of my favorite stops on the trip. There are Japanese temples and shrines, along with rows and rows of vendors selling all kinds of things. I did 90% of my souvenir shopping here!
2. Tokyo Fish Market
It is a sight to behold. I wish we had gotten there at 5 in the AM to see more of the fish flying around and such, but we still got to see a lot and there were a few streets of little shops there. My brother got some really sweet kitchen knives here - restaurant caliber. And if you love sushi, it is AWESOME (and a little weird). Like straight out of the water onto your plate freshness. The place we went was in several travel guides we read, so we stood in like for 30 minutes to then cram into a teeny place the size of a large walk in closet. The bar has maybe 10 seats, no a/c, and you are sitting shoulder to shoulder with everyone. It is not super comfortable. But the sushi, wow. So good. Yeah we ate some mystery stuff that looked kind of like guts (it was sea urchin...) but it was a legit Japanese experience, if you ask me!
3. Tokyo National Museum Or Tokyo Disney
Depending on your interests. If you are a museum fan, this museum is really cool. If you like adventure and Disney, check out Tokyo Disney. The museum is near a really pretty park and we had a nice time exploring the area. Disney was kind of fun, but I kinda prefer USA Disney. Or maybe I am just to old to find it as magical as I did as a kid? Fun fact though, I think we saw maybe 2 dressed up characters that actually worked there, and about 15 park patrons dressed up like a Disney character. Kinda strange, but fun :)
I couldn't get good lighting for my museum photos, but this was part of the park
4. Hakone(Ha-ko-nay)/ Mt. Fuju
Mt. Fuji is simply breathtaking. After hustling and bustling in the city amongst the millions of Japanese, this was a relaxing side journey out of the city. We took a cable car up the mountain, ate black hard boiled eggs that are said to increase your life my 5 years, took a pirate ship to the quaintest little town. I loved it! My God, the weather was amazing too. We went in September and it was pretty hot in the city, but nice and cool in the mountains. #geography
They love Hello Kitty over there
A bowl of amazing. Soba noodles and tempura shrimp the size of a small banana.
(Japan is really a phenomenal place for foodies.)
5. Odiaba (Oh-dee-ah-bah)
Odiaba is a touristy little place on a manmade island thing. There were beautiful shopping malls that rival the ones in Las Vegas, a giant Gundam robot thing outside another, a giant ferris wheel where you get views of the whole city and so much more. We really had a great time here! My favorite was getting to the mall about 30 minutes before it opened and seeing the line of Japanese people outside of the Old Navy. #wha?! And in a little grocery shop in the mall we saw Old El Paso stuff and were happy the Mexican culture was represented in the east. lol.
Honorable Mention: Find an Ichiran and eat there