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Highlights of a week in Tokyo

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Tokyo is very nice in autumn. The temperature is great around 25 degrees and sunny most of the days. Our week was packed with iconic highlights like the active Akihabara district, the tasty food of many different districts, and the beautiful Meiji Jingu Gaien. Securing entry to the Studio Ghibli Museum was a challenge, but we made it and stepped into Miyazaki's enchanting world.


A cooking class taught us the art of making Udons, and the unexpected joy of traveling with Trixi's dad made our journey even more special. Together, we explored Shibuya and enjoyed local delicacies. Moreover, we met Trixi's dad in the city of Tokyo and it was very nice to spent a day together the three of us ^^. Tokyo in autumn left a lasting imprint, promising a return to this unforgettable city.


Btw, this time we've added two polls about food at the end of this post. Can you get the answers correctly?


Highlights of a week in Tokyo


1. Akihabara's Mangas and Retro Games


Dive into the crazy world of Japanese pop culture with a visit to Akihabara, renowned for its manga stores and retro gaming arcades. It's full of reminders of the 90's with the cartoons that we grew up with and the games that we played when we were kids!


Èric with Goku from Dragon ball

Atari pong machine at Akihabara

It was so cool to play this Atari pong together!

Trixi kissing Mario at Akihabara


2 Shibuya's Crossing

Experience the iconic Shibuya Crossing, known for its bustling energy and the spectacle of pedestrians crossing in all directions at once, creating a mesmerizing urban symphony.

Tip: if you want to enjoy a similar view, you can go to the second floor of the Starbucks at Sibuya's crossing ^^




3 Ginza's Shopping Paradise


Indulge in a luxurious shopping walk at Ginza, where fancy boutiques, department stores, and designer labels line the streets, offering a paradise for fashion lovers and foodies. We actually discovered a trend in Japan to imitate food using plastic and it looks so realistic. Look at the banana peels and their different states haha.


Different stages of banana maturing with plastic imitations in Tokyo

Or the famous Itoya, which has 10 floors of stationery (pens, agendas, notebooks, origami, etc.)


Itoya amazing accumulation of pens




4 The Skytree and the Temples at Asakusa


Witness Tokyo's breathtaking skyline from the observation decks of the Skytree and immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Asakusa, home to historic temples such as Senso-ji, offering a serene contrast to the city's modernity.



Temple in Tokyo

Sky tree in Tokyo

Sky tree with main Two Travelling pictures

People cleaning glasses at sky tree at 450 m height

We stumbled upon the window cleaners of this super tall building! They're doing so at 450 m above the ground level!


5. Do a cooking class in Tokyo Participate on a cooking class of Udons, Mochis, or Sushis to integrate more into the culture: Immerse yourself in the art of Japanese cuisine through hands-on cooking classes, where you can learn to craft traditional dishes such as Udons, Mochis, or Sushis, experiencing firsthand the culinary heritage of Japan.

This was one of the best experiences we've had in Tokyo and in the trip itself. You can check more about why at this post.



Udon cooking class in Tokyo by Masako with Two Travelling



6. Explore the amazing diversity of foods in Tokyo (although vegetarian is a challenge)


Delight your taste buds with the diverse and eclectic culinary offerings in Tokyo, ranging from savory street foods like Yakitori and Takoyaki to exquisite seafood delicacies like sushi or Okonomiyaki, although vegetarian options might require some exploration.



Japanese curry soup

How Okonomiyaki is made in Tokyo


7. Visit the Ghibli Museum if you like the world of cartoons of Miyazaki


Step into the enchanting world of Studio Ghibli at the Ghibli Museum, where the magic of Hayao Miyazaki's animated films comes to life through captivating exhibits, intricate animations, and exclusive glimpses into the creative process behind these beloved works of art.


Totoro at Ghibli Museum Tokyo from inside

Ghibli Museum at Two Travelling

Moreover in the gardens close to the Ghibli Museum there's a beautiful temple as well as many species of birds!



Trixi in a temple in Japan during the 6 months sabbatical at Two Travelling


8. Take a walk through the historic district of Yanaka


Yanaka is preserving Tokyo's traditional charm. We really liked the temple and the graveyard there



Cats' statues in Yanaka

9. Discover Shinjuku and Shibuya


Discover Shinjuku and Shibuya's district as well as the graveyard of Aoyama, where the famous dog Hachiko was buried.



Hachiko's grave picture by two travelling


10. Discover the traditional art of Japanese tea (Sencha or Matcha) ceremony at a local tea house or at a Matcha shop



Beautiful bonsai at a Matcha restaurant in Tokyo

This photo is from a beautiful Matcha place close to Ginza

Matcha preparation

Two Matcha cups with Two travelling characters

11. Enjoy a day at the fish market of Tuskiji


You can spend one morning at the market of Tsukiji, which closes at 14h and eat some local fish, Tamago (Japanese Omelette) or fancy beef at the different stores offering street food.



Fish market photo with spicy crab

Dried fish at fish market in Tokyo

Food at fish market in Tokyo

Tamago at fish market in Tokyo

Now to the polls!


What's the following root?

  • Matcha

  • Wasabi

  • Green carrot


And what about this?

  • Squid

  • Round Hokkaido Mushroom

  • White Japanese cabbage

  • Lotus root


Conclusion


As a summary, we would really recommend anyone to visit this Megacity. It's amazing how the biggest city in the world can be so safe, so interesting and beautiful, so clean, so tasty and so well organized. Bravo Japan!



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Bernat Lluch
Bernat Lluch
Oct 15, 2023

Tot plegat és molt engrescador i fascinant vist des de casa ;-) Veure la casa on vau gaudir d'aprendre a cuinar coses innombrables m'ha encantat. Gràcies! I, per cert, la foto dels netejadors de vidres amb el dibuix a la góndola és molt representativa

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Èric
Èric
Oct 15, 2023
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Moltes gràcies! Què bé que t'agradi veure les publicacions des de casa haha sí la foto de la gòndola al sky tree és molt divertida :D i l'experiència de la cuina brutal

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