I'm back! Well, I've been back since last sunday but it seems my regular self is still in a limbo between timezones. The first two days were a complete blur, and yesterday I thought I was finally over jetlag, but then my husband and I woke up today at 3 am completely rested, and proceeded to eat quesadillas and play videogames. We forced ourselves back to bed around 6 am to retain a bit of sanity during the rest of the day. Hopefully this weekend will purge our crazy schedules and bring us back to normality once and for all.
So, Japan was amazing! We tried not to cram a ton of activities to be able to enjoy each place at a nice pace, because when there is so much to see it's easy to go crazy and try to do everything only to end up feeling like you "wasted the day" because you couldn't go to all those places. And there's the weather too, we had a couple rainy days that made us lazier to move around so much, but all in all we saw a bunch of different and amazing things over there.
I don't want to make a super long post with all my trip, so I'll chop it down to bits with a couple posts containing photos, impressions, stories and recommendations. Here is part 1 of the trip, hope you like it!
At first I was so not looking forward a 12 hour long flight, but ANA's flight attendants stuffed us with food, drinks and a pretty nice selection of movies to keep us entertained during the flight. It was rather pleasant I must say! And after all airport formalities we took the train to our Airbnb. It was our first time using Airbnb, and it certainly won't be the last! It was rainy, dark and rather cold when we arrived in Tokyo around 6 pm, so we left our bags in the cute cozy apartment and headed off to the street near the station to grab some dinner. We found a very welcoming restaurant and I had a bowl of delicious steaming chicken ramen that made me sleep for 10 hours straight.
The next morning we went a bit too early to Tokyo Skytree, it was still very cloudy (and foggy) so we decided not to go all the way up and most of the stores were not open yet for the day. I'll post pictures of Skytree on future posts since we did went back on better weather conditions. One of the fun findings in there was a weird lazy egg Sanrio character we saw merchandise everywhere during the whole trip: Gudetama. There was even a small café in the Solamachi shopping center serving egg-related foods with his face. The shopping center had a bunch of interesting stores, but we mostly discovered that on our second visit.
We then took the train to Asakusa, where we were able to see a couple of cherry blossoms still going strong! The heavy rains and the cold a week before our arrival ended with most of the blossoms, and even if we didn't get the chance to sit beneath a bunch of them to have a picnic we did get to see some real pretty trees during the trip. And even if it was a bit crowded, Asakusa was beautiful for a walk around.
After having lunch in Asakusa (I regret not taking photos of that sukiyaki lunch, I was so hungry I ate it all before remembering to do so) we then decided to spend the rest of the day in Akihabara. The rain poured rather hard from time to time, so we took a short break to get some Mister Donut doughnuts and catch some energy to keep wasting our money in one of the many UFO catchers inside the arcades (those crane games where you think you might get a cool toy). I can't get over the frustration of making a "perfect" play only to realize the crane is too wimpy to lift the toy, so it just makes you believe for a second you'll get it. BUT YOU NEVER DO :c
I guess this is the end of part one! On part two I'll have the Ghibli Museum, Enoshima and Kamakura!