Tamiko In Tokyo | Japan Recap Vol. 9

What an amazing experience Japan has been.  This was definitely a trip that will forever be one of the best experiences with culture, food, destinations and the nicest people on earth!

We want to share a quick rundown of what we've experienced, as a recap of 9 days visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara!  Add Japan to your bucket list of places to go.  You can only experience this amazing place yourself to understand how amazing it truly is. 

Make sure you stay at a hotel that's accessible to the Japan Metro.  Our hotel stay was at The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku.  It's walking distance to the Japan Metro.  Shinjuku city reminded us of Times Square in NYC, Japanese style!  We shared this hotel on The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku Vol. 1 on the blog.

WHAT TO DO IN TOKYO

A photoshoot was a must to capture these moments in Shinjuku.  We hired the Parisian Photographer Scander Aidoudi who was in Japan, as well.  He's an international photographer that's amazing!  You can view both photoshoots from Japan, Tokyo Photoshoot Vol. 4, and Paris, Photographer Spotlight: Scander Aidoudi, on the blog.

Photography by Scander Aidoudi | Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

Visit the Park Hyatt Tokyo to walk in the footsteps of characters Charlotte (Scarlett Johannsen) and Bob Harris (Bill Murray) in the movie Lost In Translation.  The New York Bar is a must, to see beautiful views of Tokyo during the evening hours. There's more to read about on the blog Lost In Translation Vol. 5.

PARK HYATT TOKYO | NEW YORK BAR

Izakaya Alleyway in Shinjuku, Omoide Yokochō in particular, will really give you a feel for an afterwork beer and street food in a cozy nook within the alleyway!  We highlighted this in Vol. 4 on the blog.

If you're a cat person, like us, visit the Cat Cafe in Shinjuku.  If you're a cat owner, you're used to adorable fury roommates that crave attention and affection, and you're surrounded by 30 of them, that were saved and up for adoption, in Japan only. 

Shibuya Sky with views of Tokyo, at the very top of Shibuya Square Mall, is equivalent to NYC Edge with views of New York City.  Unfortunately, it's not permanent and will come to an end in September 2023.  If you're planning your visit to Tokyo before September or during September, make sure you get your tickets prior to your visit to reserve your spot. Checkout Shibuya Sky Vol. 2 on the blog, for breathtaking views we hope you'll get to see.

A visit to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa is a must.  It's a history lesson within itself.  You can learn more about it in Sensōji Temple in Asakusa Vol. 3 on the blog.

If you experience weather that forces you to find activities indoors, the museum is fantastic and perfect if you're traveling with children.  There's also a zoo next door.

We can write a blog about just the food, in Japan!  Honestly, anywhere you go in Tokyo is an amazing experience.  The food in Japan is the best in the world!  We've mentioned a few on blog post The Chicest Restaurants Worldwide.

WHAT TO DO IN OSAKA

We were running out of time and only had 3 days left to experience what Japan had to offer. Booking a hotel at a spa resort was the wellness treatment we didn't know was needed.  Hotel Resol Trinity Osaka, we highly recommend, that offers complimentary bath essentials and a public bath. Find more details about it in Vol. 6, on the blog.

PHOTO BY HOTEL RESOL TRINITY OSAKA

WHAT TO DO IN KYOTO

Visiting the Higashiyama District, is a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto with wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops, that invoke a feeling of the old capital city.

Have a coffee at Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya, the world's first Starbucks store in a traditional Japanese house with tatami seating.  You can view our reel on instagram visiting this Starbucks.

Rent a Kimono for the day (9am - 5pm).  We scheduled a photoshoot for 30 minutes, to capture both the beautiful backdrop of Kyoto and to have that amazing experience documented forever.  You can read more about the photoshoot, our photographer, Kanetsu, Starbucks and where to rent a Kimono, Yume Kyoto Kadaiji Kimono Rental, on A Kimono in Kyoto | Vol. 7 blog post.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KANETSU PHOTOGRAPHY | KIMONO BY YUME KYOTO KADAIJI 

The Fushimi Inari Shrine, two dense, parallel rows of gates called Senbon Torii ("thousands of torii gates"). Read more about it on Exploring Nara & Kyoto Vol. 8.

FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE | KYOTO, JAPAN

WHAT TO DO IN NARA

Watching, feeding and communicating with deer in Nara Deer Park, was an unexpected therapeutic experience.  The park is filled with respectful and friendly deer, that you're allowed to feed. The park staff will provide crackers for you.  You're greeted by darling deer that bow in exchange for a bow in return and crackers.  It's the most beautiful sight to witness.  We discuss this in Vol. 8 on the blog, also.

 We hope you enjoyed our adventure "Tamiko In Tokyo | Vol. 1 - Vol. 9".  

Until next time... Where shall we land next?

#letswandertogether

AWH xoxo 


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