Setting off for Tokyo!

Tokyo is a huge city where people move fast and time moves faster. There are so many activities, places, and things to see and experience on such on a short visit. Yet we managed to continuously move with the flow, bouncing from place to place, absorbing as much as we could. And let us tell you, we experienced a lot! We even had an extra bonus on this particular trip to Tokyo. We traveled here on one of Japan’s most celebrated holidays, New Years. Being able to experience the Japanese traditions and events of this holiday was something unique, and not something you would ever be able to experience in America.

As we set off for Tokyo, we caught our first glimpse of Japan’s most famous mountain, Fuji-san, as we flew to Narita Airport, just outside of Tokyo. We also saw some beautiful mountain ranges, including snow-capped mountains, along the way.

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Fuji-san
Fuji-san

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Long shot of Fuji in the distance.

We chose to stay at a hotel in an area called Kayabacho. It took about an hour bus ride from the airport to get into this city. We stayed in Hotel Villa Fontaine, a Japanese-style hotel that served a Japanese-style breakfast buffet in the morning. This area turned out to be really convenient- close access to the airport, a two minute walk from the subway station, and it was in a quiet, safe place.

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One of many New Years decorations you will see placed at the entrance of buildings on this holiday. This was in front of hotel entrance,
One of many New Years decorations you will see placed at the entrance of buildings on this holiday. This was in front of hotel entrance.
Hotel lobby.
Hotel lobby.
Breakfast area.
Breakfast area.
Random colored walls.
Random colored walls.

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It’s not much, but we didn’t mind. We were only here to catch some sleep for a couple of hours before heading out for another long day of exploring the city. We visited quite a few neighborhoods throughout Tokyo, aiming to hit the touristy spots as well as some unknown places along the way.

Subway Adventures:

The subway was our transportation during our time here. It looked a bit confusing and sounded confusing to figure out how they ran but after the first day, we had it down pretty good. We loved using the subway! Just bought a day pass and we could hop on and off and visit so many places in one day- much easier and faster than buses or taxis for sure!

Crazy subway map, showing which lines are where and where to get on and off to switch to other lines.
Crazy subway map, showing which lines are where and where to get on and off to switch to other lines.
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Close up of one of our subway maps. We used this piece of paper often! 🙂
Subway stations in Tokyo.
Subway stations in Tokyo.

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My first time on the subway!
My first time on the subway!

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Empty subway.
Empty subway.
Packed subway.
Packed subway.
This guy was zonked out! All of his stuff had scattered on the floor and some lady even tried to wake him up to give him his stuff, but he wouldn't budge! (He was alive, lol!)
This guy was zonked out! All of his stuff had scattered on the floor and some lady even tried to wake him up to give him his stuff, but he wouldn’t budge! (He was alive, lol!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

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