Day Trip Tokyo: Narita

We visited Narita back in November. As an accident. We missed our flight on the 19th and ended up at a hotel near the airport and a whole extra day to go enjoying outskirts Tokyo. It’s the first flight either of us have ever missed in our lives! After the moment of shock and the reasonable payment to change it, we …

1 year ago

Day Trip Tokyo: Kamakura

John and I had a fantastic time at Kamakura, just a couple hours’ train ride outside the city. I’m pretty sure John, especially, was in heaven. We got off at Kita Kamakura, the station on the northern outskirts of town, and walked to the center of town – the walk paid off, as we got a view Mount Fuji along the way! The first temple we went to was the largest in the area, and it was…

1 year ago

Must Do Tokyo: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Going into this trip, one our of goals was to attend a Japanese tea ceremony. I have always associated Japan with the ritualized drinking of tea, and so I was keen to experience this while we were there. Due to our limited Japanese language skills, we had to aim for something that was accessible for tourists, so we made an appointment for a tea ceremony at Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel. The website…

1 year ago

A Beautiful Afternoon at the Meiji Shrine

On day five of our Tokyo trip, Reva and I decided to split up for an afternoon of solo adventuring. She headed to an onsen (natural hot spring baths), and I went off to Meiji shrine. Most onsens do not allow people with tattoos to bathe due to fear of gangsters, so it wasn’t much of an option for me. So after…

2 years ago

Taking Trains + Missing Flights

We’ve just returned from eight nights in Tokyo, and we had a fantastic time! We were fortunate enough to be able to stay with family friends outside the city – they gave us a great insider’s view of the sights and transport around the city. We also have another friend who lives in the city and was able to meet with us for dinner one evening. She answered all our questions about cultural differences and…

2 years ago