Four Days in Tokyo
I was lucky enough to be able to go to Tokyo for my 21st birthday! It's probably the best trip I've ever been on and I wish we booked longer. We had the best four days though, so if you're planning a trip to Tokyo and don't have long, here's some inspiration.
The first day was my 21st birthday, once we got to the hotel we got ready and went straight to Harajuku. It had been a long flight with a long delay, so we didn't want to go wild. We just walked around Harajuku, tried some food and looked in all the unique shops. Harajuku was both Ruby and I's favourite area in Tokyo.
For dinner Ruby had planned and booked me a restaurant, she surprised me with booking NOBU! If you love sushi, it goes without saying Japan is the best place for sushi, so the sushi at Nobu in Tokyo was unbelievable. It is really expensive though and you can still get the best sushi other places in Tokyo, but for a special occasion we loved it. They even got me a birthday dessert and printed out pictures of us to take home.
For our second day we booked to go the teamLab borderless exhibition. We booked the tickets about a month before we went because it's very popular so they sell out quickly on the day. Despite pre-booking the queue was really long. We arrived at around 2pm, and the queue just got longer and longer after that. I'm not sure when the best time is to go, I think queues are just a given. It is very worth it though, you can spend hours in the museum as it is 'borderless' there is so many different rooms and light experiences. The lights are constantly changing so you can revisit rooms and the art will be different as the art flows through the rooms. It's very hard to describe, but it is an amazing experience.
Before the exhibition we also went to 'ramen street' which is inside of the Tokyo station. It took us a while to find it as it's located underground and there isn't really signs to it. If you do manage to find it it's a street of I think 8 different ramen restaurants, which are all really good. I ordered a veggie ramen, which I regret because it was more like a carrot soup, but Ruby ordered a pork ramen which was delicious.
It was pouring with rain all day, so we spent our day within the station looking at all the anime character shops and at teamLab.
We started the morning at the Starbucks at the Shibuya crossing, we went at about 8am (jet lag) and watched people cross the crossing. It was really quiet which was great for getting a seat over looking the crossing, but not great because the amount of people crossing wasn't crazy, but still looked really cool.
We then went to the pokemon mega centre. It's really just a big pokemon shop, we got pretty into pokemon before we left so we bought a lot, but I wouldn't say this was a must do in Tokyo.
We then went around the streets in Simbashi (same area as Tokyo mega centre). There were loads of arcades, the SEGA arcade had 6 floors and we were obsessed. We played the claw games and went in the Japanese photo booths, the arcade was so much fun and very unique to Japan. This was one of my favourite things to do.
Our final day we only had half the day because we had to go to the airport around 4pm, we decided to just go back to Harajuku and just walk around, go shopping and relax a bit. If you walk straight down Takeshita street (away from station) and across the main road, theres a lot of cool vintage designer stores and really unique shops and cafés, we loved it and everywhere was super quiet. They have the coolest clothes and shops in Harajuku there's a lot of limited edition designer things too if thats what you're into. It might be a good idea to save some extra spending money or hold off buying clothes for Tokyo until you get there. It's probably the only place I have been were it's not been souvenirs I have bought, but actual clothes and lots of socks I will wear.
We also went to the Meiji Jingu shrine which is in between Harajuku and Shibuya. This was probably the first place we actually saw tourists as well. It was really lovely to experience, however, I personally don't think it's essential.
Ruby and I both loved Tokyo so much, you don't even have to do 'activities' just walking around and going to restaurants and looking around the streets was so much fun. It's completely different to anywhere I've ever been, so everything is amazing.