I am really excited to share with you this post. Even though it has been supposed to be a “secret getaway”, I thought that what the heck, I have so much great content, why not bring it out to the world!
So, my boyfriend and I visited Tokyo towards the end of November. We flied from Athens to Doha and from then on straight to Hameda Airport inTokyo (after 17 hours!). It was quite hard to believe that we were actually heading to the other side of the world. But me and bea are partners in traveling and we have somehow managed to have explored Asia since 2016. We’ve explored Vietnam, Thailand, China and Hong Kong and now we took one step further. It always feels at home when I’m with him in any place around the world so I have to say that I felt right in my comfort zone in Tokyo. So yeh, we landed around midnight and went to the area of our hotel, Shinjuku Kabukichō. This area is supposed to be a red light district that is so vibrant and loud, filled with neon lights and people. It had a Chinatown vibe but simultaneously a Western character with chains like Krispy Kreme and Starbucks, to name a few.
The next morning we were so jet lagged (imagine that it’s 7 hours ahead of Greece) that we woke up at like 6am and were seriously starving. But as genuine foodies, we looked for places with instagrammable and spectacular brunch – it was Sunday after all- and discovered a Hawaiian place in Harajuku, the most hipster area I’ve ever seen in my life. We enjoyed eggs and calorie-bomb pancakes at Eggs’n’Things, a very friendly place that I totally recommend to everyone.
Of course there wasn’t any way we would miss the monument of Hatchiko in Shibuya, right next to the famous Shibuya crossing. Later on we enjoyed more pancake related food – we have a sweet tooth don’t judge us. I’m pretty sure that I’ve gained 2-3kgs during this trip..
As most travel guides suggested, we had to visit the Tsukiji Fish Market where there are tuna auctions taking place every day at around 3am. Unfortunately we didn’t make it that early so we just walked around to see all the different kinds of fish available. If you get to visit this place then you should consider taking Japanese breakfast right next to the restaurants that are settled in the area of the market. We enjoyed fresh sushi for breakfast and it was simply amazing. FYI, for an average Mediterranean diet- oriented person it is quite hard to digest the sushi that early in the morning 😛 .
Next on, we enjoyed homemade Matcha Tea and Japanese delicacies with black bean at Nakajima No Ochaya Tea House at Hama Rikyu Gardens.
Below you will see images from the mesmerising surroundings at Hama Rikyu Gardens.
Next on, dinner with my boy at a restaurant with a very local character.
I’m such a lucky girl that I got to spend my 23rd birthday in Tokyo, starting off by enjoying amazing brunch at Sarabeth’s inside Lumine 2 in Shinjuku station. Believe it or not, it was the first time I tried original French toast which was simply mouthwatering. Afterwards we felt like kids again at Tokyo Disneyland. Best day of my life so far.
The next day we had vegetarian brunch at Mr Farmer, a very cool place in Shinjuku.
There wasn’t any way we would miss the world famous Akihabara, the area that’s all about Manga and the biggest market with electrical appliances. We also had a VR experience sponsored by Samsung Galaxy at a pop up shop in Harajuku later on. It was my very first one and it was totally epic. Oh and as you can see, we indulged in delicious Shake Shack burgers and fries. H E A V E N!
We really wanted to go to places outside Tokyo but we were kind of running out of time so alternatively went to Kamakura, a city that is almost an hour away. “Kamakura is a prominent resort town with dozens of Buddhist Zen temples. Its most recognizable landmark is the Kotoku-in Temple’s Great Buddha, a roughly 13m-high bronze statue still standing after a 15th-century tsunami”.
Oh and we enjoyed buns filled with chestnut and veggies. #FoodiesForLife.
We stayed in Tokyo from the 25th of November to the 2nd of December and decided to spend our last day at Tokyo Disneysea. It’s the only Disneyland in the world that’s right next to the sea. Spectacular.
I still haven’t quite realised that we went there and did all these things. Partly due to jet lag and because it feels surreal. Tokyo is such a stylish, hipster-ish city and I am so blessed to have been able to travel there. Below you will find the video I’ve created.
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