It was an amazing trip to Japan. We spent 6 days in Tokyo, 2 days in Kyoto and 2 days in Osaka. Tokyo was a great first Japanese city. The train system is very user-friendly and I was able to make my way around with no problems. There is so much to see and do! My days were packed and my feet were tired but I wouldn’t change a thing!
Tokyo Station at rush hour.
Tokyo Station also has great shopping!
The hotel played classic movies in the lobby each night.
Representing the chubby American jogger. You, people of Japan, are welcome.
You don’t see that on a map every day.
Takayama Shinto Shrine.
Police shortcut through the Imperial Palace.
On the Tour Of The 7 Gods Of Tokai, a 2-hour walking tour of 7 temples and shrines.
One of the Tokai Seven Deities of Good Luck.
Sake barrels at Meiji-jingu. Tokyo’s grandest Shinto shrine.
Emperor Meiji created this Iris garden for his wife, Empress Shoken.
Meiji-jingu. This shrine is nestled in acres of cypress trees. It smelled incredible.
The crowd on Takeshita-dori, the entrance to Harajuku.
A dress made of pearler beads. So cool!
The Japanese arcades were crazy fun.
Hachiko Statue. Great story.
Shibuya crossing, the world’s busiest intersection.
Dinner with the guys. They are an adventurous bunch!
The giant lantern at Sinso-ji. This shrine was founded more than 1,000 years before Tokyo.
It is tradition to rinse your hands and mouth before entering temple grounds.
Happy with my fortune!
Getting ready for some Sumo!
The view from Tokyo Sky Tree. No Mt. Fuji for us today.
Tsukiji Central Fish Market
Tsukiji Central Fish Market. Had to get up early to see the tuna auction. These big boys go for up to $10K.
Workman’s hands at the fish market.
Fish heads. Fish heads. Rollie pollie fish heads.
Picked up my gift for Father’s Day. Tsukiji Masamoto knives are the best of the best.
I enjoyed an afternoon of Kabuki theater. You can buy one act tickets for 90-minutes of the show.
So. Much. Sake.
Geeking out in Akihabara.
Akihabara, the geek capital of the world!
Yes, you have to type in order to survive. My 8th grade keyboarding teacher would be proud.
Maid cafes are big in Akihabara. The feminist in me couldn’t go in.
Well-coiffed Japanese dudes.
It really exists. There are owl cafes, bunny cafes, cat cafes. You name it.
On the bullet train to Kyoto!