To Tokyo and Beyond (Honeymoon Part 2)
So it’s time for my second instalment of
my our honeymoon. If you haven’t read about our stop over in Thailand, then be sure to have a quick read HERE.
It has to start from where we left off. In our taxi from our hotel in Phuket, on our way to go from Phuket to Hong Kong, then Hong Kong to Tokyo. Although connecting flights can be a pain, I must admit we (my hubby and I) were surprised when we landed in Hong Kong Airport. With 4 hours to kill, we were certainly amused in this shop-tastic, food-loving airport. I normally don’t recommend airports for destinations (actually no-one ever recommends an airport!), but seriously Hong Kong airport - must go!
Anyway back to the honeymoon.
So we’ve landed in Tokyo Narita Airport and we board our train to Shinjuku. Now I must say I was a little let down by the airport, compared to HK airport. I was expecting robots, flying baggage handlers and everyone dressed in white (bit weird!). Let’s just say I was expecting something rather impressive considering how far ahead they are with their technology, but the airport was pretty standard. (Note: This could be a careful tactic to leave people unimpressed in order to WOW them with their experience!)
Our time in Tokyo/Kyoto (yes, we also hopped on the bullet train to Kyoto!) was very fast paced and beautiful and amazing and fantastic and…Well you get the point. In a similar style to my Thailand post, this one will be fast paced so (if you can) just read through it all whilst blasting music surrounded by flashing lights!
We arrive at Shinjuku Station, which is crowded with lots of people, lots and lots and lots of people! Only to later find out that it happens to have around 2.5million people pass through the station on a daily basis and that people is where we’re staying - FUN!. We take perhaps the furthest exit and an unnecessary long walk to our hotel, only to be squished into the tiniest room in Tokyo! After a ‘cosy’ nights sleep, we both agree the room is just not big enough for our personalities/my suitcase, so we get moved to a much bigger room, on the 23rd floor!! WHAT A VIEW! With 25 floors, I think it was safe to say we were pretty high up and loved it!
Our trip truly began when we started doing all the things tourists do. We went to Akihibara or Electric City, and then visited Harajuku for a full taste of Japanese fashion. We took a tour around temples, shrines and of course went up Mount Fuji. Sampled the ‘interesting’ delicacies of Japan from Sushi, to Sashimi and even Tempura. Every street was filled with very tall buildings, lots of signs, lights and food - oh gosh was there a lot of food!
We ate, we drank (from the thousands of vending machines on each street) and thoroughly enjoyed or time in Tokyo. Not forgetting, our tours in Kyoto, which has to be said was my favourite part. From the stunning Golden Pavilion to the exciting traditional Gion (Geisha) District, I loved everything about Kyoto and intend to return! The mix of traditional culture with modern tech touches is exactly what makes me happy!
I know this was perhaps the briefest report ever about our honeymoon, but my posts are supposed to be short and sweet. This one is rather long and somewhat detailed. If you know me then you’ll know I will be talking about our honeymoon for years to come (well until I am back in Tokyo!).
More pictures coming soon! I promise!