Tokyo: Japan day 11

Wow, and now it’s the last day, or more accurately, also a half-day. My last Airbnb place was slightly more capsule-y than the one in Hiroshima. Instead of curtains covering one of the longer sides of a queen, this one covered the foot of a full sized. This meant less privacy but it was also […]

Tokyo: Japan day 10

The morning coming from Nara was full of derps, probably due to not sleeping enough the night before. I was forgetting things left and right, inconveniencing people, etc. But somehow I made it to Tokyo with all my luggage (I stored some in Kyoto) intact. I made some laps around Tokyo Station, enlisting the help […]

Nara: Japan day 9

With MVP back in the States, I suddenly was doing so much more thinking when planning routes with my JR Pass. It used to be that I would just mindlessly follow what my compatriots were doing, but now I had to look up! and read! and Google! and ask people what was going on! etc. […]

Hiroshima: Japan day 8

It had occurred to me about two weeks earlier that I could visit Hiroshima with some of the extra days I had. It fascinated me that after learning about WWII in middle and high school, I could now finally visit the place and face some of the reality of what happened there. I mean, us […]

Osaka: Japan day 7

The morning was magical. I had forgotten about the bamboo grove that is near Kyoto. We stopped there on our way to Osaka and my, those trees grow big. At first it was pretty thin and I enjoyed it but thought it was whatever. But when we reached the grove-y part I was speechless. The […]

Kyoto: Japan day 6

This was definitely the best day in Kyoto. We get up early following the wisdom of VP and enjoyed a mostly empty Fushimi Inari Shrine, which is the Insta-famous shrine with its hundreds of red torii gates lined up one after the other, creating a beautiful red tunnel that people like to pose in. We […]

Kyoto: Japan day 5

My impression of the Kyoto part of our trip was that it’d be the part where we would escape the busyness of Tokyo and gaze upon some idyllic countryside with a bunch of pretty things to look at. We use our beloved and precious weeklong JR passes to hop on a shinkansen bullet train to […]

Tokyo: Japan day 4

We slept in, and it was a very good call. Our morning was spent doing a second run through of Akiba, where I visited my first Don Quijote and discovered the trap of claw machines. My first impression was that it was going to be hard to win, but I wasn’t sure how it would […]

Tokyo: Japan day 3

Did I mention that Japan is freaky clean? And no trashcans? It’s a thing. NYC is going to burn my eyes with its filth when I get back. So our legs are still sorta dead but we manage. We check out some Tokyo shrines and then bum around Nakamise Street, gazing at the colorful offerings […]

Tokyo: Japan day 2

It was a blur, really. It was also very hot. We were in Shibuya and Shinjuku that day – in the morn we ate these really fluffy pancakes (reminded me of angel food cake, but better) and I had my first order of roasted green milk tea, which was less sweet compared to what you’d […]