Yes, you read that right — I’m going back to Tokyo in just two short months.
If you’ve had the chance to read through any of my previous blog posts, you’d know how much I love Japan as a travel destination and hold all of my other trips to that standard. My trip back in Summer 2017 is a memory I cling to even in this very moment. Since then, I’ve done smaller domestic trips and also a big solo adventure to Seoul and Taipei. Although all of my travels spawn great memories, my heart always aches for Japan.
So when I had the opportunity to go squeeze a week of Tokyo in right before Christmas, I simply couldn’t say no.
Although, there is a big BUT to all of this…
I will not be blogging my experience in Tokyo this time around.
“But Andrew, you run a travel blog — isn’t the whole point of this thing to pour out every candid memory of your travels to the benefit of your very tiny readership?”
First off, I love my tiny little readership.
Second, well yea, you got me there…
This time around, I wanted to have a trip as disconnected from my world as possible.
No internet, no skype calls back home and no mental exertion — just myself and my thoughts in my favourite place on earth. I think as a travel blogger you have to separate work and travel sometimes and know that it’s ok to be selfish about moments you want to keep to yourself.
There is no doubt that I’ll take a picture or two while rediscovering a place I hold so dearly in my memory or even save a few vertical videos to later post on Instagram while waiting in Haneda Airport.
One thing I do want to share with you though is my Tokyo Bucket List ROUND 2. The thing that is great about revisiting a location that you have before is you can get around to doing things you never did the first time. I am all for taking your time and discovering a location at a snail’s pace, but Tokyo is just too grand and there is never a shortage of things to do.
The following are a list of things I never got around to doing the first time I went and hope to experience them in December:
- Odaiba Park [Because Digimon was everything to me growing up, and I need to see that giant Gundam.]
- Kobe Beef or A5 Wagyu [I heard there is a really good A5 AYCE in Ginza!]
- Traditional Soba [RIGHT!? Never got to this the first time around — too much ramen!]
- Chanko Nabe Sumo Food [Because who doesn’t want to eat like a Sumo Wrestler?]
- Fluffy Japanese Pancake [I had them in Korea and they were NOT good, here’s hoping Tokyo changes that.]
- Onsen [I’ve done a hot spring in Taiwan, but a Japanese Onsen in the winter time, the goosebumps are already running up my arm!]
- Fuji/Hakone [One of my day trips has to be the Fuji/Hakone area!]
- Nikko [If I don’t do Fuji/Hakone, Nikko is my next choice.]
- Golden Gai/Memory Lane [This one surprised a lot of people. I actually spent very little time in Shinjuku in general — so I plan to make an entire day of it.]
- Omakase Sushi [This should be at the top of the list. I’ve heard going at lunch brings the price down…so frugal Andrew here we come!]
- Snow Monkeys [I’m thinking of a weekend in Nagano. Thoughts?]
- Expensive Fruit [A $15 peach, no big deal.]
- Explore Tokyo’s Coffee Scene [Last time, all of my coffee came from a vending machine…]
This is just a short list of things I really tried to squeeze in the first time around, but couldn’t get to. Whether I do all of these things or just one of them, I’m really looking forward to December and am even more excited to tell you about my upcoming 2019 adventure, which I’ll be in full blog mode for! 😉
Thank you for following along and I hope you are booking your dream trip right now — you deserve it!
If you have any suggestions for things I must do when visiting Tokyo a second time around, please let me know in the comments or send me a message on Instagram.