During our time in Japan, our last stop was Tokyo. This city is huge and offers many things to see and do. After seeing a lot of beautiful temples and gardens, it was neat to see the bright city lights, huge buildings, and busyness that comes with city life. We had a lot of fun in Tokyo, and were able to explore many areas. You could easily spend days here!
To keep up with the theme, we visited two more movie spots. The first was the busy Shibuya crossing in the Shinjuku area. This famous area is featured in the movie Lost in Translation. It can also be seen in the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. We brought our Terrible Towel to show some Pittsburgh pride. It was pretty entertaining trying to get some photographs — poor Nick!
We also visited the New York Bar, which is in the Park Hyatt Hotel. It’s located on the 52nd floor so you get a stunning view of the city all lit up. This is the main bar in which Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray spend their time drinking in Lost in Translation. It was a really cool experience to have a drink here. They have a jazz band playing in the evenings.
We also visited the area of Akihabara, which is known for video games, computers and other electronics, manga, and other nerdy stuff. Nick was in heaven here. I went searching for Hello Kitty things while he checked out the used video game stores. Since Nick is into video gaming, he has collected a couple of used games from our travels. If you like any of these kinds of things, this is an area that you will want to see while in Tokyo.
We also got to experience our first conveyer belt sushi while in this part of Tokyo. This was fun because we got to try all different types of sushi. The place we visited was a tiny hole in the wall, but it ended up being out favorite, compared to another high end place we visited later in another part of Tokyo.
We also got to see the Tokyo Tower, which looks awesome all lit up at night! There is an observatory where you can overlook the city, but we only got to see the tower from afar since we were trying to cram in a lot of attractions in two and a half days.
We had a lot of fun in Tokyo! If we do head back to Japan, which is very likely, we will probably try to spend time in another area, so that we can can take part in even more Japanese experiences. If you ever get the chance, we recommend spending some time in Tokyo!
Want to learn more about Tokyo and the rest of Japan? The Lonely Planet Japan Travel Guide can help you better plan your own adventure.