In late Novemer there was a national holiday in Japan, so I had 3 days off together! Yay. We jumped on the Willer Express Friday night and headed to Tokyo.
As it’s so long ago now, here are the highlights of our trip!
First day we hit Asakusa, Harajuku, Akihabara and Shinjuku. Mostly for shopping.
After we got that out the way the second day we went to Harajuku to visit Meji-jingu and Yoyogoi Park. I saw some of the Harajuku fashion walk cross the bridge by the station and recognized a few people but was too shy to say hello.
Meiji-jingu was busy with the usual tourists, two weddings and also lots of families with children for 3-5-7 day celebrations. The kids looked so cute dressed up in their best clothes. There was a chrysanthemum festival going on and harvest festival display, lots of floats of ships made with vegetables!
After all that excitement we went to Yoyogi Park with a small picnic. It was lovely sat in the winter sun on a blanket of leaves relaxing and people watching/cute dog spotting.
The colours in the park were spectacular!
We spent an evening drinking in the Kamiya Bar and Okachimachi. We had fun talking and drinking with the Tokyo locals.
Some Christmas lights had already been turned on, we saw some great lights on Shinjuku Southern Terrace of the Yamanote line!
We went to Shinjuku and Shibuya. It was the first time we went to Starbucks overlooking the famous Shibuya crossing.
Quickly visited the Sky Tree, and the German Christmas Market at the base.
More shopping and window shopping in Harajuku and Akihabara. We went back to an Italian restaurant we went to on our first Japan trip in 2007, it was exactly the same! The food was delicious and garlicky.
Then back on the bus to Osaka.