tokyo, japan

Over Thanksgiving break, Jon and I had the opportunity to travel to Japan! His family had lived here for a few years growing up, from when Jon was about 3-6 years old, so it was nice to see the place they spent part of their childhood. I had always wanted to visit Japan, especially for the FOOD. And it did not disappoint! Every meal we ate was delicious.

We spent most of the week in Tokyo, but spend two days south in Kyoto. I really liked both cities, and they both felt so different. Tokyo felt much more busy and industrial, and Kyoto felt a little smaller and more traditional. Everywhere we went was so clean and orderly, it was very impressive. Even the subway in Tokyo was pristine and tidy. Not to mention everyone was so friendly and polite! I feel very lucky we were able to spend time there this Fall.

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The first day we walked around Tokyo, we went to a local shrine. It was really cute because we saw some of the kids dressed up in traditional outfits with their families!

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Some of the first street food we had, and it was delicious! Super hot and fresh, and this one above had a slightly sweet sauce on it.

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Walking around the shrine park together. It was so pretty!

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Pork Katsu, which is lightly dipped in egg and Panko and fried to perfection. This was one of the best meals of the trip.

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A Shinto shrine we visited another day in Tokyo. I love the vibrant red colors!

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I love the cute little lady squatting to take a picture behind us, haha!

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They have plastic food for restaurants, and it is all really well made! Almost as good as the real thing.

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One of the days we went to Disneyland Tokyo! Jon’s family used to live nearby so their mom would take them as kids, which I thought was so sweet. It was fun to hear all of the rides in Japanese. They also had all of the holiday themes/changes made to the rides,  so we heard all of the rides in Japanese with the Christmas themes. It was an experience! And it was nice to see all of the families with little kids enjoying the rides.

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On the jungle safari boat ride! At least I had a lot of fun, I don’t know about Jon though haha.

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At Disneyland, they had popcorn stands with different flavors all around the park. I really like the curry popcorn!

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That was our day at Disney!

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This was one of the Buddhist Shrines we went to outside of Tokyo. When we got to the top, we realized there was a wedding going on inside, which was nice to peak in on.

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This is what I call, “The Big Buddha”! It was huge! It looked even bigger in person.

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Buddha from the back. You can see how tall it is compared to the people around.

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Also outside of Tokyo was the Place of 1000 Buddhas. Apparently this is where loved ones would bring a Buddha statue if they had an baby die. The whole path was covered with small statues, which was both haunting and sweet. Some people bring small hats or sweaters to dress the statues to honor the children and their families.

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The view from the top of the place of 1000 Buddhas, it was beautiful.

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I think this one is so cute!

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Eating some soba noodles at a ramen shop. ALL of the food was so good!

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This was actually our last meal of the trip after we came back from Kyoto and before we flew out of Tokyo. It was one of the best, too! Another round of pork Katsu. So delicious with the curry.

Part 2 of Japan (Kyoto) to come soon!

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