I have been trying to convince my hermit-crab of a family to travel to Japan for the longest time and when they finally agreed to two weeks, I was thrilled and planned our itinerary by the hour. We went to Tokyo for 5 days total in mid April 2019.
However, travelling with my family was not as exciting as I thought it would be as everyone had specific dietary requirements and I was sooo stressed the entire time trying to find restaurants that fitted 7 people and catered to their needs 😑 Guess I lived and learned 🤦🏻♀️ lol. Anyways this was our travel summary.
On the Sunday 14/04/19, I met my family at Haneda Airport at 7 AM. After picking up their pocket wifi, I took them back to Shinagawa Tobu Hotel to check in and then we headed out for Odaiba for the Teamlab Borderless exhibition. Not many things were opened yet so we had 7/11 food for breakfast.
We went to Senso-ji Temple next where we had some snacks along Nakamise Shopping street and stopped by Ichiran (Asakusa) for a late lunch. We went back to rest and then had some CoCo Curry (franchise) near the hotel. I had originally planned to visit Akihabara but alas, hermit crabs.
Monday was very eventful. We started the morning at Shibuya, did typical tourist activities like the famous crossing and exploring the shopping district, and then walked towards Meiji Shrine and the famous Takeshita street in Harajuku. We had Hanamaru Udon for lunch.
In the afternoon, we trained it to Shinjuku where we had Yamachan for dinner. The next day we checked out and went to Kyoto, Osaka and then Seoul before flying back in to Haneda Airport a week later.
The first day back in Tokyo, we spent it in Shibuya, helping my sister find a limited pair of adidas shoes. My parents said they loved Japan a lot more than South Korea because of the vibe, cleanliness and scenery, even though they love their k-dramas. We found a random ramen store for lunch.
The next day, we took a bus out of Shinjuku's hub to Chiba to visit my parent's friend. The ride was 1.5 hours direct. In Chiba, we went to Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, a major shopping outlet with 150 stores. We had Matcha-Ya as a quick snack and for dinner, we had shabu shabu. We didn't get back to Tokyo until 9 PM.
This photo was taken from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
On our final day, after checking out at 11 AM, I wanted to go to Tsukiji Market however it was pouring and we didn't want to drag our luggage with us. We ended up heading for Haneda Airport way too early for our 9 PM flight and hung out at the airport for ~7 hours. Regrets. This is what happens when you fly cheap 😕 By the end of the two weeks, I was more exhausted than I had been during my 3 months abroad in Europe/Asia. Word of advice, do not travel with family *sigh* LOL.
Thanks for reading. Jaa-ne!