Tokyo has become my second home. Here are a few things that were reinforced during this most recent visit:
1. It’s hot in August. Really hot.
2. Visit Hachiko at Shibuya Station. Even though I’ve seen him five times this year, he still managed to surprise me—an older Japanese man decided that Hachi should watch over his kittens, pictured below.
3. Sashimi bowls at Tsukiji Market continue to satisfy. (Tsukiji Market has officially moved. If you want this bowl, go to Ichiban.)
4. Nissan Crossing in Ginza is cool.
5. If you’re hot, and if you’re looking for a fun way to cool off, go to one of the many Karaoke Kan establishments in Tokyo.
6. Eat gyoza.
7. For an unusual Chinatown experience, go to one in Japan. (This one is in Yokohama. *Tip of the hat to LaShawn at The Yokohama Life.)
8. If you’re traveling with kids, Cup Noodle fans, or a really enthusiastic mom, go to the CupNoodles Museum in Yokohama where, among other things, you can make your own Cup Noodle!
. . . and have a photo taken with the inventor.
9. If you’re a ramen-head, check out the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. You’ll get a history of ramen (and how it came from China to Japan—and how Japanese ramen differs greatly from Chinese ramen). Then, you can go downstairs where there are several ramen restaurants.
One restaurant had miso ramen. I recommend it.
10. Baseball games in Japan are fun. If you’re in Tokyo, check out a Yomiuri Giants game at the Tokyo Dome.
And sit in left field if you wish to be among the most spirited Japanese spectators!
Try to learn the songs:
11. Eat soba.
12. And while I’m not a big Disney fan, if you’re at Tokyo Disney Sea during the summer, and if you’ve lined up to watch the Pirates of the Carribean show, and if you hear over the loud speakers that you “might” get wet . . . consider the video below.
LAX-ICN Singapore Airlines 777-300, First Class (I wrote about the flight here.)
(And then a three-day stopover in Seoul.)
ICN-NRT Asiana Airlines A380, Business Class
NRT-SFO United Airlines 787-900, Polaris
SFO-LAX United Airlines 737-900, Economy
*All flights were paid for with points. Contact me if you have questions.