Japan has been on the list of my “top countries to visit” for as long as I can remember. Well, I guess I crossed my fingers hard enough, because I got to explore the magical city of Tokyo this summer!
I traveled to Tokyo with one of my best friends, Tiana, for the ultimate girls’ getaway. We explored the quirky Harajuku District– eating fairytale cupcakes, spending WAY too much time in photo booths and even trying rainbow spaghetti. It is definitely the center of Japanese fashion and youth culture, and I love that “growing up” here is totally optional!
You also HAVE to check out the endless boutiques and vintage shops on Takeshita Street.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ve got to go to Kawaii Monster Café. This place offers a crazy, bright, once-in- a-lifetime experience. Kawaii means “cute” in Japanese culture and there really is nowhere cuter than this restaurant.
Another one of my favorite districts was Shibuya (famous for the Shibuya Crossing– one of the busiest intersections in the world). During rush hour, you’ll find more than 1,000 people crossing this famous spot. Shibuya is also home to some of the best karaoke spots and restaurants in all of Tokyo. We stumbled upon the highlight of our dining experiences in Tokyo in Shibuya, Narukiyo, where we had the best sashimi I’ve ever tasted.
Other highlights from the trip were the famous Robot Restaurant, an authentic Japanese cooking experience and Tsukiji Fish Market tour with Traveling Spoon, and exploring Golden Gai— an area of only a couple of blocks packed with tiny, 5-10 person capacity bars!
Whether you’re looking for the ultimate destination for a girl’s trip or are planning your first trip to Japan, look no further than Tokyo.