Trip to Japan | Tokyo


On the left is the Washington Hotel and the tall building in the background is Park Hyatt Hotel. 
From Tokyo's waterfront - just before we found out that we were too late for experiencing the Tsukiji fish market 
Yoyogi tree tops, filled with giant spiders :S
The giant Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi park
Ghibli Museum - unfortunately you're not allowed to take pictures inside, but it's really cute from the outside as well
Laputa robot on top of the museum
amazing view from the New York Grill
The first four days of our trip we spent in Tokyo, which is no near enough time for really exploring (and enjoying) the city, and unfortunately we missed the first day there due to a typhoon that delayed our flight from Amsterdam with eight hours. So we ran around like crazy fools the first three days and didn't really have time to enjoy it all fully - too eager to see as much as possible. Definitely not the best plan. However, what I saw was amazing and I hope to be able to go back some day to experience it all in-depth. 

The first three nights, we stayed at the Washington Hotel. It was really only a place to sleep, but the location was great in the Shinjuku area (with all the neon signs and busy business men), next to the government building and the Park Hyatt Hotel. The last night in Tokyo, we made the best decision and stayed at the Park Hyatt (where our all-time favourite movie, Lost in Translation, took place). 

Tuesday, we just walked down through Shinjuku, through the beautiful Yoyogi park to the Harajuku area (where all the cosplayers allegedly hang out on Sundays) and ended up at the crazy big Shibuya crossing. At that time, I was so tired that Mads had to take one for the team, and figure out how to take the metro back to Shinjuku, where the tour ended in the top of the government building with a stunning view of the city. In the evening, we had made reservations at the New York Grill in the top of Park Hyatt, and if you ever find yourself in Tokyo, you should definitely visit that place, if only for a drink. It was magical. 

Wednesday, the main activity was to visit the Ghibli Museum - which I have been looking forward to for months! If you don't know it already, Studio Ghibli is sort of the Japanese counterpart to Disney - just (in my opinion) much, much better. Hayao Miyazaki's animated films are so beautiful and moving, and I can see them again and again. My favourites are Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo and Porco Rosso and Kiki's Delivery Service and.. ok I'll stop here. It's really hard to choose, so do yourself a favour and watch them ;-) The museum was awesome, with so many small and quirky details from the films.

On our last full day in the city, we started at the Tsukiji fish marked, but unfortunately we came a bit too late, and most stalls had already closed. Such a shame. Instead we headed for the Ginza area and paid visit to the Royal Copenhagen main store. It might sound a bit silly for a Dane to visit RC in Japan, but I had done some research on beforehand and found out that they sell some special Asian items that we can't purchase in Denmark. So I bought two (sushi) plates and a small vase that I'll soon show - and that was actually some of the only shopping I did on the entire trip. However, generally I must say, the service level in Japan is unbelievable - especially compared to the often grumpy and bad service you get in Denmark. Every time, we walked into a store, we were treated like royalties, even if it was just a 7/11 we walked into.

So that was Tokyo, and in the afternoon, we checked in at Park Hyatt. But more about that in another post ;-)


  1. Wow Tokyo is such a beautiful city. thankyou for mentioning all the details about your trip. after reading your post i cant wait to go to Japan.


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