Tokyo > Hong Kong | Don’t Miss The Train!

I travel a lot. I’ve spent the best part of the last 6 years going from airport to airport across the world. As such, I’d consider myself a bit of a “pro” when it comes to flights. Alas, this mini-trip to Tokyo wasn’t too well-thought-out back in April when we booked it: The flight departure…

Tokyo Day 4 | Sensoji and Tori No Ichi

When I was growing up (in Cambridge) my family would often host students to stay with us while they attended university – somewhat like AirBnB for students! My gran had one-such Japanese student named Nobby in the early 1990s, and he was around for almost 5 years. Fast forward 20 years and he still comes…

Tokyo Day 3 | Meiji Jingu and Roppongi

We were determined to get out and see Meiji Jingu Shrine after our failed attempt yesterday. Again we struggled a little with starting early – I think we’re just about caught up on that red eye now.  We polished off a persimmon for breakfast and walked to our local subway station, heading towards Yoyogi Park.  Today felt a little…

Tokyo Day 2 | Shinjuku, Harajuku and Shibuya

So it’s day 2 in Tokyo (although technically we arrived midday yesterday, so we’re half-counting this as full-day 1) and we have our eyes firmly set on some big views. We’re a little slow to rise today, out of the apartment around midday, and decided to make lunch our first stop.  Jane and I have…

Tokyo Day 1 | Tokyo SkyTree and Pokémon Centre

It’s Tuesday afternoon and we’ve spent the last three hours catching up on missed sleep from our delayed flight. Now it’s time to take our first look at what Tokyo has to offer! First on the list was to figure out the transit system. We know our local subway stop is Shin-Okachimachi (the taxi driver’s repetition is…

Hong Kong > Tokyo | Unexpected Delay and Red-Eye Flight

Our Monday was supposed to consist of flying to Tokyo at lunchtime and enjoying our first night in a new city. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be – at around 8am we woke up to see the dreaded “Flight Delay” email from Jetstar. Instead of a 1:55PM (Monday lunchtime) flight we had been pushed back…

Before Tokyo: Jane’s Top 5 Picks

Somehow, creating a Top 5 list for Tokyo was not too difficult. And yet, I’m still overwhelmed by the fact that we only have four full days in the Japanese capital! I better put my walking shoes on. It’s going to be a hectic one! Here are the five things I’m most looking forward to…

Before Tokyo: Darren’s Top 5 Picks

With only five nights in Tokyo there’s going to be a lot to pack in. Here’s what I’m thinking of my Top 5! 5. Senso-ji and the Asakusa Neighbourhood A must-see 7th century Buddhist Temple that offers exceptional architecture and traditions. The Main Hall adheres to the day, and seems to open at sunrise (6am) and closes at sunset (5pm). It’s…