Tokyo has always been at the top of my ‘must visit' list. Maybe it comes from my complete obsession with Sailor Moon or my undying love for sushi; regardless I had to get there.
In June of 2011, Matt's step brother got married in Korea. Since we were going to be on the other side of the world anyway, we figured that a trip to another country was necessary. Although I had been dying to go to Japan, the earthquake had recently hit and we weren't sure how safe it would be. So instead, we looked into China.
If you're planning on going to China, plan ahead. Because, yeah, we did not and were not able to get visas in time. Oops. After some reconsideration, Japan was beginning to look like a reality.
The original plan was to stay in Tokyo for about 3 or 4 days but that got pushed down to 2 – we were in Kyoto first and decided to extend our time there by a few days. We basically spent all of our time in Tokyo eating, drinking and being stared at by the locals.
The highlight of the trip was going to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Unfortunately we were not able to see the actual auction (it had been closed to the public due to the earthquake) but the most amazing, fresh sashimi I had ever had certainly made up for that. We waited in line for more than 1 hour, ordered about 10 minutes before we were allowed to go inside and then were ushered into a small restaurant (fit about 10-12 people around a bar) where we crammed freshly caught deliciousness into our mouths as quickly as we could so the next people could get in. Truly a wonderfully unique experience.