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We have been back from Japan for a week now, and I think we are finally back on a normal schedule and routine.  It was a 9 hour time zone change, which is just hard to do!  We were lucky to make it back when we did.  We had to sit on the runway in Tokyo for 2 hours because of fog, so we had to run like crazy through customs, immigration, and changing terminals to make our next flight.  Boarded the plane with about 2 minutes to spare!

We did so much in Japan, I figured I would share it with you in parts.  So the next couple Thursday Things will be the Japan edition, complete with lots of pictures!

A group of people sitting on the seat of a train

We flew from Denver to Dallas to Tokyo.  Luckily we had points to use, so we were able to get business class seats, or I am not sure how we would have done it!  It was about 14 hours from Dallas to Tokyo, and to make matters worse we left at noon.  It is hard enough to sleep on a plane, but doing it during the middle of the day is almost impossible.  We arrived in Tokyo at 4:30pm their time.  From the airport you have to take a 90 minute train ride into the city.  Our hotel was near Shinjuku, and thankfully that was a stop on the train, so we didn’t have to transfer our first night.  Shinjuku station is known as the busiest station in the world though, so arriving around 6:30 on a Thursday night means there are TONS of people.  We made it through, and didn’t get lost walking to our hotel.  Considering the station has some 200 exits, I consider this a huge success.  After checking in we found a Subway in the basement of our hotel, barely managed to stay awake to eat, and then crashed!

A young boy sitting on a train

The next morning we set out to see the Tokyo Sky Tree.  This newly constructed building is the tallest broadcast tower in the world.  The view from there is simply amazing!  It was the first time we had a sense how big Tokyo was.  We were up 350 meters in the air, had a 360 degree view, and there was city as far as the eye could see!

A view of Tokyo Skytree

We visited an area of Tokyo called Kappabashi-dori.  It is a restaurant supply street.  Store upon store of kitchen supplies!  Everything from huge deep fryers to chopsticks.  I picked up a few little wooded spoons and forks for props.


A large tower that has a chef on the side of a building

Everywhere you go in Tokyo there are people, tons and tons of people.  Harajuku on a Sunday afternoon was probably the busiest place I have ever been in my life.

A group of people walking down the street in front of a crowd

Shibuya is amazing at night.  Tall buildings, light up, and again, tons of people.  There are all sorts of little side streets around this area with restaurant upon restaurant to pick from.

led billboard

The famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing!

A group of people walking in front of a crowdOne of our days in Tokyo we decided to get out of the city a little and visit Mt. Takeo.  It is a very popular spot, as it is only minutes outside of Tokyo.  There were lots of different routes up or down.  The way we took down had a couple gorgeous temples along the way.

A man and a woman standing in front of a fence



We hit up a few museums in Tokyo as well.  The National Museum of Nature and Science had a fun hands on area for kids.  Even with very limited English displays we were able to explore and have fun.  The Edo-Tokyo Museum also had some fun hands on stuff to help illustrate life in old Japan.

kid by table

kid at museum

Japan was one of the most unique places I have ever visited.  It was an amazing trip, and something I am so glad we got to show our 7 year old.  He loved it, and is already talking about how he plans to live in Tokyo when he grows up!  Next week I will share some of the areas we visited outside of Tokyo.


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Friday 5th of April 2013

What a fantastic trip and adventure for your family! This is something your son will definitely never forget. :)

Emily @ Life on Food

Friday 5th of April 2013

Business class is the best. I can barely handle a 3 hour time change. I cannot imagine the 9 hour difference. Glad you could take a nice long trip. Cannot wait see the rest of the adventures.


Thursday 4th of April 2013

Yay :) Miles should only be used for upgrades :) It is tough to travel overseas and even harder if you are not very comfortable. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Your pictures and post reminded me a lot of when I visited Japan a long, long time ago. I also enjoyed it a lot. Welcome back home!


Thursday 4th of April 2013

I'm so glad you're sharing pics of your trip, I've been keeping my fingers crossed and hoping you would! :) Tokyo looks like a blast, though I'm not sure I'd have been able to handle those massive crowds - yikes!

Kate @ Kate from Scratch

Thursday 4th of April 2013

Looks like a wonderful trip! So cool! Great to have you back, though, of course!

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