Japan hadn’t always been my to-go list until this past year. Along the time, hearing friends’ stories and pictures flying online sparked my interest in visiting Japan. It wasn’t easy planning this trip but we made it through. After months and months of researching, airlines and hotels were booked. Off we went to Japan. I had never fully experienced what autumn really liked. When I was in the States I spent most of my time in California. Even though the weather was nice in autumn (clear sky and less fog) but autumn wasn’t so visible over there. That’s why I had a high hope prior to this trip.
We decided only to visit Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto given our short period of time. We did not want to rush to get our checklist done. And 2 weeks were clearly not enough. We arrived at Haneda, Tokyo in the morning. Just like little kids going on a trip, we were pretty stoked. After going through the immigration process, we took the subway to the city. I was pretty lost, but Hans was an expert in reading maps. He was the brain in our marriage, clearly! Haha. The subway system was complicated at first but once you understand the color system I think you’re all good.
Japan was chillier than what we both thought, a light sweater just wouldn’t do. On our way to the hotel we had to open our luggage on the side of the road just to get our coat and scarf out. To tell you the truth, the first couple of days in Tokyo weren’t like what we expected. But what did we expect? Perfect weather? Pile of leaves on all of the roads? Sometimes you just have adapt at what life throws at you. And I think there’s where the fun begins.
Tokyo is indeed a strange place. And oddly, Hans and I enjoyed it very much, even though we gravitate more toward the quiet and suburban towns. But minutes from the very busy city streets, you can find a tranquil garden/park or even a shrine nearby. Which was perfect for us. There’s only so much hustle and bustle one can take before she or he must escape to a quieter area. And that’s exactly what we did.
The weather has gotten colder but the colors had yet to come out to play. But it’s all good, we both actually enjoyed our time there so much we could care less about the colors 🙂 I’ll break down the story into couple of posts as there’s so many pictures I want to share.