There are still plenty of days when I have to pinch myself, take a step back and remember I live in Japan. When I’m stuck inside for days at a time working, it can be easy to forget I’m somewhere meant to be explored as much as possible. That’s the crucial part of making the most of this experience — because you never really know how long it will last.
Last week I had the chance to be a tourist in my own town for a day, exploring some new and some familiar sights around Tokyo along with a fellow American blogger, Matt Stabile (Side Note: I found out he and his wife currently live on the exact street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, I used to live on. Craziness.).
While it may seem redundant to go back to places I’ve frequented often, it’s nice to be reminded of how fascinating they are when you experience them again through the eyes of a newcomer. I get to see how much I’ve learned and put my knowledge — and still-limited Japanese — to the test. I’m also reminded of how much of Tokyo, let alone Japan, I have left to see. It reinvigorates me to get out there.
Enjoy this tour of essential spots in Tokyo to visit that I’d highly recommend to anyone visiting Japan. Be sure to check back later this week to see what happened when we left the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to immerse ourselves in a much different pace up north.