Tokyo, Japan: Part 2

Ah, yes, wow, is this really happening? We have arrived to the final installment of my Japan posts. It’s not like we have seen two changing seasons go by since I’ve been there or anything. It truly feels like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders for finally posting the last half of this trip. I no longer have to lay in bed awake at night wondering how many people I am disappointing by saying I would post the things we did in Tokyo, and then not posting it. Or being upset at just myself for yet another day going by to where I still. Haven’t. Posted. This. Dang. Trip. I’ve thought numerous times to myself, “Should I just give up on this… would people even still care? Would people even remember that I made this promise to them that I would show them Japan? Is this even relevant? Am I even relevant?” What a mess. What am I even doing. Who even is reADING THIS.

Anyway. Thank you for being patient, and thank you for even being here, really. I realize these posts are really long. And there are so many aspiring bloggers out there with perhaps much better content, who are much more consistent, and yet… here you are. With me. And that makes me feel real special * holds your face close to my face in gratitude *

 There are two kinds of people in this world: those who wake up at 6am and make a 40 minute trek to stand in line for a TICKET to eat ramen LATER IN THE AFTERNOON, and those who do not. There are also people who look at ramen and think, how can something I can make in 10 minutes in my dorm room for a dollar be THAT special to wait in line for? Jay and I are ramen people. I honestly believe that a bowl of salty hot broth with noodles is one of the most perfect meals. To have the opportunity to eat ramen in its birthplace is such a treat, and of course, we were wanting to try the best of the best. Well, at least the first best of the best. Tsuta Ramen is the first ramen restaurant in the world to receive a Michelin Star.  The trek to Tsuta was a process. Tsuta was about a 30 minute train ride from our hotel and it’s not a place that you can just walk in and dine, or even call ahead of time for reservations. The restaurant seats maybe 10 people at a time and has a certain amount of tickets that they give out each day for customers to dine in. I’ve never experienced something sop.. exclusive like that before. Basically, Jay and I woke up at 6 am to stand in line and wait for them to hand out tickets around 7am. When we got our ticket, it had a certain time where we can come back and you can either request for lunch or dinner. We got 4 tickets, two for us and two for my cousin and his friend for the afternoon. We went back to our hotel, got ready, did some sight seeing, and hopped on the train back to Tsuta where our hot bowl of soothing, decadent ramen awaited us.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who wake up at 6am and make a 40 minute trek to stand in line for a TICKET to eat ramen LATER IN THE AFTERNOON, and those who do not. There are also people who look at ramen and think, how can something I can make in 10 minutes in my dorm room for a dollar be THAT special to wait in line for? Jay and I are ramen people. I honestly believe that a bowl of salty hot broth with noodles is one of the most perfect meals. To have the opportunity to eat ramen in its birthplace is such a treat, and of course, we were wanting to try the best of the best. Well, at least the first best of the best. Tsuta Ramen is the first ramen restaurant in the world to receive a Michelin Star. The trek to Tsuta was a process. Tsuta was about a 30 minute train ride from our hotel and it’s not a place that you can just walk in and dine, or even call ahead of time for reservations. The restaurant seats maybe 10 people at a time and has a certain amount of tickets that they give out each day for customers to dine in. I’ve never experienced something sop.. exclusive like that before. Basically, Jay and I woke up at 6 am to stand in line and wait for them to hand out tickets around 7am. When we got our ticket, it had a certain time where we can come back and you can either request for lunch or dinner. We got 4 tickets, two for us and two for my cousin and his friend for the afternoon. We went back to our hotel, got ready, did some sight seeing, and hopped on the train back to Tsuta where our hot bowl of soothing, decadent ramen awaited us.
 Here it is! I was so shy to take pictures because the dining setting felt so small and intimate. They seat you right in front of the chefs and you watch them cook your bowl of ramen. They have other foods there, but of course I had to try their popular truffle ramen. Every bite was so delectable. The noodles were the perfect consistency of soft and chewy, the pork was tender, the broth was like nothing I’ve ever tasted back home. Just slurp after slurp of pure joy tbh.
Here it is! I was so shy to take pictures because the dining setting felt so small and intimate. They seat you right in front of the chefs and you watch them cook your bowl of ramen. They have other foods there, but of course I had to try their popular truffle ramen. Every bite was so delectable. The noodles were the perfect consistency of soft and chewy, the pork was tender, the broth was like nothing I’ve ever tasted back home. Just slurp after slurp of pure joy tbh.
 Alex’s bowl
Alex’s bowl
 Hachi statue in Shibuya
Hachi statue in Shibuya

Shibuya Crossing. The busiest intersection in the worrrrllllddd weow weow

 After walking around and shopping in Shibuya, we walked to Yayogi park, sat on the grass, relaxed, and people watched.
After walking around and shopping in Shibuya, we walked to Yayogi park, sat on the grass, relaxed, and people watched.
 Hello it me
Hello it me
 Fuglen Coffeeshop across from Yayogi Park
Fuglen Coffeeshop across from Yayogi Park
 Artsy pic of Jay. We took the subway back to Shinjuku, ate some burgers lol, and I think did some more walking and shopping.
Artsy pic of Jay. We took the subway back to Shinjuku, ate some burgers lol, and I think did some more walking and shopping.
 The next morning, we woke up wanting to go to the Cup Noodles Museum, but realized it was closed :( We actually didn’t plan on going to Tokyo Disney Sea during this trip, but Jay convinced me that we should check it out while we were here. To be honest, as much as I love Disney movies, I’ve never been that gung-ho about Disneyland. I’ve had a lot of great memories as a kid going there but I just thought, why go to Disneyland in Japan when we have it in America? I messaged one of my friends that went to Tokyo Disney Sea and I asked him if it was worth it, and he also said that it was worth it to go. And wow wow, I’m so glad we went because it was   so cool.
The next morning, we woke up wanting to go to the Cup Noodles Museum, but realized it was closed 😦 We actually didn’t plan on going to Tokyo Disney Sea during this trip, but Jay convinced me that we should check it out while we were here. To be honest, as much as I love Disney movies, I’ve never been that gung-ho about Disneyland. I’ve had a lot of great memories as a kid going there but I just thought, why go to Disneyland in Japan when we have it in America? I messaged one of my friends that went to Tokyo Disney Sea and I asked him if it was worth it, and he also said that it was worth it to go. And wow wow, I’m so glad we went because it was so cool.
 I really fell in love with how they designed this theme park to be all water or sea-front related. It made us feel like we were in different parts of the world with the sea all around us.
I really fell in love with how they designed this theme park to be all water or sea-front related. It made us feel like we were in different parts of the world with the sea all around us.
 Indian curry in Disneyland.
Indian curry in Disneyland.
 Tiramisu ice cream sandwich and hazelnut chocolate bar mmmm.
Tiramisu ice cream sandwich and hazelnut chocolate bar mmmm.
 The aliens from Toy Story in mochi form.
The aliens from Toy Story in mochi form.
 Probably my favorite part about Tokyo Disney Sea was being able to try the different theme park foods that are unique to Japan, like this potato churro, a savory variation to our beloved cinnamon sugar churro back home, I love both tbh. It’s like… eating a warm, crunchy, yet chewy, mashed potato stick? Is that an appetizing description?
Probably my favorite part about Tokyo Disney Sea was being able to try the different theme park foods that are unique to Japan, like this potato churro, a savory variation to our beloved cinnamon sugar churro back home, I love both tbh. It’s like… eating a warm, crunchy, yet chewy, mashed potato stick? Is that an appetizing description?
 Ugh, I loved Mermaid Lagoon so much. Look at the colors! I had Jay take so many pictures of me here heh.
Ugh, I loved Mermaid Lagoon so much. Look at the colors! I had Jay take so many pictures of me here heh.
 Tokyo Disney Sea was probably one of Jay and I’s favorites of the trip. It was so much fun.
Tokyo Disney Sea was probably one of Jay and I’s favorites of the trip. It was so much fun.

Our last day.

 Visited more parks in Tokyo in the morning. This is Shinjuku Goyen Park and it’s huuuuuge. I was still sad that we missed the cherry blossom season, otherwise all of these trees would be covered in pink. Sigh. But it was still peaceful and a nice park to visit.
Visited more parks in Tokyo in the morning. This is Shinjuku Goyen Park and it’s huuuuuge. I was still sad that we missed the cherry blossom season, otherwise all of these trees would be covered in pink. Sigh. But it was still peaceful and a nice park to visit.
 Udon shop! I don’t remember the name of this place, but it was a Yelp find in Shinjuku.
Udon shop! I don’t remember the name of this place, but it was a Yelp find in Shinjuku.
 I loved this bowl of udon so much…. it was so simple. Just handmade udon noodles made in front of you with miso butter and an egg.
I loved this bowl of udon so much…. it was so simple. Just handmade udon noodles made in front of you with miso butter and an egg.
 Found this cute cafe in Harajuku where they made 3D latte art. So cute. I died.
Found this cute cafe in Harajuku where they made 3D latte art. So cute. I died.

Writing this post so late after our trip, it’s hard for me to remember what else we did on our last day. I remember we walked a lot in Harajuku because it was one of our favorite spots and we wanted to keep shopping. I’m always a sucker for city views, so when it started to get late, we headed to Roppongi where they had an observatory in the Mori Art Museum where you can see the whole city. I’m kicking myself so hard right now because I realized after we came back from Japan that the Digital Art Lab Museum was IN the MORI BUILDING and I didn’t get to see it. AND I WAS RIGHT THERE. Crying forever and ever about missing cool art stuff. UgHHHHSHDHhhsjfka ;dhf lasdfa

 Mori Art gift shop.
Mori Art gift shop.
 Lil robots.
Lil robots.
 We ate our way through Japan and deciding what our last meal would be was difficult. We hadn’t tried any Izakayas yet, so we found this spot in Roppongi and like everything we ate, it did not disappoint. Izakaya is like Japanese tapas. It was so laid back and casual. They had us take off our shoes, and we sat in front of the grill where the chefs and cooks were entertaining us the whole time and treating us like we were guests in their house. They were so friendly, hospitable, high energy, and we tried almost everything on their menu lol. A great way to end our trip.
We ate our way through Japan and deciding what our last meal would be was difficult. We hadn’t tried any Izakayas yet, so we found this spot in Roppongi and like everything we ate, it did not disappoint. Izakaya is like Japanese tapas. It was so laid back and casual. They had us take off our shoes, and we sat in front of the grill where the chefs and cooks were entertaining us the whole time and treating us like we were guests in their house. They were so friendly, hospitable, high energy, and we tried almost everything on their menu lol. A great way to end our trip.
 Thanks for taking our pics and also wanting selfies lol.
Thanks for taking our pics and also wanting selfies lol.
 Happy stomachs. Happily buzzed.
Happy stomachs. Happily buzzed.

Until our next trip 🙂 Hope we can see you again, Japan.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s