If you follow my Twitter or Instagram you may have read somewhere along the way that I’m booking myself to go to Japan this year, hopefully November to start my world travels. I’ve been planning this since around January and it’s finally coming to the time where I can book my time away which is SO exciting. It’s difficult to even contain just how excited I am because it’ll literally be just me, a camera and a suitcase conquering Tokyo and hopefully Kyoto (if I can brave the Shinkansen). Japan has always been of massive interest to me ever since I was a little girl; the language, the crazy cultural differences and rather questionable fashion styles are all contributing factors to why I love this country, and why even more-so I chose to go here in Asia before anywhere else (sorry South Korea, I still love you).
I got asked a few months ago when I first started my blog if I would ever do a post on what I want to do in Japan, sort of like a bucket list so I’ve decided that there’s no better time to do it than now, just weeks before I finalise my trip away to the beautiful little island that is Japan. I may start the ‘bucket list’ as a series of what I want to do when I visit some countries.
Shibuya Crossing is obviously a must for anyone in the close districts of Shibuya, Shinjuku, etc. when in Tokyo as it is hugely iconic and seen in some big movies such as Tokyo Drift. Famous for its “scramble crossing” and how busy it is daily, Shibuya Crossing is a must-see for me, but not only just crossing it, my goal is to sit at the window of the busiest Starbucks in the world, sip a latte, write in my notebook and watch passers-by.
SHOPPING IN GINZA
Tokyo is known for the amazing (sometimes wacky and wonderful) fashion tastes you can spot on certain streets, to differ from this and feel somewhat “normal”, Ginza is on my to-go-to list. Considering that I’m going as part of my birthday treat, what better than to shop on one of the best streets in the world for shopping? Ginza is known to be home to Cartier jewels, Louis Vuitton boutiques and Chanel stores dotted about the place. Help me, my purse will be empty.
Akihabara is my dreams projected into reality. I’m a huge lover of traditional Japanese Anime and Manga and Akihabara is the place for people who love it as much as I do. In Akihabara, you can see the cutest girls dressed in the best and somewhat attractive cosplay EVER. Which is why I’m going to visit a Maid Café where you are served by a lady dressed in maid cosplay and you can take Polaroid photos together. It’s the dream of all dreams. I’m so excited!
TOKYO SKY TREE
Ascending the Tokyo Sky Tree is a huge thing for someone who has a really bad fear of heights when it comes to buildings, especially because the Sky Tree is the second tallest structure in the entire world – yes, it’s taller than the Empire State Building. Considering I got over my fear of fish in the Dominican Republic, I want to overcome my irrational fear of tall buildings/structures when in Japan – the Sky Tree will sure make this happen when I see those incredible views of the city.
TOKYO IMPERIAL PALACE
The Tokyo Imperial Palace is home to Japan’s Emperor, it is some of the most beautiful grounds in the world and the Palace itself is evaluated by some real estate developers to be worth more than all real estate in California altogether. I can’t wait to be all embarrassingly touristy here, it’s the sort of stuff I am hugely interested in. Japanese architecture is my favourite (well, second to old Glasgow).
Okay so technically it won’t be snowing in Japan at the time I go to visit, but this is still a stunning yet somewhat haunting photo of the famous and highly popular entrance to the Meiji Shrine. Meiji Shrine is the busiest shrine in Japan, according to sources as no matter what, there’s almost always an event going on, whether it be rituals, a wedding, a ceremony or event. I’m excited to see Japanese culture at such a beautiful and quaint place.
SHINJUKU GYOEN PARK
Now, I know what you’re thinking… “that’s not Japan, that’s the Empire State Building and Central Park!” but actually, that IS Tokyo – the resemblance to New York City’s most famous spots is crazy. I’m actually going to be staying in the lively district of Shinjuku and my hotel is mere blocks away from this stunning park. Apparently, the cherry blossoms during Hanami in this park are some of the most beautiful sights in the world.
Okay, I confess that I have never been to Disneyland. Not even Paris, which is shocking for me, a huge kid at heart. However, I thought that maybe this year could be my year of finally getting to go, and what better than by myself so I can be a total child without having to worry about embarrassing anyone I know?!
Ah yes, another architectural masterpiece in the beautiful city of Tokyo. The Tokyo Tower resembles the Eiffel Tower ever so slights, but what differs it is the vibrant orange and white horizontal stripes making up the structural colour of the Tokyo Tower. It’s an incredibly popular tourist attraction in Tokyo, so naturally, I must go.
Last, but certainly not least, Sensō-ji Temple is an absolute must to fulfil my love for old Japanese architecture. This is Tokyo’s oldest temple, thus one of the most significant as it is a Buddhist temple. The pagoda style roofing is my favourite, it’s absolutely beautiful and I think I’ll need a few memory cards for my camera when I go here.
And there we have it, my long compiled list of things I must do when I make my way across the world to visit lovely Japan. Obviously, I have a lot more in mind but these are just my top things I simply need to do otherwise I will feel unfulfilled. I have a checklist though which includes trying authentic Japanese ramen, take Purikura photos, visit Kyoto (if I have the time, and money for the Shinkansen), visit Yoyogi Park on a Sunday, take a walk in Harajuku, spend a lot of money on Cat Street, visit a Cat Café (even though I have a severe allergy to cats…), try sushi, even though I cannot stand fish, sing karaoke with some Japanese people, visit Kabukicho (red light district) and try catch a Sumo match. Those are just some of the things I want to do, I’ll probably need more time so here’s hoping I can manage to stay longer than a single week.
I hope I haven’t bored you to death and if you made the end of this post then thank you! I just felt like sharing what my plans were for Japan and hopefully start a series of bucket list posts on where I want to visit and what I want to do when I visit these places. If you have ever been to Japan, or even live in Japan (that would be so cool) please share some of your favourite place you have been to – I would love to hear about them.
*none of these photos are taken by me or belong to me. all credit goes to rightful owners*