#4: Tokyo

I recently had a chance to spend four nights in Tokyo.  The largest city in the world definitely lives up to the hype, but my goodness there are so many people it’s draining to just walk on the streets lol.  I experienced the nightlife, walked a ton around the city, and visited temples but the highlight of my trip was actually the Owl Cafe.  Japan is pretty big on animal cafes and honestly none of them interest me but some of the other guests at the hostel told me about Owl Cafes and I was super intrigued.

Here’s a list of the touristy attractions I knocked out during my stay (some pics below):

  • Sensō-ji Temple – Tokyo’s oldest temple.  The temple also has a pagoda but when I arrived I found out that its being renovated until September 2017, oh well.  The outer gate is still the main symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Skytree – cool building and landmark of Tokyo.  Unfortunately I’m a cheap ass right now on a backpacker’s budget and I didn’t want to pay $30 just to go up to the observatory deck, hah!
  • Shibuya Crossing – had to experience the scramble of this place, it was madness.
  • Tokyo Tower – who needs the Eiffel Tower?!  This one is slightly taller anyway 🙂
  • Meiji Shrine Inner Garden – this was a really nice place to take a walk that leads to Meiji Jingu.  There are wooden wishing plaques here and you can also write your own. I wrote one myself for the two most important things to me right now: safety in travels and good health among my family and friends back home.
  • Shinjuku Golden Gai – This was a super cool area to experience the nightlife in Tokyo; six tiny alleys consisting of nearly two-hundred bars.  Definitely a bit expensive but there are so many people that go out here and it’s a lot of fun.  I don’t have any pictures but at the end of the day a bar is a bar right?

-Stephen <-Link to Profile



8 thoughts on “#4: Tokyo

  1. Cool post – I’m going to Tokyo next week! Was wondering what your thoughts are on the owl cafe: Did you feel it was worth it? I read that a lot of people felt sad abt the owls.. I want to go but I don’t want to come out feeling depressed :/


    1. Thanks! Yep I had the same thoughts before I went, but the one I visited treated the owls extremely well. When visitors aren’t there they usually don’t tie them to anything and they have their own room to roam around. I’ve heard some bad things about other cafes in Japan where the animals seem drugged up, but that wasn’t the case here.


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