I remember my first full day in Japan. I remember it was way too early in the morning (nothing was open), cold out, and I was beyond nervous to wander the streets of Tokyo by myself. But I found coffee, packed up my bag, and made my way into the streets of the Tokyo for the first time in my life (first time traveling international too).
I did a variety of group tours while exploring Tokyo, the longest being a full day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone, but the first day was the most interesting. Getting up too early meant walking the empty streets of Roppongi at 7 AM, looking for coffee and not finding a thing. Nothing was open yet except for a McDonald’s, so that was it! I sat in an empty McDonalds at 7:30 AM, trying to wrap my mind around where I was and what I was doing. This was real, I was on my own in a foreign country. It was all on me to make the most of it and I did.
While I enjoyed the entire trip, the first day was the best day. I saw Tokyo Tower, several shrines, got to walk and explore a lot of Roppongi, and wrapped up the evening with some local yakitori and brew at a small izakaya called Kushimura. It was just a perfect start to this trip and something that has propelled me since to want to travel more and has now led to this blog. I had finally accomplished a life long goal and could finally catch my breath after a whirlwind of a few days of travel and nerves.
I will be blogging about my most recent trip in November 2019 back to Japan, but with the start of this new blog, I wanted to recap quickly the 2017 trip. It shattered every norm I had known for my life and it was worth it. It opened my eyes to the much larger world that is out there.