My first trip to Japan in 2017: Part II

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.

One thought on “My first trip to Japan in 2017: Part II

  1. Can’t wait to read more of your adventures in Japan 🙂 it must be a special memory this one of Tokyo early in the morning, with your coffee in the streets eheh stay safe Matt and greetings from Portugal, PedroL


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