With many direct flights from Seattle to Tokyo, this was an optimal first stop on our 3 week (omggggg soooo lonnnggg) tour of Japan. First time in Asia for both me and Cary, what an amazing treat to spend such a long time traveling and exploring.
I was a little worried I might be overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of such a big city, especially after flying across the Pacific ocean for 10 hours, so I booked our first airbnb in the quiet-ish neighborhood of Koenji. Turned out to be an awesome spot, full of little cafes and vintage shops (although vintage shopping in Japan wasn’t quite as exciting as I had hoped, lots of American/western goods that were way pricier than what I’d find in Fremont). I loved walking through the streets with hardly any tourists, feeling like I was getting a slice of day-to-day living in Tokyo.
Major takeaway from this part of the trip: everything is so compact! Tiny rooms, tiny fridges, tiny bathrooms with many functions close together (like an all in one shower/toilet/sink area). Shops and restaurants are a lot smaller, usually only 4 or 5 tables and a bar. Even the school play area is fenced off with high nets so it can be right next to apartments and shops. Weirdly didn’t feel claustrophobic though, I think because nothing was too tall in this neighborhood and there was plenty of greenery.