Armed with about 4 hours of sleep, we got up and dressed, ate a little breakfast, and headed out to our first destination: Hamarikyu Garden.
We took the train to Shiodome station (purchased an all day pass) and had to walk maybe 5 minutes to arrive at Hamarikyu Garden. Though there was a slight nip in the air, the sun was shining, the people were out and about, and the garden was simply beautiful! Who knew such a hidden gem is tucked away in the middle of a busy city?
Unbeknownst to us, there was a tea house located within the garden.
We decided to stop for 2 cups of Matcha and shared a Wagashi.
You can read about our experience here:
While exploring the #Hamarikyu Gardens, @mcsadsarin and I decided to stop by a tea house in Nakashima that’s in the middle of the pond. . Of course, before entering you have to take off your shoes (make sure you don’t have on those hole-in-the-toe socks you’ve been hoarding 😐 I’m talking to you (and myself), Fam) and greet the host. You then order whatever you’d like from the menu and take a seat in a designated area. There are no chairs so you’ve gotta get low (no furniture inside actually, though you can have a seat outside on a bench – make sure to wear the provided slippers)! . We ordered two Matcha (green) teas 🍵 and Wagashi, a Japanese sweet 🍥, to share. If you know me you know I love my herbal teas! I was so excited to try it so I dove in. Y’all – I was sipping on the realest tea I’ve ever tasted. If you’re not into the “earthy” taste then this may not be for you (though the 🍥 will help sweeten the taste). Once I completed the cup, I wiped it clean and sat there in gratitude. ☺️ . Such an awesome experience. . One cup down, many more to come 💜 | #Tokyo 🇯🇵 #travelnoire
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Once we finished our treat and our teas, we walked throughout the garden admiring how green it was and how beautiful the skyline was from the river side.
Not knowing what was really planned for our outing, when my husband suggested a river ride I was hesitant to say the least. Do I really want to go on this ride? Do I really feel like sitting on this boat? Oh, what the heck! I agreed to the ride and I’m glad that I did!
On our river tour, we got to see and learn more about the bridges built along that river, as well as seeing the Asahi Beer headquarters – a building that resembles a mug of beer!
The final destination of this boat ride? Asakusa! Once we docked, we walked right over the Senso-Ji Temple and immediately noticed how packed it was!
Before entering the temple, we stopped by the huge incense burner.
The temple itself isn’t that large, so it only took a quick walk-through before we were standing outside of these gigantic, ornate doors:
It was lunch time and we were a little hungry, so after we walked through the temple we went to the grab a snack – melon bread. It was so soft, sweet and damn delicious!!
We perused the streets for a while, noting the little shops along the way and made our way back to the train station for our next stop: Ueno.
We were on the hunt for Cherry Blossoms in Ueno, to which we only found two trees in full bloom. Though there was a lack of trees in bloom, that didn’t stop people from coming out and having picnics or a quiet stroll in the park. There were many people sitting by the fountain, to which we also decided to enjoy. It was such a beautiful feeling just being there.
At last it was dinner time and I really wanted to experience some vegetarian food. It took us FOREVER to find this place and I can’t really say it was absolutely worth finding.
The name of the restaurant is Chien Fu and enjoyed a subpar meal (the picture above is “fried rice”). After dinner we had to make one last stop: Tokyo Tower! Hubby really wanted to see it at night and since we weren’t too far away from it we headed over for a few photos of the outside:
Finally, after a full day of exploring we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed a good night’s sleep!