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We took a week-long trip to Japan so Sarah could do some “research” for our restaurant, Momona (and by “research” I mean eat food). What a trip. It was a bit of a whirlwind for me (Michael) and this post likely won’t do it justice.

We stayed in the Roppongi district of Tokyo, which felt clean, safe, and pretty centrally located. We walked and trained everywhere. I don’t remember the names of all the districts and places we visited but Sarah does so I’ll have her add all that later. Anyway, we saw shrines, temples, animals at the zoo; we shopped, we ate. We had a translator with us most days, which I highly recommend. There are a lot of things in English, but it’s still a bit difficult to navigate, especially if you plan to use any type of public transportation (which is a must if you plan to see what Tokyo has to offer).

We met the other owner of our restaurant in Tokyo, who works with Eric Clapton and was there on his tour. So, one pretty cool highlight was that we got to see a Clapton show at the Budokan.

All in all, it was a great trip; definitely vastly different from any place I have visited. The culture is very interesting. They are very respectful. If you have any interest in Asian culture, Tokyo is a must.

  • Very clean and safe, at least where we stayed (Roppongi district).
  • Public transit can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go in the city.
  • The Buddhist temples are a must see. So beautiful.
  • Though public transit is very efficient, the ticketing system at the time of our trip (April, 2016) left a bit to be desired and was hard to understand (without a translator/local).
  • Though much is in English, a translator is a must for at least a couple days.
  • I had issue with the cuisine and was in a bit of discomfort for a good portion of the trip. If you don’t do well with Asian cuisine/spices, be prepared as you’re not likely to find western cuisine anywhere.
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Posted: April 11, 2016

Author: Michael Lee

Category: Asia

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