Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. Most importantly, it is my favorite city by a landslide. In all honesty, I'm still not quite sure why I left. Living there made me feel most vibrant and I miss it almost everyday. Moving to NYC afterwards seemed rural in comparison. And of course, now living in Telluride, I can't help but feverishly crave the hustle and bustle that 14 million people provide.
Tokyo offers everything; one-of-a-kind artisans, ridiculous sushi, intriguing sumo traditions, divine hot springs, epic skiing, beautiful Harajuku girls, endless shopping, crazy robot shows, hello kitty, killer public transportation....the list is endless....So if you can't live there, at least visit.
In contrast to common belief, you don't have to break the bank to visit Tokyo. Street food, convenience stores, business hotels, and public transportation help make it affordable. And the overnight flight from Los Angeles to Haneda International Airport (preferred to Narita International Airport due to its proximity to central Tokyo) is a breeze, even with young kiddos. Tickets are often as low as $600 via ANA. You essentially board, go to sleep for the night, wake up, and boom, you're in the greatest city in the world, ready to hit the Tsukiji fish market at 5am Japan time.
So, in case it isn't apparent, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that our next journey will be to JAPAN! So please stay tuned for our upcoming Japanese adventures!