Last week, I visited Tokyo for the first time in 11 years. I have no recollection of what it looked like in the past, but I’m sure a lot of things have changed ever since I visited this city a decade ago.
I originally came to apply for my US Visa. I could’ve just came and gone back on the same day I applied for it, but my friend suggested that we could stay longer (and skip some classes *cough*) and enjoy the city more. And so we did.
I decided to stay at a capsule hotel for the first time in my life. I’ve always wanted to try it out since the pictures look nice in those promotional web articles. However, in reality, the hotel is really small and overly congested with visitors. There’s so little space to put your items and so little room to move around. It’s definitely not a good place to stay if you like chilling in your room for a long time since they have a mandatory checkout each day at 10 AM. It is, however, good for people who love going out and exploring and need the hotel as a place to sleep only.
We visited a lot of places on the first day including the famous Ginza Loft, Uniqlo, and Muji. There were so many things to look at and I was really tempted to buy a lot of items as well (*cough* Hobonichi *cough*). For someone who lives in the countryside part of Japan, the amount of people in Tokyo is insane.
Luckily, we visited these places on a Friday, meaning it’s not as many people compared to weekends. Even the Asakusa temple was actually visitable. I don’t remember if I actually visited this temple 11 years ago, but it still looks majestic and nice.
After visiting the temple, we went around to search for Gong Cha. Surprisingly, the number of customers at this particular branch was small so we were able to get our hands on the bubble tea quite quickly. I really recommend getting bubble tea from Gong Cha if you do visit since their tea is out of the world delicious!
I accompanied my friends on their Pokemon Go conquest after our bubble tea session. It rained really hard nearing midnight but my friend was able to catch a perfect Darkrai! We went back to our capsule hotel afterward feeling extremely drained and tired but it was a nice day spent.