Somehow we have been amazingly lucky with our trip to Tokyo. The weather has been overly warm and sunny with only one night of rain last Friday. We came at the perfect time of year to see beautiful Cherry Blossoms everywhere we looked. As well, the people we have encountered have been very kind and helpful with communicating with us and our lack of Japanese skills.
With just over a week behind us and three days left, we needed to tone down our walking. My average steps in a day are around 2500 at home. I’ve done 7 times that at least once so far.
We return daily to the hotel exhausted and sore, just to pass out with bellies full of great Japanese food we had moments before.
Today we traveled to the Sensõ-Ji Temple and went all touristy there. Lots of artsy pictures on numerous cameras. We walked past the shops doing our best to avoid spending money. The temple was our main goal today.
We stopped and got our fortunes. My oldest daughter got a bad fortune, so the idea was to tie it up. While good fortunes you needed to take care of. Inside the temple, we each tossed a coin in and made a small prayer of thanks for letting us enjoy the temple. And we bought souvenir luck charms to take home with us.
Of course we couldn’t pass up the chance to go on a rickshaw while in Japan. Our “driver” took us on a quick tour. Where he showed us the “Asahi Golden Flame” or as people call it- the “Flame Poo”. We got a good laugh. We passed more Cherry Blossoms and stopped for some pictures.
Next we hopped back onto the train and headed towards Ginza to find a KitKat Chocolatory. We picked up some signature flavors including the newest “Sublime Ruby” which is said to be from the 4th kind of chocolate. They sell 300/day/store so we were happy to be able to pick up 5 of them to try out. I also picked up a special “Birthstone” box for myself since my birthday is in March.
Afterwards we hit the Don Quijote store and grabbed some more flavors to bring back home for our friends to try.
Yes, we even picked up some wasabi and sake flavors as well. Maybe we will lose some friends after that….