The final stop of our world tour was in Tokyo. Our hotel room was on the 25th floor overlooking the financial district next to the Imperial Palace and gardens. The views were awesome. We ate lots of ramen (Evelyn loved it), explored more temples and gardens, did a little shopping, and were constantly amazed by just how many people there are everywhere. We took a daytrip to a beach town outside of Tokyo to see the other end of the Pacific Ocean (where we could almost make out California… just about 5,000 miles away).
How could anyone even begin to scratch the surface of all there is to see and do in the massive city of Tokyo, home to nearly 14 million people? While people here were far more reserved than in other places we visited in Japan (which makes sense being a large city) everyone was still so kind and friendly. We did lots of smiling and bowing as we enjoyed this incredible city. It was bittersweet to leave. Japanese culture had been described as “challenging and exotic, yet familiar and safe” and we found that to be very true. While it was sad to leave, we were also very ready to be home after 5 crazy/amazing/delicious/fun/hard/wonderful weeks on the go.