Cramming in the Sightseeing
It's crazy, but the time is flying by and I have little over a month left here in Tokyo. I'll be back for sure, because I absolutely love this place-- it may just be my favorite city, what with all the lights and activities and people...not to the mention the food and the shopping... But things like a study abroad experience can't be relived; it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'm trying to enjoy it to its fullest.
Looking back, I feel like I spent the first two months here moving in, getting into the swing of things, learning my way around school and the city, trying to get into a rhythm and pace of life so that I can feel comfortable calling this my home. I explored my commuter pass stops, getting to know all the cheapest stores in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro; I developed my favorite "regular" food places, like Indian on Wednesdays, weekly sushi in Ikebukuro and kebabs when in Harajuku.
Now I'm trying to venture farther out, like going to places maybe a little more expensive to get to, whether based on my guide book, random recommendations, or just pure interest in a station name. It's been a really good decision, because I feel like it's now that I'm truly starting to be able to call this city more of a home, even if it's so soon before I have to leave. No matter! I'll be back!(:
Below are some food and places I highly highly highly recommend checking out:
The sculpture of the flying croissant in Ebisu! For drama fans, Ebisu is where Domyouji waits for Tsukushi in the drama "Hana Yori Dango" (Boys Over Flowers); for beer fans, it's the site of Ebisu Beer Museum!
For the middle of Shinjuku, one of the busiest districts in Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen is beautifully peaceful and serence. For a mere 200 yen admissions fee, the park is a perfect place to relax and escape the urban craziness.
Tokyo Disneyland! I lucked out because I got free tickets (my grandmother holds stock), but so incredibly worth it. I had an amazing day there!!
There's a ton more places I could recommend (Shimokitazawa for vintage shopping; Ueno and Kichijochi for parks, etc.), but I can't ruin all the fun of simply exploring and adventuring(: If you have a chance to be in Tokyo though, my sole piece of advice is to get lost in the city. Let go and have fun going everywhere you absolutely can, but without an itinerary. I promise it's worth it.