Tokyo has quite a few places where you can go to an observation deck to lookout over the magnificent city. We found one that was less crowded, free and easy to get to on our way to Senso-ji. The Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center is just around the corner from Asakusa Station and the building itself, designed by well known Kengo Kuma, is a site to be seen. The first floor is staffed with a team ready to welcome guests (in Japanese, English, Chinese or Korean) and each floor offers either an exhibition or conference rooms and a cafe. Make sure you get to the 8th floor to have your FREE lookout of the Asakusa area. Don’t expect to be able to see the whole city, after all you are only on the 8th floor.
First time travelers to Japan will likely find themselves overwhelmed with all of the information that is available, EVERYWHERE. At least that is how I felt. I would plan and then get lost in my plan, then start over and get sent down a spiral of endless options again. I only had 9 days and I didn’t know where to start, what to do along the way or how to wrap up this potentially once in my lifetime adventure.
I remembered what is important in life is to experience the experience. Regardless of what we chose to see and do it was bound to be memorable and our shared experiences will last forever.
The reality is, there was absolutely no way to cover everything we wanted in such a short period of time. Even if we were heading to Japan for several months, I guarantee you that we still would not be able to see all the beauty and wonder the country contains. The highlights for me consisted of half the stay in Tokyo and the other half in Kyoto and we made day trips to Nara and Osaka.
If you are planning your trip to Japan, put your mind at rest, pick what is important to you to see and do and have no worries. It doesn’t make sense to get stressed about any trip that you go on. Your on vacation and your mind needs to be at ease. Sometimes, picking less activities is more enjoyable. I left this beautiful country with more joy than I expected and by the grace of God I will have the opportunity to visit again.