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51 Crazy and Fun Things To Do in Tokyo, Japan

Last month was my lovely fiancé’s 30th birthday and I made it my mission to ensure he had the most memorable weekend of his life. Eight months prior to his birthday I was already planning what we’d be doing. I knew I wanted to whisk him away somewhere but choosing a destination was surprisingly difficult. S had never been on a long-haul flight or out of Europe, excluding our trip to Morocco, so I figured we’d change this.

We’ve talked about going to a few places in south-east Asia for our honeymoon, meaning it kind of wrote off that part of the world. We also needed jabs if we went to Vietnam (one of the potential places we could have gone), and that would have spoilt the surprise. I almost booked Canada until I realised it was the worst month to go, before snow season when everything’s closed and the mountains are covered in sludgey ice, eek! I was also wanted to chat with Sam about the best places to visit and do a road trip, which I can’t really plan on my own.

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I found out that November is the best time to visit Tokyo, the temperature would be comfortable and the leaves would be turning red as we moved into Autumn. I found a reasonable deal for flights and accommodation on Expedia, so I emailed Sam’s boss and booked him some time off, so we’d have over 10 days to go Tokyo (including travel time!). I didn’t tell S we were going away until the day before, and I didn’t tell him where we were going until after we’d gone through security, and we were about to board our flight!

51 Crazy and Fun Things To Do in Tokyo, Japan | UK Lifestyle BlogS researches everything he does, especially when it comes to travel. I knew he’d be dying to find out things to do in Tokyo, so I compiled a list of things for us to do in a neat little illustration and I gave him an anontated Lonely Planet travel guide for Tokyo 2018. Luckily, we had Wi-Fi on our 18-hour flight, too. He was just glad that I insisted he should bring all his camera equipment!

I figured I’d share my research with my readers, in case you’re considering a trip to Tokyo. We managed to tick off the majority of the things on our ‘to do’ list, which I’m pretty happy with! I’ve starred my top experiences. We’ve managed to upload a few pictures but I’ll keep updating my Instagram with images over the next couple of months. Christmas kind of threw a spanner into the works!

It goes with out saying, it was an amazing trip and worth every penny. Everybody thinks I’ve completely spoilt S and he’s got a tall order in making it up to me. But earlier this year he literaily proposed on top of a fucking mountain (Aiguille du Midi) overlooking the French, German and Italian Alps. In my eyes, he’s already truely out done himself, and a trip to Tokyo is no match.

1. Eat Nakamise street food!

2. Buy an Ema and leave it on the temple grounds

3. Eat REAL Kobe beef – Yummy! ⭐️

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4. Try a white Japanese strawberry

5. Watch cute girls wrestling with cyborgs at the Robot Restaurant

6. Try not to get pricked at the hedgehog cafe ⭐️

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7. Cross he Shibuya pedestrian scramble ⭐️

8. Go to the biggest sex shop in the world in Akihabara

9. Visit a Maid Cafe In Akihabara ⭐️

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10. Go to the cake shop for dogs in Ryogku

11. Use the subway and get confused and lost

12. Spot Godzilla – the Toho Building, Shinjuku

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13. Take a trip on a bullet train

14. Stand on glass at the Tokyo Skytree

15. Spend lots of money in the Sega arcade ⭐️

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16. Buy something from a vending machine

17. Visit the Tsukiji fish market ⭐️

18. Eat the craziest thing you can at the 7/11

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19. Attend a tuna auction

20. Have dinner in Piss Alley (Omoide Yokocho)

21. Real-Life Mario karting around the city streets ⭐️

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22. Eat at Pompompurin Café

23. Have gadgets blessed at Kanda Myojin Shrine

24. Have your fortune told at Sensoji ⭐️

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25. Watch wrestling practice at a sumo stable

26. Fill your belly at the Standing Sushi Bar ⭐️

27. Indulge in the world famous crepes at Harijuku

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28. Get your ears clean in a traditional parlour

29. Visit The Don Quijote to buy souvenirs

30. Use all the buttons on a Japanese toilet

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31. Relax at an Onsen

32. Catch your own dinner at Zauo

33. Spot Godzilla – the Toho Building, Shinjuk

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34. Take in the best views of Tokyo from the Metropolitan Government Building ⭐️

35. Visit Ōkunoshima, also known as Rabbit Island

36. Visit a beautiful Japanese garden

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37. Hang with monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park

38. Explore the 70-foot-deep ice cave (Narusawa Hyoketsu) formed by lava from Mt. Fuji

39. Visit the Meiji Shrine

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40. Eat an Owakudani Black Egg

41. Shop in the 100 Yen Store

42. See The Great Buddha of Kamakura ⭐️

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43. Watch the sunset behind Mt Fuji from the beach ⭐️

44. Visit Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo Bay

45. Strike a pose at Purikura No Mecca ⭐️

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46. Visit Mount Aso Caldera, the largest volcanic caldera in Japan

47. Visit the Boiling Hellscape, Jigokudani

48. Eat at Mr Donut as much as you can ⭐️

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49. Row a boat at Imperial Palace & East Garden

50. Climb a few hundred stairs at Arashiyama Monkey Park aka “Monkey Mountain”

51. See the Tokyo Tower

2018-06-04T00:45:01+00:00 December 30, 2017|Travel|

The Best Places to See a Tiger in India

India is one of the most amazing countries in the world to explore. From the bustling streets of New Delhi to the Bollywood Capital that is Mumbai, India’s versatility is what makes it such an exciting place to travel to. But, as well as busy cities, India offers its visitors some amazing opportunities to spot wildlife, including endangered tigers. Here’s a guide to the best places to spot a tiger in India at India’s many tiger reserves:

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Tadoba National Park

In the Chandrapur district of the Maharashtra state, the incredible Tadoba national park is situated. With a tropical dry forest, the climate is perfect for tigers and it is one of Indian’s 43 Project Tiger, Tiger Reserves. There’s a great chance of spotting tigers here thanks to the vast number of them living there.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is an amazing place to see tigers and a great place for experiencing some traditional Indian culture with stunning temples and 10th century shrines nestled within the tropical forests. Boasting a healthy tiger population of around 63 at present, plenty of different species of wild birds and the opportunity to spot bears and sloths, it’s a great place to head if you’re wanting to spot tigers.

Satpura Tiger Reserve

The Satpura Tiger Reserve is a new nature park with plenty of opportunities for walking and kayaking, as well as spotting tigers and a whole host of other animals. Known for sightings of leopards and sloths, the scenic reserve is a great place to head for an active day out looking for wildlife in India.

Kanha Tiger Reserve

The Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of India’s oldest parks and has an amazing range of different animals living there. The large grasslands offer plenty of opportunity to deer’s, leopards and tigers with amazing viewing opportunities and the chance to see what’s left of India’s great forests.

Poaching and deforestation have put huge pressures on the wildlife in India’s outdoor spaces, hence the number of wildlife reserves to try and conserve the tigers that are left. Visiting the country as soon as possible is recommended before these creatures become ever more endangered. By booking a trip with Exodus, you’ll be able to visit all the amazing nature reserves and get the chance to see the incredible animals up close whilst enjoying a holiday to India.

2018-06-04T00:55:59+00:00 September 26, 2016|Travel|

What are the 7 Modern Wonders of the World?

The classic wonders of the world would have been a sight to behold. Sadly, only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains standing today out of the original seven, so thinking about visiting them all in one go is a pointless endeavour.

Instead, there are the 7 Modern Wonders of the World to discover, and Bolsover Cruise Club are offering a limited 165 day cruise that takes in all seven wonders *drools*.  The cut-off date to apply is September 8th 2016, but before you do it’s worth knowing a bit about each one.

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Machu Picchu

An old city in the clouds, Machu Picchu was lost to the world for over 300 years before it was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Located halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle, it’s a real adventure just to reach the foot of this incredible place. It’s worth it though for the stunning views alone.  

Christ the Redeemer

Created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, this giant statue of Jesus Christ that overlooks the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was completed and dedicated in 1931. It has since become one of South America’s most iconic images, and is a must-visit for anyone going to Brazil.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza was an ancient Mayan city found within Mexico. It was home to one of the most diverse and largest populations of its time, which resulted in a varied architectural style, the ruins of many buildings and sculptures which remain today.

Taj Mahal

The world’s most glamorous mausoleum, the Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1653, on the bank of the Yamuna River in India. To this day it still attracts around eight million visitors a year.

Petra

Also known as the Lost City or the Rose City, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom. Structures carved into the solid rock faces are incredible and what makes this ancient city on the edge of the desert so special.

Colosseum

Close to the centre of Rome, the Colosseum is one of the easiest to access of the 7 Modern Wonders, especially for British tourists. Over 2,000 years old, it doesn’t look too far removed from its original state.  

Great Wall of China

The myth of it being visible from space may not be true, but the Great Wall of China is still an astonishing fortification. Parts of it were built over 1,300 years ago and today it stretches to over 13,000 miles long, so you’ll need plenty of time to walk it.

Explore these 7 Modern Wonders of the World in more detail and start planning your journey to see them all today.

2018-06-04T00:49:20+00:00 August 31, 2016|Travel|
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