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Trip to Japan – Day 7

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Today was our tour guide day! We had eight hours with Miki, who was recommended by a friend, and it was the best decision we could have made in Tokyo. It is hard to navigate, and would take so much time figuring out how to get from one big sight to the next. We started in Asakusa at the temple Sensoji and the oldest mall in Tokyo that leads up to it called Nakamise. I bought my mom a traditional woodblock print. We then went to Edo-Tokyo museum. The museum was incredible and was built at the height of Japanese money. It had life size buildings inside and a bridge and showed how the cities changed from Edo to Tokyo times.

From there we went to ramen lane in Tokyo station. We waited in line at the most famous one, which only took about 30 minutes. It was dip style where you had a bowl of noodles and a bowl of broth separately. I loved it. From there we walked by the Imperial Palace, saw the Wall Street and Government areas of the city. Next we went to the Meiji Jingu shrine where we saw a wedding taking place! Miki took us all the way back to our doorstep. She was amazing from start to finish, and we got to ask all our questions about customs and what the trail of bumps on the sidewalk meant, and heard all about the emperor and his family. Quite a treat!

We went out to dinner at a yakiniku restaurant called Omni Tei. Then onto our highlight of the night, the Robot Restaurant for a crazy show! It was really beyond what I ever imagined it was going to be. You just have to look it up, there is no explaining. Afterwards we went out to Golden Gai which is an area of about 200 bars that seats between 4-12 people in each bar. They all have their own theme, style, menu, and cast of characters. My favorite was the owner was really into music, and dreams of going to New York, LA and Nashville! He had a stack of CDs and the place sat 6 people. It was a super fun night and we ended up home at 4am.

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