Japan 2019 Day 3June 23, 2019
Japan 2019 Series
The third day in Japan was definitely our shortest. Both Joel and I were shattered from our first two days and jet lag caught up with us so we involuntarily spent most of the day asleep.
The day didn’t really kick off until 6pm when we went for a walk around Asakusa to kill some time and figure out what to do. We ended grabbing a burger from a local burger place and decided that our best bet was to try and see Tokyo at night and visit some of the places we knew would be illuminated.
First we headed for Senso-Ji temple, but unfortunately it didn’t look much better lit up than it did regularly. If anything, it looked a little worse! We got there at dusk so we might circle around and visit this again late one night in the hope it looks better when it’s fully dark - as it’s only ten minutes from where we’re staying.
Next up we headed to Tokyo’s Skytree - the tallest structure in all of Japan. It can be seen for miles around, and it continually gives the impression you’re nearby but it’s one of those buildings that always appears to be a lot closer than it really is. When you do get up close you realise just how massive it is - over 600m high. Keen to continue our tour, and to skip the extortionate weekend entry fee, we headed on to our next stop.
We’d seen the Rainbow Bridge by day but we’d heard that it got lit up at night so we headed back to Odaiba for the second day in a row - and I was glad we did. The view from Odaiba beach was spectacular - although the bridge itself didn’t light up until past 10pm. We spent a couple of hours just taking in the Tokyo skyline and wandering down the beach front.
Odaiba by night is beautiful - the entire island is illuminated and it becomes a late night spot for Japan’s younger inhabitants. We grabbed a few photos of the area and then headed into a nearby restaurant to grab a second dinner.
We tried Yakiniku, the ‘authentic’ Japanese grill experience. You order a selection of raw meats and then cook them over a small grill in the centre of your table! It reminded me a lot of a similar meal Dan and Clem do sometimes where you have a tiny wok and get to cook your own food. It’s a very social kind of meal and Joel and I enjoyed divvying up the food and sharing in the fears of food poisoning together!