Pictures of Tokyo and Yokohama

We were just so excited to finally leave for Japan but the days we actually spend there went by so fast, the two weeks felt just like a few days. This city is really huge and we still have so much to explore for future trips! We vowed to come back in a few years time and even though we plan on exploring more of the kansai region in Japan, we want to return to Tokyo again.
Enough talk, now to the pictures! :)

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You may have noticed that I did not post any food pictures. Those will be featured in my next post, to not make this post too long.
I just loved our trip and exploring Tokyo in a slow pace. We got to meet lots of friendly people and learned a lot about Japan but also ourselves. Oh, I wish I could have taken one of those modern toilets home with me haha

What’s in my hand luggage for two weeks in Tokyo

I like to travel light and only packed clothes for a week, you never know what clothes or items you find while strolling in a new city! Clothes can easily be washed in the hotel and worn again to safe precious space in your luggage. It is Autumn now that’s why I opted for clothes that could be easily combined (neutral colours) and layered, if needed.

My clothes:

  • underwear for a week
  • 2 bras
  • socks for a week and one stocking (I packed some cute socks in case I need to take of my shoes)
  • 2 dresses (one more casual and one for fancy restaurants)
  • 1 jeans
  • 1 skirt
  • 2 short sleeves tops
  • 4 long sleeves tops
  • pyjamas
  • 1 pair of sport shoes for walking around
  • 1 pair of Chelsea boots for a more polished look (easy to wear and get out of again)

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Toiletries:

  • 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deo creme
  • Hairbrush and hair ties
  • Make-up (just the basics but anyone can take as much or less as they feel comfortable with ;))

Electronics:

  • My DSLR
  • Mobile phone
  • MP3 player
  • Chargers for every device
  • Travel adapter

I decided to leave my e-book reader at home because I easily get motion sickness and rather observe people in airports and in a foreign country than read a book I can read anywhere and whenever. I’d rather lay at home on the couch with a hot mug of tea, for a good read.

Other:

  • earplugs for the plane
  • nasal spray against air plane bacteria
  • (empty) memo bottle to bring onto plane
  • Neck croissant
  • Japanese phrase book
  • cash
  • photocopies of passport and other documents (reservations for example)
  • scarf for the plane
  • emergency medicine for headaches, cramps and motion sickness
  • Gifts from Vienna/Austria to give friends
  • weighing scale
  • pento fill out the custom sheet
  • umbrella

Do you have any tips on what I should bring for my visit to Tokyo in Autumn?
Did I forget anything important?
I am a bit late with posting this since I will be flying tonight but I hope your tips still reach me in time :)

Plan your trip to Tokyo with Odigo and Apps

I have been longing to visit Japan for about 11 years now and finally me and the Mister have the time and money to fulfill this wish of mine. Since I can be over the top with planning things and I just can’t seem to live without to-do lists, I already wrote out everything I want to see/do, what I want to take pictures of and of course, what I want to eat. I get too excited and pack my travel bag way too early (weeks in advance) and have weekly dreams revolving about my trip to Japan. Only a week to go, whoop whoop!

It just shows how excited I am and just thinking about this trip is getting me all fired up!
The platform that helped me out a lot with planning this trip is Odigo which is a great online tool to sort all activities by day. What I like best is that you see each activity/place on a map and therefore lose less time by trying to do two things that are on the opposite of Tokyo.

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You can see the route I planned on Odigo, it is great for sharing since Erwin will also accompany us and we can compare our plans quite easily like this.
When you are done with your planning you have the option to download the travel itinerary, you created as a PDF file.

 

Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists

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Other tools that are very helpful for your Japan trip are apps. The ones I installed are the Japanese railway guide (can also be used offline), a GPS tracker to see where I have been, maps me (also offline available) and of course google translate.

We are going to book a pocket wi-fi which seems to be the best option.
You can also use the wi-fi at Starbucks Japan but you need to be registered in this network first and need to confirm your e-mail, which is of course best done beforehand or in your hotel is possible.

 

Do you have any tipps for me regarding my Tokyo trip? I would love to hear from you :)


This post is not sponsored by Odigo or anyone else, everything is my own opinion.

Karigane Tea – Paper & Tea

If you haven’t noticed yet, I am a huge tea lover! I drink tea everyday and especially love green tea.

Online I stumbled over the tea shop which is located in Berlin named Paper & Tea. The shipping costs where quite high but luckily my parents were going to Berlin anyway and agreed on stopping by for me. Yay! I gave them a list but somehow they did not have anything in stock what I wanted but with the advice of the sales woman they got me an interesting selection.  They ended up bringing me An Ji Bai Cha, Karigane and Sakura No.

I love the website and presentation of the different teas, all the details on how the aroma will be and also the colour of the tea when brewed.

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Karigane is not mainly made up by tea leaves but stems from the tea plants and if the only component is sencha the tea is actually called Kukicha. In my case the tea is made up by Sencha and Gyokura First Flush, thus a true Karigane ;)

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The tea is very low in caffeine and is a  good source for minerals and trace elements.

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For me the taste of the first brew slightly flowery in the beginning but ends with a long lasting umami flavour.

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The second brew is more earthy, the flower component is gone and the tea as a more solid taste with a sweet finish.

I mostly forget to make more brews but Karigane can be brewed several times.

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Have you tried Karigane or Kukicha? Do you like it as well or prefer some other tea like Sencha?