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Japan Day 1: Nakameguro and Afuri Ramen (Tokyo)

After a long flight we arrived in Tokyo and took the Narita Express (N’Ex) train into the city.

Arriving at night meant we got to admire the lights of Tokyo.

We were so surprised that everything was shut and it took us an hour to find something that was open at 10pm for dinner. We ended up at Coco Ichibanya having curry, was so yum!!

First order of business in the morning: a good coffee. We found that and more at Bluebottle Coffee in Shinjuku. The lattes were huge and cost $12 for both of us, so we soon learned to order cappuccinos instead.

We chased cherry blossoms at Nakameguro, which was a cute little residential area around a canal. During cherry blossom season the trees on either side of the canal bloom and I can imagine that it would be a beautiful walk, but unfortunately we missed cherry blossom season by about a week. Not deterred, we walked along the canal and checked out the cool shops anyway.

For lunch we stopped in at Afuri ramen, which by chance was not packed at all. We got our first experience of ordering food through a vending machine. The broth was light and yuzu spiked, which was delicious. Big thumbs up from both of us.

After lunch we stopped in 7-11 to buy a pre-packaged daifuku. We weren’t sure what was in it so it was a pleasant surprise to bite into…. Whipped cream! The mochi was ridiculously soft and squishy.

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