Tokyo Guide | Sakura + Temples + Vegan Food


 
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A few weekends ago we spent a long weekend in Tokyo. Even though we’ve already been in Japan for a year (!!), we have spent very little time in Tokyo so we were both really excited about this trip. It was the perfect mix of exploring, doing touristy things, eating out and relaxing together.  

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We got in on a Friday morning and went to the Senso-ji Temple first thing. It was crazy busy though and I hate crowds so we left and came back the following morning when it was quieter. Both experiences were so different! Early in the morning, the shops around the temple aren’t open yet but they all have amazing art on the shutters that cover their shops. It was cool to get to see that the next morning.  

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We found this green tea that I used to buy in the states! It’s the best green tea ever. If you are in the states and want it, it’s called Tea’s Tea there.

We found this green tea that I used to buy in the states! It’s the best green tea ever. If you are in the states and want it, it’s called Tea’s Tea there.

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For lunch we went to a place called Brown Rice and omg it was incredible. It’s vegan and organic and amazing all around. It’s really beautiful both outside and inside and is super calm and relaxing. There are 3 different meal options and we tried the steamed vegetables the first time. It was so good we came back the following day and tried the curry which was also fantastic. I can’t recommend this place enough. They also have tons of drink options and desserts so we finally got to try matcha ice cream! It was soy based and pretty good. We wandered around the area after and found another place called The Bowl which was another organic and vegetarian option so we got dinner to go from there, also really good! Although we got a wheatgrass shot and it was not a wheatgrass shot. It was powdered wheatgrass that they added water to, v disappointing to spend $5 on that. 

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We got some juice from Sunshine Juice and then checked out the imperial palace and we found the most amazing cherry blossom tree! The blossoms had already fallen in Iwakuni so it was exciting to find. 

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I had heard about a vegan ramen place called T’s Tantan so we went to check it out. It’s in Tokyo station and although the concept is great, I wasn’t crazy about it. We got Gyozo which was amazing and I had a good little appetizer salad but I didn’t love the ramen, maybe I just don’t like ramen though? It wasn’t bad but I just wouldn’t go back. 

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On our last morning we went to the Meiji Shrine which is one of my favorite places. We came on the morning before our Fuji trip which you can read about here. I really want to do a couples shoot in this spot – it is so beautiful and peaceful - email me if you want to make it happen! Then we made a quick stop at Little Nap which is a coffee shop. It’s really cute and they had an almond milk latte that was really good.

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We stayed near Asakusa and there were some really cool little shops and cafes near us. One of our favorites was called Goldenrod which was a chocolate store and coffee shop. The chocolate is incredible and they also have almond milk there. I had a latte and Josh got a mocha which was soo good!! It’s in a really beautiful building too. 

It was such a great weekend together and I can’t wait to go back again. There is so much to do in Tokyo and we haven’t even scratched the surface. What are some of your favorite spots in Tokyo?