My heart fluttered as I hit the “book now” button – without hotel reservations in place or a proper game plan, I’m headed to Japan in merely hours. I’ll admit it – for some reason the thought of Tokyo always intimidated me because it is so big and foreign to me. The emotions I feel now are a mixture of excitement (80%), OMG (15%), nervousness (3.5%), & Oh-S*!&-Am-I-Really-Doing this? (1.5%) because this is officially the most impulsive trip I’ve ever booked in my entire life to date… but atleast I know I’ll be in good hands.
My good college friend has been living and working in Osaka, Japan for about 4 years now, and we’ve always loosely talked about me coming to visit because I know he’d be the perfect tour guide. Finally, during a conversation we had a few days ago, he told me he was coming back to the US for good in October and that I better hurry up and get there. I sat and stared at the screen – “hmm”, I thought to myself, “fine, I’ll go. YOLO”. Side note: Ew wait, did I really just say ‘YOLO?’
I booked it.
…then I emailed a copy of my itinerary to him to show him I was really coming. Turns out, he will be taking an 8-hour night-bus from Osaka to meet me in Tokyo – so I guess we can say it makes two of us being impulsive.
Anyway, so I’ll be in Tokyo for 3 days. Though I am counting on him to show me around like a local, I still have a slew of questions running through my head:
- What are some “must-see” attractions in Tokyo? I’ll be only be there for 3 days, and I haven’t done any of my research yet!
- Should I just splurge 22,000 Ultimate Rewards points to stay one night at the extravagant Park Hyatt Tokyo?
- Speaking of hotels, WHERE DO I STAY? Japan is expensive! Should I airbnb it? hostel it? burn SPG/Club Carlson points? Just wing it?
- Where can I find the best food Tokyo has to offer?