Tokyo is every bit as massive as I expected, full of skyscrapers, flashing billboards, and busy intersections. It is truly something to see! But Tokyo is surprisingly charming at the same time. Hidden just a few train stops away from the hustle and bustle of areas like Shibuya are spacious green parks and tiny local coffee shops. I did not realize that each area of Tokyo would have their own character and history. Of course, it’s no surprise that every area in this city is incredibly clean – even though you rarely see a trashcan!
Kamakura is the perfect day trip from Tokyo. Once a political capital in Japan, this ancient city runs at a welcomed slower pace and is full of rich history. The Daibutsu is a must see. This incredible Buddha statue has been standing here since 1252! Just a few blocks over from the temples and shrines is a thriving beach town. When sitting on Zaimokuza Beach with an acai bowl or frozen cocktail in hand, it is hard to imagine you are just outside of the world’s busiest city!
Favorite things to do in Kamakura, Japan
Do: Zaimokuza Beach