Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku | Tokyo, Japan

One of the best things Markus and I did in Japan was visit Tokyo's Robot Cabaret Restaurant. This show is one of the many reasons why I love Japan. Where else can you see scantily clad Japanese girls dancing with robots and dinosaurs? I feel like this experience was the epitome of our entire trip and that's why I decided to end my Japan posts with this show.

Everything was so zany and unlike anything I've ever seen. Before you go to the show, you wait in a room filled with lights and electronic dinosaurs. I have to admit that I saw way more men than women and I was slightly worried that this could be a different kind of show than I expected. Once we were ushered into the stage area, we were treated to many different performances. They varied in theme and seemed completely unconnected. At one point, a tattooed woman came out and played a saxophone. It was completely ridiculous, but kinda awesome. It was an experience that I will never forget. If you ever find yourself in Tokyo, make sure you check out this show. You won't regret it, I promise!


Gundam Cafe | Tokyo, Japan

While we were exploring Akihibara, Tokyo's Electric District, we saw heaps of Gundam goods everywhere. Since we were in the famous neighborhood, naturally we would have to make a quick stop at the Gundam themed cafe. Markus and I aren't fans of Gundam and I don't know much about it. Honestly, I was more of a Macross fan growing up. It was still exciting to be able to visit a place dedicated to the beloved series. The drinks were quite tasty and I enjoyed looking at all the fan art on the wall. I love that Japan has places that are dedicated to their geeky offerings. I wish there were more places like this in the States! 


Ghibli Museum | Mitaka, Japan


Back when Markus and I first started dating, he introduced me to the world of Hayao Miyazaki with Spirited Away. Afterwards, I watched every Miyazaki film I could get my hands on. Some I liked, better than others, but nothing was like Spirited Away. When I found out that we could visit a museum dedicated to Miyazaki's films and works, I planned a whole day around it.

One of the highlights of our Japan trip was the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. Unfortunately we were unable to take photos inside the museum, but we took heaps of photos outside. The museum was really interesting and enjoyable. We explored the grounds, saw exhibits of his concepts and even a mock-up of his office. It was incredible being able to step into the mind of a creative genius. Even though the museum is off the beaten path, it's definitely worth the trip and a great way to spend the day.


Kyoto Style Sushi at Izuju | Kyoto, Japan


While in Kyoto, I ate one of the best meals of my life at Izuju. Izuju specializes in Kyoto-style sushi, which is a bit more creative than sushi that we're accustomed to. I'm not a huge fan of mackerel but Izuju made me a believer. They pickle the mackerel, which gives it this flavor that is incredibly delicious. For one of their signature rolls, Sabazushi, they fill the entire body of the fish with rice. I thought it might be too meaty or fishy, but it was so tasty and I wished that more sushi rolls were like that. The rest of the sushi was just as good and I was glad that we ordered a variety. The meal itself wasn't too expensive and worth the money. It was one of my top three meals for sure and one that I will never forget!


Kinkaku-ji | Kyoto, Japan


Never in my life have I ever seen anything like Kinkaku-ji. After living in Korea for two years, I've seen so many different kinds of Asian temples, but nothing like this! The name translates to Temple of the Golden Pavilion and was originally a villa built in 1397 by a powerful statesman. In 1950, the villa burnt down when a monk attempted suicide. Afterward the pavilion was rebuilt in 1955. It's a close replica to the original villa and was covered with pure gold-leaf.

I loved Kinkaku-ji and the surrounding gardens were absolutely beautiful. It does get a bit busy with tourists but it's definitely a must-see when you're in Kyoto!