GenGirl Around the World: Japan

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True winter weather is hard to find in California, but it’s┬ápretty easy to spot in Japan. Our GenGirl, Minh Bui, took a trip to the other side of the world for some sweater weather, fresh seafood, and beautiful views.

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For your time in Japan, Minh recommends:

TOKYO:

Robot Restaurant: It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s dinner and a show and it’s absolutely crazy! Pass on the dinner, but the show will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Shibuya Crossing: No trip to Japan is complete without stepping foot into this famous crossing. When the lights turn red, all of them turn red and pedestrians spill straight into the streets.
Tsujiki Fish Market: The freshest of the freshest seafood you will ever find.
Sushi Dai: While pretty much all the street vendors will do right by you, Sushi Dai is where you’ll definitely want to be. This tiny shop seats only fourteen people and often sees waiting times as long as three hours, but it’s absolutely worth it. You’ll spend about 4000 JPY (or 40 USD) for the highest quality sushi.
Skytree: Take some time to swing by the tallest tower in the world. You skip the line for an extra $8 to take the express elevator up. The view is glorious.

KYOTO:

Fushimi Inari Shrine: You might recognize it from a lot of films. It features what appears to be endless red arches.
Kendonya Udon: Just outside the Fushimi Shrine is an awesome udon restaurant. Do yourself a favor and order one of the combos!
Kinkaku-ji Shrine: Better known as the golden pavilion, it features a golden shrine and a beautiful surrounding garden. Also, all the neighboring shops sell gold-themed things including sake with gold flakes!

Photos courtesy of Minh Bui. You can follow Minh on her adventures here.

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