Capture Japan: Uchiura

Uchiura Gulf, Shizuoka

Although I definitely consider myself a city girl, Japan never ceases to amaze me with the beauty of its nature! Last November I was lucky enough to travel to Uchiura, a small town in Shizuoka prefecture, for work and it was absolutely gorgeous. Although it took about 3-4 hours to reach the small town of Uchiura, riding along the coast of the Uchiura Gulf was an amazing site to see, especially at dusk! Across the gulf, we could see a stunning view of Mt. Fuji (unfortunately it was a little cloudy when I took the picture). The gulf is apparently one of the few places in Japan where you can view Mt. Fuji from across the water! The small town is mainly known for its fishing and its orange orchards, and i’s also famous from the anime, Love Live! I’ve never actually heard of this show, until I visited this town; however, it seems to be quite popular! I would definitely check it out if you’re ever in Shizuoka!

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Capture Tokyo: Mori Building

Sky Deck, Roppongi Hills

When it comes to city views, Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Sky Tree might be the initial obvious choices; however, I would recommend visiting the Sky Deck on top of Mori Building in Roppongi Hills! Mori Building stands at 238m tall at the heart of Roppongi and houses some of the world’s most prestigious international companies as well: Google, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, etc. just to name a few. The observation deck is on the 52nd floor of the building. It’s also the entrance to the Mori Art Museum and houses the popular cafe/ high-end restaurant, THE SUN & THE MOON, where you can enjoy the beautiful night view while dining. The building also features an open air sky deck on the roof of the building. The 360 degree view is absolutely gorgeous. I definitely recommend going during the warmer months though (perhaps from April-October), as when we went this past winter, it was unbearably cold! The winds were quite strong as well on the top of the building, so I would recommend bringing some warmer clothes for going up to the deck if you’re planning on visiting in the colder months!

Taste Tokyo: Ginza Shabutsu

Ginzatsu Shabushabu Course, Ginza

You can never have enough meat! Aside from Rangetsu, the high-end sukiyaki restaurant I wrote about earlier, my second favorite Ginza restaurant would have to be The Ginza Shabutsu, known for their shabushabu or hotpot dishes. We normally order the Ginzatsu Shabushabu Course, which is about 5,000 yen per person (plus we don’t need to tip in Japan so it’s quite a good deal for the amount of food you get)! The course includes top grade A5 kuroge wagyu beef, Japanese pork loin, an assortment of vegetables, noodles, and dessert. The restaurant also offers all you can eat courses for about 6,000 yen (although they don’t include the kuroge wagyu beef)!