In February, the trip we had been planning for over a year finally rolled around, and we spent 10 amazing days in Japan for our honeymoon.

The trip was as close to perfect as I think I’ve ever experienced – we ate ramen, drank beer and took trains. I don’t know how many photos I took, but I’ve got about 500 I’m happy with. I left the UK with three cameras and returned with four (definitely more on that in a future blog post).

I’ve got too many photos to share on this blog, but over the next month or so I’m going to post some of my favourites, loosely tied to a theme.

Tokyo is one of the most exciting, busy cities I’ve ever been to, and that only becomes more pronounced at night. Taxis screech by hundreds of people waiting patiently at pedestrian crossings, all lit by an ambient neon sign glow.

I could probably spend a week just walking through different parts of Tokyo taking photos. I’ve said it before (mostly about Iceland), but it’s a place that makes photography pretty easy. Every alley reminds you of Blade Runner, every street offers a dichotomy of tradition and modernity.

That said, for all the bustle and noise, we never once felt unsafe in Japan. It’s strange to be walking around one of the biggest cities in the world, juggling a couple of cameras and Google Maps on an iPhone and not be worried about someone grabbing one of them out of your hands. We felt completely at ease.

On our second night in Tokyo, we booked to venture up the Tokyo Skytree – the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa. As soon as the sun started setting on our walk to the tower, I knew we had made a great decision.

 

6th March 2018

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