Every place has its beauty and flaws. How we as tourists perceive a place depends on many factors—weather at that moment, the environment, its people, the place we stay (accommodation), where we go (attractions), time of the year, how we feel (mental, physical and/or emotion)—sometimes we come away being either too complimentarily or too critical.
Often, tourists put the exotics into a place especially when they are in a tour group. We were able to sit back and watch the lives of the locals. Using public transportation is the way to observe.
Certain assumptions or myths fell away and some were reinforced. If one goes to a place and keeps looking for photos from travel guide or travel blog or travel show, one will get disappointed very quickly. Authentic travelling isn’t that way.
So here we are back in Tokyo again, ready to experience more of this buzzing metropolis. And we saw Mount Fuji on a clear day (29’C) on our Shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Kyoto. And now it is azalea and spring flowering season. With experience behind us, we do find quiet spots and moments in this megacity. And with fantastic rail network systems, one can get to other nearby towns and cities under 2 hours.