Continuing the Asian extravaganza, the third major stop was a short revisit to a favorite destination: Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo wasn’t an original destination on the Asian tour – Jon surprised me for my birthday by adding it after Singapore and Koh Samui were booked. Apart from the fact that he knew I loved Tokyo when we first visited, his main motivation was to book a meal at Sushi Saito – our favorite sushi restaurant in the world – again. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, he was unable to get a pair of seats at the three-star Michelin restaurant this time. Not wanting to leave Michelin-starred sushi off the to-do list though, he contacted the extremely helpful concierge at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, who made a few other suggestions and secured a reservation for us at Sushi Kanesaka in Ginza. We also decided to try Michelin-starred tempura at Tempura Kondo, which we absolutely loved.
Despite the fact that it was crazy hot and humid during our visit, Tokyo was just as great as we’d remembered. Only having a few days and set reservations, we didn’t explore too much, but we revisited some familiar sites and sought out interesting photo opportunities. Camera equipment for Tokyo was the same as for the rest of the Asian trip, a Nikon D300s and four lenses: 11-16mm f/2.8, 17-55mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, and 24mm f/1.4. The 24mm f/1.4 was the most useful. It was used often for food and walking around in low light.