Our first stop in our round-the-world trip was one of the most incredible cities in the world: Tokyo, Japan! Over the course of three days, we barely had time to recover from the jet lag as we celebrated our first stop with an overdose of Japanese exploration on a tight budget. Then it was time to move on to Takayama.

Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

The Nakamise, a shopping street that leads to the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Japan.

The Nakamise, a shopping street that leads to the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Japan.

Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Hai, Cheezu! Posing in front of a mirror in front of the SkyTree with the wife.

Hai, Cheezu! Posing in front of a mirror in front of the SkyTree with the wife.

Walking the streets back to Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Walking the streets back to Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Our hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo. Yup, the one in the middle.

Our hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo. Yup, the one in the middle.

Lost in Translation pilgrimage. Only wish we could have explored more inside.

Lost in Translation pilgrimage. Only wish we could have explored more inside.

Lost in Translation pilgrimage. Only wish we could have explored more inside.

Lost in Translation pilgrimage. Only wish we could have explored more inside.

The streets of Shinjuku, Tokyo.

The streets of Shinjuku, Tokyo.

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I would eat all of that!

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Takeshita Street, Tokyo, Japan.

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Delicious crepes on Takeshita Street, Tokyo, Japan.

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Mark is interviewed by school children… again.

Iwasaki-San preparing traditional Japanese sweets for us in his store.

Iwasaki-San preparing traditional Japanese sweets for us in his store.

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Iwasaki-San shows us his Kodak Stereo Camera… and Mark finds out there’s another camera he’d love to add to his collection.

Britnee admiring slides shot by Yamagata-San.

Britnee admiring slides shot by Yamagata-San.

Iwasaki-San and Yamagata-San while we admire their collection of 3D slides they shot on Kodak Stereo cameras.

Iwasaki-San and Yamagata-San while we admire their collection of 3D slides they shot on Kodak Stereo cameras.

Iwasaki-San outside his store.

Iwasaki-San outside his store.

Taking a walk with Yamagata-San and Iwasaki-San.

Taking a walk with Yamagata-San and Iwasaki-San.

Yamagata-San and his Leica M9.

Yamagata-San and his Leica M9.

The Tamagawa River.

The Tamagawa River.

Saying farewell to Iwasaki-San and his wife Kenichi Iwasaki.

Saying farewell to Iwasaki-San and his wife Kenichi Iwasaki.

Premium Sushi Train Kaio with Yamagata-San.

Premium Sushi Train Kaio with Yamagata-San.

Lost in Translation. Yamagata-San does his best to tell us what we're eating.

Lost in Translation. Yamagata-San does his best to tell us what we’re eating.

Mark enjoys some sushi with Yamagata-San.

Mark enjoys some sushi with Yamagata-San.

Back on the Tokyo Metro for the 10,000th time.

Back on the Tokyo Metro for the 10,000th time.

Britnee found her giant panda sooner than expected.

Britnee found her giant panda sooner than expected.

SkyTree at night across the river from our hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo.

SkyTree at night across the river from our hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Our Khaosan Tokyo Guest House.

Our Khaosan Tokyo Guest House.

Morning in Asakusa, Tokyo, looking east to SkyTree.

Morning in Asakusa, Tokyo, looking east to SkyTree.

Somehow they fit this bunk bed into this closet for us.

Somehow they fit this bunk bed into this closet for us.

Mark doesn't fit in Japan.

Mark doesn’t fit in Japan.

Skytree above the trees, seen from Asakusa, Tokyo.

Skytree above the trees, seen from Asakusa, Tokyo.

Coy pond in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Coy pond in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Back at Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Back at Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Back at Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Back at Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, Mark's favorite--SkyTree!

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, Mark’s favorite–SkyTree!

Britnee partakes in some tempura.

Britnee partakes in some tempura.

Spot the SkyTree. Shopping in Nakamise, a shopping street that leads to the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Japan.

Spot the SkyTree. Shopping in Nakamise, a shopping street that leads to the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Japan.

Mark gets interviewed by school children for the second time in Tokyo.

Mark gets interviewed by school children for the second time in Tokyo.

Britnee makes a Harajuku friend on Takeshita Street in Tokyo.

Britnee makes a Harajuku friend on Takeshita Street in Tokyo.

Britnee's favorite stop of the year? Cookie Time, Tokyo, Japan.

Britnee’s favorite stop of the year? Cookie Time, Tokyo, Japan.

Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Sake barrels on the walk to Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Sake barrels on the walk to Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

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Mark at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

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Britnee at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

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The old and the new blend in Tokyo.

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Britnee at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

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Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.

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Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.

Pachinko! Crazy to see all these pachinko halls in Tokyo, Japan.

Pachinko! Crazy to see all these pachinko halls in Tokyo, Japan.

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Exploring near Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. Photo by Mark Johnston

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.

Next photo gallery: Takayama, Japan.

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Mark is currently traveling for a year with his wife Britnee. Besides that stuff, (traveling and his wife), Mark's other likes include: mountain bikes he can’t afford, eerie movies starring Paul Dano, morning coffee--preferably brewed by someone else, and at least one song by Iggy Azalea.

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