It would be an understatement to say Japan is one of our favourite places to visit. And what better way to immerse ourselves in this wonderful place is a few days in the heart of it – Shinjuku, Tokyo!

At night a sea of neon and by day the largest public transport hub in the world – over three million people pass through Shinjuku Station every day and at times this seems like a conservative estimate.

Almost as many fish pass through the Tsukiji Fish Market every day and what trip to Tokyo would be complete without a 3am wakeup call and a long wait to be one of the lucky few to see the famous tuna auction which occurs at 5.30am five days a week. With some large tuna selling for as much as $10,000 – this is big business with buyers inspecting and tasting their potential purchases with utmost seriousness.

So Rach could visualise me with a few more kilo’s we then swung by a nearby sumo ‘stable’ where a group of sumo wrestlers were grunting their way through a session. There wasn’t a lot of talking – just lots of sweat, slapping of thighs and mini wrestling bouts – all before 8am!

Finally a visit to the new Sky Tree observation deck put things in perspective – looking down on the endless sprawl that houses 13 million or so people, but half an hour of ‘swan driving’ on Ueno lake brought us down to earth…