Unforgettable Acts of Kindness: Travel Encounters in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, a city that never ceases to amaze me with its unique blend of modernity and tradition. What truly stood out during my recent trip, however, were the remarkable travel encounters that showcased the kindness and warmth of its people. From spontaneous acts of generosity to heartwarming interactions with locals and fellow travelers, these moments of kindness left a lasting impression on me. Join me as I recount these unforgettable experiences that not only enriched my journey but also highlighted the genuine kindness that makes Tokyo such a special place to visit.

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One of my stops was Shibuya Sky, an observation deck offering breathtaking views of Tokyo. While soaking in the sights, I noticed a Norwegian couple struggling to take a selfie. They looked adorable, albeit a bit frustrated with their camera. Wanting to help, I approached them and asked if they would like me to take their picture. Their faces lit up with gratitude, and I ended up snapping several photos and even recording a short video of the husband twirling his wife.

We struck up a conversation, and they told me they were on their honeymoon. I couldn’t help but fangirl a little, congratulating them enthusiastically. Maybe a bit too enthusiastically—I think I might have weirded them out. Nevertheless, they were very kind, and it was heartwarming to share that moment with them. Their kindness made the experience even more special and made me wish Grayson was there with me to share the magic of Tokyo.

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I headed to Ueno, where I indulged in one of my favorite activities: exploring Japanese drugstores. The products there are just amazing, and the tax-free shopping is a bonus! While wandering around, I passed by a shop selling strawberries. I had no intention of buying any, having binged on them the day before, but I couldn’t resist taking a look.

The shop owner, in a heavy Japanese accent, said, “Bili na kayo” (which means “Please buy” in Filipino) while smiling. It caught me off guard and made me laugh. His effort to connect with me in my native language was so charming that I couldn’t help but buy two trays of strawberries. They were absolutely delicious, and the kindness in that encounter left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Another memorable moment happened near the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal. I decided to purchase my limousine bus ticket to Haneda Airport in advance to avoid any last-minute stress. I approached a lady in an orange uniform and asked about afternoon trips on my departure date. She surprised me by asking, “Filipino ka no?” (Are you Filipino?).

She then proceeded to give me a thorough rundown on how to use the airport limousine bus. From booking tickets to finding the nearest station, she explained everything in detail. What I couldn’t find online, she managed to clarify in less than 15 minutes. Her helpfulness was a lifesaver, and I felt incredibly grateful for her assistance.

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No trip to Tokyo is complete without visiting the iconic Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. The temple, with its striking red architecture and bustling Nakamise shopping street, is a must-see. As I wandered through the temple grounds, I soaked in the vibrant atmosphere filled with tourists and locals alike, all coming to pay their respects and enjoy the surrounding shops.

While I was taking photos, I had a wonderful encounter with an elderly Irish couple. They noticed me snapping away and kindly asked if I could take some pictures for them. Of course, I happily obliged (and threw in my signature “Twirl-Your-Wife-THEN-Twirl-Your-Husband” video trick that always brings smiles). It turns out they were traveling with their grown-up children, probably in their late 20s and early 30s.

As someone who’s pretty extroverted, I was happy to have a lovely chat with them where they shared a bit about their trip. They even tried to play matchmaker by suggesting one of their sons for me. I mentioned that I was just visiting Tokyo and it was actually my third time there (maybe I overshared a bit!). They were incredibly warm and kind, and even gave me some great tips on places to visit in Ireland. Their kindness during that encounter made my visit to Senso-ji Temple even more special.


My host hotel truly went above and beyond to make my stay memorable. They were incredibly friendly and accommodating, always ready to answer my questions and assist with any requests. For instance, when I asked for extra towels and pillows for my travel companions, they provided them with a smile. Every request I made was met with enthusiasm and kindness.

There were numerous times when I needed information about specific places, and the hotel staff would diligently research and provide me with detailed answers. Their kindness extended to every aspect of my trip.

The kindness and dedication of the hotel staff made my trip to Tokyo not only smooth but also incredibly enjoyable. Their warm hospitality and willingness to help at every turn left a lasting impression on me.

Every staff member in the subways was incredibly helpful and accommodating. Whenever I was unsure about the route, the subway staff were always there to assist, especially for tourists like me. I never encountered anyone who was rude or impolite. Big props to the gentleman at the Toei Shinjuku Line who explained everything to me when I asked how to get to Toyosu to visit TeamLab Planets. He even noticed that my map was torn and got me a new one!

I was in Ginza when I needed directions, and I was planning to ask a local police officer. Before I could, a random jogger noticed my confusion and stopped what he was doing to help. He even took off his earphones, caught his breath, and asked me to repeat my question. I apologized profusely for interrupting his run, but he assured me it was okay. Then, he kindly gave me directions along with the police officer. His kindness made a big difference in my day.

As my trip drew to a close, I reflected on the myriad experiences and encounters I had in Tokyo. The city’s blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity creates a unique atmosphere that is both exhilarating and comforting. The people I met, from the friendly Norwegian honeymooners to the helpful bus terminal staff, all contributed to making my journey unforgettable.

Traveling through Tokyo, I realized that the true essence of a place lies in its people and the connections we make along the way. Each encounter, whether brief or lasting, adds a layer of richness to our travels. Tokyo’s magic lies not just in its landmarks and attractions, but in the warmth and kindness of its people.

I left Tokyo with a heart full of gratitude and a promise to return. There is so much more to explore, and I can’t wait for my next adventure in this incredible city. Until then, I’ll cherish the memories and look forward to creating new ones in the future.

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Polly Amora

Polly Amora is the señorita behind GoldenIslandSenorita.Net. A corporate warrior by day, and a perpetual explorer by heart. She is a lifelong learner who is very outgoing, speaks four languages, loud & outspoken, and loves to have adventures in the mountains, on the beach, and in the city. You can throw her anywhere, and she'll handle it like a pro. Ice cream and bourbon are two of her weaknesses.

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