Tokyo

Some of my favorites from Tokyo


Other

Harajuku

Spend an hour walking around this area. The outfits and culture is probably nothing like you've ever seen before.

Eating
Favorite

Harajuku Gyoza Lou

I'm a sucker for good gyoza and that is all this place makes. Super inexpensive, delicious gyoza and large mugs of beer. A great lunch spot when visiting Harajuku.

Drinking

High Five

Great cocktail bar. In you’re in Ginza it’s totally worth a stop. Friendly bartenders and amazing cocktails.

Eating
Favorite

Ippudo Ramen Ebisu

I go here every time I'm in Tokyo for a bowl of their famous ramen. There are Ippudo's all over the world now, but this little spot is small and intimate and looks nothing like the international brand. I love it. The first bowl of ramen I truly loved.

Sightseeing
Favorite

Meiji Jingu

It's worth spending an afternoon escaping the crazy city life to have a peaceful walk through this park to this shrine. It's a gorgeous shrine right near harajuku, so a good activity to tack onto visiting that neighborhood.

Eating

Robot Restaurant

This place was made famous by anthony bourdain, and it's definitely an experience. It's certainly not the most authentic thing to do in Tokyo but it's fun and weird, so if you're tired of walking and just want to sit and be entertained, there are worse ways to spend your time.

Sightseeing

Shibuya Crossing

Touristy I know, but it's just a thing to do when you're in Tokyo. This is the giant intersection that is seen in basically every movie about Tokyo, including Lost in Translation. It's not worth spending more than a minute there, but it's a good starting point to explore the Shibuya neighborhood, which has tons of shops and places to eat.

Eating

Sushi Matori

This is a very low-key neighborhood spot that you'd probably miss. It's got great, high quality sushi and sunday nights it's 1/2 off. So if you're hungry, in this hood, and it's sunday, this is a great place to gorge on sushi.

Eating

Totti Candy Factory

If you’re in Harajuku, keep your eyes out for absurdly large, colorful cotton candy. It’ll be coming from this place.

Other

Toyosu Market

I haven't been, but I always went to tsukiji market before they closed it. Look up a way to go to the Tuna Auction (I hear they've made it a bit less hectic for tourists). Go your first day, because you'll already have jetlag. It's a 4am wake up, but it's so freakin cool that it's worth it. I'm assuming they have good sushi breakfast spots at the new market, but do your research. This is new.

Eating
Favorite

柚子鹽拉麵 AFURI

Afuri has locations all over Tokyo, so you dont necessarily have to go to this one. But it's delicious. Their pork is outstanding, and a cold dark Asahi is a great companion to a bowl.

Harajuku

Spend an hour walking around this area. The outfits and culture is probably nothing like you've ever seen before.

Harajuku Gyoza Lou

I'm a sucker for good gyoza and that is all this place makes. Super inexpensive, delicious gyoza and large mugs of beer. A great lunch spot when visiting Harajuku.

High Five

Great cocktail bar. In you’re in Ginza it’s totally worth a stop. Friendly bartenders and amazing cocktails.

Ippudo Ramen Ebisu

I go here every time I'm in Tokyo for a bowl of their famous ramen. There are Ippudo's all over the world now, but this little spot is small and intimate and looks nothing like the international brand. I love it. The first bowl of ramen I truly loved.

Meiji Jingu

It's worth spending an afternoon escaping the crazy city life to have a peaceful walk through this park to this shrine. It's a gorgeous shrine right near harajuku, so a good activity to tack onto visiting that neighborhood.

Robot Restaurant

This place was made famous by anthony bourdain, and it's definitely an experience. It's certainly not the most authentic thing to do in Tokyo but it's fun and weird, so if you're tired of walking and just want to sit and be entertained, there are worse ways to spend your time.

Shibuya Crossing

Touristy I know, but it's just a thing to do when you're in Tokyo. This is the giant intersection that is seen in basically every movie about Tokyo, including Lost in Translation. It's not worth spending more than a minute there, but it's a good starting point to explore the Shibuya neighborhood, which has tons of shops and places to eat.

Sushi Matori

This is a very low-key neighborhood spot that you'd probably miss. It's got great, high quality sushi and sunday nights it's 1/2 off. So if you're hungry, in this hood, and it's sunday, this is a great place to gorge on sushi.

Totti Candy Factory

If you’re in Harajuku, keep your eyes out for absurdly large, colorful cotton candy. It’ll be coming from this place.

Toyosu Market

I haven't been, but I always went to tsukiji market before they closed it. Look up a way to go to the Tuna Auction (I hear they've made it a bit less hectic for tourists). Go your first day, because you'll already have jetlag. It's a 4am wake up, but it's so freakin cool that it's worth it. I'm assuming they have good sushi breakfast spots at the new market, but do your research. This is new.

柚子鹽拉麵 AFURI

Afuri has locations all over Tokyo, so you dont necessarily have to go to this one. But it's delicious. Their pork is outstanding, and a cold dark Asahi is a great companion to a bowl.