Originally posted on December 17th, 2010
Possibly Tokyo is not my hometown, but it sure feels like it. Bear in mind when I lived there? That was rather weird. I’m really homesick for Tokyo—the lights, the quirkiness, the vitality. Japan has 4 seasons, and in the winter months in Tokyo it will get so cold it snows just a bit. Tokyo is most lovely for the duration of the cherry blossom season in late March by means of early April, or when the leaves transform coloration in the course of drop (identified as “koyo“). Stay away from summertime as it is unbearably very hot and humid, and September is the rainy time and susceptible to typhoons.
Wherever To Remain
Tokyo is acknowledged for some of the most higher-course hotels in the world. Splurge on the Conrad, the Park Hyatt (AH-mazing views and I advise it personally), Mandarin Oriental, The Peninsula, or the Prince Park.
Chain hotels contain Hilton, Greatest Western, Intercontinental, Ritz Carlton, 4 Seasons, Hyatt Regency, etc.
For hotels all above Japan (such as Tokyo), I’ve utilised japanhotel.net for assessments and reservations. You can use it to uncover a Japanese ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, like the Ryokan Homelike.
Wherever to Shop and Eat
My favourite area to store, and almost certainly a single of the most famous districts in Tokyo, is Shibuya.
It is got every little thing we know and love, like Zara and H&M, as effectively as stylish Japanese division retailers like Parco and Shibuya 109, identified as meccas of Japanese style.
Harajuku is in which the more youthful children store so I tended not to shop there. The popular crowded buying street is called Takashita, just outdoors the Harajuku station exit, and if you dig lolita fashion clothes this would be the region for you. Neighboring Omotesando is for individuals that like brand names like Ralph Lauren, as effectively as substantial-conclude impartial boutiques. You can also find brand name names in popular Ginza and Roppongi, which is residence to Roppongi Hills, a towering large vogue shopping mall.
Consuming can be problematic due to the fact not all menus are in English and if you are not watchful you’ll wind up with raw horse! I advise going to an izakaya wherever you’ll be served small plates of nibbles that you can snack on all evening. Tame chains incorporate Wara Wara and Wataminchi. There’s a more compact version of Yelp! for expats known as Sunnypages in which you can read localized reviews for food and nightlife, and also bento.com for a lot more discriminating reviews.
What To See and Do
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Hang out in Yoyogi Park to see some intriguing characters like Harajuku girls and dancing Greasers, play some frisbee, or just take in the neighborhood crowd.
Pay a visit to some temples and shrines. The huge honking motherload is in Asakusa, and the Emperor’s shrine is Meiji Jingu (see: Sewing’s time), which is appropriate up coming to Takashita purchasing street and Yoyogi Park.
Karaoke is da bomb. Drinks beforehand to loosen you up, normally.
Don’t neglect purikura.
Tokyo Tower, or if you want the no cost version you can go to the Shinjuku Municipal Authorities office.
Like Disney? Check out Disney Sea. It’s received acquainted rides like the Tower of Terror and Indiana Jones as well as unique sights like Journey To The Middle Of The Earth and one,000 Leagues Below the Sea.
There are so several points to do, acquire, consume, drink, and see in Tokyo. There is no way I can cover it in a single publish or even place into words. Right here are some other posts that may possibly aid if you are organizing a trip or honeymoon in Tokyo: A Honeymoon in Hakone, Tokyo in Four Hrs or Less, Dai Kichi (Asakusa temples), , Sews in Tokyo Component one and Part two.
I love, really like, Love to plan vacations and would be satisfied to aid you with your itinerary—just concept me!