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Eats, Stays, Things to Do - Tokyo

 

Japan elevates the ordinary to extraordinary. From classic experiences like sushi and art to everyday things like convenience stores and coffee, Japan takes them to a whole new level. Even 7-Elevens here are spotless and offer surprisingly delicious food options, proving that convenience and quality can go hand-in-hand.

Tokyo has been quietly blossoming. While tourist arrivals were paused, the city hasn't stopped improving. New luxury hotels and developments have popped up, adding to Tokyo's already impressive offerings.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Tokyo. Explore the city's numerous parks, like the serene Imperial Palace East Garden. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony for a taste of Japanese culture. Dine anywhere from casual ramen shops to Michelin-starred restaurants. Discover hidden gems in local boutiques or browse the massive selection of department stores and shopping arcades. Tokyo offers unique experiences you won't find anywhere else, even if you feel a bit out of your element at times. But rest assured, safety is a top priority here.

Tokyo's captivating allure comes from its unique blend of tradition, innovation, and constant improvement. It's no wonder it tops so many travel wishlists!

This is just a glimpse into some of Tokyo's vibrant neighborhoods. Each one offers its own distinct personality, ensuring there's something for everyone. Let's connect to create your perfect Tokyo itinerary, complete with VIP access to the city's best hotels. When it comes to hospitality, Japan truly excels, making your trip even more enjoyable.

Ready for an unforgettable adventure? Let's design your dream Tokyo vacation together!

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Tokyo

Tokyo Need-to-Knows:

  • Money: Japanese Yen (JPY) - denoted by ¥
  • Lingo: Japanese, but don't worry! Basic phrases will go a long way (see below).
  • Flying In: Haneda Airport (HND) and Narita International Airport (NRT) are your gateways to Tokyo.
  • Getting Around: Tokyo's public transportation is a dream - clean, efficient, and extensive. Explore with both above-ground trains (Japan Rail East) and the underground network (Tokyo Metro & Toei Transportation). Taxis are readily available with some offering English signage, but for ease and affordability, public transportation reigns supreme.

 

  • When to Visit:
    • Spring (late March-early April): Witness the iconic cherry blossoms (be prepared for crowds).
    • Fall (September-November): Enjoy crisp autumn air (be aware of occasional typhoon downpours).

 

  • How Long to Stay: Ideally, spend 5-7 days to fully experience Tokyo. If it's part of a larger Japan trip, 3 days can offer a good taste.

 

  • Must-Try Foods:
    • Sushi & Sashimi: The freshest seafood you'll ever have.
    • Yaki-tori: Skewered and grilled chicken or veggies - perfect street food.
    • Ramen: Hearty noodle soups with endless variations.
    • Tempura: Battered and fried goodness - seafood and vegetables.
    • Tonkatsu: Deep-fried breaded pork cutlet - a satisfying indulgence.
    • Shabu-shabu: A delightful hot pot experience featuring thinly sliced beef.

 

  • Handy Phrases:
    • Konnichiwa (hello)
    • Arigatou gozaimasu (thank you)
    • Sumimasen (excuse me)
    • Kudasai (please)

 

  • Packing Tips: Pack light layers for flexibility. Comfortable sneakers are key, and don't forget to bring a statement piece to add your personal flair!
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Tokyo

Dive into the Heart of Tokyo: Shibuya & Shinjuku

Unmissable Tokyo: No Tokyo adventure is complete without experiencing the electrifying energy of Shibuya and Shinjuku.

 

Shibuya: Where Buzz Meets Style

  • Shibuya Crossing: Buckle up for the iconic Shibuya Scramble Crossing, a must-do photo opportunity and the busiest intersection in the world.
  • Creative Hub: Dive into Shibuya's artistic side with trendy shops, record stores, and quirky cinemas.
  • Foodie Paradise: From delicious and affordable eats to charming cafes, Shibuya caters to every craving.
  • Fashion Forward: Embrace your inner fashionista with Shibuya's vibrant style scene.

 

Shinjuku: Neon Nights & Beyond

  • Neon Oasis: As day fades, Shinjuku transforms into a dazzling neon wonderland.
  • Ramen Paradise: Slurp down a steaming bowl of ramen at one of Shinjuku's countless ramen shops.
  • Izakaya Adventures: Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Shinjuku's welcoming izakaya pubs.
  • Kabukicho: Explore the vibrant Kabukicho district, perfect for bar-hopping and late-night explorations.

 

Rest in Style:

  • Park Hyatt Tokyo: Experience serenity amidst the urban buzz, with VIP perks available!
  • Trunk Hotel Yoyogi Park: Unwind at this intimate boutique hotel with a focus on wellness.
  • Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo: Enjoy a stylish and vibrant stay with top-notch concierge service and exclusive perks.

 

Unforgettable Experiences:

  • Panoramic Views: Ascend the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building for free, breathtaking city views.
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: Escape the city bustle at one of Tokyo's largest parks, featuring diverse gardens.

 

Culinary Delights:

  • Coffee Fix: Indulge in a perfect cup of joe at trendy About Life Coffee Brewers or the Scandinavian-Japanese fusion cafe Fuglen.
  • Michelin-Starred Splendor: Embark on a three-Michelin-Star kaiseki journey at Kagurazaka Ishikawa, featuring exquisite seafood, rice, and local vegetables.
  • Udon Nirvana: Savor the homemade udon noodles at the cozy Udon Shin, with customizable hot and cold options and various toppings.

 

Ready to explore Shibuya and Shinjuku? Let's plan your dream Tokyo adventure!

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Shimokitazawa: Tokyo's Bohemian Paradise

Shimokitazawa, or Shimokita for short, is a youthful haven brimming with effortless cool and a laid-back bohemian spirit. This is your one-stop shop for Tokyo's best vintage finds and a delightful cafe culture.

Treasure Hunt & Artistic Delights:

  • New York Joe Exchange: Explore a vintage paradise housed in a former public bathhouse!
  • Pianola Records: Unearth musical gems amidst their vast and eclectic record collection.
  • Gallery Hana: Discover the works of up-and-coming artists, fostering the local art scene.
  • Mikan Shimokita & Reload: Delve into trendy complexes brimming with shops, cafes, and restaurants.

 

Culinary Gems:

  • Andon: Savor expertly crafted rice balls, oden (one-pot stews), and comforting desserts in a cool, local ambiance.
  • Shirubee: Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of a traditional izakaya pub.
  • Curry Spice Gelateria KALPASI: Indulge in flavorful curries and top it off with their incredible homemade gelato in unique flavors like chocolate with Sichuan pepper or masala chai.

 

Shimokitazawa promises a unique experience, perfect for those seeking a taste of Tokyo's alternative side.

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Shimokitazawa

Ginza: Tokyo's Luxurious Escape

Ginza epitomizes Tokyo's glamorous side. This upscale neighborhood boasts elegant department stores, Michelin-starred restaurants, and a sophisticated ambience.

Indulge in Luxury:

  • Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo: Experience a playful and art-filled stay in the heart of Ginza. Book with me to unlock exclusive Hyatt Privé benefits!

 

Immerse Yourself in Culture:

  • Kabukiza Theatre: Witness the captivating art of Kabuki, a traditional Japanese drama featuring elaborate costumes, singing, and dancing.
  • Art Haven: Explore Ginza's world-class art scene at museums like the Shiseido Gallery for contemporary art and Ginza Maison Hermès, a unique blend of art gallery, movie theater, and high-end shopping.

 

Culinary Delights:

  • Higashiya Ginza: Savor exquisite homemade sweets and tea in a beautiful setting showcasing understated Japanese luxury.
  • Ginza Kojyu: Embark on a two-Michelin-starred journey of elevated Japanese cuisine through a tasting menu.
  • Ginza Shabuki: Indulge in a classic shabu-shabu experience in a private setting, with a choice of set meals or all-you-can-eat options.
  • Hakkoku: Treat yourself to the finest sushi Ginza has to offer.
  • Star Bar: Cap off your evening at this world-renowned bar, renowned for its expertly crafted drinks and use of three types of ice.

 

Ginza promises an unforgettable experience of luxury, culture, and culinary delights. Let's craft your perfect Ginza itinerary!

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Ginza Train Station - Tokyo

Nihonbashi: Where History Meets Modernity

Nihonbashi, a central business district named after its iconic bridge (meaning "Japan Bridge"), is a unique blend of old and new.

Step Back in Time:

  • Nihombashi Bridge: Explore the historic bridge, a symbol of Tokyo since the 17th century.
  • Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store: Stroll through Japan's oldest department store, originally a kimono shop from the 17th century.
  • Mitsui Memorial Museum of Art: Immerse yourself in an impressive collection of Japanese art.
  • Tako no Hakubutsukan (Kite Museum): Discover a fascinating private collection of traditional and modern kites.

 

Embrace the Modern:

  • Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo: Experience luxury at this sleek and sophisticated hotel, featuring a must-visit spa. Book with me for exclusive Fan Club benefits!

 

Culinary Adventures:

  • Caveman: Savor innovative dishes in a plant-filled hipster haven.
  • Neki: Indulge in French-influenced Japanese cuisine with a chic ambiance.
  • Kaisendon Tsujihan Nihonbashi: Experience the city's best seafood bowls – be prepared for a line!
  • Mandarin Oriental:
    • Pizza Bar on 38th: Enjoy delicious, organic pizzas with stunning views.
    • Sense (37th floor): Embark on an elevated Cantonese culinary journey.
  • Heichan: Savor a seasonal, multi-course tasting menu in a beautiful setting.
  • Parklet Bakery: Indulge in fresh pastries, naturally leavened breads, and satisfying bites.
  • Bar High Five: Conclude your evening with a creative cocktail featuring unique ingredients in an intimate setting.

 

Nihonbashi offers a captivating experience for any traveler. Let's create your perfect itinerary!

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Nihonbashi

Dive into Minato & Roppongi: Tokyo's Buzzing Hubs

Minato, a central hub, is home to the iconic red-and-white Tokyo Tower, a close cousin to the Eiffel Tower. Nestled within Minato is Roppongi, a sophisticated haven renowned for its vibrant nightlife, world-class art museums, and a diverse culinary scene.

Where to Rest Your Head:

  • Janu Tokyo (Azabudai Hills): Experience Aman's playful and family-friendly hotel with exclusive perks like food/beverage credit, daily breakfast, upgrades, and extended check-in/out.
  • The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon: Immerse yourself in youthful chic design with perks including hotel credit, daily breakfast, upgrades, and extended check-in/out.
  • Park Hotel Tokyo: Surround yourself with contemporary Japanese art. Book with me for food/beverage credit, a welcome drink, upgrades, and late check-out.
  • Grand Hyatt Tokyo: Enjoy spacious rooms with direct access to Roppongi Hills and VIP Hyatt Privé perks like hotel credit, breakfast, upgrades, and extended check-in/out.
  • Conrad Tokyo: Unwind in modern style with sweeping city views and Hilton Impresario perks like hotel credit, daily breakfast, and upgrades.
  • Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills: Embrace a clean, modern aesthetic with Japanese influence and Fora perks including hotel credit, breakfast, upgrades, and extended check-in/out.

 

Explore & Discover:

  • Roppongi Hills & Tokyo Midtown: Immerse yourself in these major developments offering restaurants, museums, shops, entertainment, and stunning architecture.
  • National Art Center: Marvel at temporary exhibitions in this breathtaking glass building.
  • Suntory Museum of Art: Explore ancient and modern art spanning multiple disciplines.
  • Mori Art Museum: Uncover the latest trends in art, architecture, and design.

 

Delectable Delights:

  • Butagumi: Don't be fooled by the casual vibes – their legendary tonkatsu (deep-fried pork) is a must-try.
  • Savoy Azabu-juban: Experience exceptional Neapolitan pizzas and other delights cooked in wood-fired ovens.
  • Pizza Studio Tamaki: Savor meticulously crafted wood-fired pizzas made with the freshest ingredients.
  • Gen Yamamoto: Embark on a farm-to-table cocktail tasting menu for a unique culinary adventure.

Minato and Roppongi offer a captivating blend of excitement, art, and delicious dining. Let's craft your perfect itinerary!

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Minato - Tokyo

Nakameguro

Nakameguro might be best known as the prime location to see Japan’s famed cherry blossoms: the Meguro River, flanked by the pink-hued trees, is certainly a sight to behold during late March and early April. But the area is also worth visiting in its own right. It’s a trendy, hipster enclave that provides a welcome respite from Tokyo’s otherwise hyper-modern, frenetic vibe — which is also amazing, but Nakameguro is a nice, fun and fascinating contrast. It allows you to experience Tokyo’s more laid-back side.

What to do in Nakameguro

Browse the curated selection of books, gifts, magazines and stationery at the Nakameguro Tsutaya Bookstore. Relax in the rooftop Meguro Sky Garden. Explore the many shops and restaurants of Kokashita, a sub-train-track shopping arcade.

Where to eat in Nakameguro

Onibus Coffee Roasters’s Nakameguro location is low-key, high-quality and a master of perfectly executed simplicity. And while it's not technically within the smaller Nakameguro, Mark's Tokyo, in the larger Meguro neighborhood, serves a mouth-watering combination of locally sourced Japanese and Italian fare in a welcoming, chic setting.

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Nakameguro - Tokyo

Chiyoda & Otemachi

Otemachi, located in Tokyo’s most ancient region, is a new business district located within Tokyo’s Chiyoda neighborhood. Otemachi is one of several “cities within a city” that have popped up in recent years. It’s ultra-modern, home to some of the city’s most luxurious hotels, but it nonetheless respects the history of its surroundings.

Where to stay in Chiyoda & Otemachi

Aman Tokyo: The brand’s signature minimalism, appealing geometry and heightened luxury feel right at home in Japan’s capital. And when you book with me, you'll receive $100 hotel credit, breakfast daily, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.

Four Seasons Hotel Otemachi: A brand new, delightful stay with a clean Japanese aesthetic and a fantastic, warm staff. When you book Four Seasons with me, you'll enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner amenities. I'll be pleased to give you more details.

Bulgari Hotel Tokyo: A taste of Italy in central Tokyo. 

Palace Hotel Tokyo: Nature motifs, stellar views and one of the best hotel welcomes you’ll experience. Fora partner perks include $100 food / beverage credit, breakfast daily, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.

HOSHINOYA Tokyo: A classic ryokan meets modern urbanism.

The Peninsula Tokyo: The brand’s signature five-star amid sophisticated luxury. Book with me to receive VIP PenClub perks, including $100 hotel credit, a welcome amenity, breakfast daily, a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking and check-in/out anytime (as early as 6am and as late as 10pm).

a sleek indoor swimming pool overlooking an urban landscape

IMAGE COURTESY OF FOUR SEASONS HOTEL OTEMACHI

What to do in Chiyoda & Otemachi

Stroll around the perimeter of the Imperial Palace, whose gardens and moat make for an especially pleasant walk, and people watch in the palace’s accompanying park. Search for treasures at the outdoor Oedo Antique Market, which operates every first and third Sunday of the month. 

Where to eat in Chiyoda & Otemachi

Start the day off with single-origin brew at the hip, aesthetically pleasing Glitch Coffee Roasters. The evening calls for a taste of fine dining. Family-style Italian food is prepared in an open kitchen at the elegant Pigneto, in the new Four Seasons. On a clear day, you’ll dine with views of Mt. Fuji. Another Four Seasons must is the Michelin-Starred est, where local Japanese ingredients are treated to refined French technique. Out in town, try Sumibi Yakiniku Nakahara for charcoal-grilled meats prepared tableside.

TOKYO - Eats, Stays, Things to Do
Chiyoda - Tokyo