If you think NYC is the city that never sleeps, just wait till you see Tokyo. You’ll literally never run out of things to do in this quirky city!
TO EASE ANXIETY:
- Buy a Japan Rail Pass a couple months in advance if you plan to train to different cities.
- Take the subway! Tokyo is massive and using the subway is the easiest way around the city.
- Get cash at 7-Elevens. The ATM’s there were the only ones that worked with my card.
- Give your seat up on the train. Respect for the elderly is everything in Japan. They even have a public holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens.
- Tip! Your server would most likely chase you out of the restaurant to give you your money back.
- Go to animal cafes. These spots are hardly more than petting zoos for animals that would otherwise not receive any attention.
I stayed in an AirBnb in Shibuya. Airbnb’s are a lot cheaper than hotels in the city, just be aware that Tokyo apartments are tiny. After all, 38 million people live here.
I recommend finding something in Shibuya or Shinjuku neighborhoods.
Opened in 645AD, Senso-ji is Tokyo’s oldest temple. And it is BEAUTIFUL.
Tsukiji Fish Market:
Street markets with some of the best Japanese grub you can find. Go early as the market is only open 9am-2pm.
Wander through Harajuku:
Harajuku is a trendy neighborhood full of cutting-edge fashion and street art. Walk down Takeshita street and check out the quirky vintage clothing stores.
Famous for being the busiest crossing in the world. An iconic landmark in Tokyo you can’t miss!
Rent a room with your friends for 2 hours in a private karaoke room. You can’t go to Tokyo without going to Karaoke Kan!
Super small and hella fun karaoke bar. There are a ton of karaoke bars in this area, Golden Gai is only of the only ones that doesn’t charge cover.
TO GET THERE:
From the Narita express airport, take the JR Nartia Express train for 3000 Yen or use your Japan Rail Pass. There are departures every 30 minutes.
Kinka Sushi Bar Izakaya:
Sushi that melts in your mouth it’s so good.
Fun and inexpensive sushi track! Go early as lines tend to get very long
One of the most famous ramen spots in Japan! Perfect for introverts as you never see the servers!
Gong Cha Boba:
Because you just can’t go to Asia without getting some boba.