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I stayed in the Ginza area of Tokyo which is the most famous shopping, dining and entertainment districts.
Your typical Western breakfast is obviously not typical in Japan but if you are looking to find something you can head to Eggs n’ Things. I felt the food was good, a bit over priced. Maybe because it was located in Ginza or you pay buy the ounce of whip cream. It did provide a cool patio view of the city though.
While in Ginza you are easily able to check out Ginza Six Mall which is a fancy shopping center which have some of my favorite cookies at a world wide chain, Ben’s Cookies
You can then head over to Tsukiji Fish Market which is a sprawling wholesale fish market with an array of seafood & viewing areas for a popular tuna auction. I tried sushi here which was decent but it felt more touristy for sure. I did go around the corner after leaving and saw a line forming for this bowl of meat, or what I think is meat, and got that and it was waaay better.
A 25 minute walk or 9 minute car ride away is the Tokyo Imperial Palace. they obviously don’t let you go all the way up but I still thought it was cool.
If you aren’t interested I you can easily take the subway, which is what I used to get around Tokyo, and found it really easy to Ueno Park
Ueno Park has a bunch of things to do such as Pagodas, Temple, Museums, Cherry Blossoms in the spring, live performers, a zoo and more!
Nearby is Senso-Ji Temple was completed in 645 and is Tokyo's oldest Temple. It was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
After a day of exploring I recommend you head over to Bar High Five! Which used to be ranked higher but is currently the number 48 bar in the world according to the website worlds 50 best bars. They don’t take reservations and have limited seating. From my experience they don’t have a menu and just ask the kind of liquor you wanted, flavor like fruity, etc and made it based off that. I thought the drinks and snacks were on point though!
The Shibuya Crossing located in the Shibuya ward is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. At peak times over 1000 people cross at the same time, coming from all directions.
Takeshita Street is a pedestrian shopping street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants in Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan.
Meiji Jingu Shrine It is a Shinto shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo, is located in a forest that has over 120,000 trees from 365 different species and covers an area of 170 acres. Other things to see are giant toriis which are traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a former estate is now a 144-acre park with diverse garden areas, grassy expanses & a greenhouse.
You'll need to get ramen at some point and I went to Ichiran Ramen. The experience was interesting since you have your own little cubby but the food was good!
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which is the tallest city hall in the world. There are two panoramic observation decks, one in each tower on the 45th floor. Entrance is free to the public and has gift shops and cafes. The observation decks are open between 9:30 – 23:00, but the two observation decks alternate the dates they are open.
From the look out you can Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Skytree, Mount Fuji and Meiji Jingu Shrine.
If you are looking for more of a nightlife you can check out Kabukichō area. This is also home to the robot restaurants. I read before going mixed review on whether the area was safe or how they try to take advantage of touristy with prices. I didn’t stay long or experience any that.
Afterwards though you can head over to SG club which is currently #10 or Bar Ben Fiddich - #40 like I did for a drink.
If you have extra time you can try and do Mario Kart in the streets, watch a Sumo Practice or the Odiaba area. Odiaba has a Statue of Liberty and a Giant Ferris wheel. I stupidly tried to walk there and it was way too long and gave up once I saw that the ferris wheel wasn’t lit up.
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