Trip Plan Details
- Portlandia410 Southwest Main Street, Portland, OR, United States
- Portland Saturday Market 108 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR
- Yoyogi Park2-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Tokyo, 13 151-0052 Japanrecommended Yoyogi ParkSundays at Yoyogi, you can see the "outlaw, non-conformist" dancers in Yoyogi. In a country that prides itself on blending in, these guys and girls stand out. It's always a photo op.Recommended for:Chris Kompst
The park itself is not that interesting, but the Yoyogi, Harajuku area is full of trendy shops.
- Tsukiji Fish MarketTsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo, Japanrecommended Tsukiji Fish MarketThis is where the coming into Japan is auctioned off each morning. Get there by 5 for to see it happen. Several shops boast Japan's best sushi and they are already crowded by 5.Recommended for:Chris Kompst
I'd recommend arriving at 4:30, so you can see the action. A lot of people actually make Tsukiji the end of their evening.
- Kyushu Jangara Ramen日本, 東京都渋谷区神宮前１丁目１３−２１recommended Kyushu Jangara RamenMy guide book recommended Kyushu Jangara Ramen, and it took me a couple of trips to find it because it's a small door without a big storefront (and I read no japanese). It's near the Jingu bridge ... read morewhere the cos players come out to strut, and around the corner from the Harajuku Station. I really liked the ramen I got and the staff were very friendly and helpful even without being able to speak english. I don't know if it was the best ramen you can get in Tokyo, but it's the best ramen I've ever had.Recommended for:
- Le Quattro Stagioniグリーンパーク1F, １−５９ Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo, Japanrecommended Le Quattro StagioniAmazing Patio, Amazing Pizza... and great times! If you're on route from one place to another and want to stop in for a tasty meal, this is a great on the way spot. Place is very kid friendly and the ... read morestaff are very kind.Recommended for:Family TravelersSnave Legrev
yup another Italian place... just in case.
- Konaya９−２ １丁目, Minato, Greater Tokyo, Japan (Caretta/Dentsu Building B1 underground)recommended KonayaLocated in under the Softbank building in Shiodome, this restaurant serves up the strangest combination of food that I have ever declared to be one of my favorites: curry udon with a tempura banana. ... read moreStrange? Yes. Delicious? Absolutely. Don't knock it until you try it! I was taken here by coworkers in Japan, and it was one of my favorite lunches while I was there.Recommended for:Traci
This is in the underground area underneath the office buildings -- it's one of my favorites!!
- Doutor CafeTNビル, ３−１ Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japanrecommended Doutor CafeIf you're craving coffee and are looking for a GREAT Starbucks alternative, this is the place to go! Tons of them all over Tokyo (and most of Japan's major cities). The coffee is great, the breakfast ... read moreitems and sweets are tasty. It definitely makes starting the day easier...Recommended for:Snave Legrev
More as an FYI... if you're looking for coffee and want a western experience, this is where you go. They open early and have great coffee. No fuss experiences...
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The food in Japan is so good that you really don't have to pre-plan where you go for your meals. You can walk into any restaurant and have the best meal ever!
- Tokyo Tower4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Tokyo, 13 105-0011 Japanrecommended Tokyo TowerIts not the tallest in Tokyo anymore, but still fun to check out. Great views of the city and on a clear day you can see all the way to Mount Fuji. If you have 1 hour to spend, and like seeing the ... read moreview of the city, check it out. Otherwise you're not missing muchRecommended for:Snave Legrev
Was part of our tour of Tokyo... great views and the stories about some of the buildings was fascinating. You;ll need a tour guide to set you up right. If you can't get a ticket to the new tower they have in Tokyo, this is still a nice option.
- Ghibli Museum日本, 東京都三鷹市下連雀1-1-83recommended Ghibli MuseumBook your tickets VERY early, even before your trip, space is limited. It's a great place to see if you're a fan of anime and want somewhere to bring your kids. The museum is special because not only ... read moredoes it walk you through the process of how his films were made, it does it so naturally that you hardly realize that it's a learning experience. One of the people in our group who wasn't familiar with the artist went from no knowledge to loving anime. Well worth the visit... Advice on traveling via JR rail to the museum: Take the JR express trains to the end of their route and THEN transfer to a local train. It'll save you easily 30mins of travel time to get out to the museum. It's in the suburbs!Recommended for:Family TravelersSnave Legrev
If you're into animation and want some status with your anime friends, you might want to look into this. Tickets are super limited and it's FAR from the Tokyo city core. Might not rank high on your list... prob 5hrs round trip with visit to see the place and get back. We did it, I liked it... but that said... If I couldve instead gone to another gallery, I would've chosen differently looking back now.
- Tower Records Shibuya神南1-22-14, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japanrecommended Tower Records ShibuyaYouth culture at its best. Yes they stock CD's and vinyl even. If you show up on the right day you'll see a live show or a signing party. It's impossible to miss when you're in Shibuya. While the rest ... read moreof the world has record stores closing up faster than ever... it's nice to see a place where the music is still alive and ppl are still into the record store experience.Recommended for:Snave Legrev
If you're in the area.. this is a good landmark to hit to find other cool stores. The area is a bit of an NYC 5th ave mixed Macy's. You'll probably end up walking up the hill and heading over to Bape, but atleast you'll have seen their big record store.
- Asakusa Shrine2-3-1 Asakusa, Tokyo, 13 111-0032 Japanrecommended Asakusa ShrineFollow the crazy market walkway and you arrive at the middle gates and temple building. It's always busy and is great for ppl watching locals and tourists alike. It's impressive to see and the ppl are ... read moreworth the LOLz. In all seriousness, this is a working Buddhist temple, and one of the largest ones in Japan (definitely the largest in Tokyo). There are people who are there to visit and connect with Buda. As you walk up to the temple there is a spot to wash your hands (to purify yourself) as well as a spot to waft the incense smoke (to also purify yourself). There are various points where you may throw money as an offering to the temple as well as various charms and activities you can participate in. All of them are fairly economical and can be interesting. Be aware of the local customs and culture and participate as you see fit.Recommended for:Snave Legrev
DEFINITELY check this place out. There are also a ton of side streets near by that have all sorts of odd goods etc. 2 or 3hrs you've seen enough. If you can find or overhear a tour, there's a ton of history about the building and how it came into existence. Quite a good story IMHO.
- HarajukuArea around Harajuku Station, Tokyo, 13 150-0001 Japanrecommended HarajukuYou have to see it to get it... take some of 5th Ave and throw it into a rainbow of colour. The area is huge and can take a whole afternoon of wandering to fully experience it. That said, it's not all ... read morelittle girls and crazy outfits, if you get a bit further into the area, there are decent mens shops and even record shops. It's a great little area which could easily eat up a whole day of adventure.Recommended for:Snave Legrev
Its' on the way to the Beams Record place... so you might as well watch all the crazy kids be crazy. Not much for an adult to enjoy... but you can say you saw it.
- Tokyo National Museum13-9 Ueno Park, Tokyo, 13 110-8712 Japanrecommended Tokyo National MuseumSpending a morning wandering around the Tokyo National Museum is a great way to get an overview of the cultural history of Japan. While the museum does not go deep on any one area, it does give a ... read morenumber of cultural and religious highlights. There are plenty of english language explanations (for those who can't read Japanesse). Personally, I found the museum layout somewhat confusing. Having started at the side building with the ancient Japan, and then moving to the main building, it took a bit to understand the room layouts. If you have an overview or general understanding of Japanesse culture and their history, you'll enjoy spending the 2 or 3 hours it takes to view the collections.Recommended for:History BuffsSnave Legrev
I wouldn't say TOP of the list of places... but if you've got 2 or 3 hours you could breeze through it. Wear comfortable shoes.
- AmeyokoBetween Ueno and Okachimachi, Tokyo, 13 Japanrecommended AmeyokoRain or shine this is a great place to check out. Not only do they have some videogame parlours, they have lots of shopping stalls. Lots of clothing, bits and bobs, and all of it with a flair that is ... read morefun to checkout. If you're looking to pick up the flee market type gifts, or looking for something a bit odd and out of place, you'll want to swing through here. It's one of those places you "walk through" rather than a destination unto itself. Bring some cash, spend some time... lots of gambling Pachinko machines in the buildings around. It's an adventure worth having. 2hrs tops before you get bored.Recommended for:Snave Legrev
Again... if you;re in the area, you'll want to check this out. The area is near lots of stuff... so we ended up walking through it while going from one place to another.
- The Wine Bar ザ・ワインバー 新宿住友ビル店西新宿2丁目6−1 新宿住友ビルディング 50F, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japanrecommended The Wine Bar ザ・ワインバー 新宿住友ビル店You want an adventure of a dinner... how about having it 50 floors above the ground! The Wine Bar is just one of about 8 different restaurants in this building. We happened to end up there one nite ... read moreafter a LONG wander around the city. The food is italian and decent. The view is stellar! You might have to wait a bit for the big reveal once the sun sets, but let me tell you, it's worth it. In fact any one of the places up this tower are worth it. You can see for miles and it really is incredible to see just how much city is around you. Food and wine are good. They have this paragon dish that is INCREDIBLE! I would highly suggest checking it out. Read the menu or pick another one of the many restaurants that are in the same bank of floors.. 50 to 54th floor you can't go wrong.Recommended for:Snave Legrev
We had a finicky eater in our group who would NOT eat Japanesse food. As a result we ended up at yet ANOTHER Italian restaurant. If you're in the area.. .again, its worth the dine.
- ＢＥＡＭＳ・ＲＥＣＯＲＤＳダヴィンチ原宿 1F, ３丁目-２５−１５ Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japanrecommended ＢＥＡＭＳ・ＲＥＣＯＲＤＳIt's a little gem to visit. The staff are awesome and the local area is full of shops worth checking out. Harajuku is full of great little places and trendy youth, but right here, across the main ... read morestreet from all that is this great area. I'd say this is the place to go for records. Not a huge collection, but the items they do have are some great rare gems. Mostly electronic / EDM music...Recommended for:Snave Legrev
Use this place as a marker for a REALLY cool area to check out. So many little shops, lots of trendy places to see. I could've spent a whole afternoon checking out the stores. Again, as a shopper; I liked it a lot, your millage may vary.
- Sukiyabashi Jiro４丁目-２−１５ Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
- Il Barocco イル バロッコ 有楽町店２丁目-１−１６ Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japanrecommended Il Barocco イル バロッコ 有楽町店If you're looking for western styled food in Tokyo and are near Ginza, this is an easy stop in. The food is great... infact I would say it's the perfect Italian experience. Food and ambience is great, ... read morethe pasta is tasty. They've got a great selection of drinks and wines. Quite nice indeed. Don't let the entry to the place put you off... yes it's in/by the tunnel for the JRL, but once you're inside, the whole city melts away for pure Italian goodness. Drinks or dinner... it's a nice stop in if you're close and need a rest.Recommended for:Snave Legrev
Not sure if you'd be excited for Italian in Tokyo, but if you're tired and need a break and just want something western, this isn't a bad choice.
- Kyo-Hayashiya赤坂9-7-3 東京ミッドタウン ガレリアＢ1Ｆ, Minato, Tokyo, Japanrecommended Kyo-HayashiyaThis place specializes in everything matcha (Japanese green tea). They gave me a sample of their green tea jello, which was good, but didn't have a strong green tea flavor. I opted for the green tea ... read moremousse and green tea cookies instead. The mousse is a must try. Light, flavorful, and not too sweet. The box of cookies came with a mix of cookies (the size of wafers but thicker) and saba (flatter, crisper cookies). Both were good, but I preferred the saba. Kyo-Hayashiya has multiple locations, but the one located in the basement of Tokyo Station was convenient to get to, although it is more a stand rather than a restaurant like some of their other locations.Recommended for:
- Takano Fruit Parlor1-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japanrecommended Takano Fruit ParlorTakano Fruit Parlor is a must try if you love desserts. They have a number of locations, but I found it easier to find the one inside of Takashimaya Times Square. Their fruit parfaits all look so ... read moreamazing from the window it is hard to choose just one. Inside, they even give you little forks at your table so it's easier to enjoy your dessert. The pear parfait was amazing! It had so many layers of different fruit mousses and gelatin and nuts. The flavors and textures went so well together and each bite was slightly different depending on what your spoon picked up.Recommended for:
- Sushi Dai日本, 東京都中央区築地5-2-1recommended Sushi DaiSushi Dai is located inside of the Tsukiji Fish Market. Believe it or not, they open at 5AM. When we arrived at the restaurant at 5:15AM, there was already a line of people, and we had to wait for the ... read moresecond round of seating which took place about an hour later. Seats are very limited with maybe just 10-12 seats. The staff is nice enough to bring out some hot green tea to keep you warm while you wait outside though. I would recommend going for the omakase, which is where the sushi chef gives you the fresh fish of the day along with a couple of small rolls, steamed egg, and miso soup. Omakase is about $55 USD per person, but you can also opt to order a la carte if you just want the fish you like. The sushi here is extremely fresh and very delicious. It's better than any sushi I've had in the States. The sushi chefs are all very friendly as well. They are accustomed to having foreigners visit the restaurant, so they speak English well enough to tell you what they are giving you and to hold a basic friendly conversation. I would highly recommend getting there early though. As we left the restaurant around 7AM, the line wrapped around the corner and looked like a 3 hour wait. I've heard people waiting even 4 hours to try out this amazing place.Recommended for:
- BAPE STORE 渋谷１３−１７ Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japanrecommended BAPE STORE 渋谷Those of us who follow trends and are somewhat fashionable can't avoid looking for the Bape Store in Tokyo. It's a cultural mecha of all trends mashed up, and easy to find, if you're in the right ... read morearea. It's exactly what you would expect, an over the top shopping experience full of all the crazy clothing and styles you've read about or seen online. It's not for the conservative or the cheap. But for those looking to bring that 1 item home that will definitely be different from their friends... this is the place to shop.Recommended for:Snave Legrev
Not just this store, but pretty much every store around it is full of odd clothing and culture that is unique to Japanesse culture. It might be mellow for some who are fashion forward, but if you're like me and want that 1 extra item in your wardrobe. An item with a story... you might want to check this out.
- Kanda Yabusoba日本, 東京都千代田区神田淡路町２丁目１０recommended Kanda YabusobaIf you want authentic Soba noodles, you HAVE to find this place. I mean LITERALLY find it, because unless you can read Japanesse (which I can't) you'll have to wander a bit to find the rustic old ... read morebuilding in the middle of many newer ones. The decore is true to the age of the building, and in reality it is exactly why you're looking for this place... The noodles are incredible! SO awesome we also went to the other location in the Mt. Fuji Lake district. Not only that, you could easily spend 2 hours dining talking, drinking and just soaking in the experience. There is no doubt that this is one of those hidden gems well worth finding!Recommended for:Snave Legrev
I have no idea how long you have in Tokyo, but I would highly suggest a lunch here, if you're anywhere near it. Super tasty!
- Toshogu Shrine日本, 東京都台東区上野９−８８
- Zojoji Temple4-7-35 Shiba-koen, Tokyo, 13 105-0011 Japan
- Tokyo StationMarunouchi 1-chome, Tokyo, 13 100-0005 Japan
- Tokyu Hands宇田川町12−18, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
- Sony Building日本, 東京都中央区銀座5−3−1
- Hachiko StatueHachiko Plaza, Tokyo, 13 150-0000 Japan
- Rainbow BridgeTokyo Bay, Tokyo, 13 105-0023 Japan
- Joypolis1-6-1 Daiba, Tokyo, 13 135-0091 Japan
- AkihabaraLocated five minutes by rail from Tokyo Station, Tokyo, 13 110-0006 Japan
- GinzaBetween Imperial Palace and Tsukiji, Tokyo, 13 Japan
- Ueno ParkNext to JR Ueno Station, Tokyo, 13 110-0007 Japan
- Shibuya CrossingIn front of the Shibuya Station Hachikō exit
- Meiji Jingu Shrine1-1 Kamizono-cho, Tokyo, 13 151-0053 Japan
- Roppongi Hills6-10-1 Mori Tower, Tokyo, 13 106-6155, Japan
- Yasukuni Shrine3-1-1 Kudankita, Tokyo, 13 102-8246 Japan
- Tokyo Imperial PalaceKokyo Gaien, Tokyo, 13 100-0002 Japan
- Asakusa Senso-jSensoji Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
- Skytree日本 〒131-0045 東京都墨田区押上1