I’m back from Japan!
Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. the last few days here on the blog as I took some time off to really enjoy my trip. I have been instagraming my adventures though throughout Japan, so make sure to follow me there to always stay up to date with my latest escapades!
Our trip has been absolutely amazing. We’ve visited 3 Japanese cities during our stay: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka. Out of them all, Tokyo was both Rob’s and my favorite city. We both fell in love with it and could easily imagine ourselves living there one day. It’s such a clean and organized city while being crazy & fun as well. If it’s not on your travel radar yet, you should definitely add it! If you ever find yourself in this astonishing city here’s a little Tokyo Travel Guide to help you with where to stay, what to eat… etc.
Where to stay?
Both times we were in Tokyo this trip we stayed in the same 0.1 mile radius in Shinbashi, next to Shimbashi station. The location was just perfect. Really close to the station and a walking distance from the happening Ginza area. Both day & night we were able to take a short walk to arrive at our destination. Royal Park Hotel & Park Hotel are both great options in that area.
What to wear?
Tokyo is a fast paced convenient city. Midweek everyone is hustling their way to work and on the weekend everyone lets loose a little. In both cases, it’s all about comfort and minimalism when it comes to fashion. Make sure to pack comfy shoes. Whether you wear running shoes, flats or sandals, comfort is key. If you’re into minimalist style, leave space in your luggage as you’ll be doing some shopping in Tokyo for sure! Midi skirts and culottes are all the rage in Tokyo at the moment. Depending on when you’re planning to travel, it can be really hot or really cold there. So, make sure to check the weather forecast before your trip.
What to eat?
There’s definitely not one restaurant I would recommend. In my opinion wandering around and stumbling upon restaurants is the best way to go in Tokyo. Get away from the main streets and venture into the side streets, where it’s the most authentic. Wondering through little alleys is exactly how we found ourselves in an Izakaya under the train tracks having an amazing meal with the locals! Our favorite meals were spread along more than one restaurant. With their small plate (tapas style) meals, it’s easy to jump from one place to another, trying new foods along the way. As for what to eat specifically, from ramen to sushi to yakitori and other Japanese specialties Tokyo has it all! Also, you’ll find some great quick eat shops in the subway make sure you give a couple of them a try! The one thing you should definitely try is Mr. Donuts’ Pon De Strawberry. A cluster of balls shaped like a donut, so fluffy and almost chewy, it’s a must!
What to do?
There are thousands of “what to do in Tokyo” articles out there. Some of the must do in my opinion are:
- Wandering around in Ginza both day & night
- Shopping in the subway shops
- Stopping randomly for some street food
- Souvenir and kitchenware shopping in Kappabashi
- Checking out Takeshita Dori market
- Ditching the main streets and strolling in the little alleys
There’s so many things to do and so many places to see in Tokyo that I can’t imagine a way to fit them all in one Tokyo Travel Guide. My one tip is to keep things a little improvised and follow the locals. In tiny alleys, we found beautiful serene temples, gorgeous cafes and great food.
On a related note, I will be doing a Japan Week on my YouTube channel next week! I’ll be posting Monday to Friday, a daily video about my trip to Japan including 4 vlogs and a Japan beauty, skin care and fashion haul! So if you’re not subscribe to my channel yet, make sure you subscribe here as soon as possible to not miss the fun!