02 Jul Make the Best of Two Weeks in Tokyo part 2: 15 Things You Must See & Do
Here is the second installment of the Make the Best of Two Weeks in Tokyo series. I’ll be going over 15 things you must see and do!
Read part 1 here.
1. Eat sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market
If you want fresh and cheap sushi, Tsukiji Fish Market is the place to be. It’s the largest wholesale fish market in the world. If you’ve seen the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi , this place will look familiar. That’s because it’s where Jiro (or now his son) buys all his fish for his restaurant. If you haven’t seen it, stop everything you’re doing and watch it right now (it’s on Netflix).
2. Cross the Shibuya Crossing (aka the scramble)
They call it the scramble for a reason. That’s because there are thousands of people crossing Shibuya at all sorts of angles. It’s one hectic crosswalk!
The bridge lights up in various vibrant colors as soon as it gets dark –living up to its name.
If you like robots or giant robots, take a picture in front of Gundam at Odaiba Mall, he’s cute.
5. Take the JR Trains
The Japanese trains are the cleanest and the most organized trains I’ve ever been on. They are always on time. The thing to truly experience is the Japanese rush-hour aka being packed like sardines inside the trains.
6. Order ramen from a vending machine
How efficient are the Japanese?! Ramen vending machines are a fast, easy, and delicious way to have lunch. You literally just put your money in, choose the ramen you want, walk into the restaurant, sit down, and your order will be ready in just a few minutes. You don’t need to worry about the check or tip and you’re good to go!
Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya are the places to be for low to high end shopping. You can probably get the cheapest souvenirs from any of these places. The cool thing about Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya is that their stations are pretty much next to eachother. You can spend a day visiting these three places. Ginza on the other hand is about 17 minutes away from Shibuya. It’s good for high-end shopping.
This place is gorgeous. Make sure to visit some shrines and temples around this area. There are also yummy street foods. You must try the takoyakis, cheap and oishi!
9. Visit a quirky cafe (cat, owl, rabbit, maid, etc.)
I think there’s a cafe in Tokyo for pretty much any obsession out there. I especially love the cat cafes (because I’m a crazy cat lady duh). The one I went to was Calico Cat Cafe.
There are a ton of observation decks in Tokyo. The newest and most popular one at the moment is Tokyo Skytree. However, I prefer the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower because I can get a closer view of the city since it’s not as high.
11. Tokyo Tower
I am in love with this tower. Mainly because it reminds me so much of the iconic Eiffel Tower. They light it up on specific days –I believe every Saturday from 8:00 – 10:00 PM.
12. Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree is the second tallest free-standing structure in the world (the first is in Dubai). Come around 7:00pm when they start to light it up and make sure to get some Tokyo Banana Skytree sweets downstairs! They are a delicious and popular snack in Tokyo (kind of like a twinkie). My favorite is the chocolate filled.
If you’re a Disney lover, you must come to Tokyo Disney. If you have to decide from the two, I say go to Tokyo Disney Sea. It’s completely different from all the Disney theme parks in the world. Disney Sea has more thrill rides and is a lot more scenic than Disneyland. If you’re not a Disney lover, go anyway. It’s fun and half the price than what you’d pay in the U.S.!
A great way to unwind from all the walking you’ll be doing, is to book an onsen/sauna/yukata experience. The one I went to was in Matsushima (5 hours away from Tokyo), but there are plenty in the city. An onsen is a hot spring you bathe in –usually fully naked (don’t worry men and women will be separated). It’s common to book a hotel at a resort, which also includes an onsen/sauna/yukata package deal. The onsen is extremely hot and melts away all your pain and stress as soon as you submerge your body.
15. Robot Restaurant
This place is tourist central. I have met people from all over the world who came to Tokyo just for Robot Restaurant! It’s definitely one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had, I can’t even explain what goes on inside. The restaurant is intensely decorated from top to bottom —especially the lobby. I can’t imagine how much money went into building this place, but I can tell you that it is worth your 50 bucks.
Take a trip to Yokohama (an hour away from Tokyo)
Yokohama is a beautiful city. It’s the second largest city in Japan by population after Tokyo. From Tokyo, you can take the Keihin Tohoku Line straight to Yokohama Station (no transfers). Yokohama has amazing waterfront views of the city. While you’re here, visit the Cup of Noodles Museum and customize your own cup of noodles!
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Make sure to check out part 1 here if you haven’t done so already.
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