It’s TOKYO Baby!
Tokyo lives up to all the hype I have heard about. I can’t forget it was bone-chilling cold when we landed but the first time in the history of travel I came across an airport which had art activity stalls for passengers which represented the culture of the country. I thought Japan is only famous for fast trains, but to my surprise, this country has the fastest internet connection too.
What to pre-book before heading to Tokyo.
Note: Most of the local trains stop at midnight (you should be at the station by 11:30 pm) whereas cabs are really expensive.
What to do?
Location: Musashi Ninja Clan Shinobi-Samurai Honjin Dojo, 3-5-8 Shibakoen The Kikai Shinko Kaikan building #B413, Minato 105-0011 Tokyo Prefecture
Tip: Ask for a map in English at the ticket counter.
How to get there: Take the JR Yamanote line to Shinjuku and then take south exit.
Entrance fee: 500 Yen
Where to eat?
Forget everything you know about food when in Japan, and get ready for the brunch of a lifetime. I don’t think I could narrow it down to even just a dozen top spots, but okay let me give it a try.
Ninja Akasaka – this ninja-themed entertainment restaurant is a must-visit restaurant to feel the magic and mysteries of Japanese Ninja scenes in ninja cartoons since childhood. The staff dressed in ninja all-black and trained in all sorts of tricks and illusions will keep you entertained throughout your stay in there.
Location: 2-14-3, Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyu plaza Akasaka 1F
Nearest Station: Akasaka Mitsuke Station
Robot restaurant – till now you must have seen plenty of traditional side of Japan, this is the other side of the coin where you’ll see future dancers performing a dance as robots and laser lights everywhere.
Recommend – It is quite expensive. Also, get the tickets early before going.
Location: B2F Shinjuku Robot Bldg, 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Nearest Station: East exit of Shinjuku Station
Sincere Garden(vegetarian option) – in a country where the traditional food is all non-vegetarian, it’s hard for vegetarians to find good food and sincere garden is complete heaven for those. Being famous among actors-actresses too, this cafe offers all vegan dishes without egg or dairy products.
Seasonal garden salad, a garden plate with a bagel, and vegan sweets are popular menu.
Location: 2F, 3-5-4 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Maid cafes – These immensely popular Japanese cafes are famous for waitresses dressed as house-maids who treat customers as masters in private homes. Maidreamin, in Akihabara, is one of the most popular ones. The menu offers a wide variety of dishes, drinks, and desserts which are decorated with cute and adorable patterns.
Location: Sumiyoshi BLDG.6F 3-16-17 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo.
Ise Sueyoshi – located in the heart of Tokyo, this restaurant is ideal for enjoying the four seasons of Japan on a plate. Ise Sueyoshi is a Kaiseki, which means a succession of small, beautifully executed dishes. The ingredients are bought directly from farms, guaranteeing absolute freshness. The chef will explain the story behind each dish. You’ll have an amazing experience like me.
Fun fact: the restaurant only has five seats at the counter and six tables.