Friday, August 29, 2014

Tokyo Recommendations?

Kate Spade "Hello Tokyo" clutch (also available here - and in the phone case version)

Exciting news! I'm turning 30, next month (that's not the exciting part), and Bobby is taking me to Japan! We'll be spending most of our time in Tokyo, but would also like to venture out for a couple of days. We've been researching and planning out our trip, but I wanted to check and see if any of you had any recommendations to share. If you do, please let us know!


  1. I love the clutch and I'm sooo jealous. Tokyo!!! Enjoy your stay :)

    xx Mira

  2. So jealous! I went to Tokyo for a week years ago and it is the most incredible place. You must must must go to Harajuku, there are some seriously crazy (in a good way) clothes shops in the area, also an amazing shrine in Yoyogi Park (although you might want to check the news on that before you go, I hear it's being fumigated because of some cases of dengue fever....) and there is an incredible multistory toy shop called Kiddy Land which has some great stuff. Then you have to go to the Shibuya crossing and people watch in a cafe (walking distance from Harajuku). There are so many things to see and do there, it's impossible to do everything, but get familiar with the train lines and you'll manage. Have an amazing time, can't wait to see what you get up to! x

  3. Happy Friday! I've never been to Tokyo, but always wanted to go. I can't wait to see where your adventures take you!

    Heidi D.

  4. I was there for six months--Japan is amazing! Osaka has the BEST vibe, it was my favorite city (and really good food), but for history go to Kyoto.

  5. Bike around is all I can say. And be sure to get away from the highrise areas of Shibuya, Shinjuku etc. Fun for a drink in a skybar and some people watching, otherwise not so much. Best tip: Under the railway stations like Ueno and Yurakuchu, you have a maze of small eateries and very busy places for commuters. Great fun and a lovely opportunity to try authentic snacks and beer in a very relaxed setting.

    Around Shin-koenji you can find quite a few vintage shops (a whole stree, quaint and hip and every-day all the same). Google is your friend as always:-) Have fun!

  6. Can't wait for the Japan photos!

  7. Congratulations! You are going to have the most marvelous time. I can't wait to see photos :) I've never been to Tokyo (it's on my bucket list), but please please please make a pit-stop at the Studio Ghibli museum for me. The artwork is supposedly beautiful, and the place has exclusive Totoro content that isn't available to the public (a Mei and Catbus short!). Congratulations once again!

    The What's In Between

  8. Tokyo, oh my. I miss it so much. You have to check out my fav department store in shibuya called 109 Ichi maru kyu :P

  9. Oh my gosh....I can't wait to see pictures of this trip!!
    I hear Tokyo is amazing!
    Have the best time!!
    -Adrienne. xo

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  10. That is amazing! You will have so much fun! My husband is from Japan and the first time I visited it really exceeded my expectations. Everything is so different and exciting, from driving on the other side to the vending machine variety. Top places for a vintage gal would be Harajuku, Daikanyama and Asaksa. Just get out of the station and wonder around. I didnt like Shinjuku or Shibuya very much since Im from NYC, but they are very interesting. The former mentioned actually are a part of Shibuya, but its complicated. lol. Also connected to Omotesando which is the super fancy shopping street. If you want to venture out, Kamakura is my favorite. It used to be the capital and has many stunning temples and shrines. Yokohama is reachable in an hour by train and has the infamous Chinatown and the harbor. I just got back from Japan on Monday. Ill be posting more tips and maps. You will have a blast!!


  11. Wow! This is so exciting! Happy advance birthday as well. Hope you have (which I assure you will)!


  12. Hello from Tokyo! I don't really go to shinjuku or Shibuya because it's always crowded but Marunouchi is nice. The nearest station is Tokyo station which is a huge terminal station like grand central. Also recommend Tokyo Midtown or Roppongi Hills (both in Roppongi). Both have parks outside to just rest. Hope you have a great time!

  13. day trip to Mt Takao

    Kiddyland in Harajuku
    6 stories of toys and accessories

    Tzukiji fish market for the freshest sushi

    whoopi goldburger

    Ramen Street at Tokyo Station

    Golden Gai unique bar-town in Shinjuku

    cat cafe in Ikebukuro

    get lost in the streets if Harajuku for some vintage shopping

    eggs n things breakfast place

    Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

  14. Oh my, I hope you have a wonderful time there. I have never been so I have no tips to offer other than have fun. That is so sweet of Bobby to take you and I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

  15. What an amazing birthday present! Sure you two will have a wonderful time :)


  16. How exciting, I hope you have so much fun! That clutch is so cute and perfect for your trip ;).


  17. NARA! NARA! NARA! So many deer! Go!

    Also 100% best investment is to get a Japan Rail Pass before you go.

  18. Yes! So freaking cute! I mean I probably will never see Tokyo in my life but this clutch let's me say still hello to Tokyo! �� kisses, Sissi

  19. Check out the Ghibli museum in the Mitaka district, it's fantastic. Also explore Harajuku and Akihabara. A lot of focus has switched from Harajuku to Akihabara lately, but both are still great.

  20. WOW! What a wonderful way to celebrate. So excited for you two. Talk about a dream trip...

  21. I have never been but I know you're a huge fan of Disney and I watched some vlogs of YouTubers I follow who went there and it looks like a lot of fun! Think rare Disney merch too!

  22. I just went to Japan last year, and it was the greatest experience! I definitely second the suggestion to go to Nara if you venture anywhere near Kyoto. It's a beautiful place with cute deer walking all around.

    For shopping, my absolute favorites were Takeshita-dori in Harajuku, and Shibuya 109. Shibuya 109 is a huge multi-story mall full of the cutest clothing. I can't wait to go back there.

    A place not many people mention is Sankeien Garden, which is so lovely. It's a beautiful garden with a large pond, rivers, trails, and it exhibits several historical structures from throughout Japan. It's in Yokohama, so still close to Tokyo, and it's a nice break from the city.

  23. I'm half Japanese and go back every other year to visit my mother's family, who still all live over there :) If you are able to make a side trip, I'd strongly recommend going to Kyoto to see the temples and zen gardens perched along the mountain sides. They are breath-taking and give you a sense of "old world" Japanese history and culture that you don't otherwise get if you stay only inside Tokyo city (in my opinion:)). Also, Kyoto is extremely tourist friendly and English-speaker friendly so you and Bobby will have no trouble navigating.

    Find a good yakitori place for dinner one of your nights as well, because at least in my experience, I've never seen it done right outside of Japan and it is so, so, SO yummy over there!
    I'm so happy for you that you're finally getting the chance to experience a part of your heritage! Have a fantastic time! :)

  24. Aww happy early birthday!! Hope you take tons of pictures to share

    Maggie A

  25. Hi! I just spent my summer doing study abroad in Japan! In Tokyo, you should definitely check out Shimokitazawa for shopping since it has a lot of cheap, good vintage/thrift stores and an overall really cool vibe. Shinjuku Gyoen National Park has a lot of gorgeous gardens and pathways which I'm sure are gonna be even better during fall! Also, going to an owl cafe is one of the best memories I had in Tokyo since I got to play with owls! I would suggest Fukuro no Mise in Tsukishima since they also give you a cute little souvenir at the end of your visit (I got a cool owl tote bag). If you want a good aerial view, I would suggest going to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building since the observation deck is free, it's within walking distance of Shinjuku Station, and it has an incredible 360 view! Sky Tree is super pricey compared to it, and also more of a distance to travel from the city center. Go to Tsukiji Market in the early morning to get super fresh, delicious fish! And of course go to Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Harajuku at least to check them out! And if you can, go to Nara!! You won't regret it, I promise! I went to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kanazawa as well, but Nara was by far my ultimate favorite city because of its cute friendly deer and the incredible Todai-ji (my favorite temple in all of Japan). Sorry I'm rambling but ahhhhh I'm so excited for you! You're gonna have a lot fun!!! :]

    P.S. If you end up going to Kyoto, the temples and shrines are great but also check out Arashiyama's monkey park! You get an amazing view of Kyoto while hanging out with Japanese macaque monkeys (haha sorry you can probably tell by now that I'm a huge animal lover)
    P.P.S. Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto is breath-taking! If you end up going, try going really early in the day since that's when the sun's rays make the tori gates/surrounding forest come alive! It also is very crowded later in the day which makes it hard to take good pictures :P
    P.P.P.S. The convenient stores in Japan are the best! Try as many different drinks/snacks as you can!

  26. yay! Fun! I just turned 30 too

  27. First, make sure before you go, look into getting a J-Rail Pass. You buy it here in the States and it's good for all trips on J-Rail train lines including the Shinkansen Bullet Trains. You won't need a car. You can get around by train.
    I am mixed Irish and Japanese. My Dad's family is all in Japan, so I've been a few times. Things not to miss: Kamakura, Kyoto, and try to make it to a hot springs. Also, take a day trip to Osaka on the Shinkansen. You will pass right by Mt. Fuji. If the weather is nice, it is UNBELIEVABLE!!! During good weather months, you can walk up trails to the top of Mt. Fuji if you are feeling adventurous. Have fun!!!

  28. For shopping, check out Shimokitazawa for used and vintage shops, and Harajuku for fun, one-of-a-kind pieces. Omotesando is just next to Harajuku and has the high-end designer stores.

    For drinks, I'd recommend Two Rooms in Omotesando or New York Bar at the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku for drinks with a view. For a more "authentic" Tokyo dining experience, head underneath the railroad tracks at Yurakucho for yakiniku with the salarymen.

    Depending on when you're in town, the sumo tournament may be in Tokyo (Sept. 14-28) and there may be some fun festivals going on as well.

    For outside Tokyo, whenever my friends come visit me, I always recommend a Tokyo > Hakone > Kyoto > Hiroshima > Nara > Tokyo circuit. It's a really great value if you have the JR Pass, you'll get to see temples, shrines, deer, Mt. Fuji and maybe soak in an onsen.

    Feel free to check out my blog about my experiences in Tokyo and Japan (I'm a halfie American living in Tokyo). Would be more than happy to give you any other recommendations!

  29. I just wrote a blog entry about this! Tokyo recommendations:

  30. Hello! I hope you will have a great time in Japan :)
    There are my fab shops and places ~


    yaesu character street(pdf)

    moomin cafe

    asakura museum of sculpture (tiny, but cozy house)

    isetatsu (japanese paper)

    domyo (kimono's obijime shop)

    chikusen (yukata shop)

    oumiya (60's taste? cafe)

    hotel new otani (short cake!)

    ukai (toufu restaurant)

    idemitsu museum (koukyo view )

    kagurazaka (my fab town)