It was only a few weeks ago now, and yet it feels like a dream. Four days in Japan’s big smoke, a city of 13 million people. I’d been to Tokyo once before for fashion week, but this time it was different. This time it was all about taking the city’s culture in and seeing it through a local’s eyes. To get the full experience, we travelled with Inside Japan as part of their self guided Gastronomic Adventure. That gave us an itinerary that featured the best the city had to offer, including a private half day tour with Tokyo local Isa, which was perfect for truly getting to know Tokyo, getting off Ginza’s main street and into a dingy manga cafe.
Must Dos: Shinjuku at night, Tsukiji Fish Markets at the crack of dawn, the Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa, the view from Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, a fancy dinner in Ginza, the Robot Cafe just for giggles.
Must Stay: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier. I was in love with this hotel and really didn’t want to leave. All of their rooms have incredible views of Ginza and the buffet breakfast was phenomenal.
Must Shop: Stock up on Uniqlo whenever and wherever you can, it’s so much cheaper than in London. For the most choice, Ginza boasts the largest Uniqlo store in the world. The shops of the electronics district, Akihabara (the new Harajuku according to Isa) are so fascinating.
Must Eat: Michelin star meals for lunch, sushi for breakfast at Tsukiji, sushi for dinner in Ginza, ramen from Ippudo, pocky from wherever you can get it.