Since I am living in Tokyo for over 10 years, I am proud of myself as Tokyo Trip Expert. Here, I will tell you everything I know about how travelers from all over the world can amazingly enjoy the journey with all reasonable hotels, tasty food choices, and amazing spots including my secret recommends with travel tips in this biggest metropolitan city in the world. For Tokyo trip, I believe 4 days stay should be minimum, and if you prefer including staying hot spring spots close to Tokyo, around one week would be ideal to maximize your all fantastic experience in this trip.

For Vol.2, I’ll tell you about my favorite and lovely trip spots around Hamamacucho area. Major trip spots there are Tokyo Tower, Zojo-ji, Shiba Park, Hamarikyu Garden, and Tsukiji Fish Market Place.

Tokyo Tower

From Wikipedia – Tokyo Tower (東京タワー Tōkyō tawā, officially called 日本電波塔 Nippon denpatō “Japan Radio Tower”) is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 metres (1,092 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. Built in 1958, the tower’s main sources of income are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower. FootTown, a four-story building directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from there, guests can visit two observation decks. Every five years Tokyo Tower is repainted. It takes one year to repaint it. Since its completion in 1958, Tokyo Tower has become a prominent landmark in the city, and frequently appears in media set in Tokyo.

Here is some best photo spots for Tokyo Tower.

Shiba Park

Shiba Park is a major public park between Zojo-ji and Prince Park Tower Hotel. It has beautiful green grass park inside next to the hotel From there you can take beautiful full-range shots of Tokyo Tower like this. Please note that Shiba Park is relatively large, so, green grass area with nice view of Tokyo Tower is further side of Zojo-ji area. Here is Google Map Link.

Tokyo Tower From Shiba Park

Also, in Spring or fall season, it’s very nice idea to picnic in the park. When I lived in these area, I bought tasty sweet breads, sandwich, and cafe in Le Pan Codian Shiba Park, and enjoyed picnic with my wife and dog. We can see beautiful Cherry in Spring season. Here is Google Map Link for the cafe. It’s next to Zojo-ji.

Picnic – brittany-gaiser-unsplash

Zojo-ji

From Wikipedia – San’en-zan Zōjō-ji (三縁山増上寺) is a Jōdo-shū Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Japan. It is the main temple of the Jōdo-shū (“Pure Land”) Chinzei sect of Buddhism in the Kantō region. Zōjō-ji is notable for its relationship with the Tokugawa clan, the rulers of Japan during the Edo period, with six of the Tokugawa shōguns being buried in the Taitoku-in Mausoleum in the temple grounds. Also, the temple’s Sangadetsumon (main gate) is the oldest wooden building in Tokyo, dating from 1622. The original buildings, temples, mausoleums and the cathedral were destroyed by fire, natural disasters or air raids during World War II. It is located in the Shiba neighborhood of Minato. The Shiba Park is built around the temple, with the Tokyo Tower standing beside it. In 2015 a Treasure Gallery was opened on the underground level of the Daiden (great hall), and it currently houses paintings of Kanō Kazunobu and a model of the Taitoku-in Mausoleum.

Tokyo tower view from Zojo-ji is very typical one. THIS IS IT 🙂

Zojo-ji and Tokyo Tower

Zojo-ji itself is amazing trip spot in Tokyo. Their buddism artwork is impressive. Their count down event in new year is also really good and famous. Here is Google Map Link.

Between Zojo-ji and Le Pain Quotidien

In night time, you can take beautiful night view of Tokyo Tower with full-range there. There is a small road directly ahead to Tokyo Tower between Zojo-ji and Le Pain Quotidien Cafe.  This is my secret spot of Tokyo Tower view 🙂

Tsukiji Fish Market Place

From Wikipedia – The Tsukiji Market (築地市場 Tsukiji shijō), supervised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market (東京都中央卸売市場 Tōkyō-to Chūō Oroshiuri Shijō) of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, was the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. It was also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. The market opened on 11 February 1935 as a replacement for an older market destroyed in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, and closed on 6 October 2018 to move to the new Toyosu Market, 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) away. The market was located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo between the Sumida River and the upmarket Ginza shopping district. While the inner wholesale market had restricted access to visitors, the outer retail market, restaurants, and associated restaurant supply stores remain a major tourist attraction for both domestic and overseas visitors.

Here is a bit misunderstanding about Tsukiji Market Place. They have both inner whole sale market and outer retail market. And, the inner market moved to Toyosu area while the outer retail market is still in the same place and we usually use the outer market for shopping and food. And I have some restaurant recommends in the outer market.

Shushi – Tsukiji Itadori Bekkan

This is my favorite Sushi restaurant in Tsukiji. Tasty but not so expensive. US$50-$70 per a person. And the location is good and cozy because it’s inside of the small corner. 1st floor is street food style while 2nd floor is more formal style. Please choose your favorite sushi style. This is a kind of my secret spot because it’s very difficult to find out for tourists 🙂

Itadori Bekkan 1st Floor

 

Itadori Bekkan 2nd Floor

The entrance is difficult to find out. This is the sign. Please carefully look for it.

Itadori Bekkan Entrance Gate

You can make reservation from this link.

Soba – Choseian

Here you can have very tasty Seiro Soba with very crispy Tempura, both are the best in Tsukiji. This is also another my secret spot because it is also very difficult to find out. It is also located inside of another small corner. We can have seasonally fish and vegetable tempura here, so, enjoy every food in the best season. Especially, the taste of oyster tempura is amazingly juicy 🙂 So, when you visit to this restaurant in fall and winter season. Please try 🙂

Tsukiji Choseian

 

Tsukiji Choseian Entrance Gate

You can make reservation from this link.

Oyster Bar – Kakigoya

We have many Oyster bars in Tsukiji. And, to me, the best one is Kakigoya. You don’t have to book this restaurant because they have open eating space outside, so, you can enjoy their fresh and milky oysters with street food style.

The entrance of Kakigoya

 

Very fresh and milky oysters

Ginza – Kabuki and Shopping

Ginza is probably the biggest shopping spot in Tokyo especially for major brand products. If you prefer more unique and independent brand store, Harajuku and Omotesando areas will be the best. A good thing of Ginza is pretty close to Tsukiji. You can walk there in 10min. If you stay in Hamamatsucho, please take Asakusa line from Daimon Station to Higashi-ginza Station. Higashi-ginza Station is actually connected to Kabuki-za directly. So, you can see the beautiful view of Kabuki-za, Japanse Toraditional Musical Theater.

Kabuki-za in Ginza

If you are interested in watching Kabuki musical show, you can book tickets from here. The ticket per a person will be around $70 – $150 which depends on seats and actors. The famous actors show are more expensive. You can book the tickets from this link.

Hamarikyu Gardens

For the last part on Vol.2,  I introduce you to a beautiful Japanese garden in the biggest metropolitan city of the world, named Hamarikyu Garden.

From Wikipedia – Hamarikyu Gardens (浜離宮恩賜庭園 Hama-rikyū Onshi Teien) is a public park in Chūō, Tokyo, Japan. Located at the mouth of the Sumida River, it was opened to the public April 1, 1946. The park is a 250,165 m² landscaped garden surrounding Shioiri Pond, the park itself surrounded by a seawater moat filled by Tokyo Bay. It was remodeled as a public garden park on the site of a villa of the Shōgun Tokugawa family in the 17th century. In the garden you can find a pond with a teahouse in the center. Visitors can cross one of the three bridges to reach the teahouse, where they can enjoy refreshment such as matcha and Japanese sweets in a tea-ceremony style. The garden has a peony garden, a plum tree grove and cosmos fields with flowers for every season. Japanese falconry and aikido are demonstrated at New Year.

The best timing to visit this garden will be Spring, Fall, and Snow season. Snow season in Tokyo will be around the end of January to the beginning of February regular basis. Since I used to live close to this garden, I took many photos in every season. Here is some of them.

Hamarikyu Spring View

 

Hamarikyu Fall View

 

Hamarikyu Snow View

Speechless, isn’t it? 🙂 And, the best thing you should do here is to have matcha and Japanese sweets in the tea house.

Macha and Japanese Sweets.

 

We can enjoy in open terrace space, too.

This will be amazingly relaxing and calm moment for you. You can feel small Kyoto here, and the best place to meditate yourself in Tokyo.

Please move to Vol.3. It’s about Eastern side of Tokyo – Asakusa, Nezu Shirine, and Akihabara.

Tokyo Trip Vol.3 – Asakusa, Nezu Shirine, and Akihabara

Also, about my hotel recommendations, here is the link.

Tokyo Trip Vol.1 – Why you should stay in Hamamatsucho