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.
Here is some best photo spots for Tokyo Tower.
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.
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.
Tokyo tower view from Zojo-ji is very typical one. THIS IS IT 🙂
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
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 🙂
The entrance is difficult to find out. This is the sign. Please carefully look for it.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speechless, isn’t it? 🙂 And, the best thing you should do here is to have matcha and Japanese sweets in the tea house.
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.
Also, about my hotel recommendations, here is the link.