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.4, I’ll talk about major fashion and culture district in Tokyo which are Omotesando, Harajuku, Shibuya, Yoyogi Park, and Meiji jingu.
Omotesando and Harajuku
Omotesando and Harajuku area is one of my favorite spots in Tokyo because there is lots of cozy cafe, and new independent fashion brands shop. Those are very unique and you can discover cutting edge cultures for fashion and art in Tokyo. On google map, the area you should walk around is blue-marked area. Especially, new and independent fashion brand stores and small Japanese pop culture art galleries are located in not along with major streets but more inside of the major streets. If you are fashion lovers, walking around these inside area will be nice.
Open Terrace Cafe in Omotesando
If you feel a bit tired of walking, I have some recommends for taking rest in cozy cafe.
This cafe has Paris style open terrace cafe in outside, so, very nice place to relax yourself. Also, actually this cafe in the part of wedding chapel, so, somtimes you can see wedding ceremony. I like the mood which people spontaneously feel warm air once the ceremony starts. That’s good 🙂
Here is Google Map Link. Sometimes, this cafe is buzy, so, better to make reservation in advance.
CrissCross & Cicada
This cafe is located to close Nezu Art Museum which I tell you later and another my favorite spot in Omotesando. This cafe also has open terrace space and they have very tasty bread and bekary shop.
This cafe is actually the part of the restaurant, Cicada.Cicada is Mediterranean cuisine restaurant, and this restaurant is also fantastic place to relax yourself and can have cafe, too. The taste is very good, and I like the interior design of this restaurant. Looks like walking through the cave, then, see ocean view from there.
Here is Google Map Link. For dinner, you should make reservation.
Nezu Art Museum
They has pretty good lunch spot inside, also beautiful Japanese garden inside, too.
If you are Japanese Garden and Japanese Art Lover, the best timing to visit this place must be the beginning of May. It’s because they exhibit the master peace of Ogata Korin, “Kakitsubata-zu” only during the moment Kakitsubata, a beautifully purple colored flowers, reach full blooms. It looks just like “Perfectionism in Japanese Art”. I was speechless when I saw the following view.
The ticket is around $10 per a person. It’s worth to see it before you die 🙂 Here is Google Map Link.
This big part is a part of Meiji Shrine. It will be like Central Park in Tokyo. I like to picnic sometimes here. In autum season, you can see very beautiful red colored view there.
And, you can take this photo, too 🙂
Meiji Shrine is extremely popular for Japanese to celebrate end of year and new year season. If you wanna experience it, you can try, but, really busy there, so be careful 🙂 Also, you are lucky, sometimes you can see Japanese traditional wedding ceremony in the main gate of this shrine. It has aesthetic beauty of Japanese culture.
Shibuya is a Hub for young generation pop culture, and you can feel a kind of chaos in this biggest metropolitan city in the world. I guess the must thing you should go across “Shibuya Scramble Crossover “. You see this view in some of major Hollywood movies such as “Biohazards”.
To me, the best timing to visit here is Halloween season in October 31st. You can see lots of unique and funny costume shows there. I have some photos. It’s worth to watch 🙂
One more thing, if you stay the hotels in Hamamatsucho area base on my recommends, the easiest way to get to Omotesando area is to use Oedo Line. And the destination will be Aoyama-Itchome station. From there, you can walk to Omote-sando by 15 min walk. And the middle of the road in Autum, you can see beautifully colored line of ginkgo( biloba ). I like to visit here every fall. It’s impressive.
Oh I forgot one more thing 🙂 If you really like to experience cutting edge Tokyo fashion and art culture, the best timing will be Fashion Night Out by Vogue. They have this culture event usually in September. You can see lots of pop-up style fashion and art show and stores during the event. It’s really fun!
You can check the schedule here.
Also, about my hotel recommendations, here is the link.
For Vol.5, I’ll tell you about Odaiba and Odaiba Oedo-onsen. Please move to this link.