Kate and I are going to Tokyo and Kyoto next month and we’d love some recommendations!

We’ll be in Tokyo and Kyoto over Thanksgiving week. If you have recommendations are where to eat, drink, or play, please leave a comment. Thanks!



  1. barsGo to Shinjiku and walk northeast from the station.  You’ll find Golden Gai, a cramped two block wide zone filled with 50 or so tiny little bars.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinjuku_Golden_GaiWalk west to Kabukicho, the red light district of Tokyo. There are lots of strip clubs and hostess bars run by Japanese mofia.Get back on the train (Yamanote) and get off in Shibuya.  Take the Hachiko exit, cross the big intersection and walk up that avenue a few blocks to Echo bar.  There’s another drinking spot right above it that’s good.  To the northeast is Trump Room, a cool club with good DJs.  This article mentions these Shibuya places and has directions:http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-feature/kampai-tokyos-coolest-bars-20100111-m1n1.htmlFrom Shibuya, board the Keio Inokashira line and take it 10-15 minutes to Shimokitazawa.  My favorite place is this hookah bar:http://shisha-tokyo.com/cafe/cafe_1bangai.htmlit's a short walk north of the station and you’ll find lots of good places along the way.music placesThere are several "live houses" in Shimokitaza (I remember going to one a few times south of the station.  It’s on the main drag on the right hand side).coffee placesThis place is cool and weird, near Shimokitazawa:http://www.bento.com/rev/2728.htmlweird shopping placesDuring the day Shimokitazawa is a good place for second hand stuff.  Harajuku (beyond the touristy zone near the station) is good for pricey stuff.any must see shit? like this gigantic gundamAsakusa (the old town) is worth checking out.You def have to see this:http://www.designfestagallery.com/index_en.htmlIt's a big two story apartment complex converted into gallery space.  Behind it there’s a restaurant where you make your own okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake).While you’re in Harajuku, see Meiji Jingu shrine, in Yoyogi park.Go to Tsukiji fish market.  Take the first train (I think it’s around 5am).  Walk into the auction area (the warehouse where all of the fork lift drivers are coming out of).  Eat at Sushidai or Daiwa Sushi if you want a crazy experience with live stuff. Otherwise check out the places with salesman and placards outside and go to one that’s crowded.Justin

  2. Make sure you get a Japan Rail Pass before you come. It will save you a lot of money on transportation especially if you plan on going to Kyoto by Shinkansen. Only works on JR and not subway or private lines but the JR covers most areas in Tokyo that you’ll need to go to.http://www.japan-rail-pass.comTokyo is a night city and best experience at night. If you visit places like Shinjuku and Shibuya for the first time I suggest going there at night. Best to take in the touristy places like Asakusa during the day time. Not sure how long you will be spending in Kyoto but Osaka and Nara are only a hour or so away by train so you might want to check those places out as well. A little different from Tokyo.Also, now that Autumn is more or less here the air is clearer and Mt. Fuji is really beautiful. If the weather permits and you have the time a bus trip out there is definitely worth it.

  3. Welcome to Tokyo. It would be nice to visit Bushido Dojo and you can see what precepts of the samurai are.kengology – Filed under ‘budo’http://kengology.okuzasongs.net/tag/budoSeiken Shin-Kage Ryu : Kagurazaka Studio (掣圏真陰流 神楽坂スタジオ)http://www.bushido-seiken.com/And almost of all my foreign friends had been to the hotel.Love hotel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_hotel

  4. Hi Sachin,Tokyo: Pop up the new Sky Tree for the best views, reachable from Asakusa station but book your tickets now as they are all sold out many days in advance. Failing that, there is the Roppongi Hills with great views too and possibly a bit of queuing involved and finally the free option of the Tokyo Metropolitan government offices in Shinjuku with lots of queuing involved and less interesting views as you are looking out from in the midst of what you should be seeing from elsewhere.I’d also recommend a trip around the Imperial Palace grounds. Have a really great time.Harold

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