Shopping in Tokyo
Shoppers can head to the Akibahara district, a neon-lit futuristic-looking
area that is first and foremost worth visiting for its many electronics stores
with a particularly good selection of the latest screams of all kinds of
electronic dupe dits. (It is worth noting that the Japanese VAT is deducted at
the spot, so you usually do not need to fill out a refund form upon departure.
However, the passport must be brought with purchases over 10,000 yen, about $
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So bring Shinjuku, where you can see classic Japan. There are large parks
with Shinto temples and botanical gardens, and close by are shopping areas and
the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building with a free and beautiful view, where
you can see Fuji Mountain during the day. (Unless the smog is too dense, and it
often does.) The view in the evening, however, is even more impressive.
Eating in Tokyo
Japanese food is more than sushi! It is a dream to eat food in Tokyo. But an
expensive dream. There are so many good restaurants that you can hardly imagine.
That is not to say too much when we say that Tokyo is the world's new gourmet
capital. And it is more than the food that makes us tourists open their eyes and
mouths. Unknown kitchen utensils look both exotic, exciting and elegant. Be it
bottles and jars for oil, sauce, drinks (e.g. sake) or baskets, knives or rice
It is very expensive with meat in Japan. So in Tokyo. That's why a lot goes
on in fish, vegetables, rice and noodles. If you want something other than fish,
then eat chicken, preferably at an Indian restaurant. Otherwise, there is a
noodle shapper on every other street corner.
The problem for first-time tourists is that much of the food looks unknown.
And you don't necessarily understand that much of the posters and information at
the restaurant either. What you will notice is that many of the restaurants
specialize in a type of taste or special dishes. Of course, in such a large city
as Tokyo, there are many restaurants that cater to Western cuisine, such as
Italian, French, German and so on. And of course you will find Chinese
restaurants here like anywhere else in the world. However, try Japanese food, so
know that some of the most common and widely available specialties are:
Sushi restaurants and Sashimi restaurants
offer rice and raw fish. These are dishes we think most people have now come to
know from their own homeland. Sushi restaurants have taken the world by storm in
Bento is the name of lunch bars that give you cheap and easy
food in a box. The variety in dishes is great and you will surely find something
Tempura restaurants are restaurants that offer deep-fried
dishes. The food is meat, fish and vegetables. If you order teishoku,
you get the special of the day.
Fugu restaurants are for you with special food interest and
/ or strong nerves. Fugu is perhaps the most dangerous dish in the world, since
improper cooking can result in the death of the person eating the fish. Only
very special Fugu chefs are allowed to prepare their food. Some of the most
accomplished chefs allow the dish to include a very small portion of the poison,
so you as a guest feel a tingling on the tongue!
Curry restaurants with ancestry from India can be found in
Tokyo. Here you come for strong meat dishes and vegetable dishes, without us in
any way saying it's as spicy here as in the country of origin.
Drinking in Tokyo
Most Japanese people are far from abstinent people, and are they drinking more
than you might expect? There is plenty of beer to drink, as well as the
ubiquitous glass of sake. Sake is considered to be the rewriting of spirits, and
is found in a myriad of variants. Japanese beer is very good and you do not have
to replace these with well known beer brands from Europe if you do not
absolutely have a Guinness then.
We also recommend that you taste an Awamori which is a rice liquor that
differs from traditional sake.
A little fun additional information is that you will find a solid selection
of sports drinks in Japan. And relax, you don't have to work out to taste a
taste of these. Find your favorite! And you also have to taste Japanese tea,
green of course. You get it at all restaurants.
Areas Daikanyama is the area where you will find the hippest cafe culture in
Tokyo. You can easily get here by taking the train from Shibuya. Specifically,
The Tsukiji Fish Market Tsukiji
is probably the closest a sushi mecca a human can come. The location is not far
from Ginza. Here is more than fish, including vegetables, fruits and meat. This
is a place you just have to visit. The tuna auction starts before 6:00 in the
morning. So show up early if you want to have it with you.
So visit Odaiba. Odaiba is located on Tokyo Bay and is a "new" area southwest of
Tokyo where shopping and food are on the agenda.