Tokyo is an excellent destination for tourists as there is so much to explore. The city is beautifully designed and can be travelled on foot and through subways. It is advisable to get the ‘Suica’ or ‘Pasmo’ rechargeable card so that you can use the subways with comfort. It is although a great idea to take a walk around the city as you will love the street culture and also find very interesting things. The street vendors, small shops, food stalls are all a very big part of Tokyo. There are some things to be mindful of, like it is not customary to tip after a meal. Some might even take it as an insult. A simple thank you will go a long way if you really want to express your happiness. Also note that everyone pays the same amount at a gathering regardless of who ate and drank what. Getting around without knowing Japanese is not very difficult, most police officers understand English and local people make an effort to make tourists comfortable. The following areas are highly recommended, so make sure you book your business class flight to Tokyo on time!
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Harajaku is a very busy area of Tokyo. It can be very difficult to find a quiet place to sit in all the mayhem, but the plaza has a lot of options for you sit and relax for a while with a great view. For example: the Starbucks will definitely have an empty seat, stairs or maybe even a swing with a great view. The rooftop garden is a great place to unwind after a long day. Omotesando area is great for Tokyo-inspired shopping ideas.
This place is open from sunrise to sunset so an early morning visit can be a very pleasant experience. Depending on the time of the year, you might be able to find yourself more empty space than the usual. If you are lucky, you might even witness a traditional Japanese Shinto-style wedding.
This is right next to Meiji Jing. This is a great park to witness some local life. You will see a lot of picnics, school trips, students, families. It is a great park to take a stroll or just sit around and you can even bird watch. If you have a dog you need to have it leashed and if you want to use the fenced dog area you need a registration card to use it.
This is a must stop for foodies. The Shibuya is located on the 14th floor of a skyscraper in the Maruyamacho area. The setting is unexpected given the cozy and bustling atmosphere of the restaurant. It is great for couples and small groups but be sure to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment. Like the most izakaya-style dining experiences in Tokyo, you will love the serving style of many small plates at one time. Be sure to try the freshly grilled ‘Yakitori’ or grilled chicken.