Tokyo is one of my favorite cities. And, from time to time, people who are heading over there ask me where I like to go, eat, and shop. Here’s an abbreviated list of the places I always hit every time I’m in town.
This list is current as of my last visit, which was September 2013.
Century Southern Tower. (Bare bones, but great location, price.)
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Solakzade (Vintage Eyewear)
CDG Good Design Shop
Lisn & Shoyeido (Incense)
Tokyu Hands (Shinjuku)
Takashimaya Times Square
Credit cards aren’t as widely accepted as you’d think. And not every ATM accepts foreign cards to get cash.
Bring your passport with you and always ask if they have tax free shopping.
There’s very little free Wi-Fi (consider renting a hotspot).
That fish market? You can totally skip it.
Kabuki: Surprisingly worth it.
Sumo: Definitely worth it.
Bear Pond Espresso (Pop by if you’re in that neighborhood.)
Shiseido Parlour (The Japanese Ladies who Lunch)