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Sep 21 //
Kristina Pino For the devoted otaku
Of course, this entry had to go first. So you're going to Tokyo and you're looking for all the nerdy stuff? Great. Here are a few places you can make pilgrimages to:
Square Enix Artnia at Shinjuku (directions)
Akihabara's Electric district (shops, maid/butler cafe, arcades - see also: JapanaTour part 1, part 2)
Ikebukuro (Japan Guide's Ikebukuro page)
The Ghibli Museum (warning: you need to reserve entry passes way in advance; access)
Harajuku (where all fashion dreams come true)
Gundam Front (don't miss out on the huge robot at Odaiba!)
For the hungry traveler
Great food can be found all over Tokyo, so this section was a little tougher to compile. Here are some suggestions:
Asakusa (specialty snacks, street food)
Theme Restaurants (costumed staff, themed decor/menu, overall cute experience)
Kaiten (conveyer belt) sushi
Chanko (the glorious soup of Sumo champions)
Ramen (the dry packaged stuff you buy for cheap at the grocery store just isn't the same.)
For the sight-seer
Some folks just want to "be a tourist" and see all the "cheesy" (or cool) sights! Here are some suggestions in that area:
Ueno Zoo (from Ueno Station)
Yoyogi Park (for a relaxing picnic, yeah?)
Tokyo Skytree at Oshiyage
Shibuya (Shibuya Crossing, Hachiko statue next to train station)
Harajuku's Meiji Shrine (follow signs from the train station; afterwards, stroll over to Yoyogi park for that picnic I mentioned)
Asakusa's Sensoji (goes great with Ueno Zoo and Skytree Town)
Tired of the big city? Take a day trip:
Tokyo Disneyland (access)
Kamakura (See the Daibutsu, and other lovely temples. It's the closest to Kyoto you'll get without actually going to Kansai; Japan Guide listing)
Mount Fuji (the climb is so worth the view. Also Fuji Q; check out the official website for climbing season dates, tips, and directions)
Yokohama (Japan Guide listing)
This is, of course, not an exhaustive, or even an extensive list. I'd like to point out the title of this post, where it says "Where to start..." before anyone freaks out. Tokyo has so much to offer, and frankly you can spend weeks there and still not discover everything there is to it. I didn't even mention all of Tokyo's districts in this list! That being said, do feel free to add suggestions of your own. The more the merrier!
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[Header image courtesy OnlyHDWallpapers, all other images have been snapped by yours truly]
A few handy tips, because we care In case you're planning a trip to Japan in the future (like for the 2020 Olympics), or even if you're there right now for Tokyo Game Show and are looking for suggestions, here's a list you didn't ask for but totally need.
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