JapanaTour: Where to start when planning a Tokyo vacation


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.

I've even gone through the trouble of sorting it based on interests/activities rather than just making it a numbered list.

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:

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.)
  • Okonomiyaki

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:

Tired of the big city? Take a day trip:

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]

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Kristina is a freelance photographer and writer from Miami now moved to Japan. She's a hardcore nerd culture enthusiast, Disney fan, sunflower admirer, and book slinger. Tweet her @geekerydo. F... more + disclosures


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