Naiise Travels: Tokyo, Japan
Some time in April this year, part of the team took a two-week sabbatical and head to Japan to unwind and recharge. Needless to say, there was a lot of shopping, eating and walking. Never a dull moment!
If you are looking for places to go to fill up your itinerary in Tokyo, this post will come in handy. Read on as we take you on a trip to the city where you can find almost anything you want, definitely more than just sushi.
Shibuya is probably one of the popular and vibrant districts that all tourists should visit. Always busy regardless weekdays or weekends, Shibuya has a plethora of eateries, shops and interesting finds scattered in ever nook and cranny.
Uogashi Nihon-Ichi (Standing Sushi Bar)
〒160-0023 Tokyo, Shinjuku 西新宿1-12 河西ビル1F
The team visited this sushi bar twice during our visit, and there's a charm to this sushi bar amidst the chaos outside. The cozy setting and the friendly sushi chefs make the eating experience a homely one. If you are there, please have the Ebi Sashimi and request for the prawn heads to be cooked with the miso soup. You're welcome in advance.
If you are seeking for something to do after 10pm, head over to Bagus. Darts and beer will be enough to keep you occupied and entertained (especially when your friends have way too much beer) throughout the night. The promotion then was 700¥ for 30-minute free-flow beer and free darts credit. Good deal for budget travellers to Tokyo!
2 Chome-25-8 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan
Opens till the wee hours, Don Quijote is the place for night owls to get some shopping done. Be it cosmetics, tidbits, alcohol and apparels, this place is the place to be at.
Photo Credits: Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers
This little indie bookstore is a little gem we chanced upon as it was near where we stayed in Shibuya. You can find interesting books (especially if you can read Japanese) and designers' works here. Good news, it usually opens till 12am but do visit their Facebook page to find out the exact opening hours when you are visiting.
Known for its extreme yet kawaii fashion trends, Harajuku is a place the perfect place for affordable fashion finds, irresistibly adorable toys and really yummy crepes.
〒150-0001 Laforet Harajuku 1F, 1-11-6, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
There are many crepe stores around Harajuku but this one is gold. Words cannot describe how tasty this is but all 6 of us agree this is one of the best we have tasted in Japan.
〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 1 Chome−71, Cute Cube
Photo Credits: Savvy Tokyo
This probably does not originate in Japan but Monki definitely will capture your heart if you are looking for insanely cute clothing and accessories. You can easily get trapped in the store to find something to buy.
Embedded in this area is a mix of high-end brands, thrift shops and labels. Fashion heads, this is the place to head to for endless discoveries.
〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前６丁目７ー１
Photo Credits: Opening Ceremony
What caught our eyes and hearts is the beautiful and unforgettable visual merchandising, together with the wide product offerings. It just makes us so happy!
6 Chome-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
We chances upon this sandwich chain several times and every time we saw it, the queue is cray long. Thank goodness we were lucky one day and managed to be the first in queue. This is pretty dope!
This is the district where business, entertainment and food all collide into one.
A whole building given to Uniqlo and BIC Camera, this is the place that easily lets you wander around for hours. From clothing to electronics, this place merged all essentials that you need into one. Talk about convenience!
11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan
If you happen to be in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season, you definitely need to visit Shinjuku Gyoen and have a picnic over there. Nothing beats being surrounded by the glorious nature and great company.
Those of you who love to hunt for thrifted goods and hidden treasures, Shimokitazawa is the place to be at. Populated with multiple thrift stores, you will be able to find a whole lifetime worth of denim jackets, t-shirts, and really cool clothing you wish your wardrobe (and pocket) can withstand.
Haight & Ashbury
〒155-0031 Tokyo, Setagaya 北沢２丁目３７−２ 2F
Thrifting is big in Japan, especially in Shimokitazawa. This one of the thrift stores that caught our eyes in Japan. Go dig some cool and unique stuff there!