Find out the best places to go in a whole new world of Tokyo, Japan.
A Diary in Tokyo
By Zahiya Hassan
Destination Tokyo – A whole different world
I have always wanted to visit Japan during the cherry blossom season which is in April, however while planning a trip in October, myself and my husband decided to go to Japan during that month as it is one of our dream destinations.
Stayed in The Capitol Hotel Tokyo
I must say it was the best hotel I’ve been to, our room was on the 25th floor we had the most amazing view which we woke up to every morning. The neighborhood was quiet; the design of the hotel was minimalist & modern, super clean, and spacious. Excellent concierge service, best part was it had the metro just under the hotel and of course it had a Starbucks!
In your suitcase When we went, the temperature was around 21 degrees, so it was chilly. I packed pants, tops, sweaters, ballerinas, boots, and scarves.
This is a tough one, everyday I had the best meal. But, if I were to choose the best one with good food, presentation, ambiance and staff, I’ll vote for “NINJA RESTAURANT”
When we first asked the concierge to book us there for dinner she laughed and said “ it is such an experience” , We got a bit lost trying to find it , especially that everything is written in Japanese over there , so when we finally found it . we were greeted by a ninja who walked us through the low ceilings for the real ninja experience, all dining tables are private rooms, so my husband and I sat in the private room and if we needed anything we would call the ninja waiter by clicking a button, we decided to go for the SET MENU so that we could experience new food. The service was the impeccable; we almost felt the waiter was only working for us. Every dish that was served was better that the one before and once we finished our main course, a magician came for some entertainment, lets just say , I’m still thinking about the tricks he did , once we finished the dessert and paid the bill , our ninja waiter walked us out to the door and while we walked away , she called us to look back and she was holding a sign that said “ Maa Al Salama” cause she knew were Lebanese…CUTE!
Shopped at The beauty about shopping in TOKYO is that they have a lot of local designers, so I enjoyed the shopping. All the high end brands are found in Tokyo in streets such as Ginza & Omotesando Hills, but I enjoyed shopping from all the local Japanese stores as we do not have them in Dubai.
Every morning we would wake up and have breakfast in the hotel, then meet with the concierge desk and plan out our entire day and at 10 am we would start our activities.
Japanese are extremely friendly, if they sense that you are lost, they would approach you and offer help.
We used the metro everywhere; it was extremely easy if you have the English map. We visited Shrines, Shopping Malls, Gardens, many shopping streets, touristic attractions etc…
The beauty of Tokyo is that you never get bored, there is always something to do, just walking in the streets is entertainment itself, the technology over there is out of this world, the fashion on the street is something you’ve never seen before, and the food is so good. Using the metro during rush hour is quite a funny experience!
Restaurants to visit
Gonpachi – (Dinner) Japanese Restaurant also famous for shooting a scene of Kill Bill.
Inakaya – Japanese Restaurant (Dinner) – Good food and you can watch them cook live
Robot Restaurant – The food is not that good, but you must go for the show.
Sasano Restaurant – (Dinner) Great food & atmosphere
Mitsukoshi Mall in Ginza – (Lunch) go to the top floor all the restaurant are so yummy.
Try out the best chocolate Croissant in Choco-cro ( it’s a coffee shop in almost every corner we use to have two a day )
Where to go
Ginza Street (experience it during the day and night)
Omotessando hills: Great to High end shopping
Roppopongi Hills: Go to the Mori Museum, then go on top of the tower for the 360 View .
Shibuya & Shinjuku (Great for Shopping and food , experience it during the day & night),
Harajuku ,Takeshita, and Meiji Shrine ( For Shopping , and sightseeing)
Odaiba (spend half a day in that area)
New Tokyo Tower & Shopping center next to it
Ueno Zoo: Seriously the best zoo I’ve visited so far, they have all the animals possible on this earth!
Sumo Wrestling ( Only available during specific seasons )
They have the best bakeries in the world; it puts Paris to shame, so eat as much as impossible cake, and pastries
Tips Try to avoid taxis as much as you can, they are UN-NECESSARILY pricey.
Mode of Travel Emirates Airlines, it was great because it was a direct flight . Make sure to land in HANEDA AIRPORT, its 15 minutes away from the city.