Only have 48 hours in the city that never sleeps? Here are a few places to eat and things to do to get the most out of Tokyo. Enjoy! 🙂
Brunch at Beacon (by T.Y. Harbor Brewery).
Situated in the trendy area between Omotesando and Shibuya, this urban chop house transforms into a cheerful and elegant brunch place on the weekends. Tables are spaced out just right so that you feel comfortable and the sunlight streaming in from the big bay windows truly elevate your brunch experience.
We ordered the crab cakes benedict, steak and eggs, and a few selections from their pastry basket. The cinnamon scroll was particularly divine!
Asakusa Temple (and the Asakusa Tourist Information Center).
A first-time visit to Tokyo won’t be complete without a stop at Sensou-Ji! I’ve brought my cousin here, Nasser as well; I’ve come with my roommate, and I plan to bring my mom one day too!
The details on the ceiling of the temple are my favourite, along with the pagoda. Buy a few charms (known as “omamori” literally meaning “to protect”) as souveniers if you like!
Fuji-Q Highlands Amusement Park.
This theme park is near the base of Mount Fuji (“Fuji-San”)! It boasts several roller coasters and other rides that have broken world records in the past. My favourite out of all the attractions is Takabisha because it has a drop angle of 121 degrees! The steepest in the WORLD. What a rush.
Since Fuji-Q is located in Yamanashi, your best option of getting there from the city is the QPack. It’s a special package that includes a ticket to Fuji-Q and a round-trip bus ride between Shinjuku Station’s West Exit and the amusement park (it takes about 100 minutes to arrive there from Shinjuku). My cousin, N and I had such a blast so be sure to check it out!
Yakiniku dinner at Han no Daidokoro.
The sound of meat sizzling on a charcoal heated Hibachi grill is music to my ears. The heady smell, the sight of glistening fat dribbling down the beef as a steady stream of smoke is released, the buzz of excited chatter around me. This is what a 焼肉屋・焼肉店 “yakiniku” shop should embody.
N and I stumbled across this place by complete accident during a shopping excursion in Shibuya one night. A breeze wafted the wonderful aroma of grilled meat to our direction and the rest is history.
I later found out this restaurant has made an appearance on TV several times and is known for its famous Kobe beef! Definitely add Han no Daidokoro to your list.
Fresh sushi at Tsukiji Market.
It’s no secret that Tsukiji Market is the place to be come Saturday morning when fishmongers and restaurant owners open shop in preparation for the weekend rush of hungry Tokyoites!
The myriad of fresh produce, seafood and trinkets are a sight to behold. I usually purchase my fresh wasabi from here if I need it for any particular recipe. The grilled tuna sticks, torched shellfish, ebi tempura don, and of course sushi are must-eats!
Hotel Coco Grand (Ueno Shinobazu).
Everyone I know and their grandfather are constantly asking me the same thing when they’re planning a trip to the city that never sleeps: Where Should I Stay?
Depending on their budget (and yours) my reply defers from person to person. I’ve had the blessed pleasure to stay from 5 star luxury hotels to 2 or 3 star business hotels and even lived in an apartment during my half year internship.
One hotel that truly left an impression on me was the Hotel Coco Grand group in Ueno Shinobazu! They have a bakery attached to the hotel and upon check-in you’ll find some goodies left for you in the room. Very scrumptious goodies might I add. The location is convenient and the room is spacious enough for 2!
I hope you enjoyed a few of our favourite places to eat and see in Tokyo. Stay tuned for more and drop a comment below if you think there’s anywhere in particular you simply MUST recommend!