While in Asia, we visited three spots in Japan. Today, I’m telling you all about my visit to Japan’s capital, Tokyo and why you need to add it to your travel bucket list. In Tokyo, you can experience everything from crazy sophisticated robotics to sumo wrestling to Michelin starred dining. Let’s just say, we once again ate our way through this destination, and the food is reason enough to visit!
Places You Must See in Tokyo
We were a little bummed to only have two days in Tokyo because there is so much cool stuff to do there and so many incredible places to visit. However, even though we didn’t get to visit every place I’m listing today, these popular spots still made my list because I really (really) wanted to see them and plan to make them a priority on my next visit.
Meiji Jingu Temple
On this trip, we had a chance to visit the most popular Shinto shrine in Tokyo. The Meiji Jingu Temple is home to the beautiful prayer wall where visitors can tie prayers or wishes to the prayer wall. Once you enter through the torii gate made from a 1500-year-old cypress tree and enter the 200-acres, the temple grounds are serene and peaceful. It was incredible to be in such a tranquil environment within the bustling capital.
We also made sure to visit the most famous intersection in Tokyo, Shubuya Crossing. This landmark road intersection is quintessential Tokyo with huge television screens lighting up the buildings. Even if you have not been to Tokyo, you’ve likely seen it as it has appeared in films and music videos. Shubuya Crossing is also the place to be as evidenced by the massive amounts of people who spill out into the crosswalks when the light changes. It was one of the coolest stops on our tour of Tokyo.
This beautiful park is popular with the locals and tourists. It offers a pleasant escape from the busyness of the city and is THE spot to view the cherry blossom trees when they are in full bloom.
On my next visit, I hope to spend time at Ueno Park, which is a huge public park that is home to several temples, museums, and the Ueno Zoo. With museums dedicated to art, Tokyo’s history, and science, there is plenty to see here.
The fashionista in me is dying to visit the Harajuku neighborhood in Japan. This popular neighborhood is known for fashion and pop culture. Visitors can enjoy the colorful art displays throughout the neighborhood and browse through fashion boutiques to find the latest trends.
Food You Must Eat in Tokyo
Of course, our trip would not be complete without sampling some of the must-have eats around Tokyo. Below, I am highlighting my favorites meals from the trip and the restaurants I highly recommend in Tokyo.
Naturally, we visited the most well-known sushi place in Tokyo - Sushi Kyubey. The high-end sushi shop is very large and loud, and the sushi is delish! After eating sushi in such a lively atmosphere, it is easy to see why Sushi Kyubey is featured in all the guide books.
My husband and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit Kanmidokoro Hatsune, which has been serving its signature anmitsu since 1837! Anmitsu is a dessert that has red beans, agar jelly cubes, fruit, mochi balls, and syrup. The sweets shop’s long-lasting reputation has been secured by continuing to use domestic ingredients.
Michelin Star Ramen at Nakiryu
If you love ramen, then you absolutely have to visit the Michelin-star rated Nakiryu. We waited over an hour IN THE RAIN to try this ramen place in Tokyo. And, I have to say it was one of the best meals we had while traveling in Japan. It is Michelin-Star rated for a reason!
Tempura Abe Ginza Honten
We also visited the high-end gourmet tempura restaurant, Tempura Kondo in Ginza. Our meal was incredible! Our meals were composed of the perfect ingredients and fried lightly. It’s no wonder the restaurant has been shown on television!