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14 Best Things to do in Tokyo on a Holiday

I recently spent 12 fun days in Tokyo, here is my list of the best things to do while vacationing in Tokyo, I hope you like my choices:

Eating at the sushi dip

Sushi Daiwa and Sushi Dai are almost a place of pilgrimage for sushi lovers, every day there is a long line to get into both establishments, if you can try both, do so, but if you can only go to one, I recommend Daiwa, Since both restaurants are pretty similar, but Sushi Daiwa has more seats and the line to get in is faster, it may not seem like much, but since the wait time at Sushi Dai is at least 2 hours at any time of the day, it can be a bit much.

More info on Sushi Daiva here, but all you need to know is that it opens at 5:30 pm and closes at 3:30 pm, there’s always a line, and the set menu costs about 3,200 yen, and the fish is excellent!

and this is the address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji. Tsukiji Fish Market Corp. 6, Chuo, Tokyo.

 

Basically, you put on a fancy Mario costume and run through the streets of Tokyo. I don’t think you can do anything funnier in Tokyo than this….. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this event as my girlfriend does not have a driver’s license and therefore could not participate.

I happened to see Mario driving go-karts around town, and it looked awesome!

Yurikamome train at sunset

The Yurikamome Line train has no conductor, so you can sit at the front of the train and get a great view of the city as the train travels overhead through Tokyo, past skyscrapers and rivers.

Even if you take the train back to the same station, the experience will only cost you 189 yen, which is super cheap.

Eat the tastiest pancakes – Gram Café

These are the lightest, fluffiest, most amazing pancakes I’ve ever had! They only sell 60 pancakes a day and you have to queue 1 hour in advance to get tickets, they do this at 11am, 3pm and 6pm (20 pancakes at each session), you can find Gram Cafe in Harajuku, if you are in Tokyo you must try these Japanese style hotcakes.

Eating at a 24-hour sushi zanmai at crazy hours like 4 a.m.

I found sushizanmai because it was right across from the hotel I was staying at. I think they are all over Tokyo, because I saw several of them during my vacation. At least they are open 24 hours a day! I ate sushi for breakfast twice and I ate it after a party around 4am. The sushi is of very good quality and very reasonably priced, and you can go there at any time as it is open 24 hours a day!

These are some of the things I eat there:

Discover Shibuya Junction!

One of the busiest and most crowded intersections in the world. What drives them especially crazy is the Japanese crossing system, where you can walk on the diagonals as well as the regular crosswalks.

Taste the best coffee in café Turret

I tried this casual cafe because it was at the top of the travel consultant’s list of 7,000 restaurants in the area. Inside there are only 6 seats, if you want to stay you have to order a drink, it’s a small space, the espresso machine and the water purifier take up most of the space.

I ordered a coffee and a latte and it was epic! I highly recommend this place, which is weird because I recommend the coffee, but it was just as good!

Eat yakitori at Omoide Yokocho, also known as Piss Alley.

A real glimpse of old Tokyo, Omoide Yokocho hasn’t changed in what seems like forever, it’s located just north of Shinjuku station, the old little district is surrounded by modern skyscrapers and filled exclusively with tiny yakitori restaurants and ramen shops, and when I say tiny I mean the restaurants can only hold 6-7 people in total, they are super small places.

You must see this when you visit Tokyo. I wish I had more pictures, but I was too busy enjoying the food to take videos or pictures…..

Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s largest fish market

The tsukiji fish market is a fascinating labyrinth in which it is easy to get lost! You’re not allowed in until 10am, so you have to be quick because the market opens much earlier, at 5am, and tourists are allowed in as early as 10am in:00am because they finish and close, so like I said you have to be quick and explore quickly because all the stalls close quickly, but if you move quickly there are some amazing sights to see in this really huge fish market, just a brief example, as I was walking around the market I saw this amazing sight of the Japanese workers cutting the frozen tuna, video here.

What I found strange is that at Tsukiji market, there are many staff who tell tourists not to take photos. I don’t know why, because what I saw there was amazing and just begged to be photographed, so there was no way to keep me from taking a bunch of pictures for you guys! And since I didn’t listen to them, you can enjoy interesting photos like this one of a small frozen tuna on the dirty floor of the Tsukiji market.

Try Michelin-starred sushi.

Tokyo is one of the gastronomic hotspots of the world, with over 160,000 restaurants and 304 Michelin stars. If one compares these figures with those of New York, London and Paris, which together have 312 stars, one understands why Tokyo’s cuisine is so special. If you go to Tokyo, you can’t leave without trying at least some of the best food they have to offer, go to a Michelin starred restaurant.

Pigs or cats hedge Coffee

There are many animal cafes in Tokyo (hedgehog, cat, penguin, owl.)), I visited the hedgehog cafe and the cat cafe, they are good, it’s nice to relieve stress and pet a cute animal, the only thing I find a bit misleading is the word coffee, they are not really all just vending machines serving the worst coffee or tea, it’s such a shame that these cafes don’t have a real coffee experience with a real barista and espresso machine, if the coffee was good they would have destroyed Starbucks.

Electric bicycle rental and bikes in Tokyo

Renting an electric bike is probably the best thing you can do to get around a city like Tokyo and see much more than you normally would. I can only recommend this event!

Buy Matcha green tea, much cheaper in Tokyo

If you don’t like drinking matcha green tea, ignore it, but if you do, go buy matcha in Tokyo! It’s so cheap and the quality is much better, in Spain the cheapest matcha I can find is 16€ and honestly it’s not the best quality, in the Tsukiji market in Tokyo I found some for 3,5€ and it’s fantastic! Then there was also some for a bit more around 8€ and it was Epic matcha, one of the best I’ve ever enjoyed.

Buying Apple products in Tokyo You can get 30% off at the Apple Store JP

The exchange rate and lower tax rates can save you money when you buy Apple products in Japan. Since Europeans buy Apple products 30% cheaper in Japan, I bought Apple Airpods there for 16800 yen, or about €126, compared to the same Airpods in an Apple Store in Europe, which I would normally pay €179 for. So by buying the Airpods on holiday from a Japanese Apple Store, I saved £53 on the same product.

I took the opportunity to buy an iPhone for a family member, which saved him $285!

If you live in Europe and need a new MacBook Pro or something similar, you can use the money you save to pay for a return flight to Japan! So if you need a new laptop and a vacation to Japan could be a good option for you, you should consider it.

I hope you enjoyed these suggestions for visiting Tokyo on holiday. Please share this page if you found this information helpful, thank you!

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