Traveling to Japan in April! Food, Sights, Shopping Recommendations Please!

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  1. jays978

    jays978 Senior member

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    Hi All,

    I'm going to be traveling to Tokyo for the first time in April! I'll be there for ten days. I will be staying in Shibuya-ku.

    I'm a huge foodie and am super excited! Below are the line items of where I've researched/like to go but please feel free to add on!

    In terms of food, I listed the items I know of and am hoping for recommendations on the best spots to go for said food. I am an adventurous and will eat anything, so please do recommend any that I've missed! I'm shooting for this to be a more food-centric trip but also would like to sneak in some shopping and sightseeing. No such thing as too many recommendations :)

    Arigatou gozaimasu!!



    Food
    Sushi
    Seafood
    Ramen
    Kobe beef
    Okonmayaki
    Kyoto cuisine
    Takoyaki
    Tepenyaki
    Must-try sweets/snacks
    Must try anything!


    Brands I like/wear
    RLBL
    Uniqlo
    Bape
    Supreme
    J Crew
    Nike
    Denim - Flat head and RJB are my favorite brands
    Any local brand recommendations?


    Sights
    Meji Shrine
    Tsukiji Fish Market
    Yokohama - Ramen Museum - is it worth the trip (I love to eat ramen)?
    Mt. Fuji
    Harajuku
    Bars? - Bar High Five - I'm a whisky lover
     
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  2. ehkay

    ehkay Senior member

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    Most important tip--get pocket wifi. http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/

    Search tabelog to get an idea of places that you might want to eat.

    It should be baseball season when you're there. Highly recommended. Particularly the Swallows if they're playing at home.
     


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    jays978 Senior member

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    Thanks a lot! Will definitely do pocket WiFi.

    I'm hoping to book one nice/Michelin restaurant for lunch. Any recommendations on this front?
    I hear good things about Narisawa!
     


  4. ehkay

    ehkay Senior member

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    Narisawa is unappealing to me, so I haven't been. I've not heard great things about it, and it seems like it could be anywhere. At 20,000 JPY pp you could get dinner somewhere like Seizan Mita, Okuda, Ishikawa, or Goryu Kubo.

    For bars, definitely check out Bar Benfiddich in Shinjuku.
     


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    jays978 Senior member

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    Thanks a lot! That is a very good point that you bring up about Narisawa, that it does not look like a unique Japanese experience!

    I booked a reservation with Yasuda.

    How is Ishikawa? Their reservation system looks a bit confusing and it looks like it could only be done by telephone.
     


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    Planning a clubbing weekend in Osaka for April 15-16; if any Styleforum people are around, will gladly buy them a pint/shot or 5.
     


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    Narisawa is decent for lunch as it's only 10,000 yen
     


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    I'm planning to go to Japan from April 9 - 18, but not sure where I'll be and when yet. If the dates line up I'll PM you! You only doing Osaka or heading other places?

    I've been scouring other SF threads on Japan for ideas, BTW
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/480309/styleforum-does-japan
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/192178/one-week-trip-to-japan/15
     


  9. phoni

    phoni Senior member

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    Yup, only Osaka. I'm not planning anything much, eating at some local places (I have friends working there) and going clubbing on Friday and Saturday. I've done the tourist sights before; the nightlife is aces though.

    There may be some shopping sprinkled in, depends on the hangover.

    Definitely let me know if you end up there for the 15th or 16th or April.
     


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    Will be in Tokyo for work for a few nights in May. Will watch this thread closely although I'll probably lean toward cheaper eats for meals.
     
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    Photos and insight please.
     


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