Places to Visit in Japan

Japan is a timeless jewel nestled in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The country is a beautiful fusion of ancient traditions and the modern way of life. On the one hand, you can enjoy the marvels of advanced technology by riding in the famous Japanese bullet trains and on the other hand, you can experience the countries rich traditional heritage by visiting its century-old temples and night markets that offer an array of scrumptious delicacies that have been prepared using recipes that date back many centuries. In fact, there is an abundance of dining options in Japan. Some restaurants serve a thousand type of sushi to restaurants that specialize in just one dish. Japan is a paradise for seafood lovers, and the dishes are prepared with great care and precision. The Japanese cuisine varies from region to region and is seasonal. Hence, you are guaranteed a completely different culinary experience in the summers as suppose to the winters.

There are numerous things to do in Japan such as eating sushi for breakfast or hiking in the Japanese Alps. As well as many places to visit in Japan such as Mount Fuji and the Golden Pavillion among others. Japan is a year around destination indeed, and you are guaranteed a completely different experience each in every season as the topographic is continuously changing and the food items are extremely seasonal. The busiest tourist season is, of course, the spring as it coincides with the cherry blossom season. The quietest tourist season is the winters, but if you are a skiing enthusiast, then you must head to the Japanese Alps that know less in grandeur and beauty to their European counterparts. 

If bug crowds and busy streets are not your kind of activity, then you can visit during late summer or autumn season and enjoy the breathtaking and equally beautiful foliage season when the maple trees are in full bloom. Japan tourism has flourished in the last decade or so thanks to increased globalization and advents in modern technology. It has quickly become a top tourist destination in the world.

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Tokyo is the capital of Japan and among the most populated cities in the world. Although Tokyo wasn't always referred to as Tokyo, before 1868, the city was referred to as Edo. During the 16 the century this was a small castle town which quickly became prominent as Japans political center in 1603 under the leadership of Tokugawa Leyasu. Within a few decades Edo becomes one the most populated cities in the world. It was not until two centuries later in 1868, i.e., after the Meiji Restoration when that the city was remanded Tokyo and replaced the Kyoto as the countries capital city.

But Tokyo's history is also laced with many natural and human disasters, most notable of which is the Great Kanko Earthquake which occurred in 1923 and the air raids in the year 1954, i.e., during the second world war. But Tokyo has come a long way since then and is now among the most famous metropolis if the world. Tokyo offers tourists an unlimited array of choices when it comes to dining, culture, entertainment and most of all shopping. There are also some museums, gardens, and temples that you can visit. Contrary to conventional perspective, Tokyo has numerous green spaces such as parks that you can visit and spend an entirely peaceful day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Attractions: Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, Cat Café, Nekorobi

Activities: Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival, Go shopping in one of the many shopping districts and visit a bar in Tokyo’s Golden Dai District.

Food: Ramen Jiro, Nakaya, Tenmatsu, Yoshihashi Sukiyaki

Shopping: Ginza District, Shinjuku District etc.

Kyoto has great historical significance in the history of Japan as it served as the emperor's residence and national capital from 794 to 1868 when both moved to the city of Edo, i.e., present-day Tokyo. The city has since become the seventh largest country in Japan and evolved into a modern metro city. Kyoto has witnessed many wars, fires and raids over many centuries. But thanks to its historical significance and cultural value, it was removed as a target during the atomic bombing during World War II. Thanks to that numerous temples, shrines, and monuments have survived till date and stand testimony to the cities and countries rich and vast historical past.

 

Attractions: Golden Pavillion, Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle. 

Activities: Hiking, Bicycle Rides, Tempe Visits, Shopping etc. 

Food: Kiyamachi Sakuragawa, Kitcho, Nakaichi, Ippudo

Shopping: Kyoto Station area, Downtown Kyoto, Nishiki Market, Kobo-san Flea Market, Tenjin-san Flea Market.

This is the second largest metro city in Japan. It is also the economic center of the Kansai region. Just like Tokyo, Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. In fact, before the Nara Period, Osaka is known to be the first Japanese capital city as there was a tradition of moving capitals under every new emperor. Today Osaka is busy modern city and an economic powerhouse in Japan.

 

Attractions: Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, Sumiyoshi Taisha, Shinsaibashi, Shitennoji Temple, Universal Studio, Umeda Sky Building. 

Activities: Finding Nemo at the Kaiyukan, Eat a fried Maple leaf by the waterfall, Drin craft beer in Osaka’s Kabuki Theatre.

Food: Okonomiyaki Chitose, Kiji Umeda Sky Bldg., Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M, Hozenji Yokocho, Ajinoya

Shopping: Tempozan Market Place, Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Street, OSAKA STATION CITY, OSAKA STATION CITY.

Nara was established as the first permanent capital in Japan in 710. But with the growing threat of the influential Buddhist monasteries in the area, the capital was shifted to Nagaoka in 784. The city is located close to Tokyo and Osaka and due to its rich political past remains a historical treasure and is also home to some of the oldest and largest Japanese temples.

 

Attractions: Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, Nara Visitor Center & Inn, Kasuga Grand Shrine, Toshodaiji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, Isuien Garden

Activities: Sightseeing, Afternoon Tours, Sunrise Tours to Mount Fuji

Food: LBK Craft, Kameya, Edogawa Grilled Eel, Kura

Shopping: Higashimuki Shopping Arcade, Machiidono Shopping Arcade, Sanjo Dori Avenue.

This is Japans highest mountain peak and has a dormant volcano sitting perfectly on top of it. The mountain is considered sacred and has been worshipped b locals for many centuries now. It has also been an inspiration for many artists from around the world that have either photographed this magnificent mountain peak or captured it beautifully on their canvas. Mount Fiji last erupted in 1707 and is still considered to be active. You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka to visit the magnificent beast. The valley around the peak is home to some of the best tea produces in Japan, and you can visit these plantations and get your hands on some of the famous Japanese green tea and maccha tea.

 

Attractions: Fuji Five Lakes, Mount Fuji, Hot Springs, museum’s, attraction parks. 

Activities: Hiking, Trekking, hot pools. 

Food: Tetsuyaki, Alladin Indo Restaurant, Fujiyama cookie, High Spirits, Sanrokuen, Sanrokuen

Shopping: Gotemba Premium Ourlets.

We all know the sad history of Hiroshima as the very first atomic bomb in the history of humankind was dropped here during the last world war. Since the end of the world war, tremendous effort has been invested in rebuilding this great city. The resilience if the city and its citizen is genuinely remarkable. Many monuments that were destroyed such as the Shukkeien Garde and Hiroshima caste have since been reconstructed. The Peace Memorial Park has commemorated the ill fates incidence and the lost lives.

 

Attractions: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, Shukkei-en Garden, The Cenotaph

Activities: Sightseeing

Food: Hassei, Sushi Tei Kamiyacho, KeMBY's, Tempura tenko, Cafe Ponte

Shopping: Marina Hop, You Me Town Hiroshima, Fuji Grand Hiroshima, Kamiyacho Shareo

Golden Pavilion also is known as the Kinkaku-Ji temple is the number tourist attraction in Japan. The temple is located in Kyoto and was built in the 14th century as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The temple was rebuilt in 1955 after it was burnt down by an obsessed monk in 1950. The pavilion is gold plated and has been constructed in harmony with the surrounding gardens.

 

Location: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan

Known for: It’s the most famous tourist destination Japan. 

How to reach: You can take bus no # or # 205 from Kyoto Station, and the journey takes about 40 minutes and costs approx. INR 115 per person.

 

You can also take the train to Kitaoji Station on the Karasuma line; the journey takes 13 minutes and costs approx. INR 130 per person. You can then hop bus no's #101, #102, #204, #205 to the pavilion. The journey takes 10 minutes and costs approx. INR 115 per Person.

You can also take a taxi from Kitaoji station, the journey takes about 10 minutes and costs approx. INR 600 per person.

Approximate Cost: Approx. INR 200 per person

Operating hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily.  

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottle, and appropriate weather clothing

Type: Temple.

As the name suggests, the Imperial Palace is the residence of the Japanese Emperor. In addition to this, it is open to the general public as a Museum and administrative center. The old castle once stood on the very grounds of the where the palace was constructed. The forts were destroyed in wars and fires, and the palace architecture was designed to honor the castle designs and construction. Traditional Japanese gardens surround the palace grounds. 

 

Location: Japan, 100-8111 Tokyo, Chiyoda, 1−1

Known for: As the name suggests the Imperial Palace is the residence of the Japanese Emperor. In addition to this, it is open to the general public as a Museum and administrative center. 

How to reach: The Palace is a walking distance from both Otemachi train station and Tokyo train station. 

Cost: Entry Free

Operating hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottle, and appropriate weather clothing

Type: Monument.

The Tokyo Tower is just one example of Japans technological advancement as well as modernity. The tower was inspired by the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and is ranks as the second tallest structure in Japan. It functions as an observation and communication tower. If you want to see and capture fantastic Ariel views of Tokyo, you must visit the tower. There are also some great restaurants and shops in the areas.

 

Location: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan

Known for: The Tokyo tower is just one example of Japans technological advancement as well as modernity. The tower was inspired by the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and is ranks as the second tallest structure in Japan. 

How to reach: The closest train Station is Tokyo Tower, and it's a 10-minute walk from there.

Cost: approx. price between INR 450 – INR 800 per person 

Operating hours: 9 am to 11 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottle, and appropriate weather clothing

Type: Landmark.

The temple is located in Nara and is an engineering marvel. It is the largest wooden building in the world and houses the largest bronze Buddha is the world. It is surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna and is home to the Kegon School of Buddhism. Since deer’s are considered messenger of Shinto Gods, there are allowed to roam freely on the temple grounds.  

 

Location: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan

Known for: The temple is located in Nara and is an engineering marvel. It is the largest wooden building in the world and houses the largest bronze Buddha is the world

How to reach: The temple is at a 30-minute walking distance from Kintetsu Nara Station. Likewise, you can also take a bus from the station. Approx. Cost of the bus is INR 130 per person.

Approximate Cost: Entry fees are approx. INR 250 Per Person. 

Operating hours: 8 am to 5 pm timings may vary from season to season.  

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottle, and appropriate weather clothing 

Type: Temple.

The statue of Buddha represents the Amida Buddha, who is among the most celebrated Buddhist figures in Japan. It's a bronze statue and is around 13 meters tall, i.e., 40 feet high. The statue dated back to 1252 and was initially placed inside a wooden temple. But the temple was destroying away in the 15th century by a tsunami. Hence, the temple now stands on open grounds. 

 

Location: 4 Chome-2-28 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0016, Japan

Known for: The statue of Buddha represents the Amida Buddha, who is among the most celebrated Buddhist figures in Japan. It is a bronze statue and is around 13 meters tall i.e. 40 feet high.

How to reach: The statue is located at a 10-minute walking distance from Hase Station.

Approximate Cost: approx. INR 200 per person

Operating hours: 8 am to 5:30 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottle, and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Temple.

Japanese are famous for their castle architecture, and this castle is a testimony to Japan's rich and vast architectural past. The castle has been rebuilt several times over the many centuries and is reflective of the changing architecture. The castle survived the World War II and is regularly features in films most famous of which was the James Bond Movie "You Only Live Twice."

 

Location: 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0012, Japan

Known for: The castle has been rebuilt several times over the many centuries and is reflective of the changing architecture.

How to reach: The nearest train station is JR Himeji Station. Take the train from Osaka or Kobe. The journey takes about 20 min and costs approx. INR 130 per person and then you can walk to the castle.

Approximate Cost: Entry fees are approx. INR 500 per person.  

Operating hours: 9 am to 5 pm.  

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottle, and appropriate weather clothing

Type: Monument.

This is a Buddhist Temple in Eastern Kyoto and dates back to 798. The temple has an indoor waterfall. In the past locals used to jump off the edge of the temples to have wishes granted (survival rate 85.4%), tourists can enjoy the shrines, artwork, talismans, etc. without risk if life.

 

Location: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan

Known for: This is a Buddhist Temple in Eastern Kyoto and dates back to 798. The temple has an indoor waterfall.

How to reach: The temple is a walking distance from Higashiyama-Gojo bus stop.

Approximate Cost: Entry fees are approx. INR 300 per person.  

Operating hours: 6 am to 6 pm 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottle, and appropriate weather clothing.

Type: Temple.

This is a famous hot spring located neat Nagano. As the name suggests its renowned not just for the bubbling hot water but the many snow monkeys that flock here during winters.

 

Location: Japan, 381-0401 Nagano Prefecture, Shimotakai District, Yamanouchi, Hirao, 

Known for: As the name suggests, it is famous not just for the bubbling hot water but the many snow monkeys that flock here during winters.  

How to reach: From Tokyo, you can take the train to Hokuriku Shinkansen station, and from these, it's a 30-minute walk to the park. It cost approx. INR 130 per person one way.

Cost: One-day access park cost approx. INR 1600 per person

Operating hours: 9 am to 6 pm  

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.:  Camera, water bottle, and appropriate weather clothing

Type: Tourist Attraction.

The peace memorial is a haunting reminder of the ill-fated past of the city of Hiroshima. Since the end of the world war, tremendous effort has been invested in rebuilding this great city. The resilience if the city and its citizen is remarkable. Many monuments that were destroyed such as the Shukkeien Garde and Hiroshima caste have since been reconstructed. The Peace Memorial Park has commemorated the ill fates incidence and the lost lives.

 

Location: Japan, 730-0811 Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Nakajimacho, 1

Known for: It's a famous war memorial built in remembrance of the countless lives lost in the ill-fated atomic bombings during the world war.  

How to reach: You can take the tram from Hiroshima Station to Ganbaku Domu Stop. From there you can visit all sites on foot.

Approximate Cost:  Entry Fees is approx. INR 25 per person and entry is limited to 30 minutes only.

Operating hours: 8:30 am to 6 pm. 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera, water bottle, and weather appropriate clothing

Type: Monument.

It is one the most famous festivals in Japan and is held annually in Tokyo. This is a religious event and lasts for one month. It starts in 1st July and commences on 31sr July. On 17th and 24th, July giant procession of beautifully decorated floats aka "Yamaboko Junko" are paraded on the streets if Kyoto’s Gion District. 

 

Name of the event: Gion Matsuri

Why you should attend this: To see the grand procession of beautifully decorated floats aka "Yamaboko Junko." 

Who should attend this: This is a family event.

This is Japans largest dance festival and men, women and children alike all come out on the streets of Tokushima City to perform beautifully choreographed dances in bright colored outfits. This is a mid-august festival held from12th to 15th August and is also a national holiday in Japan. The Outfits are cotton Kimono's and are paired with straw hats. The celebration is attended by more than a million people from all over the world.  

 

Name of the event: Awa Odori

Why you should attend: This is Japans largest dance festival and men, women and children alike all come out on the streets of Tokushima City to perform beautifully choreographed dances in bright colored outfits

Who should attend this: This is a family event.

This festival started with a humble display of 6 snow sculptures prepared by high school students in 1950 and has since evolved into a truly international event. The event takes place from 6th to 12th in February.

 

Name of the event: Yuki Matsuri, Snow Festival

Why you should attend: The festivals showcase some fantastic and international snow sculptures.

Who should attend this: This is a family event.

This festival takes place in Aomori City in August from 2nd to 7th August. Nebuta aka lantern floats that are a depiction of human figurines and are accompanied by waves of chanting dancers. The parade starts at sundown and goes on for hours.

 

Name of the event: Nebuta Matsuri

Why you should attend: The floats genuinely magnificent and the accompanying dancers are a delight to watch.

Who Should attend this: This is a family event.

Japan is a skiing paradise. Unlike its European counterparts, it's not extremely busy during skiing season and enthusiast can enjoy the activity in peace and serenity. 

 

Location: Honshu Region 

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group

Difficulty level: Hard

Approximate Cost: One-day pass cost approx. INR 2000 per person

Why you should do it: Japan has some of the best ski resorts in the world and since this is low tourist season you can enjoy skiing here during this time.  

Tips: Carry all necessary gears and appropriate winter clothing.

Japan natural beauty is unmatched to any other place in the region. Hiking and trekking is a great way to enjoy and soak up the natural beauty of the area.

 

Location: Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Chichibu-Tama National Park, and Takao-san

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty level: Moderate to Hard

Approximate Cost: Free unless you hire a guide. 

Why you should do it: Japans natural beauty is unmatched to any other place in the region. Hiking and trekking is a great way to enjoy and soak up the natural beauty of the area.  

Tips: Hiking gear, water, sun protection, etc.

Once some melts all the excess water in the many Japanese rivers make for an ideal scenario for water sports activities such as Kayaking, water rafting, and canoeing.

 

Location: Minakami in Gunma-ken, Shikoku, and Niseko in Hokkaido, Iya Valley, and Shimanto-gawa, Hakuba in Nagano-ken Minakami in Gunma-ken

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Depending on the activity you choose and duration you can be expected to pay approx. INR 4500 to INR 10,000 per activity

Why you should do it: Although there are very few places in the world you can enjoy these water sports, hardly any match the scenic views and pleasant weather of Japan. 

Tips: Make sure you carry an extra pair of clothes and waterproof footwear.

Japan is the last unexplored golfing destination in the world. Japan has some genuinely remarkable golf courses in addition to unparallel cultural and culinary experience.

 

Location:  Lakewood Golf Club, Niseko, Ashinoko C.C., Aqualine golf club, Belle View Nagao Golf Club, etc.

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, Senior Citizen 

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: A round of golf can cost approx. INR 1500 to INR 20,000 (high-end courses) per person.

Why you should do it: You should just go golfing in Japan because hands down it has the most scenic golf courses anywhere in the world. Additionally, it is an activity you can enjoy with the whole family.  

Tips: Comfortable clothes and good walking shoes.

Japan is an archipelago and is blessed with scenic coastal lines, making it an ideal location for surfers and divers. In fact when seasoned surfers aren't braving the waved in Australia or Hawaii they can be found on the southern coast of Japan batting the waves of the North Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, due to industrialization there aren’t any many beached you can enjoy. If you want to visit beaches, you are going to have to travel away from the mainland to the island of Okinawa or the Ogasawara and Izu Island locates south of Tokyo.

 

Location: Shikoku and Kyushu

For: Family with Kids, Couples only, Friend’s Group, 

Difficulty level: Hard

Approximate Cost:  Free

Why you should do it: Japan is an archipelago and is blessed with scenic coastal lines, making it an ideal location for surfers and divers. In fact, when seasoned surfers aren't braving the waved in Australia or Hawaii they can be found on the southern coast of Japan batting the waves of the North Pacific Ocean. 

Tips: surfing boards, swimwear, sun cream, etc.

This is the second-best restaurant in Asia and 20th best in the world. The chef here cooks French style food using local and natural Japanese ingredients. The menu is omakase that means the chef decided what to serve. 

 

Must eat: Trust the Chef

Approximate Cost for two: approx. INR 1200

Address: Minami, Ayoyama 2-6-15, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 12 pm for lunch and 6:30 onwards for dinner.

This is a favorite sushi restaurant in Ginza. They have table seating as well as a sushi bar. Although the restaurant doesn't have a sign outside with its name on it, you can locate it on the Tokyo Maps.

 

Must eat: Sushi

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 1280

Address: Ginza, Tokyo

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 11: 30 am.

This restaurant is locating in the Tsukiji fish market and specializes in serving Sushi Breakfasts. The average waiting time is around 15 minutes, and they are most famous for their rice bowls topped with seafood and sashimi.

 

Must eat: Sushi Breakfast

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 2000

Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 5 am to 2 pm.

This restaurant is located in the sumo wrestling area of Tokyo and is a popular place to try some sumo food. The location is unassuming from the outside but as soon as you step inside it is packed with locals enjoying pots of Chanko, i.e., a hot pot of vegetable stew with meat.

 

Must eat: Sumo Food

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 1890

Address: 2-17-6 Ryogoku, Sumida 130-0026, Tokyo Prefecture

Contact: 03-36325600

Opening hours: 11 am onwards.

This is a small restaurant locates in the basement of Tokyu Departmental Store near the Shibuya Station. The restaurant comes highly recommended for your first sushi outing in Tokyo and is easy to identify. The atmosphere is quiet, and the food is delicious.

 

Must eat: Sushi

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 1690

Address: Basement of Tokyu Department Store, Shibuya Station, Tokyo

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm daily.

This fantastic ramen restaurant street is conveniently located near the Tokyo Station making is very convenient to find. During its development stage, 8 of Japans best ramen restaurants were asked to set up shop here. Making, it a paradise for Ramen lovers. The most famous among the numerous shops here is Ramen Jiro. Each restaurant serves it a slight variation of the same dishes and prices are more or less the same.

 

Must eat: Ramen

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 1200

Address: B1F Yaesu South Exit, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku 

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm daily.

This restaurant comes recommended by food critics in Japan and serve a mean tempura and often have lunch specials at specific branches. Since the restaurant is famous, you can expect long ques so make sure you are there well before opening hour.

 

Must eat: Tempura

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. INR 1280

Address: 1-8-2 Muromachi, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 11 am to 2 pm for lunch and 5 pm to 9 pm daily.

This restaurant is perfect if you want to eat at an authentic Japanese restaurant and enjoy a traditional soba meal. The restaurant is often listed among the top 10 restaurants in Tokyo. There is mostly table seating although there are a free bar seating options available. The food here is expensive than most places but worth it.

 

Must eat: Handmade Teuchi and 100% buckwheat noodles. 

Approximate Cost for two: Soba meal cost approx. INR 840, plate of Tempura cost approx INR 1000

Address: Futaba Bldg. 1F, 8-18-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 11 am to 2 pm for lunch and 6 pm to 9 pm. Closed on Sundays.

A trip to Japan is incomplete without you trying a deliciously prepared Japanese Sukiyaki. The restaurant comes recommended by the Japanese Times and is a must visit when visiting Tokyo. Not only is the food at this top restaurant grade, but the ambiance and atmosphere is also very high end. This place classifies as a luxury dining experience.

 

Must eat: Japanese Sukiyaki

Approximate Cost for two: approx. INR 2300

Address: 1-5-25 Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 11 am to 2 pm for lunch and 6 pm to 9 pm. Closed on Sundays.

If you are tired of sushi and fine Japanese dining, then you must head to this restaurant that can be classified as Japanese fast food restaurant.

 

Must eat: Okonomiyaki aka Japanese Pizza or pancake made with a tempura batter and topped with mayo and other sauces. 

Approximate Cost for two: approx. INR 1400

Address: 2-2-2 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan 

Contact: NA

Opening hours: 12om to 10:30 pm daily.

This bar is located in the Tokyo's Golden Dai district. This place has a unique characteristic. The area has not evolved on look since World War II and is a reminder of the city before the catastrophic war. As the name suggests, the bar only has 3 seats. So, you can expect a very personal one on one experience.

 

Must try: Beer and Japanese Bar snacks

Opening hours: NA

Location: Shinjuku District.

This bar is located in the lively and busy Ginza area. There is no menu here. You just tell the bartender what drink you want or let them make one for you. All drinks are served in fancy crystal glassware.

 

Must try: white lady Cocktail, triple sec, Lemon juice and sugar syrup and gin and tonic.

Opening hours: NA

Location: 26 Polestar Building 4F, 7-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku.

As the name suggests this place is all about shots and if you have the stomach for alcohol, then you must visit here. All liquor is served in an undiluted shot form. Happy hours are from 6 pm to 9 pm.

 

Must try: Whiskey, Vodka, Gin, and Rum

Opening hours: 6om to 6 am

Location:  7-14-10 Roppongi | 2nd Floor Yamamuro Bldg., Minato 106-0032, Tokyo Prefecture.

Visit this bar if you want to take a trip down memory lane and re-experience in the 90's paraphernalia. This place has it all Sonic Posters, Super Mario Merchandise and even item from Legend of Zelda. Cocktails are named after video games and their characters, and you can also play these games here.

 

Must Try: Funk Cocktails

Opening Hour: NA

Location: 3-8-9 Shinjuku | 5F, Q building, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture.

This is Tokyo's largest entertainment and shopping district. The shopping district is situated around the world’s largest and busiest train station, i.e., the Shinjuku Station. The area is home to at least six major departmental stores in addition to numerous flagship stores and is the best place to shop for electronic gadgets. There are some fashion boutiques in the area as wells as many underground shipping arcades.

 

Location: Shinjuku Station 

Timing: 11 am to 10:30 pm. 

Known for: electronic Goods

Bargaining: Branded stores all have fixed prices items, there are some local vendors where you can try and bargain for a better price. Although the difference will not be big.

This shopping center is famous for its youthful fashion. It is the second largest shopping district in Japan and is often touted as the birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends. In addition to numerous fashion stores and boutiques its also home to some iconic brand stores such as Shibuya 109. The atmosphere here is subdued in comparison to the busy Shinjuku marker place.

 

Location: Shibuya District 

Timings: 11 am to 10:30 pm

Known for: Youthful Fashion Trends 

Bargaining: Branded stores all have fixed prices items, there are some local vendors where you can try and bargain for a better price. Although the difference will not be big.

This is an upscale shopping district where you can shop for brands, couture as well as youth trends. The market is characterized by parallel shopping streets each catering to a very different clientele. This market is home to Japan's very own Champs-Elysees knowns as Omotesando. The area is lined with manicured trees, high-end boutiques, cafes, branded stores, etc. On the other hand, Takeshita Dori is home is home to youth fashion stores, cramped and narrow streets.

 

Location: Harajuku District 

Timings: 11am to 10:30 pm

Known for: High end fashion as well as street shopping. 

Bargaining: Branded stores all have fixed prices items, there are some local vendors where you can try and bargain for a better price. Although the difference will not be big.

Unlike Harajuku which is a combination of high fashion and youth trends, Ginza is the ultimate premier shopping market in Tokyo, Japan. The market features an array of designer branded stores, art galleries, boutiques and high-end departmental stores. Nearly every leading fashion and cosmetic brand in Japan and the world has a presence here in addition to electronic brands such as Apple and Sony.

 

Location: Ginza District

Timings: 11 am to 10:30 pm 

Known for: High-end shopping stores

Bargaining: There is no chance of bargaining here as all shops are high end and have fixed prices.

This market district has great historical significance as it was home to the commerce and trade centers during the Edo Period. It is home to the flagship store of Japans first departmental store called Mitsukoshi as well as numerous other shops that are over a century old.

 

Location: Nihonbashi District

Timings: 11 am to 10:30 pm 

Known for: Century-old stores and shops. 

Bargaining: Branded stores all have fixed prices items, there are some local vendors where you can try and bargain for a better price. Although the difference will not be big.

This is a newly renovated business district located west of the Tokyo Station. It is home to the headquarters of some of the largest companies in Japan. Lower floors of the many office buildings have several stores and cafes as well as departmental stores and underground malls.

 

Location: Marunouchi District near the Tokyo Station 

Timings: 11 am to 10:30 pm 

Known for: A little bit of everything from fashion, electronics, and household items.

Bargaining: Branded stores all have fixed prices items, there are many local vendors where you can try and bargain for a better price. Although the difference will not be big.

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