Tokyo is probably the city most people are familiar with in Japan. It’s crazy and overwhelming. Tokyo is a city of lights, energy and food. If there’s something you’re looking for, you’ll find it. Cat cafes, skyscrapers, robot restaurants and endless floors of shopping, Tokyo literally has it all.
Something very special about Japan is their train stations and department stores. You’ll find two basement floors under the station dedicated to produce and cafes. Vendors sell expensive fruit, fresh seafood, traditional Japanese sweets, chocolates, cakes, fried food on sticks, dumplings, grilled chicken, the list is endless. It’s here you’ll find stalls by Godiva, Wittamer and Dean & Deluca. Every item purchased is carefully wrapped, put in a box with a little ice pack and given to you in a beautiful bag. If you go up you’ll find floors of shopping and if you go to the top two floors, you’ll be especially delighted to see these floors filled by restaurants. Hawaiian burgers, American biscuits and gravy, Italian, Thai, Korean and of course Japanese food. It’s overwhelming but totally amazing.
Our days in Tokyo were filled with eating, it’s hard to avoid it. There’s so many options for cheap food too. From the 24 hour salaryman restaurants with $5 curries, katsu (breaded and fried chicken or pork cutlets), gyudon (stewed thinly sliced beef with onions served over rice), to ramen joints with big bowls of delicious, hearty broth topped with roasted pork, noodles and bean sprouts for only $10, you can even head to the local conbini (convenience store) and grab a $2 onigiri (rice ball) or a bento box for $8 filled with rice, fried chicken, noodles, steak, etc.
While we were in Tokyo we went to German Christmas markets, had amazing macarons and salted French butter croissants, visited DisneyLand and DisneySea (a special water themed park), saw the crazy fashion of Harajuku and ate their overstuffed crepes, checked out hobby shops, ate at Korea Town and generally had an an amazing time checking out the local sights and eating all the food we saw.
Tokyo is a decadent city and offers so much in terms of history, culture, food and shopping. Head to my Instagram @ddbagel for way more pictures!