Travel: No Visa required
Health: Up-to-date routine vaccines. Optional- Japanese Encephalitis if >1month or rural area or if your insurance covers it (in the case of my wife)
Get Around: We did a lot of walking (average 12 miles per day) and used a lot of public transportation which was clean, safe, and straight forward.
Stay: Imperial Hotel (high brow but very helpful for making dinner reservations)
- Kyubey Ginza (high brow) for traditional tatami style dinning
- A Furi for Ramen is such a hit that they are opening one in Portland which is the ecosystem must similar to Japan's
- Zoetrope - for Japanese whiskey tasting, phenomenal old Japanese cartoon films, and a wonderful host
- Yurakucho - Under the train tracks along the JR Yamanote Line.
- Tsujiki Fish Market - be there by 2:50AM for tuna auction. We missed the auction but did make it to sushi at Dai which was a 4 hour wait for 9 courses of sushi.
- Shimo-Kitazawa - this is the Brooklyn of Tokyo and the winding streets and shops will not disappoint. We had ramen at Busokei, played at a cat cafe, had coffee, and did some light shopping.
- Harajuku - there is no equivalent for this insane neighborohood of trendy tweens and desserts
- Meiji Temple - beautiful walk to the temple and saw a traditional wedding
- Senso Ji Temple - this was CHAOS but beautiful
- Shibuya crossing and food show - busiest intersection and is really quiet impressive.
- Ueno for the Cherry Blossom Festival- unforuntatley the cherry blossoms were not in bloom but everyone had so much fun drinking and dinning in pop-up areas!
- Onsen at La Qua - I love spas and onsens seemed so central to the japanese culture that I couldn't wait to experience it but Lauren freaked out 87 minutes in...
- Shinjuku - this is the Time Square equivalent. It was incredible to see and there are infinite dinning options but we had an impossibly difficult time trying to find a spot to eat. We eventually settled on a pub on piss ally/memory lane which was lovely.
- Go to the wrong airport...there are two...
- Try to see Mt Fuji from the Imperial Gardens Mt Fuji Viewing Tower...because you can not climb it and if you climb it you still wouldn't see Mount Fuji.