A dream of mine has always been to travel to Japan. It’s a trip that I never imagined would become a reality, but after carefully stalking YYZdeals.com for months, all the cards fell into place and I found myself on a flight to Tokyo at the end of April 2017.
I arrived at Narita airport after a gruelling 13 hour flight on Ana Airlines. I took a local train for 1,300¥ ($14.68CAD) and just over an hour later I arrived at Shibuya Crossing where my Airbnb was conveniently placed.
After arriving safe and sound, I knew I only had 5 days to enjoy Tokyo before moving on to the second leg of my trip. I tried to fit everything I wanted to do into the few days I had. As a result, the following is a list of my Tokyo standouts and recommendations!
Don’t leave Tokyo without going to see this incredible show. It’s definitely a tourist trap, but I had the time of my life either way. I would describe it as Medieval Times with dancing robots.
French Patisserie Gontran Cherrier
I had some of the best french and french inspired pastries in Japan. Gentian Cherrier has two locations, one in Shibuya and one in Shinjuku. You’re bound to see one and I highly recommend stepping in for a coffee or tea. They carried french classics with a twist including crusty squid ink baguettes, matcha croissants and anchovy olive buns.
This beautiful park is scattered with shrines, exhibits and patches of grass perfect for picnics and people watching. I paid 700¥ ($7.90CAD) to see a gorgeous peony garden exhibit. Worth every penny.
Tokyo’s Little Korea
Seoul is another city I’ve dreamed of visiting for years. When I heard that Tokyo’s Little Korea was as reminiscent as you can get without actually visiting Korea I had to squeeze in a visit. Streets were crowded and filled with Korean Skincare and beauty stores. K-Pop inspired restaurants and signs for cheesy fire chicken is all I saw. I highly recommend visiting this neighbourhood for a taste of Korea in Japan.
The Owl Cafe was by reservation only, a little room filled with over 50 owls big and small. You were able to choose an owl to hang out with and photograph. Naturally, I chose the biggest one in the room.
Daikanyama Log Road
Daikanyama is a beautiful and high-end neighbourhood with plenty of shopping, beautiful bars and delicious restaurants. The neighbourhood is spotlessly clean, the people are well dressed and the Spring Valley Brewery is a must try. I ventured into Daikanyama to find the A.P.C Surplus store and ended up spending my whole day exploring.
T's Tan Tan at Tokyo Station
From the moment I landed in Tokyo I knew I was on a mission to find the perfect vegan ramen. I knew it was not going to be an easy task, but I had to try. I ventured to the absolutely overwhelming Tokyo Station (busiest train station in Japan) and found waiting at the end of an hour long line the most delicious soup I've ever tasted.