I’m going to a conference for my industry in Tokyo next spring. I’m interested to do some business with Japan and bring products they have over as the UK is a bit behind trends compared to the US and we are looking for new products to bring out.
I’m wondering which area in Tokyo to stay in for a good time. We are most interested in areas that have access to good food and easy access to other parts. I went to Tokyo once when I was young and don’t really remember much about it.
Shibuya or Shinjuku. Shibuya is most famous and youngest crowd. Or one train stop away for cheaper hotels.
I would probably say Shibuya central for first-time visitors. It’s just a fantabulous Japanese assault on the senses. The most famous maybe busiest street crossing in the world is here. Also, maybe the most famous rendezvous point in the world at Hachiko statue. Shibuya has recently accomplished a revitalization plan it’s even better and better.
Hachikō Memorial Statue
There are many other famous fun areas but these are the most prime in themselves both with easy access to everything else.
Roppongi of course is famous for locals and foreigner nightlife but slow even dull in daytime and seedy at night. I don’t recommend staying there.
Ginza is concrete jungle but good to visit on Sundays when streets are closed to cars.
Kyoto beautiful and interesting, touristy but still great. Must visit and stay central. Enjoy the culture and sights. Lots of food. Stay and visit around this station and this side of river. Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station
Osaka is big city life, but laid back fun friendly culture. Stay visit near here Dotonbori Glico Sign
2 full days in Kyoto, 1 day n night Osaka, depart Osaka airport if possible.
Not flashy but centrally located and almost certainly easier to navigate for a newbie than the complex maze of streets in Shibuya. Don’t get me started on the new Shibuya Station, which is insanely complicated.
I’m originally from Kobe, and I can tell you it’s worth the trip. But since you’re based in Tokyo you’ll need to get on the bullet train, plus Shin-Kobe (the bullet train station in Kobe) is a tad bit off the city. You’ll need to take another local subway to get to Sannomiya, which is downtown Kobe.
If you’re looking for good ol’ Kobe Beef, you could try Moriya. There’s even a store in Gion, Kyoto so you can try it there if you don’t make it to Kobe. I tried the Royal Mouriya way back, and it was great.
Tokyo is easily a 10 days city on its own. There’s so many things to do and if you are looking for a quick trip outside the city then why not go to Kamakura and Enoshima? Mount Fuji + Hakone might be another good combo.
If Andrew sticks to the Kanto area (i.e. no big excursion to Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe . . . ) then I’d say why not Nikko? The elevatation and lovely trees makes this one of the most comfortable places in the region in the summer, as this visionary Italian diplomat figured out:
Reading that piece above makes me realize how literate English language writings on Japan can be. With the exception of notable writers such as @StevenCrook and Han Cheung—and, in an earlier era, the inimitable @Mucha_Man —we remain really bereft of this in Taiwan.