If you’ve been to Tokyo before, there may be some places you haven’t actually seen, which could make your holiday even more satisfying. So to make your next trip to this Japanese city an experience worth remembering, here’s a list of things most tourists don’t get to do.
Check out Hanayashiki
The name means “flower viewing place” in Japanese. It is the oldest amusement park in the country and features 22 rides and attraction, including a Japanese-horror themed haunted house, daily music performances, Japan’s oldest roller coaster and Ninja and kimono demonstrations.
Visit a hidden coffee shop
If mainstream cafes put you off, then you should search for one of Tokyo’s hidden coffee shops. A shop at the residential area of Omotesando in particular is one to check out as it is the most interesting place to grab a cup of coffee in this part of the world. Omotesando Koffee is a quaint little place with traditional and modern aesthetics.
Go on a bar crawl in Golden Gai
This lively bar neighborhood is hidden from the bright lights of Shinjuku. Here, you will find more than 200 microbars and eateries that dot the narrow streets. This place attracts such an eclectic crowd, from geeks to poets.
Search for a good bargain in Book Town
A small college neighborhood, Jinbocho has an estimated 180 shops that sell books. It’s also where you’ll find fellow bibliophiles scanning for rare manuscripts, collector’s editions, vintage magazines and the like. You can spend hours here prowling the shelves for good finds.
Tease your palate with street food
If you want to sample authentic Japanese street food, this is where you need to go. Piss Alley or Memory Lane is located in a backstreet in Shinjuku and has more than 60 ramshackle bars and small food stalls. Some of the best dishes to try here include motsunabe (beef or pork offal stew) and yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). But if you’re the adventurous type, you can try frog sashimi, pig testicles and grilled salamander.
Photos by: Ko Fujimura, Vivienne Gucwa, Hideya HAMANO and Twang_Dunga