Tokyo Stories and Tips

Our Highlights and a Total Ho-Hum

Harajuku Photo, Tokyo, Japan

In addition to Disney Sea and the Vermeer exhibit at the Tokyo Met of Art, these are a few highlights in no particular order:

1. People watching on Omotesando Hills.

As an added bonus, one of the best toystores I have ever been to is here as well. Lots of cute accessories, games, Lego that I had never seen before.
Kiddyland
6-1-9 Jinjumae
TEL: 3409-3431

A great place to buy a couple of cool unusal toys for my adorable little nephew.

2. Our meal at Kaikaya in Shibuya. This restaurant was recommended to us by a serious food-lover who boldly proclaimed that it might be the "best restaurant in Tokyo". What makes the meal even more thrilling is that the restaurant happens to be very difficult to find. But have no fear, I have noted very specific directions below.

23-7 Maruyama-cho, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
tel: (03) 3770-0878
http://www.kaikaya.com/

It's not far from the teenage girls-haven, Shibuya 109. It’s tucked into a small street about a ten minute walk from the Shibuya station. They have excellent fish and beef dishes, especially, sashimi tuna spareribs and the wagyu beef sushi.

They have awesome ginger beer and a very large selection of unusual sake and beers. The menu is very seasonal as the chef makes things that are at its best and at its freshest. Just take a look at what some of the other customers are having and nicely point. That’s how we discovered some of our favorite items here. The owners and staff are very friendly and the menu is translated into English, so don’t be intimidated.

From Shibuya Station (the Hachiko Crossing), take the left fork at the 109 Building and walk up Dogenzaka to the large crossing by the entrance to Mark City. Take the next side street to the right (after the koban) and follow it down the hill. You will see Kaikaya's red awning on your right after about 300 meters.

3. Window shopping in Ginza
Do not miss:
Ito-ya, Ginza 2-17-15 T
The most fabulous stationary store you will ever encounter. Floors and floors of Japanese pens, papers, notebooks, office furniture and other great gift ideas.

Sony Building Ginza 5-3-1
Of course it was almost difficult to drag my husband away from here. But we both had a great time seeing the newest and latest Sony products and even having a chance to try them out. Very crowded on weekends though.

A total HO-HUM:
Tsukiji Market - The tuna auction which, once upon a time, was open to tourists is no longer open to the public. Also, it's not the only place to eat good sushi in Tokyo, not to it's mention extremely touristy and who wants to stand in line for 30 minutes to eat a very rushed sushi meal first thing in the morning. But if the idea of dodging carts of squid and watching enormous frozen tuna being sliced by a ban-saw appeals to you, this is your place!


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