If eating the best sushi of your life is on your foodie bucket list, then you’re going to have to travel to Tokyo. That might already be on your travel bucket list, which makes it a win/win! Here’s the thing about actual Tokyo sushi: Don’t look for the California roll. In fact, there will be an entire list of sushi rolls that won’t show up here. That’s okay. You’re on vacation and it’s time you branch out to try new things. If you’re already eating sushi, then you’re halfway there! As for what else you should be doing in Tokyo, consider these helpful points of interest:
When you go to any major metropolitan city, you’re sure to find many four-star restaurants. However, the real action is with the street food. In Tokyo, you want to make your way to the Ebisu neighborhood. This is where you’ll find tiny cafes, food stalls and other eateries frequented by the Japanese hoi polloi. To decide what you want to taste, follow your nose. You’re sure to land on some amazing culinary delights.
There is fresh fish and then there is fresher fish. At the Tsukiji Market, you’re going to find the freshest fish on the entire island. This is the biggest fish market in the world. While it is true that you can “buy your own,” you would be better served having one of the experts at the market prepare your fish dish. It’s best to get there early as in 5:30 a.m. That’s when all the action happens. Sushi for breakfast? When in Tokyo….
This is Tokyo’s version of Times Square and in many ways, it puts Times Square to shame. The intersection can be found just outside of the Shibuya Station. When crossing, it’s important not to stop and take pictures like a tourist would. You need to ride that crowd wave to the other side. Once you make a crossing or two, you can duck into Shibuya 109, which is a flash mall. You can also head over to the Tokyu Food Show for a little grocery shopping and a primer in all the unique tastes you’re about to sample on your vacation.
Just like you should surf on Waikiki when in Honolulu, you should also sing karaoke when in Tokyo. After all, this was the land where karaoke was invented. Many clubs offer private rooms for your warbling but there are plenty of “open mic” clubs that will provide hours of fun. Smash Hits is the place where you’ll find the most tourists and ex-pats. For a more authentic karaoke, check out Jan Ken Pon.