Japan is definitely one of my top favorite countries in the world. It’s super clean and the food makes me not want to come back to America’s greasy hamburgers and pizza. I only spent about 2 days in Tokyo ( I KNOW, very short) because my friends and I wanted to spend more time in Kyoto and Osaka. Blog post coming soon in those areas! There’s so much more to wander, discover, and explore in Tokyo that I’m aiming to come back soon. Although I spent a very short time in Japan, here are my top 6 awesome places to visit in Tokyo!
1. Shibuya Crossing Road
Address: Shibuya 150-8010, Tokyo Prefecture
The iconic busy streets with 7 crossroads coming together and thousands of pedestrians crossing at the same time, is a definite must place visit in Tokyo. People everywhere, going in every direction is a mad house. I felt quite nervous when crossing because I thought I was going to lose my friends. Thankfully I didn’t. There’s people standing and rushing to cross. Then there’s others that are taking pictures and videos. It’s quite amazing that no one appears to bump into one another.
2. Burn Side St.Café
Address: 4-29-9 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
This was my very first meal in Tokyo and it did not disappoint me. This little gem is located in Harajuku and it’s an extremely popular cafe that’s known for their soft and fluffy soufflé pancakes. The menu had pictures and I was extremely curious on trying the matcha fluffy pancake because of its unique black color. It also came with fresh orange slices, whipped cream, ice cream, and red beans! It was the most fluffiest and moist pancake that I’ve ever ate and made me question why American pancakes are so flat.
3. Takeshita Street
Address: 1, Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
It’s only a 5 minute walk from Burn Street Café and a must tourist attraction. This popular street in Harajuku is known for shops selling colorful and quirky clothes and accessories. There’s a variety of shops that ranges from sweet and savory crepes to shiba cafes where you can sit and play with dogs! Because of the many shops, it’s a great street to browse around.
4. Mame Shiba Cafe
Address: 3F, 1-6-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Weekdays: 11am-7pm, Weekends: 10.30am-7.30pm
Cost: 780 yen
It’s not a complete kawaii trip without visiting a Mamishiba cafe! Also located on Takeshita Street, this little cafe is a dog lover’s delight. They don’t take reservations so make sure to get there early to avoid long lines. Tickets cost about 780 yen to spend 30 minutes with the Mamishibas. It also includes 1 drink from the fancy vending machine which I actually didn’t get to try because I was too distracted by the cuteness everywhere. Once you buy tickets, you either get lucky and enter straight right away or be excepted to wait for 30 minutes until you can enter. The 12 cutest Mamishibas wearing bandanas is either happily dozing off or playing with each other. The dogs are very friendly but they’re usually playing with each other than the other 15 humans vying for their attention. No biggie, they’re still cute though.
5. Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Jingu Temple
Address: 1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya 151-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
The visit to this shrine is easily accessed by using the Tokyo Metro. Google maps works perfectly in Japan so you should be fine if you know how to follow directions! The long walk to the actual shrine is very beautiful, calm, and serene. It’s so peaceful and quiet that it’s actually quite relaxing while walking through the path. The architecture of the temple is simply beautiful. One interesting activity to do at the temple is to write down your wishes on a paper, slip it into an envelope, and have them prayed over the shrine. I’m hoping my wishes will come true in 2019!
6. Mori Building Digital Art Museum
Location: Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Cost: 3,200 yen
Where to Buy Tickets: Official Website
This was the highlight of my whole Japan trip. I always see videos of the Mori Building Digital Art Museum on Facebook and it definitely didn’t compare to how beautiful and amazing it was to actually see it in real life. Buy your tickets beforehand on the official website and reserve your spot! Also, be prepared to spend roughly 2-3 hours there. It’s a whole new experience in that building and it just left me completely in awe throughout the whole time. Each room has different themes; from crystal lights, to floating balloons, to drawing your own digital art and seeing it come to life! The most popular room is the infinity lanterns room. Long lines with wait times of about 30 minutes to enter into a room that you only have about 1 minute to take your instagram worthy photos was definitely not easy. I don’t know how people do it, but it was so hard to take pictures without people in background! I was unsuccessful to capture my solo photo but nevertheless, this museum is worth the visit!