2015 is a good time to visit Tokyo. I remember years ago I also wanted to go there. The problem was I was all the way in Vancouver, Canada and I just imagined it would too expensive for me.In 2011 Japan was struck by the East Coast Earthquake, which resulted in radiation to Tokyo. According to a Bloomberg article Tokyo’s radiation level is less than Paris or London 3 years after the meltdown.
My memory is still fresh from my long recent trip to Tokyo. I spent most of my time filming video and eating food. I flew a low cost airline from Taipei to Tokyo for about $100 us, stayed one night at a capsule in, before staying 3 nights at a private Airbnb apartment in Akasuka Roppongi living like a local. I would compare the area I stayed to Yaletown in Vancouver. It was close to a park at the upscale Tokyo Midtown Center with plenty of options for food. I enjoy my Japanese beer, gyoza, ramen, beef rice bowls, sake, sushi, and udon. I spent a lot of time trying to research and figure out where to spend my time to eat and what to take footage of. I know there is a lot of free information out there, but you’re probably not going to use it. How do I know? Because some of it’s outdated, and it doesn’t feature beautiful pictures. Worst of all it’s all over the Internet.
It’s a good time to visit Tokyo, Japan. The currency is not as strong and Japan offers great food, some of the politest people in the world, an original culture, in a world class city.
In this guide I’m going to give you a nice PDF cheat sheet with the following:
- Information on where I got my cheap flight and how much I paid.
- Tips on getting from Narita airport to town
- Tips on getting a shuttle (yes even for 7am flights) to Narita airport for 1000 yen
- Where to get free Wifi for your trip in Tokyo
- The Japanese coffee house you must try (no not Starbucks)
- Tips on finding good cheap food like gyoza, rice bowls 24/7 for under 700 yen
- Where to find some of the best Sushi in Tokyo and where I got that delicious seafood donburi
- The stations and areas that you must visit and how to get there. As I take video footage I will also give you tips on where to get the best angles. For example: Shibuya crossroads you want to go to the 2nd floor of Starbucks to get a birdseye view
- How to figure the Tokyo metro
- The best Japanese beers to try and where to get them
- Where to get craft beer (IPA’s) in Tokyo
- Which Airbnb I stayed at and my experience staying at the upscale neighborhood of Roppongi
- I’ll give you at the actual business cards of some of the places I visited
- Where to get a skyline view of Shinjuku skyscrapers for free
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