Ten Must-Do Things in Tokyo
After spending my first week in Tokyo, Japan’s capital, I instantly added it to my list of the most incredible cities in the world! Tokyo is a rare place where as a westerner, absolutely everything feels completely foreign, and yet it’s somehow easy to be there. Tokyo is one of the biggest cities in the world, and with so many things to see and do, it can be a bit overwhelming. I was lucky on my first trip to have friends who gave me recommendations, so I created this list of my favorite experiences in Tokyo, to help make your first trip amazing. Here are 10 things you can’t miss during your trip!
1 - Have A Sushi Breakfast At Tsukiji Market
If you only do one thing in Tokyo, make it this. Start your day early at Tokyo’s famous Tskuiji Fish Market with a fresh sashimi breakfast. But be warned - it will ruin sushi for you, forever. There are no menus and no California rolls here, you sit down at one of the many tiny restaurants for an omakase (chef’s tasting) and salivate while you watch the sushi master craft each piece with TLC before he sets it down in front of you. Restaurants open at 5am and people start queuing outside start around 3 for the most popular places - Sushi Dai and Daiwa Sushi. The Japanese don’t mind waiting for hours for good food, so come prepared with a book and if you’re really diehard - a folding chair. (I saw it!) You can also go to watch the famous live tuna action, which happens at 5am and is limited to 120 people. People start lining up around 3am for tickets.
Tip: Allow a lot of time to get there and find your way around. The market is HUGE and absolutely no one speaks English. This is not a tourist attraction - it’s a busy, functioning, fish market with a small area of restaurants inside so it's a bit confusing.
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