Tokyo: Nine Things to Know Before You Go

Tokyo has to be up there in the top 3 cities that I’ve visited and fallen for big time. I first went to Tokyo a few years ago for a writing project I was working on. Nothing could have prepared me for the onslaught of everything that is Tokyo. The culture, the high-tech toilets, the anxiety-inducing interchange at Shinjuku subway station, the human wall coming straight towards you while you attempt to cross at the scramble crossing, the mind-blowing cuisine you can get everywhere. Everywhere. And of course, the people. They are the best feature of Tokyo. Polite, considerate, quirky, ridiculously cool, creative.

Yes. Everyone has to go to Tokyo at least once in their lives. Before you start booking, here are eight things to know to help you plan, and prepare you for the awesomeness of a visit to Tokyo. Continue reading “Tokyo: Nine Things to Know Before You Go”

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Tokyo – My Top 3 Things to Do

Anyone who has been to Tokyo knows how addictive it is. It’s not a city you fall in love with in the way that you fall in love with Paris or Rome. Rather, Tokyo is a place that gets under your skin. And once it’s there, you’ll find yourself obsessed with it.

Tokyo has definitely got to me, and my fascination with it only grows with each visit. And while I love to explore new neighbourhoods, museums and restaurants each time, there are three things I always do each time I return to this amazing city… Continue reading “Tokyo – My Top 3 Things to Do”

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I Wore a Kimono in Tokyo – I Regret Nothing

In 1980s classic film, National Lampoons European Vacation, Chevy Chase doles out peronsalised monogramed berets to his family to wear whilst sightseeing in Paris (resulting in cruel ridicule from locals and a sausage dog jumping off the Eiffel Tower – it’s hilarious, check it out if you can). Those berets were quite clearly un grand faux pas as far as tourist etiquette is concerned.

On a recent trip to Tokyo, I decided to put to the test whether it’s ever ok to don the local traditional dress in one’s enthusiasm to embrace the local culture. Cue the kimono…  Continue reading “I Wore a Kimono in Tokyo – I Regret Nothing”