Tokyo

Tokyo is the thriving, pumping, always on capital city of Japan.

A city of around 13 million people that you could spend several months exploring and still not see everything.

Thousands upon thousands of small places to eat and drink that will not disappoint and there is a thriving craft beer community that are brewing some very good beers – which is great news during the height of summer.

The train system in Tokyo is unparalleled and you can get anywhere very quickly.

If you are lucky enough you might see Mount Fuji on a clear day – unfortunately this is the best view I’ve had in my 3 Tokyo visits!

Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten, Omote-sando, Tokyo, Japan

My final day in Japan had arrived and I jumped on the train and headed out towards Meiji Jingu. I wandered up the slight hill from Meiji-jingumae Station towards Omote-sando Station with no firm intention other than to have one final great meal. A quick recon of my map app showed me there was a highly recommended […]

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Rigoletto Bar and Grill, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan

During my 3 trips to Tokyo I still had not been able to see Mt Fuji from the city. It’s at always been to mirky or cloudy to see much. On my last evening in Japan for this trip I decided to head down to Roppongi Hills where there is an observation deck on the […]

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Craft Tap Beer, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

For my 2nd lunch after the yakitori at Kanoya I went upto the restaurant floor at Yodabashi Camera in Akihabara and headed for Craft Tap Beer. I’ve been here once before and I thought it was overpriced that time… that’s now been confirmed. I shouldn’t have gone back, but I knew they had a decent, yet […]

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Kanoya, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

I was in Ueno after visiting Asakusa and started feeling peckish. I stumbled across a yakitori restaurant and had what would turn out to be my last yakitori meal in Japan this trip, and what would also turn out to be my first of two lunches today. Ueno is a very touristy area. Being touristy […]

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Toriyasu, Toranomon, Tokyo, Japan

After a couple of beers at the Toranomon branch of the Craft Beer Market I went looking for dinner. About a block away was Toriyasu, a yakitori restaurant. Walking in at around 6pm there were already a number of businessmen drinking and smoking while snacking away. Minimal English here, just like Terako Machi in Nagano but […]

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Craft Beer Market, Toramonom, Tokyo, Japan

During my previous stays at the Tokyo InterContinental I’d not explored the Toramonom area, but tonight that would change. I made the small walk to Toramonom in about 15 minutes and headed to the narrow streets to the south of the main road, Sotobori Dori. There were heaps of small eating establishments, but as it […]

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France-Tei, Aqua City Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

After a quick ride on the Yurikamome, formally the Tokyo Waterfront New Transit Waterfront Line, from Shimbashi to the island of Odaiba via the Rainbow Bridge I arrived at what I can only describe as a a mixture of a mega shopping centre and a themepark. I had a quick walk around and was mostly underwhelmed so […]

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Echigoya, Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

You might have heard of Omoide Yokocho by another name – Piss Alley – charming hey! Piss Alley is a small area adjacent to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo with about 70 small eating establishments crammed into a space not much larger than a soccer pitch. I arrived just before 5pm so the area was still quiet […]

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Yona Yona Beer Garden, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

For the second year running I was in Tokyo in late August, and the Yona Yona popup beer garden was again in action in the Ark Hills shopping centre next to the InterContinental Tokyo ANA. The pub opens up for a couple of hours at lunch, and then for the evening starting at around 5pm. On […]

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Torigen Kanda Higashiguchi, Tokyo, Japan

After a couple of beers at TAP x TAP and Craft Beer Market Kanda I headed off to find dinner with my phone in hand. Around 50 metres from Craft Beer Market was Torigen which is a yakitori restaurant. Walking in the door you head down the stairs to a large restaurant with private dining […]

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Craft Beer Market, Kanda, Tokyo, Japan

After TAP x TAP I proceeded to the Kanda outlet of the Craft Beer Market chain. Probably no further than 200m from TAP x TAP if you don’t get lost. The Craft Beer Market had a much more extensive beer list (around 30 beers) than TAP x TAP and pints are more reasonably priced @ ¥780. […]

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TAP x TAP, Kanda, Tokyo, Japan

After the 90 minute Shinkansen trip from Nagano I was now back in Tokyo for the final couple of days of my trip. Before I’d flown to Japan I’d found an article talking about the craft beer scene that was popping up in Japan, and in Tokyo around the Kanda Station area. True to form […]

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InterContinental Tokyo ANA, Tokyo, Japan

A great hotel, great location, a quick walk to Tameike-Sanno Subway Station and a little further away from Akasaka Subway Station. This was my third stay here and it has never disappointed. Luckily for me I was able to book my 4 nights using my IHG rewards points that I’d accumulated. This time I didn’t get a “Fuji […]

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InterContinental Tokyo Bay, Tokyo, Japan

Having landed at Narita Airport at the start of my 3rd Japan trip, I jumped on the next Keisei Skyliner for Nippori Station where I transferred to the Yamanote line arriving at Hamamatsucho Station just in time for the last shuttle bus to my hotel. I wanted to stay in Tokyo rather than Narita as […]

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Tonkatsu Wako, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

I’m a sucker for Tonkatsu – Japanese crumbed and deep fried pork cutlets. Yummy! On my first trip to Japan I stumbled across this restaurant (which I later found out was a chain) on my last night in Tokyo, so when I came back to Tokyo for my second trip I knew I’d be having a couple […]

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Aux Bacchanales, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

Ark Hills in Tokyo has a good selection of restaurants and bars to chill at after a day of exploring Tokyo. Aux Bacchanales is a French restaurant that gets busy around 6pm on a weekday. But I always managed to get a seat at the bar. Drink-wise there’s a small selection of local and imported […]

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Bubby’s New York, Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

One thing that you miss when you travel in Asia is a decent coffee. And NO, Starbucks is NOT coffee! In the Ark Hills area of Tokyo, in the building next to the ANA InterContinental Tokyo, is Bubby’s New York which is an American themed restaurant that serves a great spread for breakfast, and most […]

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Craft Beer Tap, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

It was my penultimate day in Tokyo and had decided to head over to Akihabara to check out the gadget shops on a Sunday afternoon. My primary destination was Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba just across the road from Akihabara station. Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba is a huge store – 9 floors (above ground) in total. On the top floor […]

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Suginoko, Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan

I’d arrived at Haneda Airport for my flight to Sydney a little early and the Qantas check-in wasn’t open yet. I opened up TripAdvisor to see what were my options were for one last Japanese feast and I found that there was a Yakitori close by. At the back of the public international departures concourse […]

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ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

After Kyoto I returned to Tokyo and decided to stay at the other InterContinental property near Roppongi. As soon as you walk into the lobby you know you’re in a classy place. Check-in was super efficient and I got a personal welcome from the manager due to my IHG Ambassador status. I’d been given an […]

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InterContinental Tokyo Bay, Tokyo, Japan

Having just arrived in Tokyo and being totally overwhelmed by the mega city of Tokyo, I arrived at my hotel for the first part of my Japan holiday. I’d planned on how to get to the InterContinental Tokyo Bay from Narita Airport but that all went to pot when I only bought a train ticket […]

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