Lost in Translation

Japan

You have my heart, Japan! Definitely coming back and exploring the lesser known areas but for now, I'll enjoy your best tourist spots. ✌🏼

Updated 18 days ago

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Tsukiji Outer Market

築地場外市場

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

Actual tears were shed while eating the food at Tsukiji Outer Market. I would recommend specific places in the area but who am I kidding? Everything was absolutely heavenly! 🍣🍤🍘🍙🍢 My ultimate favorite bite though was the sushi with uni and torched wagyu. 😭 (Swipe to the last photo to see me looking lovingly at my food!!!)

+815038232700

5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan

2
3
3 saves

Tokyo Station

東京駅

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

Huge central train station that has a cool exterior, plenty of shops, and a bunch of great restaurants. They have Ramen Street, which is a collection of Japan's best ramen joints. They also have Kitchen Street which are a bunch of places serving different Japanese specialties. We weren't able to try any of them, but I'm definitely coming back just to eat here! 🍜🍙🍘🍱

1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

東京都千代田区丸の内 1 丁目 9

3
3
7 saves

Tokyo Imperial Palace

皇居

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

Tokyo Imperial Palace is the primary residence of Japan's Emperor; although, obviously, that area's closed to the public. You can get pretty close though if you book a slot in the free tour. If you want to explore the place on your own time, the East Garden is a vast green space that's great to just relax in. 🌲💆🏻‍♀️ We only covered about 1/4 of the entire area because it was so cold but I'll definitely make a trip back next time—I hear it's beautiful in spring! 🌸😍

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都千代田区千代田1−1

4
2
6 saves

Ginza

銀座

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

Ginza is great shopping area full of department stores and high-end shops. 🛍💳🤷🏻‍♀️ On weekend afternoons, the main street is closed so shoppers can strut their stuff! (Just kidding, I don't actually know why they close it; probably because there's lots of pedestrians) 👠👞

Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

5
2
5 saves

Uniqlo Ginza

ユニクロ 銀座店

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

12-floor Uniqlo in Ginza. They quite possibly have everything you need! I've always loved Uniqlo for their simple, practical, everyday fashion; and it was a treat to visit their biggest flagship store. It's a tax-free store so splurge until ¥5000! 👚👕👖👟🧢🧣🧤🧦

+81362525181

6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan

東京都中央区銀座 6 丁目9-5

6
2 saves

GU Ginza

ジーユー 銀座店

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

Uniqlo's sister store, just a few steps from the Uniqlo flagship store in Ginza. They also have a few levels of fast fashion goods which are almost the same quality as Uniqlo's but sold at a cheaper price. Shopping tip: check if the store you're buying from has an ongoing promo and if you can use it. While I was in GU, they were offering a members' discount for people who had their app. I downloaded it and got a coat at almost half-price off! 👍🏼🛍

+81362556141

5-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都中央区銀座 5丁目7-7

7
3 saves

Anzu - Ginza Mitsukoshi

あんず 銀座三越

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

After failed visits to two other popular tonkatsu restaurants in Ginza, I stumbled upon Anzu. There was a line when we got to the place, which we deemed a good sign. The tonkatsu was decent in size, shape, and price; and each order comes with heaps of cabbage! 🐷 It's in one of the top floors of the Mitsukoshi department store, so there's a pretty decent view. 🌃

+81335617495

11th Floor Ginza Mitsukoshi, 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 中央区 銀座 4-6-16 銀座三越 11F

8
2 saves

Apartment M-1 Tokyo Minamikamata

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

M-1 Tokyo is a collection of serviced accommodations located in various areas on the outskirts of Tokyo. It's a great choice for the budget conscious and people who don't mind the longer commute to the city center. Most apartments are new (like ours!), so cleanliness and functionality are A+. 👌🏼 You have everything you need and more—I'm talking a fridge, a microwave, and a washing machine! 😱 There's no reception of any sort; you're just given a code that you use to enter the building and your room. Their Minamikamata branch stands in a fairly suburban area, so it was a nice change of pace and scenery. 🏡

+81120923485

2 Chome-10-19, Minamikamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan

9
2 saves

7-Eleven

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

Our go-to 7-Eleven at the corner of the main thoroughfare and the side street that leads to our apartment in Minamikamata. It's a pretty big store, so they have more stuff than other 7-Eleven's. We went here all the time because they always had heat pads in stock! 🥶🔥

+81337351055

2-15-22 Minamikamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan

10
2
6 saves

Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine)

明治神宮

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

Meiji Shrine is a popular temple in Harajuku dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, the first royal leaders of modern Japan. It's a well-designed structure surrounded by the beautiful Yoyogi Park. Visit on a Sunday to see traditional Japanese weddings take place! 🏯🙏🏼

+819012838811

1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

11
5 saves

Harajuku

原宿

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

@tintin and @korinasegaya's favorite area, Harajuku is made up of many cute retail shops. It's known to be the mecca for Japanese youth culture. We loved it so much that we went back on our last day in Tokyo for some last minute shopping! 👟🛍 The photo shows the starting point of the famous Takeshita Dori (from Harajuku Station). That sea of people is a usual sight on weekends. Come on a weekday if you don't want to drown in the crowd (but honestly, cutting through the people to get to stores was an experience in itself). 🌈

Harajuku, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

12
3 saves

Yoshinoya - Harajuku Takeshita-guchi

吉野家 - 原宿竹下口店

Recommendation posted 3 months ago

Yoshinoya is a very affordable fast food option. Their bang-for-your-buck gyudon meal comes with miso soup and a side dish of your choice! Their Harajuku branch is right across the train station; and it provides a great view of the busy Takeshita Dori if you sit by the window. 👀

+81354127613

Harajuku Rubonte Building, 17-1-1 Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

東京都渋谷区神宮前1丁目17-1 原宿ルボンテビル

13
2
2 saves

WC - Takeshita, Harajuku

WC 原宿竹下通り店

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

WC is a bright, colorful shop in Harajuku that sells youthful clothing in the form of statement shirts, sweaters, bags, and the like. Go upstairs for secondhand clothes at cheaper rates! They have a cute little nook where you can pose for photos (see second pic). I believe the store is part of the WEGO umbrella of brands.

+81357706630

First & Second Floor Takeshita Street, 1-19-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都渋谷区神宮前1-19-5林ビル

14
2
4 saves

プリクラSHOP NOA (Purikura Land Noa)

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

I didn't think I'd like these fun Japanese photobooths so much! 😂 There are plenty of booths, each with a theme of its own. The most popular ones (the ones the kids line up for) usually have something to do with the latest trend or J-Pop group. It's ¥400 a pop; insert your coins in the machine, step into the space, take your photos, then go to the adjacent booth to design your shots. 🤩

+81334017655

Basement First Floor, 1-17-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

15
4 saves

Santa Monica Crepes

サンタモニカクレープ

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

I got the strawberries and cream crepe and man, that cream was heavenly! I finished the whole thing in less than five minutes. 😛

+81368045139

1 Chome-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 渋谷区 神宮前 1-8-5

16
1 save

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

東急プラザ表参道原宿

Memory posted 2 months ago

We didn't really go into the mall so I can't say anything about it; but I can tell you this—the mirrored, cave-like entrance is an Instagrammer's must-see (must-take-a-photo-in?). 📸

4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前4-30-3

17
5 saves

Harajuku Gyoza-ro

原宿餃子樓

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Famous gyoza shop in Cat Street (Harajuku). The simple exterior gives it a more traditional ambience, which is very different from the hipster neighborhood where it's located. We tried all varieties of gyoza, and all of them were really good—and pretty cheap to boot! 🥟

+81334064743

Okajime Building, 6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前6丁目2−4

18
4 saves

Luke’s Lobster – Omotesando

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Also on Harajuku's Cat Street, Luke's Lobster is an American brand famous for... lobsters. 🦞 It's pricey, but so yummy—plump, flavorful meat on soft delicious bread! Pro tip: you're not allowed to loiter on the street in front but Luke's has an eating area you'll find if walk towards the gyoza place.

+81357783747

6-7-1 Jingumaee, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都渋谷区神宮前6-7-1

19
2 saves

Opening Ceremony - Omotesando

オープニングセレモニー東京表参道

Memory posted 2 months ago

New York import selling apparel from up-and-coming fashion designers. 🤩 It's on the pricier side of the spectrum, but if you have the cash to burn—go for it! PS: The interiors are very Instagram-worthy, especially the colorful stairs.

+81354666350

6-7-1-B Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前6丁目7ー1

20
2
2 saves

Shibuya Crossing

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

The busiest intersection in the world—a must-see for first-timers in Japan. We went twice (at night and in the morning), and I suggest going on a weekend night when there's lots of people to see everything in full-force! 🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️

2-2 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

21
2 saves

Shibuya Center-Gai

渋谷センター街

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

A stretch of restaurants, bars, and shops made for energetic night owls! Come on a Friday or Saturday night to catch a few #shibuyameltdown-worthy sights 👀🍻

Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

22
3 saves

Starbucks Coffee - Shibuya Tsutaya

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Get a great view of Shibuya crossing from this Starbucks at the Tsutaya building. You don't even have to buy anything! (But be a good person and get a drink or something) They have seats right by floor-to-ceiling windows. I'm not sure if we were just lucky when we came by on a Sunday night, but it's actually not as crowded as you'd expect. 👍🏼

+81337702301

First Floor Q Front Building, 21-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

東京都渋谷区宇田川町 21-6 Q Front Building, First Floor

23
2 saves

Shibuya Station

渋谷駅

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Another great view of the crossing is right outside the JR gate of Shibuya Station. It has a large floor-to-ceiling window so you see everything. 🤩 We came on a Thursday morning and there weren't any other people to share the view with.

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

24
2
3 saves

Genki Sushi - Shibuya

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

I really wanted to try one of the conveyor belt sushi places and my friends and I ended up in Genki Sushi in Shibuya. I really didn't expect anything big, but man it was honestly one of my favorite meals! Everything tasted so fresh. Plus, all-in-all, it was a very convenient experience. 10/10 would come again! 🍣

+81334611281

24-8, First Floor Leisure Plaza Building, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

25
4
4 saves

Nakamise Street (Nakamise Dori)

仲見世商店街

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Nakamise Street is a lane that leads up to Sensoji Temple lined with various souvenir and street food shops. Among the things I ate are dango, a sesame bun, three rice cakes, mochi, a pancake-like sandwich with red bean in the center, and a pineapple bun! 😛

Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan

26
2
4 saves

Sensoji Temple

浅草寺

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Beautiful temple complex! There's so much more to see than just the main shrine, so I suggest you go beyond that. We went on a Monday morning before noon and we were able to witness a service take place. 🏮

+81338420181

2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草2-3-1

27
4
3 saves

Asakusa Pier - Tokyo Cruise

水上バス 浅草乗船場

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

The Tokyo Cruise is a great mode of transportation to get to Odaiba. It traverses Sumida River, giving you a different perspective of Tokyo. The boat itself is pretty comfy, with different indoor and outdoor areas to settle in. Travel time is about an hour; and you'll get off right at Odaiba Seaside Park! ⛴

1-1-1 Hanakawado, Daitou-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都台東区花川戸 1 丁目 1

28
3 saves

AQUA CiTY Odaiba

アクアシティお台場

Memory posted 2 months ago

Large mall right by Odaiba Seaside Park, making it easily accessible to people taking the Tokyo Cruise (like us). It's also connected to two hotels and a train station, making it a very convenient stop for anything you might need in a mall. While my friends were off buying souvenirs, I made a beeline for the gachapon area and got myself a bunch of Pokemon toys. 🤪⚡️

+81335994700

1-7-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都港区台場 1 丁目 7-1

29
5 saves

Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai

東京ラーメン国技館 舞

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

A collection of Japan's best ramen shops. There are maybe 10 shops that have a tiny space each that seats about 10-20 people. They plaster the specialty of every restaurant outside so you actually choose where to eat based on the type of ramen you want. You order through a machine—just insert your money, press the button that corresponds to your order, then grab your ticket (which you give to the people in the shop). 🍜

+81335994700

Fifth Floor Aqua City Mall, 1-7-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

〒135-0091 東京都港区台場1丁目7−1, Fifth Floor Aqua City Odaiba

30
3
7 saves

Mori Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON teamLab Borderless

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Absolutely amazing digital art museum! I didn't know that light could be so interactive. There's no map so you'll need to be extra curious to find all the exhibits and to figure out how everything works. Book tickets in advance online and come on a weekday!

+81364063949

Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

31
3 saves

Yodobashi Camera - Akiba

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Massive electronics store in Electric Town itself! ⚡️ Lots of items are sold at a cheaper price compared to anywhere else. It's easy to spend hours here, so come with a game plan! 👾

+81352091010

1-1 Kanda Hanaokachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

32
4 saves

Akihabara (Akiba)

秋葉原

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

I wrote about Akihabara for one of my first Finds (now Lemi) articles; so it was a total dream come true seeing it with my own eyes! 😭 I explored the area alone, so I got to take my time going in each arcade: SEGA, Super Potato, Taito, etc. Beware—the claw machines are addictive!!! 🧸 I'm definitely coming back next time I'm in the city; maybe even spend a whole day just playing!

Akihbara, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

33
2
3 saves

Club SEGA (Akihabara)

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Let's say a prayer to the 5000 yen I mindlessly spent in the 15mins I was here.

+81352973601

1 Chome−11−11, Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021

34
2
1 save

Hakone Soba - Akihabara

名代 箱根そば 秋葉原店

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Found this gem right outside Akihabara Station. It's best for quick bites—orders are taken through a machine and your meal is prepared in about five minutes. The soba's delicious and cheap! 👅

+81352951521

First Floor Yamanaka Building, 1-19 Kanda Sakuma-cho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

東京都千代田区神田佐久間町1-19 山中ビル 1F

35
1 save

7-Eleven

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Another 7-Eleven a few blocks away from our place. Had a pretty great ice cream selection! 👅🥶

+81337329512

1 Chome-25-1 Minamikamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan

36
8
3 saves

Tokyo DisneySea

東京ディズニーシー

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

There are plenty of Disneylands in the world, but there's only one DisneySea! ✨ Apart from the usual Disney suspects (I'm talking about the characters), the theme park stands out because of its around-the-world atmosphere. One hour you're in New York, the other you're in the safari, but all in the same time you're in Japan?? Fantastic!

+810570008632

1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

千葉県浦安市舞浜1-13


37
1 save

Hakone no Ichi

Recommendation posted 2 months ago

Conveniently located by the entrance of Hakone Yumoto Station, this shop has a large selection of souvenirs. I bought a bunch of made-in-Hakone stuff (they have sake, local delicacies, magnets, etc). If you have a Hakone Free Pass, you get 20% off when you spend more than ¥1000 if I remember correctly. 👍🏼

707-1 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken 250-0311, Japan

38
2
1 save

Yama Soba

山そば

Recommendation posted a month ago

Their soba was absolutely delightful! I got the cold soba with fresh mushrooms, which is one of their specialties. The restaurant follows a traditional design; and you dine cross-legged on a tatami mat. 👍🏼

+81460857889

Yumoto 704, Hakone-Machi, Ashigara-Shimogun, Kanagawa, Japan

神奈川県 足柄下郡箱根町 湯本 704

39
2
1 save

Manju-ya Nanohana

まんじゅう屋 菜の花

Recommendation posted a month ago

Bought some mandu to snack on. They're pretty good—plus, they have some that's newly made that you can try!

+81460857737

705 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

神奈川県足柄下郡 箱根町湯本705 First Floor

40
3 saves

Lake Ashi (Hakone Lake)

芦ノ湖

Recommendation posted a month ago

Lake Ashi is the centerpiece of Hakone as it sita in the center of everything—at least of all the spots we hit. It's very serene. I saw a small bait shop and some canoes, so I think you're allowed to fish, but it was still too cold when we went. It's a gorgeous sight, nonetheless.

Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa, Japan

神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町元箱根

41
2
2 saves

Hakone Sightseeing Cruise - Hakonemachi-ko

箱根海賊船 箱根町港

Recommendation posted a month ago

If you have the Hakone Free Pass, you're allowed unlimited rides aboard the Hakone Sightseeing Ship, which stops at certain key points along the lake. On clear days, you get a view of Mt. Fuji from the top deck!

+81460837550

161 Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, Japan

神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町箱根161

42
2
2 saves

Hakone Ropeway

箱根ロ-プウエイ

Recommendation posted a month ago

The Hakone Ropeway is a cablecar system that stops along key spots in the area. The line from Togendai to Owakudani has a point where you can see Mt. Fuji from afar. 🗻

+81460848437

1251 Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

43
2
2 saves

Ōwakudani

大涌谷

Recommendation posted a month ago

Owakudani is an active volcanic zone set around a crater created by Mount Hakone's eruption from several thousand years ago. Sulphuric fumes still fill the air, so you're given a wet disposable towel to avoid inhaling too much of the stuff. The main reason I wanted to come here was to try the kuro tamago (Owakudani black eggs), which are eggs that are hard-boiled in the area's hot springs. It's believed that eating it adds seven years to your life! 🥚🔥

1251 Sengokuhara Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken, Japan

神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町仙石原

44
2
5 saves

Shinjuku

新宿

Recommendation posted a month ago

Shinjuku is probably my favorite area in Tokyo. It has a bunch of cool shops; and at night, it just transforms into a lively scene! It's kinda like Shibuya but I find that it was more... husky in a sense. Also, I love that many establishments are open until late—perfect for travelers like me who like to stay out. I'm definitely staying in this ward next time! 🌃

Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

45
3 saves

Sakura Exchange - Shinjuku/Kabukicho

Recommendation posted a month ago

Best forex I found in Tokyo!!! Rates are practically the same as the actual exchange, plus there's no service charge! We originally went to their Shibuya branch, which had a pretty good rate as well (best one in Shibuya imo) but the Filipina who was at the counter told us that this branch was even even better.

+817041210505

1-21-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

46
2 saves

Shoe Plaza - Shinjuku Station East Exit Store

シュープラザ新宿東口駅前店

Recommendation posted a month ago

Shoe shop with legit kicks at low rates. Bought myself a pair of purple Adidas Ultimafusion shoes for cheap!!!

+81353680921

3-24-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都新宿区新宿3-24-6

47
2 saves

Don Quijote - Shinjuku Tonanguchi

ドン・キホーテ 新宿東南口店

Recommendation posted a month ago

Heaven! They have everything, even things you never knew you needed. I could spend hours discovering Japanese snacks, weird products, and cheap merch here. They sell a lot of the same stuff you'll find in other stores, but at lower rates!

+81353679611

3-36-16, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都新宿区新宿 3 丁目 3-36-16

48
3
4 saves

Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho

思い出横丁

Recommendation posted a month ago

Omoide Yokocho ("Memory Lane") is a series of narrow alleys near Shinjuku Station. It's home to many tiny restaurants and izakaya joints set in run-down buildings reminiscent of Japan's Showa era. I didn't catch the name of the specific place we ate in, but Tokyo being Tokyo, I'm pretty sure wherever you settle, you'll find something good. Beware of cover charges!

1 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都新宿区西新宿 1 丁目 2

49
2 saves

STYLENANDA - Harajuku

Recommendation posted a month ago

A place for Instagrammers (aka my friends). Everything in the store is pastel-colored, plus they have specific spots where you can pose for your #ootd. Oh, and they sell great makeup. 💄

+81367211612

OM169 Building, 1-6-9, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都渋谷区神宮前 1 丁目 6-9 OM169

50
1 save

Tendon Tenya - Shibuya

天丼てんや 原宿店

Recommendation posted 25 days ago

Another fast food chain that serves great food (it's Japan after all). Their tendon had a decent amount of tempura and the rice was flavorful. 👍🏼

+81354137983

Harajuku TK Building, 4-31 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

51
1 save

Adidas Brand Core Store - Harajuku

アディダスブランドコアストア原宿

Recommendation posted 18 days ago

It's pretty small considering that it's a core store, but they have a superb collection. The staff are super cool; they convinced to buy a new pair without actually sales talking me into it. 😂

+81354136633

YM Square Building, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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