Last spring, I was fortunate to spend ten weeks in Tokyo along with another member of the Human Japanese team. Though we both travel to Japan regularly, it had been a long time since either of us had spent such a long stretch in Tokyo, and it was great to be back.
Having daily access to all the things that make Japan wonderful–the fantastic food everywhere you go, the easy rail transport, the clean and walkable cityscapes, the friendly people–was awesome, and we both enjoyed our time immensely. (Your friendly author was caught indulging his vice and sneaking off to the local karaoke box alone–“so as to maximize singing time”–not once but on several different occasions during the stint.)
A big part of our purpose there was to do research for an upcoming project. We’ve woven much of that work into a series of articles, complete with photos, videos, and maps, on twelve of our favorite places in the Tokyo area. These are fun locations to spend a few hours or a full day. Some are the tourist-packed spots you might find in your favorite guidebook, while others are a little quieter and offer slice-of-life glimpses of everyday Tokyo.
Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or reminiscing about your last one, we hope you’ll enjoy the series. Take a look at www.humanjapanese.com/tokyo and let us know what you think!