Lisa Rivera

Mexican luxury travel blogger, Esther Zaga is back with another travel tale, and this time’s she’s taking us to Tokyo.

Before Esther continues to give us her best travel recommendations about the Japanese capital, why not find out more by visiting her IQPlanner profile.

Travelling to Tokyo, especially for first-time visitors, can be difficult particularly when it comes to the language. However, you don’t have to be lost in this beautiful city if you just follow these easy steps.

Tokyo offers an unlimited choice of shopping, dining, culture and entertainment — all you need to do is follow these simple steps to enjoy them!

1. Airport

The best way to get from the airport to the city is by taking the train, the Narita Express. It takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to get to Shinjuku, Shibuya or Tokyo Station, and costs approximately USD $35. 

Narita Express

Beware if you do take a cab, as this will set you back around USD $250! Another cheaper option is choosing one of the several buses companies. It’s slower than taking the train, but far cheaper.

2. Mobiles

In Japan, there’s a law that doesn’t allow foreigners to have a telephone line.

phone

Therefore, at the airport there are 2 choices available: either rent a phone but only to use with internet, or buy a SIM card that works with the internet from one of the vending machines.

3. Getting around

Getting around the city is very easy to do, especially by using the subway.

Subway

There are a couple of cards you can buy that’ll save you some money on rides.

4. Meiji Jingu Shrine

If you happen to be visiting on a Sunday, don’t miss the Meiji Jingu Park. Families take their kids here to say grace to the temple inside.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

They also dress them in kimonos, which makes them look adorable!

5. Eating

There are several types of restaurants to visit, each with a different function.

  • Sushi bars: These only serve sushi and raw food. Sometimes you can also find miso soup.

  • Robataya: This is a chic restaurant in Roppongi — the international gourmet centre of the city — and prices are higher than other places. Diners eat in a traditional Japanese-style setting at a square table, where the chefs will cook all kinds of vegetables, meat, fish and shellfish. You choose what you want to eat, and they’ll cook it on the grill before you.

sushi

  • Teppanyaki: This is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. Some teppanyaki restaurants have several seating areas just for the appetisers, and then a separate place where they bring you to the teppan table, and cook in front of you. Dessert has another separate area!

6. Mitsukoshi

When it’s time for lunch, go to Mitsukoshi. It’s a department store that has an amazing 2-level food hall with plenty of gourmet Japanese goodies like mango-flavoured Marchen sandwiches.

Mitsukoshi

7. Electronics

If you’re looking to buy electronics, and come on why not, then Akihabara is the place to go.

Akihabara

Here, you’ll find plenty of stores where you can buy any kind of camera, and at a good price too.

8. Matcha green tea

For lovers of Matcha green tea (like me!), look for Nana’s Green Tea.

Matcha green tea

They have lots of tasty options like frozen green tea, Matcha latte with whipped cream, and of course hot Matcha green tea.