During a recent trip to Bangkok, my travel plans had me flying through Tokyo. Since I had long been intrigued with the city, it was a no-brainer – an extended layover was in order! I’m a true fan of the extended layover, for those times where you hit cool cities en route to your final destination, even if just for one night. But this time around I gave myself 72 hours to explore the legendary fashion districts and sashimi, ramen, and tempura restaurants. Tea houses, street fashion, subway stations, sub-cultures, the neon lights, the energy. In an instant, I fell utterly in love with the city. Stunning and immensely dynamic, I found the culture to be elegant and the cuisine just as gorgeous as it was delicious. The people were incredibly welcoming and helpful, as referenced by the kind gentleman who helped me navigate the transit system to find my hotel… while insisting he carry my suitcase. And then there was the unforgettable experience of getting transformed into a traditional geisha. Tokyo has my heart, far surpassing any expectations I may have had. If you have the opportunity, I implore you to visit. And when you do, here are a few of my personal recommendations,
for sushi, Sukeroku (Ginza) | for ramen, Nagi (Shibuya)
visit the world’s busiest fish market, Tsukiji, for the famed tuna auctions
Ginza for high-end & Harajuku for edgy fashion, and Asakusa for traditional décor & kitchenware
Speaking of shopping, here are a few Taigan gems that are reminiscent of my time in Tokyo,
Lila Fox, Fetch Magazine’s Travel Blogger, is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel agency specializing in luxury leisure travel worldwide. Follow her on Twitter @lilathetourist.