What To Do with One Day in Tokyo (PHOTOS)
I’ve had two extended vacations in Tokyo as well as a couple of single-day (or less) layovers. It’s a safe, eclectic destination and one I recommend you see at least once. These are my picks for the top activities if you have just one day to spend.
It’s no secret that Shibuya is my favorite part of Tokyo. Myriads of shops and Times Square-esque signage characterize this hip precinct. You’ve got to walk one of the world’s most crowded crosswalks while you’re there. The food is also killer. The tiniest, most unassuming restaurants turn out masterpieces like the one below.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
This 144-acre park is a great place to unwind after a gazillion-hour flight. Stroll the green space filled with hills, ponds, and bridges.
It may even inspire you to paint.
Darjeeling Indian Restaurant
If I had to eat one type of food until I die, it would be Indian. When my friend in Tokyo asked where I wanted to eat on my layover, I requested Indian. She introduced me to Darjeeling, the most charming Indian restaurant I’ve ever been to. I ordered a mango lassi, paneer tikka masala (my standard, which was a special order here), and garlic naan. Delicious!
Dal-Matto Cucina Italiana
Roppongi Hills, a high-rise shopping center, did less to impress me than the Italian restaurant, Dal-Matt0, within it. This is precisely what I love about Tokyo — the thoughtful and tasty variety of food! If you’re looking for a food destination, you won’t be disappointed with Japan. I ordered the hamachi carpaccio at Dal-Matto, which was made even more special with the addition of pink peppercorns. I’m a sucker for beautiful food like this.