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  1. Tokyo Shopping and Tourism Recommendations

    Two really good pals of mine are currently in Glorious Nippon, but one is there for a conference. The other is stuck by herself for five days to brave the wilds of Tokyo for a week before the conference is over and their full tour of the archipelago can begin. (This, by the way, includes the Tokyo Game Show. I am super fucking jealous.)

    Does anyone have any recommendations for Tokyo locales that someone with a workable enough knowledge of Japanese can shop, eat, and bum around for a week? This request runs the full gamut of cultural to dorky (especially if Umaru-chan is involved).

    Just looking to give them a hand here. bbobb, Mollie, I'm lookin' at you.
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    I would link to mzo's post but he never posted anything about his actual trip to japan.

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  4. Quote Originally Posted by ChaoofNee View Post
    Two really good pals of mine are currently in Glorious Nippon, but one is there for a conference. The other is stuck by herself for five days to brave the wilds of Tokyo for a week before the conference is over and their full tour of the archipelago can begin. (This, by the way, includes the Tokyo Game Show. I am super fucking jealous.)

    Does anyone have any recommendations for Tokyo locales that someone with a workable enough knowledge of Japanese can shop, eat, and bum around for a week? This request runs the full gamut of cultural to dorky (especially if Umaru-chan is involved).

    Just looking to give them a hand here. bbobb, Mollie, I'm lookin' at you.
    I'm not a big Tokyo fan myself so didn't spend a lot of time there (Kyoto/Osaka is where it's at). But I would say stopping by Akihabara is an obvious stop. I enjoy Shinjuku and Shibuya as well though they're packed and touristy. Shrine wise a trip out to Asakusa is recommended. Saitama and Yokohama are both day trips from Tokyo as well and Saitama especially will give a bit more of the actual Japan feel you don't get in Tokyo.
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  5. Like bbobb, I'm Osaka, not Tokyo, but here's what recommendations I can give. All of these come with the "you need to learn to wander side streets" rule.

    Akihabara - Duh. Go there and just look around. Main strip + side streets have a lot of randomness. As with a lot of Japan, you need to be adventurous and poke your head into weird places to find some of the harder-to-find shops.

    Harajuku - Definitely go there if they're interested in fashion at all. A lot of fun places to look around, plus (at least last I was there) some nice little places to take a break for snacks/drinks. There's also a bridge there (if you turn left when coming out of the station instead of going forward) where at times you can catch people showing off their fashion, and a temple area to visit right past that.

    Shibuya - Nice mix of more commercial stuff + little local shops, and you get to see "that" crazy street crossing you always see in movies/anime. More than some, though, you REALLY need to poke around the area to find the good stuff. There's also a decent selection of places to eat here.

    Tokyo Tower / Skytree - One of these are the "tourist" requirements in going to Tokyo, and would be super friendly to foreigners.


    Food requirements! I know they'll get "oh my god you need to eat X traditional Japanese food", but I would tell someone going for the first time (?) that they have to try out Mr. Donuts, McDonalds, Yoshinoya, and a family restaurant (Gusto is my go-to pick for that). There's a strange level of joy to be had from experiencing how all of those things are on the Japanese side.
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  6. Eh, I'd skip the mcdonalds, they're different but still not that great. For sure on Mr. Donuts and Yoshinoya though... good god I so want both right now.
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  7. Don't listen to the heathen: at least one trip to Japanese McDonalds is a must. It's also a nice counter-balance when the difference in culture gets overwhelming.
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    These places are lame, I need to know where to get Viagra and where the whorehouses are.

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  10. Perfect. They were asking specifically about the brothels. Thanks, guys!

    Yeah, this is their first time. The mixture of touristy spots and semi-obscure little places is appreciated. I know my pal Steve has been preparing by playing Yakuza 0, but I'm not sure my suggestion to find the bars from the game is a good one. Hm.

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