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Tokyo Itinerary – Food and Drink Input, Please


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Tokyo Itinerary – Food and Drink Input, Please

Kavey | | Sep 4, 2012 09:21 AM

I’ve been working on my itinerary for Tokyo. I don’t usually pin things down on a day by day basis but with so many, many different things to see and do, I wanted to try and group things by area in advance, rather than wasting time backtracking across the city or dithering about what to do next.

I’ve indicated initial food and drink decision points with *** and wonder if you have any general or specific thoughts?

I know there are many with "no idea" but am finding myself stuck, so pointers on taking this forward would be helpful. Suggestions may be for specific places, but could equally be that "X area has a lot of decent tempura places, you can pick one on arrival" type...

My intended food / drinks budget per person per day is 6,000 Yen for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So I guess dinner budget is maybe 3,000 Yen per person.

I’m hoping I can work with that as an average, and go over and under on various days. I know many of the restaurants often discussed here are vastly over my budget, even as high as 25,000 Yen per person. Obviously, I am not even looking at those. I do have lee way to include a couple of splurges, but I’m talking of a few thousand extra Yen per person for a meal.

The couple of bars I’ve listed, I can probably pull budget from the sightseeing budget for those, not that it’s very high!

Day 1
-- Land Narita 7pm
-- Travel to hotel Tokyu Stay Higashi Ginza(2 nights)
*** -- Dinner: ?? Near hotel so in Tsukiji outer market, maybe soba or ramen?

Day 2
-- AM Tsukiji market (tour, breakfast sushi, browse of outer market, photos)
*** -- Breakfast: ?? Sushi Zanmai or other
*** -- Lunch: ?? Like look of Miyagawa Honten but husband won’t eat eel so may have to skip it.
-- Afternoon: plans not set yet, perhaps a walk in Hama Rikyu, or head out further afield in Tokyo
*** -- Dinner: ?? Monja Hazama or Tsukiji outer market area again?

Day 3
*** -- Breakfast: ?? In Tsukiji or at Tokyo Station
-- Early departure to Takayama
*** -- Could stop at Liquors Hasegawa en route to Tokyo Station?

Day 14
-- Arrive back in Tokyo approximately 6 pm, staying in Dormy Inn Asakusa (4 nights)
-- Evening walk around Asakusa
*** -- Dinner: ?? In Asakusa, near hotel

Day 15 (Sunday)
Either a day trip to Nikko OR as follows:
*** -- Breakfast: ?? Near hotel in Asakusa or on arrival at Harijuku?
-- Harijuku (cos-play teens)
-- Omotesando Hills - Daiso Harajuku (large 100 Yen shop), Oriental bazaar souvenir shop
*** -- Lunch: Maisen Jingumae branch (Luiz/ Meemalee recommended tonkatsu, in ex bath house)
-- Yoyogi Park (one of largest city parks, ginko tree forest pretty in Autumn)
-- Shibuya (see iconic Hachiko and Hachiko's crossing)
*** -- Drinks: Craftheads Brewers
*** -- Drinks: Nikka’s Blenders Bar
*** -- Dinner: ?? No idea at all

Day 16
*** -- Breakfast: ??
-- In / near Shinjuku
-- Morning shopping/ browsing especially in department stores and maybe a 100 yen place
*** -- Lunch ?? No idea at all
-- Tocho Tower
-- Afternoon XXXXXXXXX
*** -- Drinks at Zoetrope whisky bar
*** -- Dinner in Piss Alley

Day 17
*** -- Breakfast: ??
-- Skytree + shopping centre
-- Asakusa (have spent some time already)
*** -- Lunch: ??
-- Kappabashi dori
-- Possibly Akihabara but scheduled last so can skip if too late/ tired
*** -- Dinner: ??

Day 18
*** -- Breakfast: ??
-- Early morning, leave for Narita airport

I know people usually list specific restaurants in their itinerary when asking for feedback, but as I'm on a lower budget, I am struggling to get to that.