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36 hours in Tokyo -- HELP

Guy | Aug 12, 2005 11:36 AM

So my girlfriend and i have planned the return part of a two week trip to Bali (looking for recommendations for there as well) so that we have a 36 hour layover in Tokyo. I know that 36 hours does not do the city justice but until we can return, we are simply going to have to get as much out of it as we can in such a short period of time. Picking out restaurants is becoming a daunting task and i'm looking for some help. First off, over the 36 hours money is not an object (but please note if a meal will be outrageously expensive). Sleep is optional and our goal is to fit in as many meals as possible. We are arriving on Saturday and leaving Sunday so if places are closed on Sunday it might be a problem. We don't have our hotel booked yet (suggestions?) but we will most likely be in shibuya, shinjuku, or ginza.

We arrive early in the morning on Saturday so our first stop was going to be the fish market so any sushi recommendations near that would be a help. For lunch we want something casual, maybe yakitori, tempura, or noodles. If this can be combined with an area we might want to visit either for sightseeing or shopping it would helpful. If possible we would even have two small lunches at different places. For dinner i want something amazing, something of the level of Jean George in new york but not definitely Japanese, maybe a kaiseki type place. While i love sushi, i know that the beef in Japan is also great so maybe a place that serves many courses, allowing us to taste many different things. If anybody has recommendations on late night spots to go drinking or dancing please let me know. Also if there are any suggestions for a place to have a late night snack that would also be helpful. Then for Sunday we have to be on our way by around 2pm so we can still fit in a breakfast and a lunch. I'm tempted to at least see the park hyatt and I’ve heard they serve brunch, can anybody comment on this? And that leaves us with lunch so maybe on last bite of sushi before we go.

Any additional advice as to what one must see or do in such a short period would be very much appreciated. Also if people could note price ranges and the need for reservation it would make everything much easier.

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