top 10 things to do in Japan

This was our first time as a couple, so there may be that tinge of bias on our recommendations.  A special thank you for your patience as we had to go through so many images to put this guide together. Without further a-do here’s list of our favorite 10 things to do in Japan.

 1. Stay in Shinjuku
It’s got the clublights, redlight, the gay, and high fashion. Try to get as close as you can to Shinjuku Station, which will basically take you anywhere in Japan, let alone Tokyo.

2. Ramen
Every shop will focus on the meat, noodle, or broth. Which do you value most? Then go from there. To be honest, it’s one of those places where no matter where you go, you’ll get a pretty solid place if you just do some light research. I like Lucky Peach’s ramen list, for starters.

3. Meiji-Shrine
Central Park meets Tokyo. Go on a stroll, wash your hands/mouth in preparation for prayer. Donate a few coins like the locals, bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow one last time.

4. Coffee Shops
Third-wave coffee shops like Deus Ex Machina, Cafe Kitsune, and Reissue were our faves! We were curiously disappointed in the lack of milk options and they preferred one shot vs. two shot drinks.

5. Mori Art Museum/Roppongi City View
The current exhibit, “The Universe & Art” was the best we saw while in Tokyo, hands down.

6. Cat Cafes.

7. Kyoto.
Known for its beautiful scenery and temples, Kyoto is the perfect place to find zen. Pro-tip, stay at a ryokan to get the authentic Japanese accommodation experience.

8. Japanese 7/11-Lawsons snack runs.
Especially for the Kit-Kats!

9. Vintage shopping.
Harajuku is the spot with Shibuya 109 tower for fast-moving trend shops.

10. Shibuya.
Our second most frequented neighborhood. It’s filled with tower stores, Shibuya Crossing, and nightlife for the youth. As a bonus if you get to visit Japan during Halloween, you’re in for a major treat!

Thank you for reading!

xx Melis + Abel

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