Colorful People in Tokyo Japan

Final Thoughts on Our First Tokyo Trip

In Japan, Travel by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch11 Comments

We fell in love with Tokyo during our first Tokyo trip. It’s dense, wild, delicious, electric, friendly and just flat-out wonderful. While there last month, we were awed by the quality and quantity of, well, everything.
There’s just so much ‘there’ there.

Favorites From Our First Tokyo Trip

There are so many reasons to visit Tokyo. These are our favorites:

Tokyo Toilets

No matter where we went, we were struck by the toilets. Yes, the toilets. They’re heated, they wash you, they’re self-cleaning and they play music. They’re pretty freaking awesome.

Toilet Technology in Tokyo Japan

Toilet Technology

Tokyo Sushi

We clearly love food when we travel. The food in Tokyo did not disappoint. Turns out there’s good sushi there.

Sushi Breakfast during Tokyo Trip in Tokyo Japan

Enjoying Sushi in Tokyo

Plus, we learned not to confuse green tea powder with wasabi. Oops!

Green Tea Powder in Tokyo Japan

Green Tea Powder is Different from Wasabi

Tokyo Department Stores

Great food abounds in Tokyo, even in train stations and department stores. Especially in department stores.

Department Store Chef in Tokyo Japan

Department Store Chef

Department Store Deserts in Tokyo Japan

Department Store Deserts

However, department store fruit is really expensive.

Expensive Fruit in Tokyo Japan

Expensive Fruit

Tokyo Izakayas

Sometimes it’s fun to just chill, have a beer and eat “regular” food at an izakaya.

Cheers to Tokyo Japan

Cheers to Tokyo

Time to Chow Down on a Tokyo Trip in Tokyo Japan

Time to Chow Down

Daryl at an Izakaya in Tokyo Japan

Daryl at an Izakaya

Tokyo Desserts

It’s always important to save room for dessert, especially in a city with so many patisseries.

Pierre Herme Macarons in Tokyo Japan

World Class Macarons

Tokyo Fruit Shakes

It’s okay to eat (or drink) healthy on occasion.

Fresh Smoothies in Tokyo Japan

Fresh Smoothies

Tokyo Vending Machines

In Tokyo, you’re never more than a block away from a refreshing beverage.

Vending Machine in Tokyo Japan

Vending Machine

Tokyo Coffee

Or a coffee.

Coffee in Tokyo Japan


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Tokyo Shopping

Colorful shopping is everywhere.

Colorful Socks in Tokyo Japan


Tokyo People

The people in Tokyo are as colorful as they are gracious.

Colorful People in Tokyo Japan

Colorful Tokyo People

Tokyo Cross Walks

There are some busy crosswalks.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo Japan

Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo Subways

Crowded subways are not a myth.

Crowded Subway Trip in Tokyo Japan

Crowded Subway

However, there are always interesting people-watching opportunities on the subways.

Subway People Watching in Tokyo Japan

Subway People Watching

Tokyo Cherry Blossoms

Sakura season is pretty.

Sokura Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo Japan


Tokyo the City

Tokyo is an enormous city. It’s like ten Manhattans!

Tokyo Japan at night

Tokyo at night

Bright Lights, Big City - Tokyo Japan

Bright Lights, Big City

This was our first trip to Tokyo, but not our last. As for now, we’re shopping for a Japanese style toilet…

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Hungry for more? Check out our article about Tokyo’s Ramen Street.

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About the Author

Saveur Magazine's BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed Tokyo. I’ve been living near Tokyo for the past 8 years, and I still haven’t seen everything. It truly is enormous! Tokyo has some amazing food, and even Italian chefs have said Tokyo has better Italian food than Italy!

    I live in an apartment with a modern Japanese toilet. Heated seat, bidet, washlet, and even a sink on the back. The water temperature in my apartment is also electronically controlled. I can change the temperature by pressing a button. Very convenient.

    And yes, the sushi is first rate. Even kaitenzushi sushi is better than anything I’ve had in Canada.

  2. Great review. I am planning to visit Tokyo. Questions, please: any particular place where you’ve eaten and that pleased you so much that you would go back if you ever visit Tokyo again? PS: I am jealous of all that ramen you had there (referring to your other post), but with just 1 week, I am afraid I won’t have time with the long queues in front of their better ramenyas (Tetsu, Menya Kissou, etc).

    1. We’d go back to Tokyo in a second. When we do, we definitely want to eat a dinner at Matsugen based on the wonderful soba we had for lunch. We’ll also go back to Ramen Street as often as possible. And, of course, there will be more sushi breakfasts at the market. There’s so much great food in Tokyo that you can’t go wrong. Hopefully we can live and eat vicariously through your writing when you go.

      1. Thanks so much. Matsugen is added to my list. I won’t forget Ramen street but with just 1 week in Tokyo, I am afraid the time lost in the long ramen queues will be a problem. Have a great one

  3. Aww, now I miss Tokyo so much! A great post and I love that you start with the toilets! 😉 They really are something special!

  4. Rumour has it that ONE apple in Tokyo may cost as much as 50 dollars. Is that right? And if so, WHY??

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      We found the food in Tokyo to be reasonable EXCEPT for the fruit. We don’t know why. Needless to say, we didn’t buy any fruit in Tokyo.

  5. <3 those socks!! i didn't stay long enough in tokyo on my last visit.. def need to see more of it!

  6. This is so much fun! I love the toilets and the vending machines the best. 😛

  7. So beautiful!!!? the cherry blossoms look amazing. Also is it weird i kept thinking about the freaking awesome toilets as i read this?.?

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