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Colorful Tokyo People

Final Thoughts on Our First Trip to Tokyo

In Food Travel, Japan by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch11 Comments

We fell in love with Tokyo during our first trip to Tokyo. 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.

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Favorites From Our First Trip to Tokyo

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.

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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.

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Enjoying Sushi in Tokyo

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

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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.

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Department Store Chef

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Department Store Deserts

However, department store fruit is really expensive.

Expensive Fruit Tokyo Japan Trip to Tokyo

Expensive Fruit

Tokyo Izakayas

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

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Cheers to Tokyo

Time to Chow Down Trip to Tokyo

Time to Chow Down

Daryl at an Izakaya Tokyo Japan Trip to Tokyo

Daryl at an Izakaya

Tokyo Desserts

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

World Class Macarons Trip to Tokyo

World Class Macarons

Tokyo Fruit Shakes

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

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Fresh Smoothies

Tokyo Vending Machines

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

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Vending Machine

Tokyo Coffee

Or a coffee.

Coffee Tokyo Japan Trip to Tokyo


Tokyo Shopping

Colorful shopping is everywhere.

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Tokyo People

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

Colorful Tokyo People Tokyo Japan Trip to Tokyo

Colorful Tokyo People

Tokyo Cross Walks

There are some busy cross walks.

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Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo Subways

Crowded subways are not a myth.

Crowded Subway Trip to Tokyo

Crowded Subway

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

Subway People Watching Tokyo Japan Trip to Tokyo

Subway People Watching

Tokyo Cherry Blossoms

Sakura season is pretty.

Sokura Tokyo Japan Trip to Tokyo cherry blossoms


Tokyo the City

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

Tokyo at night Tokyo Japan Trip to Tokyo

Tokyo at night

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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…

Wondering what to do when you visit Tokyo for the first time? Click here for some great ideas on how to spend 24 hours in Tokyo. And click here to learn about a cool sumo wrestler experience.

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

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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!

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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.

  4. 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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