Where to stay:
We stayed at another AirBnB in Tokyo and we hit the jackpot! David provided specific directions on how to get to his place (4 different ways from the airport) and had a house manual waiting for us so we knew how to run everything in his home. He made us feel incredibly comfortable and showed us around the best parts of Tokyo during our stay!
Food (my favorite subject):
You will be provided with a wet washcloth in most establishments you choose to dine. I loved the little washcloths especially since it prevented the need to go to the bathroom to wash your hands before each meal. Please note, it is considered rude to use it to wipe your face. After washing your hands it’s polite to fold up and put near the side of the table.
Eat With, the latest craze, provided us an amazing opportunity to explore the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest in the world, and eat sushi in a traditional Japanese home. If you haven’t yet tried “Eat With” check it out the next time you’re planning a trip to a major city.
Sushi in Tokyo is not typically “made to order” but instead either comes already made on a conveyer belt or straight off the menu, we found very few places which allowed for substitutions.
Be sure to check out the bakeries and fresh fruit which are tasty and delicious!
It wouldn’t be right to fly all the way to Japan and not order noodles. We found a great place (there are many great places) hidden within a touristy area called Ichirans. Ordering actually takes place just outside the restaurant on a vending machine before you’re shown to your own private dining area. Be sure to slurp your noodles, as it’s considered good etiquette and conveys to the chef you are enjoying them!
Tokyo is mainly comprised of small little diners (watch “Jiro dreams of Sushi” before going to understand the concept) so you’ll likely eat in a “snug” environment amongst locals. If you don’t already feel comfortable using chopsticks be sure to learn before you go as you’ll be hard-pressed to find a fork or knife.