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    By Hana Furuhashi

    May 26, 2023

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    Anyone who is reading this blog has probably been bitten by the travel bug. For some of us, travel is not something we do just to relax. True travelers want more than a pristine white beach and a drink with an umbrella in it. (Though, hey, those kind of vacations can sometimes be nice too!)

    No...a true traveler is someone who wants to immerse themselves into a culture and experience it through the senses of a local. They want to eat the foods the locals eat, see the sites that have nothing to do with sightseeing or tourism, and experience shopping, entertainment, and even everyday life the way a person who lives there would. In essence, a true traveler wants to become a part of the landscape they are visiting. Even if just for a few moments in time.

    Like you, I was bit by the travel bug early in my life. It has been something that I don't just check off my bucket list.Travel is a part of who I am, and learning about other people and places and cultures is an integral part of learning about myself. When I first came to Tokyo it was going to be for a short period of time. Years later, I still live in the most populated city in the world, the city that is as diverse in culture as it is rich in history.Though the travel bug still bites at me and reminds me to keep  exploring, Tokyo has centered me and allowed for me to find a place to call home.

    As someone who now calls myself a Tokyo local, I find immense joy in sharing its wonders with others when they come to visit. Whether it's your first trip to my host city or you've been here more times than you can count, Tokyo is a treasure trove of hidden gems, famed sites, and home to some of the best restaurants and shopping experiences in the world.

    From its modern skyscrapers to its serene gardens, quirky neighborhoods, and unforgettable food scene, Tokyo truly holds something for everyone. But...that can also be a part of the challenge when you visit this fabulously frenetic city. 

    • Itinerary #1: All Things Anime and Manga
    • Itinerary #2: For the Fashionista in All of Us
    • What's Your Dream Tour? City Unscripted Can Help!


    With so much to do and see and experience, Tokyo can feel a bit overwhelming to some. Even the best Tokyo travel guidebook - like Lonely Planet Tokyo or Let's Go Tokyo - may not be able to give you the type of itinerary that can help ensure you hit all the hot spots, but also have an experience that is tailored to some of your specific desires and interests.

    For example, let's say you're a big foodie (like me) and want to visit Tokyo in large part for its world-renowned food scene. A good travel guide will be able to help you uncover some of the best places in Tokyo to enjoy excellent Japanese cuisine. But if you're a true foodie (like me!) you'll want to explore more than just the 5-star Michelin restaurants that Tokyo is known for or the latest restaurant that just opened.

    Tokyo has a plethora of food options for every kind of

    You'll want to find the hole-in-the-wall shop that only has six seats but serves the best ramen known to man. You'll want to find the one quirky little izakaya alleyway that fills fast after 5 o'clock and it's rare to hear a word of English spoken while you navigate your way through it. You'll want to try street food and know that not only will it be the least expensive meal you eat but possibly the most unforgettable as well.

    Tokyo's food scene is a treasure trove of culinary delights, a mecca for food lovers seeking extraordinary experiences. If food is your way of experiencing a new culture, then what is offered as "insider tips" and "honest reviews" in the hundreds of Guide to Tokyo books is not going to be enough for you. You'll need a local guide who will understand how you want to experience the city and weave your interests into the fabric of everything you do while experiencing it. And this isn't just the case for food culture connoisseurs.

    Are you a history buff who won't be able to enjoy Tokyo city without peeling back the past and exploring all that was here long before Shibuya Crossing and Tokyo Skytree? Is your love for nature so deep that you can't wait to spend time in the city's gardens, view Mount Fuji and Tokyo Bay, and make sure to be able to experience Cherry Blossom season? Do you come alive at night and want to spend your time navigating Golden Gai, sitting with locals who only speak Japanese, and find the hidden izakayas that even the best Tokyo travel guide still hasn't found?

    Whether your interest lies with food and drink, history and sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment, or seeing the natural beauty of a spot, personalized day trips with a local can be the best way to really understand a city like Tokyo. Japan is a beautiful country with a rich history that captivates the imagination. From its majestic snow-capped mountains to its serene cherry blossom gardens, Japan's landscapes are a harmonious blend of natural wonders and carefully cultivated spaces.

    But beyond the physical beauty, it is the spirit of Japan that truly enchants—a spirit of resilience, respect, and the pursuit of perfection. And these values are seen clearly in Tokyo, particularly if you explore it with a person who can truly appreciate how ancient traditions coexist harmoniously with cutting-edge technology, and where every corner reveals a new adventure waiting to be discovered.

    Are you interested in learning more about what types of adventures may await you in Tokyo? Here are a few recent itineraries that I created based on some specific requests from my guests. See if any of these spark a deeper interest in you!

    Itinerary #1: All Things Anime and Manga

    Explore Tokyo's Manga culture

    Are you or someone you will be traveling with a huge anime and manga fan? For anime and manga enthusiasts, Tokyo is an absolute haven. The city is at the forefront of anime and manga culture, offering a wide range of experiences that cater to every interest and passion.

    First, a visit to Akihabara, Tokyo's iconic "Electric Town" is a must. Here, you'll find multilevel stores packed with anime merchandise, manga books, figurines, and collectibles. As a local guide, I can help you navigate these often-packed and sometimes overpriced stores and help you make a purchase that fits your budget and style.

    We will then dive into the bustling streets lined with colorful billboards and specialty shops, where you can immerse yourself in the world of your favorite anime and manga series while I help you with your Japanese translation and double check the prices and before you buy. Have you ever wanted to take a manga drawing class? This is your chance! After your lesson, we can check out the anime and manga scene via food and drink as well.

    A quirky experience at a themed cafe

    Tokyo is also home to numerous themed cafes and restaurants that bring anime and manga to life. Indulge in a maid cafe experience, where waitresses dressed in maid costumes serve food and drinks to the local patrons. For fans of specific series, we may be able to find a specific-themed cafes dedicated to the popular anime and manga of your choosing, offering a chance to dine in an immersive environment that reflects the world of your favorite characters.

    If you're interested in the behind-the-scenes aspect of anime and manga production, we can also visit an anime studio and/or a manga publishing house. Some studios offer guided tours that provide insights into the creative process and give you a much more exclusive glimpse into the world of animation.
    In Tokyo, the anime and manga scene thrives, offering a plethora of experiences that cater to fans of all ages and interests.

    Whether you're searching for rare collectibles, want to try your hand at a drawing class, learn more about the behind-the-scenes side or simply sit back and enjoy the Japanese anime scene, Tokyo is the ultimate destination and a customized tour will leave you feeling satisfied.

    Itinerary #2: For the Fashionista in All of Us

    A shopping haven

    Let's face it...all of us have a bit of a fashion maven somewhere inside of us, right? Fashion has long been a way that humans express their individuality, their social status, and what they value most in life.

    Some people prefer haute couture fashion and will happily pay top dollar to own the latest styles and trends. Brand names are important to them, as is following the latest fashion news and they don't mind who knows it. Others express their relationship with fashion in a very different way. They may prefer to shop in second-hand clothing stores or vintage clothing shops.

    For these individuals, repurposing and recreating is more important than the latest look and they find joy in the uniqueness and stories behind each piece they wear. They embrace the thrill of the hunt, scouring thrift shops and flea markets to discover hidden gems that reflect their personal style and stand out from the crowd. Vintage fashion allows them to connect with bygone eras and bring a touch of nostalgia to their wardrobe.

    And then there are those who prioritize comfort and functionality above all else. They gravitate towards minimalistic and practical designs that seamlessly blend fashion with everyday life. For them, fashion is a tool to enhance their day-to-day activities, and they appreciate clothing that allows them to move freely and effortlessly.

    Regardless of the approach, fashion in Tokyo caters to every taste and inclination. The city is renowned for its eclectic street fashion, where avant-garde styles, bold colors, and experimental combinations take center stage. Tokyo's vibrant fashion districts like Harajuku and Shibuya are a playground for those who dare to push boundaries and express themselves fearlessly.

    Ultimately, fashion in Tokyo is a reflection of the city itself—diverse, dynamic, and ever-evolving.
    It invites individuals to embrace their unique identities, express their creativity, and find inspiration in the limitless possibilities of self-expression through clothing.

    No matter where on the fashion spectrum you fall, we can easily create a day that centers around the type of fashion you are interested in, whether it's just to look and marvel or whether you want to drop some yen and spend the day finding some treasures to take home for yourself or your family and friends.

    Here is a brief breakdown of some of the best fashion hot spots in Tokyo, depending on your interests and style:

    Known for its vibrant street fashion


    Known for its vibrant street fashion and unique subcultures, Harajuku is a must-visit if you are seeking avant-garde and alternative fashion styles. Takeshita Street is a bustling hub of trendy shops, while Cat Street offers a mix of local boutiques and international brands.

    Tokyo's most upscale shopping district


    Tokyo's most upscale shopping district, Ginza, is renowned for its luxury fashion brands and department stores. Here, you'll find flagship stores of renowned designers, high-end boutiques, and elegant shopping complexes showcasing the latest in fashion and design.

    Explore Shibuya 109


    Though it's quite famous for its iconic street scramble crossing, Shibuya is also a fashion mecca for anyone who is a trendsetter and urban fashion enthusiast. Centered around Shibuya 109, a popular department store catering to young women, the area offers an array of cutting-edge fashion, accessories, and cosmetics.

    Shop vintage and thrift stores


    This hip neighborhood is a haven for vintage lovers and lovers of indie fashion alike. Its narrow but quaint streets are lined with thrift shops, second-hand stores, and retro boutiques, where I can help you uncover unique clothing items and accessories from past eras. Whether you're here to save money or just love everything vintage, this is the spot for you.

    Known as Tokyo's Champs-Élysées,


    Known as Tokyo's Champs-Élysées, Omotesando is home to all the luxury fashion brands, upscale boutiques, and flagship stores that my true fashionista guests are looking for. Omotesando's tree-lined streets and architectural marvels create a sophisticated atmosphere which attracts shoppers, trendsetters, and even just those who want to marvel at the beautiful people and fantastic designs.

    Dedicated to cosplay costumes, anime merchandise, and u


    While primarily famous for its electronics and anime culture, Akihabara is also a great spot for those who are looking for shopping spots dedicated to cosplay costumes, anime merchandise, and unique accessories. It's a haven for anime and manga enthusiasts looking to express their fandom through fashion, and whatever character you are into, I have no doubt we can find the store for you

    Whether you're seeking avant-garde fashion, luxury brands, vintage treasures, or trendy streetwear, Tokyo offers a plethora of shopping destinations catering to various styles and tastes. Each district has its own distinct flair and ambiance, ensuring that every fashion enthusiast can find their niche in the vibrant city.

    What's Your Dream Tour? City Unscripted Can Help!

    A tour with a local can be like a breath of fresh air

    Discover Tokyo with personalized tours and tailor your experience with the authentic touch of Tokyo tour guide services. Whatever your interest, whatever your curiosity, City Unscripted can help you uncover it in Tokyo. From nature tours that let you explore shrines and gardens to food tours that will introduce you to the best sushi and traditional Japanese drinking spots, City Unscripted is built on the belief that a trip is most memorable when it's seen through a local's eyes and when it's enjoyed with people who share the same interests and passions as you do.

    Do you want to see your own interests and passions come alive in the streets of Tokyo? Then set aside that guidebook you had thought would be the ultimate guide to Tokyo and come check out what City Unscripted has to offer you.

    A tour with a local can be like a breath of fresh air. It can be the exact perspective you've been looking for. Come have an adventure with City Unscripted!

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