Tokyo, Japan
Akihiro, 31
Digital Marketer
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What are the Tokyo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Sky Scrapers.

Do’s and don’ts in Tokyo: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

NO tipping/ AVOID using taxi's as it can be very frustrating since you cannot use Uber/Grab and the drivers don't speak English. Also, they will always ask you how you would like to get to the destination. DO get a JR pass. Only the foreigners can get a JR pass and Japanese people are jealous.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work online doing digital marketing and I'm always traveling usually through South East Asia. I am a minimalist and I don't have a home. I only have less than 10kg of stuff and that is everything I own. I am loving this lifestyle!

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

$50-100USD.

Which Tokyo shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

L-Breath in Shinjuku to check out the latest backpacks.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Ludacris, Fabolous, Eminem. I don't listen to music these days though...

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Akasaka, Tokyo! It's very convenient and can be very cheap!

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Adachi-ku, Tokyo.

What’s the one place in Tokyo you think is underrated?

Akasaka area.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Minato-Mirai in Yokohama.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Tokyo?

Roppongi.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Get a down jacket from Montbell.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Roppongi.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Sushi No Midori in Akasaka.

Your perfect night out in Tokyo includes:

Sushi, Yakitori, wine.

Which local creators do you admire?

Takehiko Inoue.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

The view from the Blue bottle coffee shop at Shinagawa station is very interesting. You can see thousands of workers commute to work in the similar outfits.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Ikinari Steak (Suddenly Steak).

Tomorrow’s your last day in Tokyo. How do you spend it?

I would have an early dinner at "Sushi No Midori" in Akasaka, then work from Unir cafe.

You’re meeting the mayor of Tokyo - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Free WiFi and plugs in the cafes!!! Uber or Grab!!!

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