Tokyo, Japan
Elena, 46
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What are the Tokyo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Shibuya and its famous crossing during the weekend: it’s an experience that you cannot have anywhere else.

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

Do not tip: it’s considered as an offense. Remove your shoes anytime you enter someone’s home. Make a little bow instead of shaking hands when you meet or want to thank someone.

What do you do and why do you do it?

Going out and exploring as much as I can to find new spots because this city is always a surprise!

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

It depends, but usually between 5000 and 10000 Yen.

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

Takeshita Street if I’m looking for something bizarre… If it’s classy I want, then Ginza.

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

Roppongi during the night, Shibuya and Shinjuku also during the day but not before 12pm,

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

Shibuya Crossing.

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

One of the several restaurants or bars at high floors… The Azure 45 at Ritz Carlton at Midtown for example.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Tokyo?

Nothing better than pizza if you’re drunk and hungry… Pizza Slice in Aoyama has good New York pizza.

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

Aoyama… Less known than Omotesando but has excellent shops and restaurants.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Cicada in Aoyama... Cozy, friendly and good food... Their club sandwich is very good!!

Your perfect night out in Tokyo includes:

A restaurant vith a view… A walk in Ginza… A drink in Roppongi… Tokyo is the safest place in the world! And it’s so fun!!

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