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

Tokyo Tower, Asakusa and Senso-ji temple, Shibuya Crossing, Harajuku, Ueno zoo, Shinjuku, Odaiba, and Yokohama.

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

No tipping in Japan is allowed. The trains are very crowded during rush hours in the morning and evening. Japanese people don't speak english well. Don't stick your chopsticks to your rice bowl, don't talk on your phone on public transport, some places don't accept credit cards. Prepare some important locations addresses in Japanese for taxi drivers.

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

10000.

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

Harajuku Tokyo store, Odaiba Venus Fort shoppingalls, Shibuya Seibu.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Maroon 5!

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

Gotoku-ji temple.

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

Roppongi hills restaurants.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Tokyo?

Afuri ramen, J.S. Burger cafe Shibuya, Pizza slice Omotesando.

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

Winter in Japan is cold so bring a warm coat with you. Buy a Hokkai-Ro or Kai-ro in the convenience store it will keep you warm. It's usually warm on trains and in restaurants.

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

Gonpachi, Umaya in Akasaka, Wakanui steakhouse near Tokyo Tower.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Listen food Akasaka and Bondi cafe.

Your perfect night out in Tokyo includes:

Roppongi area or rooftop bars.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Mori Tower, Bunkyo-ku observation center.

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

Ootoya.

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

Asakusa.

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

Can we get trash cans on the streets, you always have to keep your trash until you find a trash can in convenience store.

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