Tokyo, Japan
Yu, 33
CEO of BnA, an Art Hotel Collective
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What are the Tokyo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Pick a neighbourhood and get lost, don't go to a specific "tourist places".

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

Fuck robot restaurant.

What do you do and why do you do it?

Creating art hotels that give back to the community. Each room is created by an artist and part of the revenue is shared back to the artist. We are trying to create a new economic system around art.

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

10000 JPY.

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

Nakano broadway.

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

Koenji, Shimokitazawa.

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


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

Stations along the Chuo-line. Each station has a strong culture and community.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Tokyo?


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

Go snowboarding? (its only 1.5 hours by train...).

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

My hotel!

Your go-to brunch spots:

Brunch is not a thing in Tokyo.

Your perfect night out in Tokyo includes:

6-10 different bars/izakaya in a night. ("Hashigo" which means ladder. Going from establishment to establishment all night long).

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