I took a tour with a friend so that she could see another part of Japan. We visited a temple where we were able to see traditional Japan, had a traditional Udon and grilled fish lunch, and then enjoyed the scenery. A must see and do for visitors and a great place to escape for Tokyo locals. As enigmatic mentioned, book in advance.
A tourist trap? I am not sure if I agree. I have lived here for 11 years so I am familiar with Kyoto and other places in Japan. I think that taking a visitor to Asakusa is high on the list. Yes, it isn't a place for a local to frequently visit if it isn't their SHTICK but on the other hand, it is a very energetic, interesting place to take newbies to Japan.
A great place to get your electronics and appliances. You get great discounts when you use your point card. However, don't expect anyone to be able to serve you in English (even if they claim to have English speaking staff, your novice Japanese will be much easier to understand). They have 5 or 6 floors. The top floor consists of restaurants and luxury items such as bags and pens. The Thai restaurant is actually quite good, suprisingly enough.
A convenient way to get to Odaiba from the mainland. You can also go to Asakusa from Hinode pier. I don't consider it to be a spectacular boat. Sure the view is great, especially at night, but the boat is old. A bonus is that you are able to bring your bicycle on board.
An amazing shopping mall....as Gabriella mentioned, it is like you have been transported to Cesar's Palace in Vegas. Tons of shops and restaurants. Convenient lockers for you to store your jackets and bags. A lot of open space which is a novelty living in Tokyo.
When you first enter the shop, you will be asked to sit down on the leather couches. You are then served a cup of tea. Afterwards, you are taken to the basement where they have several small private rooms. Before your massage, you soak your feet for several minutes. The massages that I have received here have been exceptional. Staff members are professional and courteous. The only negative thing I would have to say is that it is quite time consuming...tea, foot soak, more tea afterwards. Be sure to make room for an extra 30 minutes plus your treatment.
This is the place to go for high quality goods. It is Mitsukoshi's main headquarters. They have a great selection of clothing, Kitchenware, and so forth. The basement floors are like a food museum. They sell a wide selection of food such as sushi, salads, bentos, etc. Also, you can find Harrod's tea products and sweets.
I think that I have become quite spoiled living in Tokyo for over a decade because it seems to me that the food tastes all the same. It is a casual dining experience, somewhere you would go if you are hungry but not needing to be inspired and/or impressed. The blooming onion makes a nice talk piece but make sure you have antacid in your medicine cabinet.
I find the food here to be average. The service is satisfactory and the atmosphere is cozy and casual. It is located on the 2nd floor, not far from the Hiro-o station. I wouldn't frequent this place often, only if I am really craving Mexican food and I don't want to cook it at home myself.
I am not overly impressed by the quality of the food at this location or at the one in Azabu Juban. As mentioned by another poster, the burgers lack seasoning. The portions are decent and it is nice to be able to get a beer but other than that, it is really no different than a fast food joint.
Oriental Bazaar is just that, BIZARRE! If you ever take a Japanese friend here, they will find a lot of goods to be less than authentic. However, people receiving the gifts probably won't notice the difference.
They have dishes, hankerchiefs, yukatas, kimonos, make-up cases, and furniture plus a whole lot more. Most of the shoppers are non-Japanese searching for that perfect souvenir.
A great place to find all the latest in kid's toys. It is noisy and overcrowded, you will be elbow to elbow with other customers. They offer gift wrapping which is a nice touch. It is convienently located next to Oriental Bazaar in Harajuku.
The Japanese version of Walmart with the exception of a floor selling luxury goods under lock and key...even then, I wouldn't purchase anything designer here because I have heard that they are sometimes fake. It is a loud place, very busy, and dirty. If you don't want to make the trek to Tokyu Hands, then you may chose to settle for D.Q.
A large store that has products ranging from sporting goods to bathroom toiletries. If you have looked everywhere for something in particular then this should be your final destination. It is always extremely crowded here so either be prepared to walk up and down the many sets of stairs or wait in line for the next available elevator. Also, don't forget to receive your customer point card on the main floor. Happy shopping!
I really don't have anything positive to say about most towers: Seattle, Auckland, Vancouver and the Tokyo Tower is no exception. Even worse, they don't even have a proper restaurant on the top floor. Perhaps this is a good thing, however, since most tower restaurants have mediocre food b/c you are paying for the view. The restaurants at the Tokyo Tower are fast food only such as Baskin Robbins and burger chains. The majority of tourists are high school kids on an outing. But see for yourself, you should experience it at least once, for the view.
High luxury goods and esthetically pleasing to the eye but....it seems to lack energy..at least the times that we have been there. With the exception of visiting one of the many restaurants on the top floor in the evening, it is usually quite empty. The dim lighting doesn't help either.
A good place to go with the girls or as Dominic mentioned, the Desperate-housewive-types LOL...you will however see other demographics. It is a stylish place that offers delicious tapas. I wouldn't go here for a special occasion but it is suitable for upscale, casual dining.
This is the type of place that you visit once because of the atrocious entry fee. It is fun to do just to experience it or if you are entertaining out-of-town visitors.
I especially enjoyed the fruity flavored vodka. Who knew absolute came in so many flavors?