There is nothing worse than an instructor barking out directions in an aggressive manner. At Basi Pilates in Roppongi, you will be gently directed and encouraged in a positive and comfortable environment by english speaking staff.
Amina-san is a lovely lady who does home visits as well. She is professional, always arrives right on time and most importantly, has calming, relaxing abilities.
I feel more relaxed, clear headed, and rested after receiving reikipuncture. It isn't an aggressive treatment but a holistic one.
I have always thought that Odaiba is underrated. It is a great little island to visit for the day to take in some shopping at venus fort or the other shopping galleries. There are many restaurants that offer an incredible view of the Rainbow Bridge at night. As for the Park, I wouldn't even compare it to an American park just like I wouldn't compare and American Park to Odaiba's. It is a nice place to relax and unwind and watch the boats go by with a backdrop setting of the Rainbow Bridge. If anything, it is more exciting than most parks because you are able to watch something other than the wind blowing in the trees.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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!
Having lived in Tokyo for 11 years, I am familiar with authentic sushi. This place isn't about authentic sushi, it is about Californian sushi. It is a trendy place and as a Dominic mentioned, a great place to take a nervous eater.
I do all my shopping at Nissen with one exception: the 2nd floor at National Azabu. This floor offers the best selection of new(not used), English literature anywhere in Tokyo. It also offers an array of greeting cards, cooking books, and kitchenware. The first floor not only offers processed goods: they have a fresh fish deli, a meat deli, and wonderful, French gourmet cheeses. However, it is just too small to shop comfortably not to mention the tourists who frequent this store to window shop (Japanese people from the surrounding Tokyo areas).
I have frequented this museum on several occasions. On one occasion, a fashion exhibit was being displayed. They had tons of dresses on display from different time periods. On another occasion, I viewed some artwork that was quite unsavory...something that you wouldn't want a young child to see.
Make sure to go on a sunny day to completely enjoy the Panoramic View.
I purchase all of my jewels at Tiffany's. My husband bought me my engagement ring at this branch. The staff at this branch, at least 11 years ago, seemed quite stuffy similar to the Tiffany staff at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi. I prefer to shop at the Tiffany's near Roppongi Hills b/c staff are much nicer. As for prices, no matter where you go: Vancouver, Los Angeles, Tokyo (as I have been), they are going to be comparable.
My Japanese teacher and I frequent the Ritz Carlton for tea and lunch. The service has always been impeccable and we are always seated immediately. It has a nice view of Tokyo.
You are able to order finger-food served on a traditional tiered platter or you are able to order a hamburger, sandwich, soup, and/or salad as well. It is more expensive than The Peninsula tea room but perhaps you are paying for the view?
My friend took me here for my birthday. The service is impeccable and the view is SPECTACULAR. The nicest view in Tokyo in my opinion. This tea room is more traditional than other tea rooms that we frequent in Tokyo. The seating can be somewhat uncomfortable for someone with long legs such as myself. However, the food is delicious. We ordered a traditional tiered serving platter. The waiter also asked us if we had any food preferences which was nice as well.