If you’re coming from the states, you will likely arrive at an awkward afternoon time. I was slightly disoriented, but ready to jump in and experience it all. I was eager to try my first Tokyo meal (Japanese Yakitori of course) and get a drink. Our first stop was “These”, a tiny bar beaming with character. The bartender presented us with a bowl of fresh fruit and asked us to “pick two”. We chose strawberry and kiwi, which they blended with some type of alcohol to create a delicious cocktail. The bar is overflowing with books – our favorite being the oversized book of world maps.
From there we headed to Gon Pachi for dinner, otherwise known as the inspiration for the movie Kill Bill. It is a delicious Japanese yakitori restaurant that features a wall of each famous person that has dined in this establishment. Think George Bush and the Obamas. Gon Pachi has two dining options. You can dine at the top in a traditional Japanese setting, where you remove shoes before sitting. You can also dine on the bottom floor at a regular table or at the counter. We opted for the counter to get a close up view of the Japanese Yakitori making process. I’m not kidding when I say it’s up close and personal. I think my clothes will forever smell like Japanese Yakitori. I’m ok with that.
Not to spoil the rest of our Tokyo Trip, but follow along with day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5 and day 6. We will be walking through our itinerary for each day in Tokyo and how you can make the most of your time. Tokyo is a very large city that can often be overwhelming, but we will break it down for you so that your visit will be exciting rather than intimidating.