Japan, especially Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. I wouldn’t be done even if I was given a week’s time. Be it the latest gadgets, the cutest of stationaries or the ever so pretty ceramics, you have it all there. The 100 yen shops which are like the dollar shops, offer everything under the roof. We would recommend Diaso or Seria as the best 100 yen shops that could be found in Tokyo as well as Kyoto.
For all the high-street shoppers, Shibuya would be the right place which has a string of brands like Zara, H&M, F-21 and UNIQLO. Shibuya also offers a lot many restaurants that you can a grab a bite at in between your shopping.
Our best buys in Japan also include a lot of face masks & creams that we picked from some handmade stores in Gion, & some organic green tea from the lanes of Kiyomizu-Dera (we were not a fan of the Japanese Matcha though).
Things to pack
With considerble amount of shrines & temples in Japan, it’s wise to bring shoes that slip on and off easily unless you enjoy untying and lacing your shoes every few minutes. Acoording to your own tolerance, make sure to pack your hand warmers & thermal leggings if necessary. Neutrals like creams & greys tend to stand out in your pictures against the autumn colors. Velvets look royal & elegant too!
Although accommodation isn’t a problem for all kinds of budget, we preferred booking Airbnbs at central locations as we wanted to enjoy an authentic stay.
Places we missed, but YOU shouldn’t!
Kamakura: A day’s trip from Tokyo, the great Buddha at Kamakura is second largest statue in Japan after the one in Todaiji-NARA. This place is also known as the Kyoto of eastern Japan due to its various cultural shrines & temples.
Hitachi Seaside Park: One of its kinds, it’s a stunning park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki. It’s famous for its seasonal flowers- The Park’s iconic flower is the blue nemophila during spring & the hill is covered by green kokia bushes which slowly turn red as the weather turns cooler.
Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Also known as the re-born cities, these places also host some stunning parks & castles. The history lovers can definitely add these to the list.
Disneyland: We missed this fun seven themed land as it is located on the outskirts of Tokyo & would have required an entire day to explore it.