1. Namja Town
Jon Steinback: This food theme park is hilarious and bizarre. It's in the Sunshine City building near Ikebukuru. 300 yen (~$3)
2. Mori Art Museum
Jon Steinback: Has the best view of the city (in addition to the art). Go on a clear day.
3. Edo-Tokyo Museum
4. Ueno Zoo
Jon Steinback: Not a bad zoo, if you like zoos.
Jon Steinback: The gadget shops around Akihabara are pretty stunning. Be aware that most of them sell racks of porn as well.
6. Senso-ji Temple
Jon Steinback: Pretty impressive, but heavily touristed. Try for odd hours.
7. Yoyogi Park
Jon Steinback: On a Sunday, swing through and see the Dancing Elvises (Elvi?) and wander down towards the Harajuku entrance from some Harajuku girls. Good Okonomiyaki from street vendors, too!
8. Yoyogi Park Dogrun
Jon Steinback: Seriously, the best everyday dog costume show you'll see in your life.
9. Imperial Palace
Jon Steinback: Standing just right, you can catch a sliver of the palace.
10. Meiji Jingu Shrine
Jon Steinback: Go on a weekday day! There is nobody there and it's quite fantastic.
Jon Steinback: This museum is kind of amazing for anyone who likes science, space, or has a general curiosity about life.
12. Statue of Liberty
Jon Steinback: yeah. it's weird.
13. Taito Station
Jon Steinback: Doesn't have to be this one, but go to an arcade. And do the photo booths. They're amazing.
14. Ghibli Museum
Jon Steinback: Maybe one of the happiest places on Earth. Buy a ticket at the kiosks at AM/PM the same day, but have a Japanese person help you; there is no English UI.
15. Gonpachi Nishiazabu
Jon Steinback: This place inspired the big fight scene in Kill Bill. Really good food, especially soba.
16. 猫カフェ きゃりこ 新宿店
Jon Steinback: If you like cats, there are some cat cafes ("neko no mise") where you get a coffee or soda and get to play with cats for a while.
17. Tokyu Hands
Jon Steinback: This Tokyu Hands has a cat cafe on the 8th floor. And it's a pretty bizarre store.
18. Tsukiji Market
Jon Steinback: Go at the crack of dawn (like a bit before 5.30am) any day for the tuna auction, get a bowl of tuna sashimi at a stall, and then go take a nap at the hamarikyu botanical gardens nearby.
19. Hamarikyu Gardens
Jon Steinback: After you've seen the tuna auctions at Tsukiji, wander over here as it opens and get the garden all to yourself. Take a nap in the middle of it.
20. Chichu Art Museum
Jon Steinback: Perhaps my favorite museum in the world.
21. Miyanoura Port
Jon Steinback: One of the best things to do in Japan, and nobody goes. Head to the island of Naoshima. It's a two-day trip. It's an arts colony. It's amazing. Really.
Jon Steinback: Go to any 7-11 or AM/PM or anything and get onigiri balls (they're 100 yen (~$1) and delicious, fresh, and ingeniously packaged). And try a new strange drink every day you're there.
23. Shinjuku Terrace City
Jon Steinback: The line for the Krispy Kreme donuts here regularly snakes out the door. So, if you want one, go nuts.
24. MARIAGE FRERES 恵比寿三越店
Jon Steinback: Great French tea.
25. Park Hyatt Tokyo
Jess Barron: Check out the New York Bar on the 52nd floor, featured in the movie "Lost in Translation."There are great city views &an excellent live jazz band, just like in the film. Also, try the L.I.T. Cocktail.
26. Inokashira Park
Jon Steinback: A bit out of the way for non-locals, but quite serene and wonderful.
27. 中国茶房8 六本木店
Jon Steinback: The late-night place for food. Open super late. Also, take a look at the incredibly sexual decorations.
28. Heiroku Sushi
Jon Steinback: Great kaiten sushi close to Yoyogi Park. Head up and grab what you want straight off the conveyor belt. It adds up quickly, though.
Jon Steinback: Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant. Kind of ridiculous.
30. Shinjuku Gyoen
31. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Jon Steinback: Great view of Fuji-san on a nice day. And it's free on the 45th floor.
32. The National Art Center, Tokyo
Jon Steinback: Huge and cool building, with occasional good shows!
Jon Steinback: They often have amazing small art shows here. Changes often.
34. Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Jon Steinback: Nice museum, and the Museum of Yebisu Beer is right next door. Hit them both.
35. The Railway Museum
Jon Steinback: There are interactive train-driving stations! But let the kids try it first.
36. Tokyo Opera City
Jon Steinback: Often great art exhibits here.
37. Christon Cafe
Jon Steinback: A christianity-themed restaurant. From papal garb to theme drinks. Amazing.
38. Kyū Furukawa Gardens
Jon Steinback: Really gorgeous place to wander.
39. Saiho-ji Temple
Jon Steinback: Such an incredible Buddhist Temple. It has like a million types of moss, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
40. Kinkaku-ji Temple
Jon Steinback: It's gold! (mostly)
41. Fushimi Inari Taisha
Jon Steinback: Wear bright orange to blend in! Also, climb all the way to the top.
42. Itsukushima-jinja Shrine
Jon Steinback: Hike around the island as much as possible (including all the way to the top). Feed the deer. Find some monkeys. Watch the sun set over the gate.
43. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Jon Steinback: Spend some time thinking here...
44. Ginkaku-ji Temple
45. Giouji Temple
46. Koyasan Kongobuji Temple
Jon Steinback: Stay here overnight. Wander the grounds. Take the slanty cable-car up.
47. Tokyo Tower
Jon Steinback: Japanese people will remind you that's it's 13m taller than the Eiffel Tower. Take that, France!
48. Great Buddha of Kamakura
Jon Steinback: Enter the Great Buddha. Also, awesome day-trip from Tokyo. Great restaurants around.
49. KIDDY LAND
50. Shinjuku Golden Gai
51. Imperial Palace East Garden
52. Robot Restaurant
Dens: Long story short: My buddy said this was the best pizza in the world. I doubted him. I was wrong. Best pizza I've ever had. Get the margarita pizza, skip the marinara. You need the cheese.
54. Akiba Fukurou
Dens: This is the owl cafe of your dreams! All the owls you can pet for the low low price of ¥1500! (a bit tricky to find, follow the map) ps: Don't pet their bellys or they bite!
55. Taco Bell
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