DESTINATION: Tokyo W/ Jill Paider
Forget Paris, Tokyo is the food capital of the world. It’s one of the safest, cleanest and best-run cities in the world, offering culture, art, design and no shortage of shopping options. Friendly people and safety make it an easy place to cut your teeth in Asia.
Because I love Japanese food and design, Tokyo was simply a must. I originally went to shoot modern architecture in the city for my book, The Great Modern Architects. I look forward to returning to capture the food, which in my opinion is the highlight of Tokyo.
Food & Wine
Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city. It is THE food, wine and sake mecca. You will be spoiled for choice, and not just with traditional Japanese food. Tokyo has excellent Italian, French and American food. You don’t have to hit fine-dining establishments to have a great food experience in the city. Even “fast food” stations in the subway offer great options. You will have a hard time not eating everywhere you go.
Getting There & Away: Direct flights are offered daily from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Boston, and Chicago.
Budgeting Tips: Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Tokyo has a massive variety of food options, many of which are economical. Watch for prix fixe lunches and dinners, which are advertised outside restaurant doors – they are typically a very good value.
Packing Considerations: Excellent walking shoes are a must, as you will find yourself traveling on foot in the city more often than not. The Japanese are a well put-together culture. Casual clothes are OK, but I recommend coordinating a smart look.
Good To Know: Tokyo has an excellent subway system. Taxis are quite expensive and used primarily by business travelers and those on expense accounts.
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