Dive into another side of Tokyo nightlife at Golden Gai, a gritty district in Shinjuku filled with tiny dive bars in narrow alleyways. One is so small it fits only four seats and a piano. Next door is a rock club featuring a zeitgeist-defining menu dedicated to American craft beer.
These drinking holes sprang up after World War II as speakeasies for shochu (distilled liquor) and alcohol-fuelled nightlife. Some of the bars are open only to locals, but many others welcome foreigners.
Sign up for a walking tour
Walking tours are one of the best ways to explore Tokyo neighbourhood from a local’s perspective. Tokyo Localized is run by locals and offers free day and night walking tours of the city.
One starts in the characterful old quarter of Yanaka, where wooden temples are sandwiched between post-war houses. Another delves into the electronic nirvana of Akihabara. Or if you like, just go on a tour to get a feel of both New and Old Tokyo, its food, culture, history and religion.
Go shopping at Galleria
Fraser Suites Akasaka is a new serviced apartment in Tokyo that is located in a vibrant district with many stylish shopping choices. One of them is the four-storey Galleria, a cathedral-like shopping and dining area brimming with funky fashion, interior design, cosmetics and restaurants.
Here, you can find everything genteel and graceful, from trendy arts and crafts, to delicate wagashi or traditional Japanese confections. It is located in the upscale Tokyo Midtown complex that boasts the city’s highest building.
Pamper the Palate
Indulge in delicious depachika
Discover the delicious side of Tokyo by going down. Depachika – depa is short for department store and chika means underground – refers to the massive food halls in the basements of big department stores like Takashimaya, Mitsukoshi, Isetan and Matsuya.
These gastronomic wonderlands have everything you will want to taste, from sweet stands, snack stalls, bento booths, bakeries, meat shops, fruit and vegetable sections as well as small restaurants.
Try Japanese comfort food