Photography By Gabe L’Heureux
It’s safe to bet that more than half of us have missed a connecting flight and succumbed to sleeping on that sweetly scented airport carpet in a far away land.
While the experience is humbling, there are better things you could be doing with your time in a foreign city. Gabe L’Heureux has done the research for us all by exploring Tokyo with little more than a camera and a skateboard during a lengthy layover. Over a steaming bowl of udon noodles, Gabe delivered us his definitive city guide.
This is the main downtown area with really famous crosswalk that you have seen numerous times on TV. Really good shopping, people watching and restaurants.
One of the most epic shopping areas I’ve ever seen. Boutique stores everywhere and stores of every one of your favorite brands from big to small. Its all contained in a few epic blocks of cool side streets with great coffee shops within. This is one of my favorite parts of the city and a definite must for anyone coming to town.
I don’t even know how to describe this area but think Vegas meets Times Square. If you end up here make a reservation at the The Robot Restaurant. The place is ridiculous to say the least and its worth every penny.
Check the skatepark out in Shibuya. You need pads but its a cool spot regardless.
Super rad area of the city to shop and hang in. There are views of Tokyo’s massive skyline and a damn good nightclub called New Lex.
Take the subway train to Takaosa. Its an epic mountain hike on the outside of the city with ridiculous views. You can buy beers which makes it that much better.
Narita Airport, the main airport in Tokyo, is 40 miles from the city center but the travel time can feel like you’re in Los Angeles and sometimes take easily 2 hours. Most people take a bus to and from the city. Haneda is much closer and you can actually take a taxi there for about 100 USD.
A good fancy place to stay is Cerulean Towers in Shibuya. A cheaper Shibuya option is Hotel Excel. The last time we came we stayed at Hotel Unizo and it was pretty decent for a really good price and really good restaurants all over the place.
This is the best Kobe Beef spot in the world. Its ridiculous. Plan on spending $350 each though. Honestly the best steak you have ever tasted.
Best potstickers, no frills, 10$ will have you stuffed, simple but best in town.
Harajuku jingumae 6-2-4
Best pork cutlet in town, restaurant is in an old bathhouse, good variation on classic japanese tonkatsu and the have a take out window too. You can buy Maisen at all major department store but go here for the real deal.
Shibuya jingumae 4-8-5
Upscale but minimalist japanese food. Great chef, quiet ambiance and a classic Japanese experience. Small dishes but epic flavor. It is in nakameguro which is great for bars and food.1-21-25 higashiyama nakameguro
Great little french hole in the wall. It’s near the river and has good feel to it. They have the best steak frites in town, their salade nicoise is legit, and there’s good wine and dessert. Looks like a legit old french joint.
1-10-23 nakameguro riverside terrace bldg
Go straight from partying to the fish market. Its amazing to witness firsthand. Try and get there before 5am to watch the live Tuna auction, then get a sushi breakfast on the docks.
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