A day in Tokyo

Where to Sleep. Tokyo Station Hotel. Chiyoda district.
Where to Shop.
Ginza district.
Where to Eat. Tsuta. Toshima Ward. / Nihonryori Ryugin. Minato District
Where to have a drink. NEW YORK BAR, PARK HYATT. Shinjuku Ward
Fellow traveller: Evans, the smart casual blue brogue shoe with comfortlight sole.
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I walked out of Tokyo Station, the big commuter hub in the city’s Chiyoda district, and turned to look up at its gorgeous brick facade. I was lost. I couldn’t find the Tokyo station hotel.
Breakfast time
TOKYO STATION HOTEL. I was visiting the top floor of the hotel, into a huge room where daylight flooded in through large skylights. Guests grazed on a large, comprehensive morning buffet, where you could enjoy standard Western fare (eggs made to order, coffee, pastries) or regional Japanese staples, where the Tokyo Station really excels: Ishikari-nabe (hot pot from the northern Hokkaido region), traditional rice porridge, soybean milk skin, and boiled rape blossoms. 
TIP #1 Transportation in Tokyo.
Tokyo’s system is expansive and can be, in a word, daunting. There are over 100 different railway lines in Tokyo, and most of them are privately held by competing companies. The two big ones you’ll need to know are JR East, the largest railway system in Japan, and the Tokyo Metro, the city’s busiest subway system. If you’re planning to use only the subway or JR lines, there are passes for that.
Morning activity
ASAKUSA DISTRICT. The Asakusa neighborhood is known for its Sensoji Buddhist temple, Tokyo’s oldest.  I took a rickshaw tour of the neighborhood, passing along Sumida Park, one of the many places in Tokyo to see sakura, or cherry blossoms, in the early spring. I set out to do some exploring on my own, and see some sakura in the process.
MINATO DISTRICT. A follower  of the Frugal traveller Twitter account recommended the Nezu museum in the Minato district. While the Nezu’s collection of Buddhist art and Chinese bronzes was interesting, I was most impressed with the lush garden out back. The garden — about four acres — is shockingly big in a place where space is so precious. It truly feels like an escape from the city.
GINZA DISTRICT. Not far from Asakusa in Ginza I enjoyed in the fashion district.
In the last few years, many of architecture’s stars, including Renzo piano Rem koolhas, Toyo ito and tadao Ando have been hired to design shops for luxury brands and have turned the city into a battleground for a rare, and spectacular, game of architectural one–upmanship. These architects have thrown that out the window, creating sculptural symbols that are difficult to forget.Definitly I was even more excited by the building than stores.... But Tokio and I love shoes. This city offer us the opportunity to watch and buy whatever you dream to look at your feets.
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SOBA NOODLES TSUTA. Lunch at the first Japanese ramen shop ever to receive a michelin star:
Sobda Noodles Tsuta. The small, unassuming space, close to the Sugamo station on the JR Yamanote line, is difficult to get into for different reasons: They take no reservations and operate on a ticket system. I went early that morning, around 7:30 a.m., and waited outside the restaurant with a handful of other people. Eventually the door slid open and a man came out with a handful of small, laminated tickets. He handed me one: “Come back,” he said. “Between 12 and 1 p.m.” He took a 1,000-yen bill as a deposit, then went back inside and closed the door. When I returned at noon, I was treated to the best bowl of shoyu (soy sauce-based) ramen I’d ever eaten. The broth was deep, intense and slightly sweet. The accompaniments — soft-boiled egg, bamboo shoots and pork slices — were done perfectly. The basic ramen bowl at Tsuta is 950 yen — I paid a total of 1,250 for three extra slices of pork. 
Sukiyabashi Jiro, The 90-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono’s already formidable status was made outright legendary with the release of the 2012 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” The 10-seat restaurant is difficult to get into, but I got it for tomoorrow. Jiro received three Michelin stars and This is another amazing option.
THE KIMONO EXPERIENCE. Who doesn’t like a little costume play built into their. a “kimono experience" wherein the patron pays for elaborate kimono dress (in one of several styles: oiran, maiko or geisha), as well as hair and makeup. A photo shoot follows. Men, don’t think you’re getting out of this: There’s a samurai option for you. 
JAPANESE BASEBALL. I found a different way to incorporate both ceremonial clothing (of sorts) and culture into my visit: taking in a Japanese baseball game. I bought my ticket at one of the many 7-Elevens in Japan. (7-Eleven is owned by a Japanese company.) It was a complicated process, one that involved a helpful clerk trying to spell my name in the Japanese alphabet — buying at the stadium probably would have been easier. It also involved deciding what “cheering section” I wanted to sit in. I decided on an outfield ticket on the side of the home team, the Tokyo yakult swallows.
The game was positively raucous — at one point, everyone in my section produced tiny umbrellas and began thrusting them up and down and chanting (a pro-Swallows chant, I assumed) while a small brass band backed them up. 
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NIHONRYORI RYUGIN. Yamamoto is the chef at nihonryori ryugin, a modern kaiseki restaurant that was awarded three Michelin stars. Mr. Yamamoto is known for incorporating modern culinary techniques with the refined, traditional kaiseki dinner. The descriptions of RyuGin’s courses are wonderfully abstract: Dishes have names like “Coolness Warmth Playfulness Nostalgia and Temptation” and “A Message From the Coast of Japan.” 
Lets finish the day
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NEW YORK BAR, PARK HYATT. With breathtaking views from the 52nd floor of the hotel the new york bar is famous for sensational live music each night from top international jazz artist.
To drink you will find classic and original cocktails and brandies, the largest selection of European wines in Japan and a casual dining menu... But I just needed their lovely and traditional gin tonic.
Then... I went back to the hotel... By taxi of course...

PS: Special thanks to Evans, my fellow traveller for this one-day trip, and to Nahúm García, for collaborating with us with his wonderful pictures.
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