Thursday, August 27, 2009

Countdown to the Japanese Baseball Tour - Seven Days!

Seven days until I arrive in Japan!

I asked a few of my co-workers to look through my Insight travel guide to Tokyo and give me suggestions about where to go during my trip. Even though this will be my eighth visit to Tokyo, I wanted advice from fresh eyes about what to see. I always try to see something new, but I generally revisit the same places. (Not that there's anything wrong with that...) Here's what they came up with so far:

  • Wako - I walked into this upscale department store in Ginza a few years ago, but didn't purchase anything. The facade was being upgraded last year, so it's time to check it out again.
  • Sumo - If I can conjure up the nerve to go by myself, I should spend at least an hour observing this ancient and revered sport.
  • Prada Aoyama - My friend who vacations in Italy at least twice a year suggested this one. Just as with Wako, I probably can't afford to purchase anything there, but I'd love to see this building up close.
  • Yakitori restaurant in Yurakucho - Yakitori is skewered and grilled chicken meat, but it encompasses all kinds of meats and vegetables. Yurakucho is an area in Tokyo that has lively restaurants under railroad tracks. I've walked through Yurakucho, but only during daylight hours. I'm eager to try it at night.
This is a good start. I'm going to check out my guides on my own to find new places and things to discover in one of my favorite cities.

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