Mack Prioleau: How Would You Spend One Day In Tokyo?
If you could only spend one day in Tokyo, how would you spend it? Some might eat as much udon and fresh sushi as they can handle, while some might spend the entire day shopping at Shibuya. For Mack Prioleau, those 24 hours would consist of a little bit of everything, from eating the best food Tokyo can offer and visiting the temples, to shopping and riding the Tokyo Metro. Here’s how he imagines spending 24 hours in Tokyo:
Start the Day at Shinjuku
Fortunately for tourists, Tokyo, or Japan for that matter, has a very efficient public transportation system that makes getting around faster and easier. Mack Prioleau picks Shinjuku as his starting point, with its towering skyscrapers and well-manicured Japanese gardens in between. The famous Samurai Museum is located here, where it has on display a private collection of authentic Samurai artifacts, including swords. As an alternative to the Samurai Museum, Mack Prioleau picks the Isetan Department Store for its elegant facade and thirteen floors of heavenly shopping.
Ride the JR Yamanote Line to Akihabara
After the Samurai exhibit, Mack Prioleau picks Akihabara as his next stop. Known for its Sony Plaza shopping district, Akihabara is a Mecca for video game nerds with rows upon rows of electronic and pop culture shops. Many of the things that Japan has become known for in the world can be found here. Think anime, manga, action figures — Mack Prioleau thinks everyone has a little kid inside of them that would appreciate this neon-lit neighborhood. There’s one restaurant that Mack Prioleau would love to visit here and its none other than the Steak House Pound at Sotokanda. This is as mouthwatering as it gets when it comes to eating steaks in Japan. The wagyu and Kobe beef may burn a hole in your pocket, but it’s worth every penny!
Visit the Imperial Palace
An hour or two later, Mack Prioleau would head for the Tokyo Imperial Palace. While tourists are not allowed to go inside, the Imperial Palace is still an iconic and historic piece of architecture. On the plus side, tourists are allowed on the gardens and parks surrounding it. This is a good stop to catch your breath and pace yourself after the dizzying delights of Akihabara and before getting lost in the wide shopping district of Ginza.
End the Day at Ginza
Why Ginza? If money isn’t a concern in the 24-hour challenge, then Mack Prioleau would like to end the day and live it big at one of the most expensive shopping districts in Tokyo. Ginza has a similar feel to New York City’s 5th Avenue with high-end stores and luxury brands all around, but the city has a life and pulse of its own. Just taking a casual stroll on the main street is a surreal experience. Ginza is large, glitzy, and stylish, words that describe how Mack Prioleau imagines Tokyo in his head.
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