Best Tokyo Neighbourhoods – From Laidback Akasaka to Atmospheric Asakusa

Tokyo Neighbourhoods, Japan. From Laidback Akasaka to Atmospheric Asakusa. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

The best Tokyo neighbourhoods are the laidback and local areas like Akasaka and the atmospheric Asakusa. While they rarely get a mention in magazines and with no notable sights to speak of, they are a local as ’hoods get with their buzzy izakayas, karaoke spots, pachinko parlours, and children’s parks, and that’s just the way … Read more

Local Knowledge: Yuto from Tokyo

Environmental Portrait Photography, Yuto Yamada from Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. Local Knowledge Tokyo.

According to expats, we would not find a candidate for ‘Local Knowledge Tokyo’. Tokyo locals aren’t friendly, we’d heard. “They’re shy, so they won’t make an effort to speak to you,” said one person. “They’d rather you just go away, because they get embarrassed they don’t speak English,” said another. “They actually don’t want you … Read more

Tokyo Take-Homes: Supermarket Snack Food Souvenirs

Tokyo snack food, Japan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. Supermarket Snack Food and Souvenirs.

I don’t usually do a Take-Homes post until we’ve been in a place for a while, but Tokyo’s supermarkets and mini-marts are crammed with so many scrummy snack foods, both savoury and sweet, that I’ve found it hard to resist grabbing an armful each time we’ve popped in for some Kirin. So, here’s what I’ve … Read more

Eating Out in Tokyo – It’s Not Only About Sushi and Noodles

Eating out in Tokyo. Japan Reborn Bar (Nippon Saisei Sakaba), Tokyo, Japan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. Eating Out in Tokyo – It’s Not Only About Sushi and Noodles.

Eating out in Tokyo as it quickly becomes apparent to us is not only about sushi and noodles. After a disappointing bowl of ramen at a supposedly-famous noodle joint we find ourselves at a retro stand-up bar tucking into smoky grilled intestines, tongue, shoulder, raw liver, and heart. And it’s wonderful. Eating out in Tokyo, Japan, … Read more