My Tokyo Guide
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Updated: March 20, 2019
Interests: Travel, photography
Number of Visits to Japan: 4
What Do You Think of Tokyo?: It's a great place to visit the main historical sites, as well as wander around the city's temples and parks. There are also opportunities to admire illuminations and do some shopping.
A chic and romantic evening in upscale neighborhoods of the capital awaits you. Enjoy a nice museum, festive meal, and romantic view of Tokyo before finishing the evening in a luxurious bar with an intimate atmosphere.
The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Art Museum organizes themed exhibitions on modern art several times a year. Its red brick building is a faithful reconstruction of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan, a building that was designed by Josiah Conder and built by Mitsubishi in the 1890s. Located a 5-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, this beautiful museum is surrounded by the many modern buildings of the Marunouchi district, making it unique in the neighborhood. Beyond the artwork that is on display, the building itself is interesting to see, even from the outside. There is also a very nice spot nearby (illuminated during the Christmas holidays) that is very popular among Japanese working in the area. The atmosphere that reigns, quiet and removed from the effervescence of the city, is very pleasant.
From Tokyo Station, take the Marunouchi Line to Akasaka-mitsuke Station, then transfer to the Ginza Line. Get off at Omote-sando Station, and walk for 12 minutes.
At Blue Note Tokyo, you are immersed in a chic and elegant atmosphere in the Aoyama district, which is right in the center of the capital. This is a popular Tokyo jazz club, which made me think of the prestigious Greenwich Village in New York! The programming is super interesting, as there are performances by some big names in Japanese jazz as well as international celebrities. This time, I attended a boisterous performance by Chico & the Gypsies. Quite frankly, it was a great success—the audience was thrilled, and the atmosphere was more than warm.
As for the meal served at Blue Note Tokyo, it suits the location: tasty and refined. Additionally, the service is efficient and discreet, which allows you to fully enjoy the show.
From Omote-sando Station, take the Hanzomon Line to Aoyama-itchome Station, then transfer to the Oedo Line. Get off at Roppongi, and walk for seven minutes.
There are several observatories from which you can admire the capital by night. Tokyo City View is one of them. Located in the city center, it offers a panoramic view from the 52th floor (250 meters above the ground) of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower building, and a terrace at 270 meters high! From the top, you can see Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Skytree. Be aware that the building is open until 1 am (last entry at midnight) every Friday, Saturday and the eve of public holidays. You can obviously go there during the day as well, or during sunset. Given that the view offers a 360-degree look over the Tokyo megalopolis, there is always something interesting to see, whatever the time or the season. You can also take your time to enjoy the view and sit on a deckchair. It is rather romantic, especially in the evening.
If you are looking for a chic and elegant bar just steps from Tokyo City View to end your evening in style, then you will love Maduro Bar. The location is intimate, elegant, upscale, and warm. As soon as you enter the lounge, you will be captivated by its subdued decor, which makes you want to have a private chat.
The menu is mainly composed of a large collection of high-end whiskeys and rums from different countries, but you will also find many cocktails on offer. I recommend trying the champagne-based drinks, which are delicious. Shows take place in the evening, with smooth live music. Because you can easily get home in a taxi, do not hesitate to stay at the bar until late at night. Taxis are a very convenient and efficient method of transportation in Tokyo!
After unwinding at the bar, take a taxi back to your hotel.
Note: This article was written by a blogger invited to contribute a story for the 2018 project promoting Tokyo nightlife tourism.