Before heading to the motherland, my sister Jean and I stopped by Tokyo for 5 days. 5 days in this wild city was honestly not enough. But I’ve come to the realization that you’ll probably never feel like your time spent in one city is ever enough.
We stayed at an Airbnb located in Nishi-Shinjuku-Gochome. To be honest, we originally meant to stay in the heart of Shinjuku. We made a bit of a mistake, as we initially got the two areas mixed up. The center of Shinjuku is relatively close by, but it’s still a subway ride away.
At first we were a wee bit disappointed we weren’t closer to the city, but we ended up falling in love with the area as well as our cute litto Airbnb.
Nishi-Shinjuku-Gochome is one stop away from all the wildness.
It’s a whole different vibe from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s quiet, quaint, and clean AF. We found it so odd how clean it was here. The sidewalks were spotless and we kept commenting on how we felt like we were in a Miyazaki film. (Was Spirited Away and Totoro a huge part of anyone else’s childhood?)
Within a 5 minute walk from our stay was a Summit Supermarket that we went to almost everyday for snacks and food. Please don’t hesitate to munch on the dollar sandwiches or onigiris at the supermarkets or 7 Elevens in Tokyo. They’re so bomb. I don’t understand how something that costs so little can taste so good, but it does.
And of course, this was my favorite spot to get caffeinated in the hood.
Tiny and a bit crammed like everywhere else in Tokyo, Counterpart Coffee Gallery is nonetheless a great place to get some work done. It has 3 floors, with a small seating area on each level. The place has great coffee paired with great vibes.
COUNTERPART COFFEE GALLERY
Japan, 〒151-0071 Tokyo,
渋谷区Honmachi, 3 Chome−１２−１６
This neighborhood is perfect, especially for anyone who’s planning to travel slowly and long-term in Tokyo. The location is convenient, less busier than the main cities, and easy to get around.
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More Tokyo stuff coming soon.