When trying to think of the best way to share my travels to Tokyo to you guys I was a bit stuck. I considered doing a guide to Tokyo but since I was only there was three days and Tokyo is huge, I scrapped that idea quickly. Tokyo is all about prioritisation because I doubt that even the locals have seen all there is to see. In result, I've narrowed it down to the major areas I think should be the top of your list, and strangely enough it can be narrowed down further to certain streets!
1. Cat Street
Cat Street in Shibuya/Harijuku area was a bit of a random find for me as I was simply making my way to the infamous Shibuya crossing when I stumbled upon this district. Cat street is simply a fun back street with loads of upscale boutiques and great places to eat. Luke's Lobster and Harajuku Gyoza-ro are two places I'd recommend to grab a quick bite. Even if you don't shop or eat, it's a great escape from the loudness of Tokyo.
| Jingumae, Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
Close by cat street is the famous Takeshita-dori located in the Harajuku area. The best way to describe this place as many have before, is that it's like Camden market but filled with teenage girls and shops that fit their demographic to a tee. Although it can be overwhelming I'd definitely recommend not going on a weekend. Make sure to stop by the Totti Candy Factory for a rainbow candy floss bigger than your head!
Jingumae 1 chome, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
3. Kappabashi (Kitchen) Street
Kappabashi Street, or if you're me, 'kitchen street' is an area just around the corner from the Senso-Ji Temple. It is literally a street lined with shops selling kitchenware. To me it just encompasses everything Japan is. Weird, mind-blowing and ultimately amazing.
3-8-12 Matsugaya, Taito 111-0036, Tokyo Prefecture
4. Showa Dori
This is the main street located in the tech town of Akihabara. Lined with high rise buildings, this street is your mecca of every tech gadget, anime books, or DVDs. It's a loud and fascinating part of Japan in my opinion, although it has become more touristy over the years. Akihabara is also central for maid cafes where you can go in and be treated as the 'master' by these maids.
Sotokanda, Chiyoda 101-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
5. Meiji Shrine Path
So this isn't technically a street but it should still be on the top of your to see list in Tokyo. If you arrive at Harajuku station, around the corner is a large tori gate that signals the start of the pathway that leads up to the Meiji Shrine. The shrine itself is nice but that path that leads up to it is pure magic.
1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557
6. Piss Alley
Piss Alley apparently gets it name because in the late 1940s when the street was famous for cheap drinks but also a lack of restrooms, people would wander off and relive themselves nearby. But in the present day, Piss Alley is awesome for reasonably priced food and drinks. Each restaurant normally has a maximum of 12 seats so it makes it a cosy and fun local experience!
Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture