Pescetarians (fish eaters) will have no trouble dining out in Tokyo or Japan but for true vegetarians and vegans, finding a meal free of fish extract (bonito), the main non-vegetarian addition to an otherwise vegetarian dish, can be tricky.
I decided an overview tour of the city would be my best bet. Viator has several Tokyo overview tours: a morning sightseeing tour, a Tokyo Tower/Tea Ceremony/River Cruise day tour, and what they call a panoramic Tokyo day tour. Because we had just a few days in Tokyo, I decided the panoramic day tour was best because it visited several of the attractions I wanted to see, including some that were quite far apart, thus giving me more freedom on my other days to explore the more central sights.
At first glance, Tokyo isn’t the most child-friendly destination, but when you’re looking for a place to take the kids for a day, you’ll find several amusement parks in and around Tokyo. Unlike in the United States, some of Tokyo’s amusement parks are completely indoors, making them perfect options for a rainy day.
Miyazaki Hayao, the mind behind the hit anime film Spirited Away, is somewhat of a pop-culture hero in Japan, and if you’re even the slightest bit interested in this sometimes bizarre form of Japanese animation, you should make the effort to visit the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
Shimbashi is a business district in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, with small, hole-in-the-wall bars and restaurants frequented by salary men and women. Sandwiched between Ginza and Shiodome, Shimbashi is famous for its tiny eateries jammed under the railway tracks and it buzzes day and night on weekdays as workers scurry to and from work, meetings and Yakitori bars.
A boat cruise on Tokyo’s Sumida River will give you a chance to breathe again and see the city in a different light. Cruises are also a popular way to see and navigate your way between several of Tokyo’s main attractions, most notably Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Skytree, Hama Rikyu Japanese Gardens and Odaiba (in Tokyo Bay).