Tokyo for creatives

Wanderguide by

Jason G. Sturgill

Tokyo for creatives

For people looking for inspiration and off the beaten path places.

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Lodging

cool places to stay

Image - HOTEL THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
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HOTEL THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
Jason G.:reasonable price and a great location
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Image - Bunka Hostel Tokyo
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Bunka Hostel Tokyo
Jason G.:Stayed here with my students, really nice place to stay when traveling with a limited budget.
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Sightseeing

the fun stuff that doesn't fit into other categories

Image - Shinobazu Pond
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Shinobazu Pond
Jason G.:Beautiful place, super fun to rent the swan pedal boats. There was an excellent shaved ice cart outside when we went.
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Image - Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea
Jason G.:Super interesting to see the Japan version of an American iconic experience. Buy one of the popcorn buckets to try the fun flavored popcorn in each area. They also have their exclusive mascot Duffy the bear that you won't find at any other disney. It was originally designed to be another park in California but was scrapped to develop Euro Disney instead. A Japanese company bought the rights to it
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Image - Fujiko F Fujio Museum
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Fujiko F Fujio Museum
Jason G.:Haven't been yet, but I've been wanting to go every time I visit. It's a short train ride outside of Tokyo so it's a destination trip for sure. Must see if you're a fan of Doraemon.
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Image - Namco Namjatown
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Namco Namjatown
Jason G.:Super unique theme park based around food and Namco. Highly recommended.
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Image - Ghibli Museum
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Ghibli Museum
Jason G.:If you know, you go. Hard to get tickets, you need to order them in advance of going.
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Image - Mokuhankan - Japanese woodblock prints and more
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Mokuhankan - Japanese woodblock prints and more
Jason G.:Woodblock printing workshop, did this with my students that I took to Japan.
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Shopping

I mostly shop for cute stuff, this is where to go.

Image - Mandarake Shibuya
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Mandarake Shibuya
Jason G.:Vintage and new collectibles. I go here to look at rare toys and to buy vintage illustration ephemera.
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Image - Tokyu Hands Shinjuku
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Tokyu Hands Shinjuku
Jason G.:Insane shopping mall for pretty much everything you’re looking for. Amazing stationary collection.
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Image - ヴィレッジヴァンガード 新宿ルミネエスト店
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ヴィレッジヴァンガード 新宿ルミネエスト店
Jason G.:AKA Village Vanguard. There's multiple locations so google for the one nearest you. A really good place to go for gifts to bring back home and things you won't find anywhere else.
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Image - nostos books
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nostos books
Jason G.:Haven't been but looks great. https://nostos.jp
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Image - Mandarake Cos-Play-kan
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Mandarake Cos-Play-kan
Jason G.:Another Mandarake that specializes in cos-play but has all the other great Mandarake collectibles. Inside a crazy mall.
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Image - BeamsT
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BeamsT
Jason G.:There's lots of Beams stores, one of my favorite clothing shopping places. This one is my favorite because they specialize in t-shirts and artist collaborations. All locations are great though, worth seeing if there's one in the area you're at. https://www.beams.co.jp/shop/
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Image - PAPIER LABO.
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PAPIER LABO.
Jason G.:Super cute stationery store.
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Image - KIDDY LAND
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KIDDY LAND
Jason G.:insane super kawaii toy store with stuff for kids and adults
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Art

Galleries and museums

Image - commune Press
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commune Press
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Image - Ginza Graphic Gallery
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Ginza Graphic Gallery
Jason G.:graphic design gallery, see what exhibitions are up when you're there.
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Image - 3331 Arts Chiyoda
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3331 Arts Chiyoda
Jason G.:Haven't been but looks super interesting.
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Image - H TOKYO 三宿店
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H TOKYO 三宿店
Jason G.:Gallery/Shop
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Image - Hand Saw Press
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Hand Saw Press
Jason G.:Amazing Risograph Studio https://www.instagram.com/handsawpress/
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Image - LAID BUG
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LAID BUG
Jason G.:I had my art show here. Super cute husband/wife design studio that has a super small gallery/shop. Tell them I sent you!!
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Image - teamLab Borderless
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teamLab Borderless
Jason G.:Visual stimulation overload. Go early to avoid long lines but it moves pretty fast if you get there late. A must see.
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Image - teamLab☆Planets
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teamLab☆Planets
Jason G.:Didn't go to this teamLab project, I went to Borderless instead, but looks amazing. https://www.teamlab.art/
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Image - UTRECHT
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UTRECHT
Jason G.:Awesome art shop/gallery https://utrecht.jp
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Dining and Drinking

I’m not a foodie so this list is primarily based on atmosphere and ambiance.

Image - Food Show
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Food Show
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Image - Mikkeller Tokyo
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Mikkeller Tokyo
Jason G.:The famed Danish brewery in Tokyo. Super intimate space and worth going to for the ambiance.
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Image - BPM
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BPM
Jason G.:Cafe to check out if you're in the area and also has an art gallery.
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Image - Tsuki no Hanare
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Tsuki no Hanare
Jason G.:Off the beaten path restaurant with a super cute patio. Had really amazing fish and chips here. Went to see an instagram friend's art show. It's a nice calm oasis from the go go go. There's local artists that go there to draw portraits you can pay for, there wasn't one there when I went but I would have loved to get one done for a nice memento or gift.
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Image - Higuma Donuts
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Higuma Donuts
Jason G.:Super cute donut shop with really nice merchandise.
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Image - SAVOY 麻布十番店
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SAVOY 麻布十番店
Jason G.:Maybe one of the best pizzas I've ever had.
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Wanderguide map

  1. HOTEL THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
  2. Bunka Hostel Tokyo
  3. Shinobazu Pond
  4. Tokyo DisneySea
  5. Fujiko F Fujio Museum
  6. Namco Namjatown
  7. Ghibli Museum
  8. Mokuhankan - Japanese woodblock prints and more
  9. Mandarake Shibuya
  10. Tokyu Hands Shinjuku
  11. ヴィレッジヴァンガード 新宿ルミネエスト店
  12. nostos books
  13. Mandarake Cos-Play-kan
  14. BeamsT
  15. PAPIER LABO.
  16. KIDDY LAND
  17. commune Press
  18. Ginza Graphic Gallery
  19. 3331 Arts Chiyoda
  20. H TOKYO 三宿店
  21. Hand Saw Press
  22. LAID BUG
  23. teamLab Borderless
  24. teamLab☆Planets
  25. UTRECHT
  26. Food Show
  27. Mikkeller Tokyo
  28. BPM
  29. Tsuki no Hanare
  30. Higuma Donuts
  31. SAVOY 麻布十番店

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