Japan: Shinjuku (Tokyo)

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Sipping sencha at the Park Hyatt in The Peak Lounge

One big recommendation from friends of ours was a visit to the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku for breakfast or tea. The restaurants are located high up and offer a beautiful view of Tokyo. We were too late for breakfast, so we enjoyed tea and a sweet chestnut cake in The Peak Lounge, which features a skylit bamboo garden as its centerpiece.

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The Park Hyatt

 

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Bamboo Garden

 

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Sencha and chestnut cake

 

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Shinjukuis really fun ward to visit! There are so many things to see and do. You have the Skyscraper District, where the Park Hyatt is located, but on the otherside of the ward you have a bright, crazy red light district.

If you’re in Shinjuku, definitely head to Omoide Yokocho, or Memory Lane, a small network of alleyways along the tracks northwest of Shinjuku Station. The narrow lanes are filled with dozens of tiny eateries most famously serving yakitoti. Yakitori is a delicious bar food consisting of sliced pieces of meat – usually chicken – that is grilled and served either with a sweet and salty sauce or a dry salt rub.

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Memory Lane

 

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Our restaurant

 

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Preparing the yakitori

 

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Pickles to start

 

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Karaage, or fried chicken

 

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Yakitori from chicken

 

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Yakitori from chicken

 

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Yakitori from pork

After dinner we headed to the Kabukicho District, Japan’s largest red light district. So many bright lights!

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