Anthony Bourdain has visited every city on Earth, and for him, one stands out far above the rest. The chef-turned-TV personality discussed his number one pick in a recent interview with Maxim.
“I went to
Tokyo the first time and my head kind of exploded,” he said. “I compared it to taking my first acid trip: Nothing was ever the same for me. I just wanted more of it. If I had to agree to live in one country, or even one city, for the rest of my life, never leaving it, I’d pick Tokyo in a second.”
We see his point: Tokyo is a delight for the senses, indeed. Here are a few spots to hit on your visit.
ultra-famous temple honors Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It’s currently under renovation but will reopen in late September. Ginza shopping district
This is Tokyo’s go-to destination for
pricey retail. Shop for toys, shoes, herbs or some good old Hello Kitty merchandise. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
This is the
most beautiful green space in the city, according to Time. Explore amongst more than 3,000 kinds of plants, shrubs and trees, including Tokyo’s iconic cherry tree. Meiji Jingu Shrine
Destroyed in World War II, this shrine was
rebuilt in the 1950s. Enter through Japan’s two largest or traditional entry gates, then roam the grounds. torii, Meguro River Hundreds of cherry trees line this waterway that flows through Tokyo, and they bloom between the end of March and early April. Visit at night for an epic view.