Tokyo Hidden Gems that NO ONE Mentions | Tourist Trap Alternatives

Tokyo Hidden Gems that NO ONE Mentions | Tourist Trap Alternatives


in this video I wanted to take you to some of my favorite lesser-known spots in Tokyo so if you’ve seen my other Tokyo guys I’ve taken you to a lot of places that are quite popular but in this video I kind of wanted to focus on some of the lesser-known let’s turn strappy places that I like personally obviously those places like Shibuya Shinjuku Meiji Shrine since Shoji all of those places are awesome places to go but sometimes they can get a little bit crowded so I just wanted to kind of spend some time in this video to show you some places that are still equally as beautiful but let’s travel which I always appreciate and I thought you guys might appreciate it too oh and don’t forget if you want to see what I’m doing on a daily check out my Instagram and if you want to support the channel check out my Tokyo merch the link is always in the description and ji-woon have been kind enough to send me their new rebuild lab gimbal and so we’re gonna be using that for the rest of the video more about it later on in this video alright without further ado let’s do this number five comedy Kew Gardens hama rikyu is a beautiful Edo period garden hidden just beyond the show domain Shinbashi area it was originally built to serve as a feudal lords residence and was later converted to a strolling garden as well as an imperial detached palace now anyone could taken the calming Park views with a city skyscape serving as a backdrop to gently remind you that you’re still in Tokyo you do have to pay 300 yen to get in but for me it’s worth it it’s a lot less traveled by tourists when compared to the popular Shinjuku Gyoen which makes it my Tokyo Park getaway without the crowds of people yet it still offers the beautiful subtleties of what you’d expect from a Japanese garden I’m here on a Sunday and you can see it’s still a peaceful escape from the Tokyo streets when you first enter your greeted by a giant 300 year old Japanese matzo tree the tranquil pond in the centerpiece of the garden runs directly into the Tokyo Bay ocean so the bordering water gets to help maintain its level and if you get tired of walking the huge property you can even take a break at the tea house which is constructed at the center of the pond even the toilet is Edo style the park is beautiful all year round but if you come in the spring you can even catch the canola flower filled fully bloomed number four is Oh Georgie are you looking to visit a temple and get a view of Tokyo Tower then this may be your spot definitely not as impressively decorated as Sensoji in a sucks up but it’s a hundred times less crowded and it’s impressive in its own right so Georgie is one of the seven great head temples of Johto cent located in chiba park it was built in 1393 and moved to this location in 1598 so Georgie is known to be the family temple of the biggest Shogun during the Edo period and in fact is the house of six Tokugawa Shogun it’s one of the enduring features of the site is located on the side of the main building the San tanco so today Jesus a juice stand in line and cute little red hats and pinwheel smiling at you for those of you don’t know same time means a thousand bodies but in fact there’s more than a thousand year Tokyo Tower in the background and the redheaded statues make this a very Instagram Louisville spa luckily the Weeble labs new sling handle feature makes it effortless to get that low smooth sliding shot number three farmers market at you and you so we’ve been to a lot of street food spots throughout Tokyo but I wanted to take some time out in this video to highlight local farmers who don’t get a lot of that shine every weekend local farmers and food trucks gather around in the open air market it’s located in front of United Nations University just a 5-minute walk from a mother/son tow station they often have a theme like I’ve been to the coffee festival bakery festival wine and art and it’s just fun to walk around and sample fresh local food even tried the melted cheese haggis signage on this day look Michael loves it number two la Fitte and jus Galka we’re making a quick stop at this spot called novita no 1s Tokyo’s little Europe it’s perfect for a little photo shoot figured you might get bored with too much footage of temples and shrines in Tokyo so I wanted to switch it up a little to be honest though that this La Veta spot is no more than a few shops that seem to be closed most of the time so don’t get your expectations too high for this site but the two beauty of this place is the surrounding area jus Galka station station itself is definitely not as population tjuku shibuya or Akihabara comparatively but I think it’s definitely worth a visit Duke oka directly translated means freedom Hill the area started developing in the 1920s and over the years has become one of the most desirable places to live in Tokyo wide open streets minimal crowds a variety shops and restaurants and only a 12 minute ride from Shibuya station makes it one of my favorite chill spots in Tokyo don’t worry I’ll be doing a full video on this place soon so don’t forget to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss the video and number one Kota Hidalgo shrine Meiji Jingu shrine is probably the most popular shrine in Tokyo and therefore draws the masses but in this video I wanted to show you one my favorite less known shrines kata tjuta the shrine because one not a lot of tourists know about it and two because I love how its wedged right in the middle of the drawn amman business district built in the 1600s the shrine used to be the south entrance of the edo castle you see the four animals on the torii frame they represent the four guardians of the east west south and north and I’ve never seen them all together at one shrine it signifies that this was once a very powerful site and it enshrines a strongest God in Japanese mythology on one onew no coming as well as the Emperor pseudo-code the juxtaposition of this historical site right next to this massive Tokyo skyscraper definitely makes this one of my favorite spots so if you ever make it here take a picture and tag me on Instagram to let me know alright so I hope you like some of my favorite spots in Tokyo that are lesser-known thanks again to Gian for sending me this awesome gimbal and for those of you guys who were wondering this wasn’t a paid video before I go some of the things that I really appreciate about this gimbal I actually have the crane to which it was much heavier I found this gimbal very easy to use super light the rebill was intended for mirrorless cameras but it still worked with my Canon ATD which is a heavier camera the gimbal itself can handle a three kilogram payload which is super nice and it’s perfect for running gun situations especially with this quick-release plate right here you can just pop on and off the camera when you need to one of the things I also loved about this was the way where I was able to shoot will usually get the gimbals with it just like this one handle but the sling mode attached it like this and I was able to hold the gimbal and made for easy low angle shots I also like the fact that this handle itself comes off super easily with these attachments I just clip on like that and the handle itself turns into a tripod which Mitch makes it super simple to mount the camera generally like this is gonna be my go-to gimbal every time you go on site just like perfect for traveling in fact I found it easier just to carry this thing around just in my hand with a camera mounted on it simple definitely thanks again and if you haven’t helped sabor the channel check out my Tokyo merch and if you want to see more of my guys in Tokyo or Japan hit that subscribe button and I’ll catch you guys in the next one

100 thoughts on “Tokyo Hidden Gems that NO ONE Mentions | Tourist Trap Alternatives

  1. If you like these type of vids, let me know. Also, here’s my Toe-Kyo Merch – https://teespring.com/stores/paolofromtokyo
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  2. Farmers market is my favorite place😆
    You can find many food stands over there as well, also it’s very close to Shibuya (walking distance), love it_(:3 」∠)_

  3. I’m leaving for Japan next week and I’ve been binge watching your channel in preparation! Thanks for sharing all your tips!

  4. Awww man! I wish I had this video a couple of days ago when I was there 🤣 But I might visit again, next month, so I'll keep this video in mind. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for your videos Paolo! Really helped us a lot during our Tokyo trip last week! More power and keep those videos coming!

  6. Haha. I went to Zozoji on New Year Eve for the Joya no Kane, definitely not that quiet. Will sure visit it again on a quieter day. Thanks for the video!

  7. amazing video, both for information and techincally!
    Thanks for sharing this amazing and less known places!!

  8. May I make a suggestion? Something I find missing from most if not all travel recommendation vlogs is: Station used and what Exit to use. Want to edit your suggestions 🙂

  9. Good video – how do you obtain so much historical and general information? Do you have someone who provides you with it? And love the fact that you started to include your wife more….

  10. Literally on holiday in Tokyo now watching this video for ideas of what to do tomorrow 🙂 Your tips have been soo helpful so far 🙂

  11. You really deserve more recognition and followers, your editing is amazing and your videos are very helpful as I am planning on going around this time next year. Watching your videos are making me excited!!

  12. As always, i love your videos! I've discovered kotohiragu shire while taking a stroll around tje skyscrapers… it was amazing to find it hiding between all those modern buildings!

  13. I walked past the Tokyo Farmer’s Market today, totally by chance! I’m planning on going to Jiyugaoka this week too, loved seeing a preview of it in your video!

  14. Paris > Tokyo, 5th visit, i'll arrive in two days and i've learned so much thanks to your channel. My mind is ready. Thank you Paolo ! If you visit Paris one day i'll be glad to give you all the secret spots of locals 😉

  15. This is what I like, the hidden gems away from the tourists, to see the history of Japan. The culture, history that goes back hundreds of years. BTW, nice Gimbal. Might have to see if I can find it on Amazon.

  16. Oh, thank you very much! My gf and me will visit Tokyo (and other cityies) in less than two weeks, so your timing with this was on point. And we'll also try to get the squid ink takoyaki in Osaka, witch I just know because of you. Have nice day, I don't belive in it, but if we cross path would be amazing. You are my go to 'tokyo experience' youtube channel. Thanks for everythin Paolo, I wish you a nice day 🙂
    PS: greetings from Germany and Switzerland 🙂

  17. In future videos, I would like to see a lot less of the ushiro gawa of the young lady. It is the same complaint I have with Japanese biking and hiking shows–endless shots of someone's backside. Not interesting. Otherwise, much enjoy and learn a lot from your videos.

  18. Since Shinjuku is your hood, maybe a video on how to navigate the underground?
    Any good eats down all those tunnels to Shinjuku station?

  19. Will be in Shibuya during Golden week. Going to do some vinyl record shopping. You need to do a vlog on all the great vinyl stores in your hometown.

  20. Great hidden gems! I also like the little alleys in Kagurazaka, areas in and around Nezu and up to Yanaka. Small streets, peaceful and quiet places.

  21. You have inspired me to re-edit my pics from Japan 2 years ago! I shall do that soon and tag you in them. I have a bigger appreciation for Japan after watching all your Japan videos. Speaking of which, have you ever thought about covering Japan fashion? Maiko looks like a perfect subject to do a segment just with her and all the fashionistas! I'm not talking just Harajuku but everywhere else ranging from young adults to working professionals. Anyway, thanks again!

  22. Yes.. I'm in Japan now and plan to visit Tokyo on 27mar, this new video is just in time. I'm so happy, thank you.

  23. Wow definitely gonna check our the temple by Tokyo tower and the one in the business district so beautiful!

  24. Your vids are informative. Helped me a fair bit during my visit last week, moving around solo; first trip to Japan. More to come! Thanks!

  25. Going to Disneyland in Tokyo next year and we would love if you can make some videos of affordable hotels near Disneyland. Thank you!
    Love all your videos!!!!

  26. Hi Paolo, I wondered if you could help me please… I am travelling to Tokyo from UK in a few weeks for the first time and I am going to be arranging my spending money soon. When going abroad usually I exchange money when I arrive in the country so I don't lose money by using exchanges here in England, however I wondered if this is a good idea for Japan? I know you primarily use cash so I need to exchange quite a bit of money, and don't want to lose out by exchanging it here as the rates aren't very good! Please help and thank you!!!

  27. Heeey I was a zozoji temple 2 days ago!! I did not plan to go, I just walked around after going to Tokyo tower, I am glad I found it, it was really beautiful 🙂

  28. Paolo we recently went to Japan and we went to mostly your recommendations, you’re face is special mentioned on my video hehe!! Hope u can have a look one time. It’s my first time to upload! Thanks to you!!

  29. Ive been in Japan for almost 2 weeks now and I know sight seeing and visiting actual tourist spots are easy and friendly to go to.. but we are staying in Kyoto and we found some great looking local dining places. The first place said there was no tables the and turned us away. I even saw like 5-6 tables open.. the second place just said no gaijin and said go away. I don't understand why that happened and I felt pretty disrespected.. is there a reason for this?

  30. Hey Paolo! Love all your videos, great help creating our vacation plans this and last year, thank you! We will be in Tokyo once more in two weeks, if you have a chance, beers are on us for you and Maiko, saturday April 13 around 8 p.m. at Asahi building in Asakusa (one of your recommendations)

  31. Here in Shibuya today (actually at your favorite conveyor belt sushi place, had to come back in less than a year) hoping to get a sighting of you both.

  32. I looooooove videos on this topic because my social anxiety keeps me far away from those bigger attractions for sure! Thank you!

  33. I'm coming to Tokyo next year and by watching your videos I'll know the city like the back of my hands by then, great stuff and thanks I'm sure I owe you a beer when I get there

  34. Area around UN University never stops to disappoint. My other chill spot to get away from Ichigaya or Shinjuku etc.

  35. Hi Paolo, I just wanted to thank you. We just came back from Japan and we saw all your videos before our trip. We really enjoyed many different things that we would have missed if your videos weren't available. I just bought a couple of your t-shirts as a sign of appreciation. Please keep up the good work and thanks again!

  36. Wow, I've been to number 5 and 4 when I was in Tokyo. Good to know I was lucky to visit some of the hidden gems. Loved the video!

  37. What pray tell is an Edo style toilet? No paper and only a bucket of water? No toilet seat but just a hole in the ground. I presume it's not one of Japan's super high tech toilets that, wash, wipe, dry and disinfect your bottom by some 21st-century robotic machine.

  38. Hi Paolo, I have been watching and following your videos for quite some time already.

    I am wondering, since you live in Japan for many years now, Can you please make a video about: "Delicious sushi shops/restaurants in tokyo that's Not gonna break the bank" that you or Maiko personally like?
    And not just in Tokyo, do a sushi shops that tasted great & cheap in…Osaka, Kyoto or wherever part in Japan. Also not just dedicated to sushi, do Maiko's/your Affordable Top Pick restaurants for donburi, sashimi rice bowl (chirashi), tonkatsu, okonomiyaki, gyoza, unagi,soba, beef etc..

    Because I know you like ramen and fried food, I appreciate your videos! But maybe also do another video dedicated to other food like mentioned above if you are open to it.. Btw, I watched them all (so yeah I kinda know 😀) & subbed of course!

    And more of this kind of videos please! Hidden gem places that has great view/atmosphere & great to take photos!

    Thanks! 🙂

  39. Great video. If I have one "complaint" about your channel, it's that you tend to hit the major spots everybody hits. Love these off-the-beaten-track spots. And what's even better about this video is that your off-the-beaten-track spots aren't the same spots in every other off-the-beaten-track videos 🙂

  40. thanks so much Paolo, your videos are so helpful. I’ve been to japan before but I’m planning another trip and love your tips:)

  41. Always loved the video of this cool guy, btw regards to sweet Maiko hehehe! Goin back to Osaka again and will spend 10days this christmas 2019!

  42. I found Kotohigaru Shrine by accident while walking to Hie Shrine, quite a pleasant surprise. Hie Shrine is also amazing for fleeing tourist spots, if you don't mind the walking distance or just grab the tokyo metro marunouichi line

  43. Nice video…Japan is best 👍..very clean,calm and quiet…like this wide open streets…every thing in order…
    No horns…perfect…Japan is my favourite country..Japanese people are very polite and helpful..
    I was there last year…
    thank you for uploading this video..do more videos..

  44. I dislike how the girl is in every single shot. Its distracting from what you are explaining in the narrative of thrive video. Overall I like the choices that you have on here. Kinda reminds me of a commercial especially with the camera shout out.

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