Divided by a rigid caste system until the Meiji Restoration, Edo was stratified between those who lived in Yamanote, the lords and samurai, and Shitamachi, the more common classes such as craftsman and merchants.
At many restaurants in Japan, once your food is brought to the table, you will likely receive a check even if you don’t ask for one. However, at izakayas and bars, you may need to ask for one when you are ready to pay.
Don’t miss wonderful views of the Tokyo coastal area from the monorail that runs through Shinagawa. Take a 10-15-minute walk from the aquarium to Ohi Keibajo-mae station to find this unique train.
Seats on the monorail are installed on the center of train, which enables you to enjoy the impressive views of Tokyo coastal area.
In the narrow side streets around Tokyo’s Iidabashi Station, there are numerous bars and eateries for you to choose from. One in particular, Hop-Scotch, is redrawing the traditional boundaries of what a bar offers.