We here at Grana not only travel the globe to find the world’s best fabrics, but we also just travel a lot, period. Traveling has, and always will be, a core part of the Grana culture. With our HQ located in Hong Kong, the world is at our feet and we’re encouraged to explore it as often as we can!
The Grana family often tags on a vacation day here and there, turning weekends into adventures, getaways and learning experiences. Each time someone leaves for a trip, they bring back savvy tips; but what good is a tip if not shared? So, we’re making our tips, your tips.
For this edition of our travel column, we’ve gotten the inside scoop on Tokyo, Japan from Steph, our Brand Marketing Manager .
- The Tokyo subway is operated by two companies – Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway – which means there are two network maps you need to wrap your head around. Take a photo of each map so you always have it with you and remember the station name, number and line colour you want to ride. You’ll still get lost at least twice but after a handful of times, you’ll get the hang of it.
- If you’re staying for more than a day, buy a Pasmo or Suica travel card at the airport station and top it up to avoid the hassle of buying a ticket every single time you ride. Cardholders also get a small discount on some journeys.
- Or get in on the ‘mamachari’ lifestyle and rent a bicycle to explore at your own pace. The city is relatively flat and there’s plenty of rental stores in different neighbourhoods, particularly near main subway stations. Remember to take a photo I.D. with you.
Food & Bev
- For the best tsukemen (aka dipping ramen), go to Fuunji Ramen in Shinjuku.
- Take a gamble at Golden Gai and pick a flight of stairs to walk up and see which bar you stumble across for a drink.
- Despite the lines, Tonkatsu Maisen in Aoyama Honten serves up a mean katsu sando.
- Dig into the fluffiest pancakes everrrrr at Ivy Place in Daikanyama (you can walk it all off browsing at Tsutaya Books afterwards).
- For an afternoon sugar hit, visit Number Sugar in Omotesando for the best caramel treats.
- Take a break from the hustle and bustle and go for a walk through one of the many public parks and gardens scattered across Tokyo. Shinjuku Gyoen is convenient to get to and is very peaceful – bring along a picnic lunch to kick back and unwind.
- If you love trawling through second-hand stores looking for hidden treasures, then visit Shimokitazawa. The streets are lined with second-hand clothes and trinkets and offer a glimpse into a less polished side of Tokyo that you won’t see in tourist hotspots like Shibuya, Ginza and Shinjuku.