Tokyo Insider: Shaun Davies

Shaun Davies
Shaun Davies has lived in Tokyo on and off since 2002.
Shaun Davies has lived in Tokyo on and off since 2002
“Tokyo's a city of endless options and often the best nights out just happen to you.”
Shaun Davies

Shaun Davies has lived in Tokyo on and off since 2002 and returned this year to continue studying Japanese.

He writes a column for Japan Inc magazine and has contributed stories about Japan to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sunday Telegraph, Men's Style and others. He's also a producer for ninemsn's National Nine News website.

What's your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?

A picnic with friends in one of Tokyo's many fine parks. Yoyogi Park near Harajuku is great for people watching, but I prefer Inokashira Park — it's quieter and close to my favourite neighbourhood, Kichijoji.

How would you spend a long weekend?

By getting out of the city — you don't have to go far to find somewhere great. I'd probably head to the Japan Alps for some monkey spotting, before soaking in a hot tub and drinking a few beers at a ryokan (Japanese inn).

What's your idea of a good night out?

Tokyo's a city of endless options and often the best nights out just happen to you. But I'm fond of starting the night at a raucous izakaya (a bar where meals are also served), before moving on to some hole-in-the-wall place for solid boozing until the sun comes up.

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User comments
thanks a bunch, great guide, good list of links, one of the most comprehensive piece of info i came across so far really aimed at what im looking to do in tokyo!

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