1. Crazy, beautiful Golden Gai. The "Golden District" is famous for its architecture and the 250+ tiny bars that tumble over each other and are filled with salarymen. Many of the bars are private (read: no foreigners) but we found a friendly one that sat just six people. Our second stop was a larger izakaya, where we washed down various delicious fried food with cold Japanese beer.
2. We first heard about the Robot Show on Anthony Bourdain's show, and friends urged us to get tickets. It's touristy for sure, but it's also pretty awesome and not something you're going to find anywhere else in the world.
3. Since we split our Tokyo trip in two, taking a few days to visit Kyoto and Takayama in the middle, we decided to stay in two different Tokyo hotels in two different neighborhoods. Our first hotel was in Shibuya, and looked right over Shibuya Crossing, which is rumored to be the world's busiest intersection. Shibuya Crossing honestly makes New York City's Times Square seem tame, and we loved having a bird's eye view from our hotel. If you don't stay in Shibuya, there's also an iconic Starbucks with front-row views.
4. Famous from Lost in Translation, the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt is always on the lists of things you have to do in Tokyo. We stopped in for cocktails and bar snacks one rainy night. Sure, the drinks are pricey, but there's live jazz and the view is as impressive as everyone says.