It was my first time in Tokyo and I found ili to be much more useful outside the 23 wards where English is uncommon. In fact, I don’t think I saw any foreigners during my time outside the big city.
The Main Street of Keisei Tateishi, Tokyo
One night, I decided to go east, Keisei Tateishi to be exact, where many family-owned bars and grocery stores surround the area. I found one store that caught my attention so I went in looking for sake but I couldn’t seem to find any. I used the Japanese translator to ask if there was sake available and the elderly man working at the store kindly showed me a few bottles. I also used ili when asking directions and at one of the bars for a few laughs. The locals seemed to find it interesting and they even bought me a drink when I used ili to tell them that it was my first time in Japan.
My travel buddy ili 🙂
If you’re looking for an escape from the crowdedness of central Tokyo, Keisei Tateishi is my recommendation. Go after 5pm, as the restaurants, bars, and stores tend to close during the late afternoon and reopen at night.