A carefully filtered selection of cafes for coffee lovers, people watching, taking in design and culture and letting it sink in, that yes, you are in Tokyo.
Most people buy a Pasmo travel card for easy pre-paid transit around the city, but ultimately this is one of the world's great explorer cities. With smooth asphalt, minor hills and pavement-riding, Tokyo is bicycle friendly. Prices for a new bike start at $40 for something dinky, $150 for a mamachari.
Only the Japanese can out-french the french and the Huit team do a fine job with their cafe, restaurant and petit bakery, overlooking the Naka Meguro River.
Bowery Cafe is next to Komazawa park, so it pulls in the micro-dog-loving crowd. Hoops, baseball, summer open-air pool and skate park within 10 minutes walk.
Tricky to get to (so you'll be the only foreigner) but easily worth the effort. Upstairs is a vast warehouse-cum-shop of contemporary, Japanese design classics.