Nicole Warne's Guide to Tokyo

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Feb 10, 2016

by KIRSTEN GALLIOTT, Editor-In-Chief

“My Japanese heritage is what drew me to Tokyo,” says digital influencer Nicole Warne, who has 1.5 million Instagram followers as @garypeppergirl. In 2015, she flew to Tokyo to create a video for Qantas on her favourite spots. “The culture is rich with tradition but progressive at the same time. There is a real energy about Tokyo – and I believe it is the people who make the place. They have so much pride in process and everything they do is purposeful.”

Best Shop: Amore Vintage in Shibuya

“Home to the best curation of vintage designer items I have ever seen. There is an entire wall of Chanel handbags and a selection of very rare items – it’s impossible to leave empty-handed.”

See also: Our Five Favourite Neighbourhoods in Tokyo

Favourite Restaurant: Kagari Ramen in Ginza

“This restaurant only seats nine people and is super popular. You can’t book and even on a rainy day the line wraps around the block. The wait is worth it. Intimate by default due to its size, the atmosphere is also energetic and importantly, the ramen is delicious.” 

Must-Do Experience: Gora Kadan in Hakone

“The Onsen (a natural hot spring) is located within the grounds of Gora Kadan, a sophisticated luxury hotel in Hakone, which is two hours out of Tokyo. It’s a must. I highly recommend the spa offering and simply enjoying a tea in the café, which overlooks the mountains. It’s beyond peaceful.” 

Tokyo’s Best-Kept Secret: Loft in Shibuya

“Tokyo has a quirky offering of stationery - a secret obsession of mine. At Loft, I stock up on gifts and keepsakes for friends and family. The shop itself is located only a couple of minutes walk from Shibuya crossing and the area is really lively – I reserve some time to wander and window shop. You never know what you’re going to find!”

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