Hi! I'm Emma. A Year 12 (or senior) in high school in Sydney, Australia.
As of the moment I don't live in Tokyo, but I went there for my high school exchange for two months from the end of November last year to the end of January this year. When I was there, I lived in Shimomaruko on the Tokyu Tamagawa Line. I definitely suggest walking up to the riverbed there towards Tamagawa River for the sunset and also if you're into watching baseball teams train. They also have two small shrines in the area, tennis courts and basketball courts in the area. While it may be hard to stay there since there aren't any hotels, if you do, it's about 30 minutes to Yokohama station and 30 minutes to Shibuya station by train.
For fun, I went exploring around Tokyo whenever I didn't have to go to school. Me being the person I am, planned of the places listed on Tokyo Cheapo, got distracted and went to some other place after going to the most prioritised location, ruining my planned day trips. But because of this, I discovered Spinns' BEAUTIFUL 900 yen rack in Harajuku, an AWESOME Mexican place on one of the backstreets near Takeshita Dori (guilty of not eating Japanese cuisine; sorry not sorry) and a cosy restaurant near Sunshine City in Ikebukuro that had DELICIOUS guava juice (only downside being that smoking was permitted in the cafe).
My top tips:
1) Definitely plan your trips before you go somewhere. I planned my one day trips the day before, doing my research on what lines to take and how to get there, recommended places to go to, the time it takes, food and approximately how much money I expect to spend. I also go on google maps and try to memorise the way from the station to the places I need to go and the streets nearby so that I wouldn't get lost. That way even if you get distracted (like me) and have a tendency to overspend (like me) you can get rid of the worries of not being able to get anywhere or do anything.
2) Take photos for memories but also take photos of street signs and certain locations that catch your eye. It helps if you want to go to that place again and you can't remember your way around. This happened to me once when I got off at the wrong side of the station.
3) If you plan on cooking the next day, go into the supermarkets (Seiyu, Olympic etc.) at night and not in the morning. Things like sashimi and bread buns get discounted since they can't be sold the next day. I bought a sashimi platter for 500 yen for dinner when I went at night instead of the original 2500 yen.
This is just me recommending something, but definitely go to Swallowtail Butler Cafe! I went on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and had a great time with my friend and our butler. ^ ^
Do you like natto? : In very small amounts, yes. I prefer anko though. :3
Question: What types of Japanese sweets does everyone like? I love everything! Especially the 82 yen (not including tax) choux cremes from Olympic. And yes, I did buy one after school everyday.