Morgan Collett and Colin Tunstall, co-founders along with Josh Rosen of the cult lifestyle brand Saturdays NYC, visit Japan biannually to check in on their store locations in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Kobe. Along the way, there’s plenty of sushi, Japanese whiskey and, of course, surfing and snowboarding. Here, they share their hit list for the Japanese capital.
Best way/place to get rid of jet lag… Collett: Swimming helps. We always stay at the Cerulean Hotel in Tokyo and they have a lap pool. That always recharges us.
Favorite hotel… Tunstall: The Cerulean is right down the street from our Tokyo store.
Where you go for a traditional Japanese breakfast… Collett: For breakfast we always stay simple in Japan: coffee, toast and fruit. But the dining area is at the top of the tower so you have a great view of the city.
Ideal spot for sushi… Tunstall: Narukiyo. Awesome restaurant! We go every time. But this past trip we went to a place that was so unexpectedly good, called Sushiya no Yoshikan. Unassuming, but the chef was brilliant.
Sake bar that can’t be missed… Collett: We prefer Japanese whiskey. One of our favorites is Grandfathers, in Shibuya.
When going for a late-night karaoke run, you hit up… Tunstall: We had an epic night at Karaoke Kan in Shibuya. Don Quixote is next door and we grabbed costumes, sang and drank for hours.
Your weirdest night in Tokyo included these spots… Collett: The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku. Tunstall: A bondage bar… and usually either a random huge club or a tiny private drinking hall like Casba.
When you’re not shopping at Saturdays, you shop at… Tunstall: The bookstore across the street from our shop in Daikanyama, Tsutaya Books and the Nakameguro neighborhood. Especially during Sakura season.
Best Japanese grooming products you’ve picked up on your visits… Collett: Except for maybe an obscure face mask sold at a convenience store, we haven’t purchased any.
If you’re looking for some culture, head to this museum… Tunstall: MOMAT. The National Museum of Contemporary Modern Art, Tokyo. Free admission on your birthday that I conveniently used once.
Most unexpected place you’ve seen great art… Tunstall: Hara Museum of Art. On our last trip we were lucky enough to see Christo explain his most recent project “The Floating Piers”.
When you want to escape the city, head to… Collett: Niseko, Hokkaido. We went snowboarding there last year. Unreal powder. Or Shikoku in the south of Japan. We went surfing last year with Kohei Chiba. Stunning landscape, good food and good waves.
The local surf spot is… Collett: Depending on the swell, either Chiba or Kamakura. They are about an hour to two hours out of the city. Similar to the commute in NYC.
Saturdays NYC Goes to Tokyo
Beach in Shikoku.
Cafe in Saturdays NYC.
Dinner with the Saturdays Tokyo team.
Eating Yakiniku for dinner.
Hanging out with the Saturdays Tokyo team.
Getting ready to go surfing.
Hokkaido, Niseko mountain.
Kohei Chiba surf shack.
Traditional Japanese wedding ceremony at Meiji Shrine.
Meiji Shrine walk.
Morgan at sunset in Shikoku.
Sakura in Nakameguro.
Saturdays NYC Daikanyama store in Tokyo.
Saturdays NYC store interior.
Sunset in Shikoku.
Surfers in Shikoku.
Train station in Tokyo.
Tsukiji fish market.
Tsutsaya book store.
View from the plane.
View of Tokyo tower.