Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, where technology meets tradition.
It is a really vibrant and colorful city with a lot of things to do and places to explore and lot of cuisines to try.
This most populous metropolitan city is also the third most livable cities in the world. Having been established as a modern city, Tokyo is till deep rooted in its history and culture. There are quite a few monuments that will take you back to the Edo era, when Tokyo was the world’s largest city and at the prime of its existence.
This is considered as the shopping street of Tokyo. Cafes, art galleries, department stores, boutiques, night clubs, you name it and you will find it here.
One of the most entertaining and fashion-forward districts (many leading fashion houses have flagship stores here) of Tokyo. It is a bit elite and expensive and supposedly the most luxurious shopping centers in the world.
This is a Paradise for people interested in Shopping. Since the showrooms are very big, there are a vast number of things on display. Even if you’re not into high end shopping but want to explore what the other end of the world looks like and what are the newest shopping trends in place, Ginza is the place for you.
Not ver far from Ghinza, is the Shibuya Crossing. It is the busiest crossing in the world. There are around 3 road intersections here so many people cross at the same time. One of the rare things in the world where the diagonal zebra crossing is present. It is a very crowded place which really needs to be checked out.
Senso-ji is a Japanese shrine with a mystical aura. You are supposed to drink water from the fountain before entering the shrine and there is also a fortune telling tree near it.
The entire way to the shrine is filled with shops of food and clothing. Traditional Japanese clothing like Kimonos are sold in bulk here. For people looking to buy souvenirs from Japan, this place can help you out.
Tokyo Imperial Palace
This is a place where you will find the traditional aspect of Japan. Standing on the site of the Edo castle, The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the official residence of the royal family.
The Edo castle was once the seat of the Tokugawa shogun, who ruled Japan till 1847. The Imperial Palace is a beautiful stone-built structure lying in the midst of a beautiful garden. The Imperial Palace is a lovely serene place and is very calm from the energy packed city.
There are guided tours that will take you around the several administrative buildings and a small museum. However it is better that you explore this place yourself.
The main premises are not open to the public, which could be a bit of a spoiler, but the East Gardens are a great place to get some fresh air away from the noise of the city.
Tokyo Skytree Station
The tallest tower in Tokyo and the second tallest tower in the world. Definitely a place worth a visit. The view from the tower is breath taking.
The 634 ft, Tokyo Sky Tree is second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. There is a nice restaurant and two cafes to let you sit and enjoy the view. There is also a glass screen on the floor, which lets you look right down and leaves you feeling a little dizzy.
The tower is essentially used to transmit TV and Radio signals. The most amazing part of this tower is the Sorakara point, where the ambiance is created with LED lights which will give you a feeling like you are floating in the air.
The Tsukiji market is the biggest and the best fish market in the world. The market sells around 400 types of seafood. Seaweeds, Crabs, Lobsters, Squids, Octopi, Fishes, Caviar and any sea food you say, it is all found here. This is also the place where most of the Sushi in the world come from.
There are two parts to this market, the outer market and the inner market. While the inner market is restricted to tourists on most days, the outer market is equally fun. There are various small sushi counters to grab some yummy delicacy.
The best part of this market is the Tuna Auction that takes place early in the morning at 5 am. Very few tourists are allowed in (first come, first serve basis) but it is worth an effort!
Tokyo would be incomplete without its temples. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, this 19th century Shinto shrine is a perfect example of the Japanese austerity and modesty. It isn’t grand like many other Asian temples, but has a quiet appeal of its own.
As you enter through the 40 foot high gate into the 200 acre park, it feels like another dimension. In a way, it doesn’t feel like you are in Tokyo anymore. You are required to wash your hands and face at a communal tank before you offer prayers.
There is a prayer wall where you can write your wishes on a piece of paper and stick it there. A touch of Japanese culture and if you are lucky you might just encounter a wedding procession here!