Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens.
Route 1 (North & Central): Asakusa → Sensō-ji → Kaminarimon Gate → Ueno Park → Toshogu Shrine → Ueno Ameyokocho Market → Akihabara
Route 2 (West): Kabukicho → Shinjuku → Harajuku → Meiji Shrine → Yoyogi Park → Hachikō Memorial Statue → Shibuya
Route 3 (Central & South): Imperial Palace → Yurakucho → Ginza → Tsukiji Market → Tokyo Tower → Roppongi
Sensōji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples.
Ueno Toshogu Shrine was built in 1616 and is one of numerous shrines across the country that are dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo Shogunate.
In the last decade Akihabara has emerged as a center of Japanese otaku and anime culture, and dozens of stores specialising in anime, manga, retro video games, figurines, card games and other collectibles have filled the spaces between the electronics retailers.
Kabukicho is Japan’s largest red light district features countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, pachinko parlours, love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments.
Harajuku is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.
Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s most colourful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district everyday.
Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family.
With 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, and the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan’s rebirth as a major economic power.
Roppongi is well known as the city’s most popular nightlife district among foreigners, offering a large number of foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs.
Not only Tokyo is enormous (there are so many things to do), it’s also one of the safest cities to travel. It’s hard not to fall in love with Tokyo as it’s a very special place on earth.