As the name suggests, this post will become a little Tokyo travel guide for you. I’ve been to Tokyo a lot and I know how hard it is to find the most suitable and beautiful sights out of the wide range of attractions on offer. Based on my experience I have put together the top of the Most Popular places in Tokyo and hope that it will help you with your travel planning.
Tokyo travel guide – Top 1 – Odaiba
If you are in Tokyo, you should definitely have a look at Odaiba. The artificial island in the bay of Tokyo is easy to reach by public transport. Already the trip is an experience, as you can either take the Yurikamome to Odaiba or one of the numerous ‘water buses’ from the harbour. The Yurikamome is Japan’s first fully automatic train that is operated without a driver. It crosses the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the bay with Odaiba. Both on the water and through the almost completely glazed Yurikamome you have a beautiful view of Tokyo and Odaiba. The Rainbow Bridge can also be crossed on foot and invites you to take a walk.
Odaiba is not for nothing in my Tokyo travel guide the Top 1, because the small island offers a lot. There is something for every taste. Beside the numerous beautifully arranged shopping centres, Odaiba shines with futuristic architecture, great restaurants, technical progress and quiet flair. Because on the beach you have a wonderful view of Tokyo with its landmark, the Tokyo Tower and the Rainbow Bridge, and you can make yourself comfortable at one of the cafés directly at the water. So if you’re looking for a relaxed and quiet atmosphere in the middle of the world’s largest metropolis, you’ll find it here. In the following blog entries I will go into Odaiba in more detail. Be curious
Tokyo travel guide – Top 2 – Shibuya and Harajuku
Second place in my Tokyo travel guide are Shibuya and Harajuku. Harajuku is a part of Shibuya. Here the modern Japanese life pulsates with all its different facets. If you haven’t received a culture shock at the Japanese airport yet, he will meet you at the latest in these trendy districts .Here there are many shopping possibilities, but also small trend shops and pubs.
In Shibuya and Harajuku the young Japanese generation meets to live out their fashion. You can see models as well as cosplayers (people with self-made costumes that represent characters from film, anime and manga) or bands and individuals who play on the roadside, sell their records and invite you to dance.
You will often meet the music group of tomorrow there. With pubs, restaurants, small and large concert halls and karaoke bars, this part of Tokyo also invites night owls. More tips about what can be done in Shibuya/Harajuku and some nice addresses can be found in the next articles.
Tokyo travel guide – Top 3 – Asakusa
Top 3 of the Tokyo travel guide occupies Asakusa with the Asakusa Nakamise shopping street and the Asakusa temple and shrine. Here you will find a lively tradition in Tokyo. The shopping street is dotted with small stalls selling traditional handicrafts, food and sweets as well as kitsch and clime .You also have the choice of fabrics, yucatas and kimonos, as well as fans and decorative items.
The long road leads straight ahead to Asakusa Temple, or Sensou-ji. It represents Tokyo’s oldest and most important temple. Beside it there is also a Shinto shrine. The Nakamise dori (street) is in the tradition of the temple. Around the temple and shrine area there are numerous restaurants and dining rooms that offer traditional Japanese cuisine and invite you to linger and enjoy.
Tokyo travel guide – Top 4 – Tokyo Tower or Sky Tree
Two concise and typical towers take 4th place in the Tokyo travel guide. The Tokyo Tower is perhaps considered by some as a very worn out sight, but it is and remains the landmark of Tokyo. From it you have a beautiful view of the dimensions of the world metropolis and in good weather also of Fuji. It’s worth climbing up in the afternoon to see the city in daylight and then to make yourself comfortable in the café.
When it dawns and the first lights come on, it not only looks romantic but you also have a great photo motive. So you can experience the city from above by day as well as by night and be carried away by it.
The same applies to the Sky Tree, currently the tallest TV tower and second tallest building in the world. Its size of 634m alone invites you to climb it. More details about the two towers can be found in the next articles.