For some reason, not many travel bloggers out there have brought the capital of Japan to attention. In an attempt to figure out the best places to visit in Tokyo, none of the blogs I usually frequented contained any helpful information. In fact, most of these travel bloggers had never even set foot in Japan. Which is a shame, because really, Japan has so much to offer. Although you may closely associated Japan with China, they really are completely different. So today I will be telling you exactly where to go in Tokyo, the capital of a country generally associated with video games.
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Emperor Meiji is one of the most respected former emperors of Japan, because he helped modernize Japan and allow Japan to become the country it is today. Nestled in one of Tokyo’s many parks is a shrine dedicated entirely to him. There are displays of items from Japan’s history along the way, such as barrels of sake, a Japanese alcoholic drink. The main attraction in the shrine is the little placards hanging in a circle around a large tree with wishes written on them by people all around the world.
Shinjuku at night
Shinjuku is famous for its nightlife. As soon as you enter the district’s borders, you’ll see neon signs all around. Apparently this portion of the city never sleeps, and I could believe it. Even at 11 at night, the surroundings were so bright from all the signs and the street lights that it was almost like it was still day. Go shopping, stop in a bar or an arcade, or eat some real Japanese cuisine, but make sure to come at night!
The tallest tower in the world, Skytree tower was originally built to be a radio tower, although now it’s a popular tourist destination. The fare to get to the very top of the tower is ridiculously expensive, but even if you don’t go to the very top, you can buy a ticket to the floor that’s 350m above the ground which still offers a generous view of Tokyo. Or if you prefer not to spend money, you don’t need to go up at all. The outer view of the tower itself and the shops and restaurants surrounding the tower (pictured above) provide a great experience on their own.
If you’ve never been to the original Disney in America, well, here’s your chance! Although the language change might be a bit disorienting, if you’re a disney lover, you’re sure to have a blast! This Disney offers plenty – from rides to shops to shows, they’ve got it all.
A national landmark (there’s an emoji of this structure!) the Tokyo tower may not be as tall as Skytree tower, but instead there’s a mall underneath, where I ate those delicious pancakes pictured above. Buy a ticket to go to the top for a spectacular view of the park its in, or just hang out in the mall.
Shibuya crossing, the crosswalk pictured above, is famous because all the streetlights go red at once and all the walk signals light up together; what follows is a mass of people streaming across the street in a larger magnitude than anywhere else except perhaps Times Square. This area is also famous for its shopping, and you can buy anything from electronics to funky patterned socks in this area.
Have you ever been to Tokyo? Have you been somewhere in this city that you loved that I didn’t mention? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!