Even if you’re a well seasoned world traveler, there’s something truly unique about visiting Tokyo, Japan. It is a modern metropolis that can overwhelm even native Manhattanites. You can still enjoy traditional Japanese culture while also getting immersed in this futuristic city that’s drenched in bright neon lights. On top of that, Tokyo offers some of the most delicious and creative cuisine in the world. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a crazy ride.
Tokyo is divided up into different districts or that are each distinctive and have their own personality. Try to visit as many of these as possible in order to get a full scope of Tokyo and all of its vibrant neighborhoods.
Perhaps that most well known district is Harajuku, which is known for being fashion forward. Ginza is also known for its many upmarket shops that are worth visiting. For those who are looking for a vibrant nightlife, Kabukicho and Roppongi are the places to go. These districts absolutely come alive at night and have lots of fun bars and clubs to try out.
For those interested in cultural experiences, Sensoji is home to the largest Buddhist temple and many other treasures. If you want to feel like you’ve transported back in time to the 1950s, Golden Gai will give you a look into days of the past.
There are some experiences you can take part in that are unique to Tokyo. These will be well worth it if you’re up for something completely out of the ordinary from your usual life.
For a high-tech centric experience, you should try going to a robot restaurant. These flashy extravaganza features a robot show as you dine, and it is truly one of a kind. Definitely not something you want to miss!
Izakaya alleys feature the small Japanese-style gastropubs knwon as Izakaya that serve alcohol and food or snacks. Izakaya alleys are small and old fashioned alleys crammed with these small bars that will typically only have a few seats available. Here you can sit next to a local, enjoy a Sake, and experience a true local experience.
Shibuya Crossing is yet another experience that is unique to Tokyo. The Shibuya Scramble Crossing is the world’s busiest crosswalk, where nearly half a million cross each and every day.
Tokyo is a food lover’s heaven, as you can find the world’s finest sushi and ramen in this city. There are endless Ramen restaurants, but did you know that there is an entire competitive Ramen district? Head to the Shinjuku district to find a huge range of types of Ramen like Tsukemen and Ichiran.
There are endless things to do, taste, and experience in Tokyo. You may find it overwhelming at first, but by the end of your time in this incredible city, you’ll find it hard to leave. Try to enjoy as much of it as you can, but remember that you can always go back!