Tokyo Travel Guide – Where to Go and What to Do in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan is where you will find the contemporary and the traditional living harmoniously, albeit just most of the time, together. The old-fashioned and the slick, technologically advanced are those who make the city one of the most unique and diverse in the world. And while it is no doubt crowded, it can also be surprisingly quiet. It is home to the weird, the noisy, the understated, and the futuristic, all of which contribute to the beauty of this otherwise not-so-aesthetically appealing city.
With so many things the city has to offer, it can be hard to check them all out. The key is to squeeze in as many as you can in one day; not spending too much time on just a single site or attraction. To help you out in this area, here are five of the liveliest and best places to venture to while you are in this part of Japan.
- Tsukiji Fish Market
The Tsukujii Fish Market is not only the busiest fish market in the entire world: it is also the biggest. If you arrived in town during the wee hours of the morning, you should wait for sunrise while perusing the largest selection of water creatures you will ever see in your life. At 5 in the morning, expect to be greeted by the shouts of vendors auctioning off their live and extremely fresh tuna offerings. You should keep in mind that the market, during this time, is not open to the entire public, with only 120 people being allowed to go in. You should register first, which you can do by the time the clock hits 4:30 AM.
- Meiji Shrine
The Meiji Shrine should definitely be in your list if you want to have one of the most “traditionally-inclined” experiences in your life. The shrine, which has been built in memory of the 19th-century emperor responsible for introducing the nation to the West, is one of the most popular Shinto shrines in the country. Serenity and austerity is what you can expect the environment here to be.
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
There is no denying the fact that the most beautiful garden in Tokyo, perhaps Japan, is the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There are quite a number of gardens here, but those that you should prioritize are the English Landscape, the Mother and Child Forest (known as Haha to Ko no Mori in Japan), the Japanese Traditional (which is home to a teahouse), and the French Formal areas.
- Yoyogi Park
After you have paid the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden a well-deserved visit, you should head to Shibuya-ku’sYoyogi Park next. If the Shinjuku garden is the most beautiful, the Yoyogi Park is the liveliest and most comic in Japan. If you are up to some talent shows, then this is a stop that you should make. Here, you will find all sorts of talented individuals practicing and rehearsing: from hornists to dancers, you can rest assure that a trip to this park will really be worth it.
- Shibuya Crossing
A trip to Tokyo will not be complete if you do not go to Shibuya Crossing; one of the city’s most iconic and popular intersections. The best time to visit this area is during a sunny afternoon or a clear evening.