Dynamic, gracious, a juggernaut, a collection of villages, exciting, provincial, ugly, exotic, vibrant… Choose any one of the characteristics from this list and put “Tokyo is..” in front of it and you’ve just made a true statement about Japan’s capital. This city has such an endless number of different facets that it’s unlikely anyone could ever reduce them to a common denominator.
ASAKUSA – TRADITIONAL TOKYO
Geishas no longer trip through the streets of the old district; nevertheless, you can still catch a whiff of old Tokyo flair in the area around the Asakusa Kannon Temple. Whether you purchase your most beautiful souvenir or sample traditional sweets in Asakusa, a few pleasant hours are guaranteed.
CONTRASTS BETWEEN OLD AND NEW
In Tokyo, it always pays to stray away from the major shopping streets. You will suddenly find yourself in narrow alleyways where the clocks seem to tick more slowly. Take the time to discover this side of Japan’s capital; meander, for example, through the little streets of Asabujuban, in the shadow of Roppongi Hills.
EARLY MORNINGS AT THE FISH MARKET
In the land of sushi and sashimi, Tokyo’s fish market is a hub of activity. Nowhere in the world does more fish change hands on a daily basis; nowhere else is the sushi so fresh and delicious. Even if you’re not a morning person, you shouldn’t miss this sunrise spectacle.
HIGH TECH IN AKIHABARA
The Japanese love technology and electronics, and the Akihabara district holds a magical attraction for them. The countless discount shops offer many innovations from the audio and video sector as well as seemingly forgotten technology. Manga and Anime fans will also find treasures here.
Probably no other intersection has been photographed or filmed as often as the one in front of the Shibuya railway station. The bustle of the crowd must be experienced to be believed.
The residents of Japan’s capital are passionate shoppers, especially for brand name and status items – and they are happy to pay for it. Don’t forget the elegant gift-wrapping! The best hunting grounds; Omotesando and Ginza.
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