With over 38 Millions people living there, Tokyo is the most populated metropolitan area in the world. That’s a lot of people. But it also means that there is a lot to see and visit. I called this beautiful and crazy city my home for 7 months, and even if I haven’t seen everything Tokyo has to offer, I’ve done some pretty cool things. In this section, I will just show you some center of interests you don’t want to miss while you are in Tokyo. You better not be claustrophobic! It was the first time I was traveling by myself with no plans to the other side of the world. Now this is my lifestyle.
Over 100.000 people cross this road every day, which makes the Shibuya Crossing the busiest crossing in the world! Once you get out of Shibuya station, you will find the Hachiko statue, a dog renowned for his loyalty and fidelity to his master. He waited at the station for him to come back for 9 years, 9 months and 15 days. Which never happened as he died from a cerebral hemorrhage at work. And then on your right, the crossing. You can’t miss it with the 3 large TV screens mounted on the building on the other side of the road.
Shinjuku is a major commercial and administrative centre, and with over 3.6 Millions people passing through daily, Shinjuku station is the busiest train station in the world. This is the only train station where I was still getting lost after going there several times, it’s massive. Being also one of the main economic and political hub of the city, Shinjuku hosts the Tokyo-To Chosha, which is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. A nice attraction to visit in Shinjuku is the Golden-Gai, a succession of very small traditional japanese streets. Many good restaurants and the nightlife there is really enjoyable.
Ebisu district takes its name from the famous beer “Yebisu”. This is where the breweries were before being relocated to Chiba in 1988. Since then, the Yebisu Garden Palace opened and quickly became a shopping and cultural center. You can walk on the promenade leading to the central plaza where you can find the Château Restaurant Joël Robuchon, a Louis XVI castle’s replica hosting not less than 3 Michelin-starred restaurants.
Edo Castle became the Imperial Palace when the Emperor Meiji moved the capital of the Empire from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1869. Since then, the palace has remained the residency of every Japan’s Emperor’s. You cannot visit the palace itself if you go there, the only space open to visitors being the East Garden. You can do a tour, there is a lot to see, from great stone’s walls to colorful flowers.
One of the main entertainment in Japan are sumo fights. The first historically attested sumo fight dates back to the year 642. There is 6 major sumo tournaments every year, lasting 2 weeks each, 3 of them taking place in Tokyo, in the Ryogoku Kokugikan. I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to attend to a tournament. I reckon tickets are not easy to get due to the popularity of the sport and the limited capacity of the arena (11.098 people), but if you ever get a chance to attend to a fight, it’s going to be a one in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.
The Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) is one of the most famous celebration in Japan. It’s announcing the beginning of Spring, and it is the occasion for locals to hang out in parks to have picnic and beers with friends. It is one of my best memories from Japan. I just regret that I didn’t take more quality pictures!
Getting to the top of the Tokyo Skytree Tower will give you the best panorama of Tokyo you could ever dreamed of. 634 metres (2,080 feet) tall, this is the tallest tower in the world and the second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa. Its main functions are for broadcasting and observation.
If you have a strong interest for manga or anime, Akihabara is the place to go. Headquarters of otaku, the district gained the nickname of “Electronic Town” after World War 2 as it became a major shopping center for household electronic goods. It is considered as the center of the modern Japanese culture.
Living in Tokyo wasn’t always funny, but this is surely not a city where you can get bored easily. This is just an example of attractions you can visit and see in Tokyo, but there is many more! The city is so big and diverse that you will always find something related to your center of interests!
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