Welcome to Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is a mix of contradictions, from ultra modern, neon-lit skyscrapers to tranquil temples, historic shrines, and expansive forests.
WHERE IS TOKYO ?
This Japanese capital has more Michelin stars than any other place on earth.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN TOKYO ?
The Imperial Palace is a must see, it is the chief attraction of Tokyo’s Marunouchi district. As famous as the palace is the Nijubashi Bridge leads to its interior, a structure that takes its name (“double bridge”) from its reflection in the water.
Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon. Before passing through the gate, look to either side to see statues of Fūjin (the god of wind) and Raijin (the god of thunder), and under the giant red lantern to see a beautiful carved dragon.
Meiji-jingū has an authentic feel. Meiji-jingū Gyoen was once imperial land; the Meiji emperor himself designed the iris garden here to please the empress. The towering 12m wooden Torii gate that marks the entrance was created from a 1500-year-old Taiwanese Cyprus.
Shibuya Crossing nowhere else says ‘Welcome to Tokyo’ better than this. The intersection is most impressive after dark on a Friday or Saturday night.
Fukagawa Fudō-dō, he is very much an active temple where you can attend one of the city’s most spectacular religious rituals.
WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT ?
Kikunoi, Kikunoi’s chef Murata has written a book translated into English on kaiseki that the staff helpfully uses to explain the dishes you are served, if you don’t speak Japanese.
Tofuya-Ukai, Seasonal preparations of tofu and accompanying dishes are served in the refined kaiseki style.
Tsukiji Market, the equally fascinating outer market, comprising hundreds of food stalls and restaurants.
IF YOU LIKE ART AND MUSEUMS
Tokyo National Museum, If you visit only one museum in Tokyo, make it the Tokyo National Museum. The museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions.
Ghibli Museum, fans will enjoy the original sketches, even if you are not familiar with the movies, you will fall in love with the fairy-tale atmosphere.
If you like theatres visit Kabuki-za.
DO YOU LIKE NATURE ?
Koishikawa Kōrakuen, this formal strolling garden incorporates elements of Chinese and Japanese landscaping.
Rikugi-en, there is almost always something in bloom. Tokyo’s most beautiful garden.
Hama-rikyū Onshi-teien, the main feature is a large duck pond with an island that’s home to a charming tea pavilion, Nakajima no Ochaya.
Tokyo is always on the move, and if you are a traveler, then Tokyo is a must see place. It is one of the world’s most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. Every corner tells a new story, and you should go and explore it.