Tokyo is one of the largest and most energetic cities in the world and it can be an overwhelming place for first time visitors. Its bustling streets are bursting with culture and history, dizzying skyscrapers, designer shopping malls and colourful street markets. Technology and Tokyo come hand in hand too, so keep an eye out for wacky tech and the crazily dressed teenagers starting the city’s latest trends. Don’t miss these Tokyo treats:
This funky area around Harajuku Train Station tends to attract flocks of youngsters in some truly show stopping apparel. A combination of quirky vintage stores and high street heavyweights fuel the latest trends in this partly pedestrianised area. Expect Manga characters, Barbie dolls, neon hairstyles and rebellious punk looks. The so called “Harajuku Tribe” are known to closely imitate their chosen characters as well as dress like them – giving the place an even deeper layer of surrealism.
Around 2000 tonnes of seafood are thought to change hands at this famous market every day. It is the largest of its kind in the world. As a traveller to the area – unless you have vested interests in the fishing business – you are likely to attend the ‘Outer Market’. With literally hundreds of food stalls and restaurants to choose from it’s a good idea to arrive on an empty stomach. A limited number of visitors each day can organise entry to witness the world famous Tuna auction at Tsukiji.
Tokyo is home to many contemplative green areas, museums, shrines and historic temples. Ueno Park in central Tokyo offers a chance to see a number of these elements in one place. Once the scene of a famous battle, the area was converted into one of the country’s first western style parks. Statues, ornamental gardens and temples are everywhere to be seen at Ueno, as well as many museums including the Tokyo National Museum and the National Science Museum. During springtime, more than 1000 cherry trees begin to blossom along the park’s central path – a spectacular sight!
There has never been a better time to book a city break or an all inclusive holiday to this exciting city – you’ll find plenty of travel operators offering good deals on flights and hotels. Everyone should visit Tokyo at least once!