Tokyo was somewhere which had been on my bucket list for sometime and last year Iw as able to achieve that dream and spend just over 5 days in the Japanese capital. I actually took one of the Japan tours which takes you around the country’s most desirable spots over the course of a fortnight, and naturally the largest chunk of the trip was spent in Tokyo. To be completely honest I could have spent the entire 2 weeks there and still not have seen everything that I wanted to, but I feel like I visited the large majority of the places that i had planned to before leaving home. If you manage to get to Tokyo then here are 5 awesome things which I’d recommend that you do.
Sumo is the national sport here in Japan and it is also one of the country’s oldest sporting events. Throughout Tokyo there are sumo training rooms, cutler named ‘stables’ and some of them open up each morning to the public where you can watch these fine specimens practice. Most of these can be found in the Ryogoku area of the city.
Birds-Eye City View
Throughout Tokyo there are loads of bars and restaurants which have rooftop terraces where you can see the city, but these do of course come at a cost. For one of the best views, and for a free view, head to the Metropolitan Government building just outside the west gate of Shinjuku station. The building has two observatories on the 45th floor, which is a crazy 202 meters above sea level! For the best views I’d recommend going at night.
Customary Shibuya Scramble Crossing Photo
The Shibuya Scramble crossing has gained fame as being one of the busiest crossings in the world, with half a million people crossing this road each day. This is a really stunning site and to get the best photo of the madness you should go to the corner of crossing on either side, wait until the lights change to green and then get snapping as fast as you can.
Eat at the Kawaii Monster Cafe
Tokyo has really gained fame for its weird and wonderful restaurants, shops and bars and this cafe falls right under that umbrella. The Monster cafe is a colorful and zany place to eat and it isn’t just the decor that will make you feel as though you are in your very own cartoon. The food on offer here is also weird and wacky and you can expect rainbow colored pasta and unicorn-themed par fait amongst other crazy and wonderful dishes. If you plan to hit this cafe then hit their website and reserve online a couple of days before you arrive as this place fills up quick.
The Sensoji Temple is the oldest in the city and you can find it in the Asakusa area, the historic center of the city. The big photo op at this temple is the enormous Kaminarimon gate at the entrance to the temple, and then inside there is an amazing amount of intricate artwork and design which will blow you away.
meWhich of these activities sounds up your street? Let us know if you’ve been to any of these places or if why you would love to visit them, I’d love to hear from you.