When it comes to visiting Japan, one place that can never be ignored is Tokyo. Ever since the Edo Period ruled by the Tokugawa family, Tokyo has been the country’s capital and gradually developed into Asia’s largest city. Tokyo is a massive prefecture comprised of 23 special districts, 26 cities, five towns, and eight villages—including the Izu and Ogasawara Islands. It integrates outlandish fashion with restrained traditional culture, exhibiting its unique and diversified charm.
On your first visit to Tokyo, you can go up the Tokyo Tower, which appears quite often in Japanese TV shows and movies. A “must” on your itinerary is Shibuya, also known as the world's busiest intersection. Visit the entertainment and red-light district of Shinjuku Kabukicho, or stand in front of Sensō-ji and take a photo with the renowned Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate.” Of course, the world’s only Tokyo DisneySea should also be on your list.
For architecture fans, a visit to Tokyo the second-time around should involve taking a stroll in Omotesando, also referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees. Otaku must trek to the manga paradise Akihabara, while vintage fanatics can find great treasures in Shimokitazawa. There are also a great number of art galleries and museums with various themes, which are sure to captivate individuals who love culture and the arts. To put it simply, Tokyo is irresistible for anyone and everyone—no matter how many times you have visited.
In the eyes of many, Tokyo is an oversized shopping mall. Ginza and Omotesando are ideal shopping destinations for those that love luxury brands, while Harajuku and Shibuya represent the high street fashion that Japan is known for. Shinjuku and Tokyo Station are known for all kinds of delicacies and attractions. In Tokyo, you can purchase the latest and most fashionable products but also find rare and interesting goods. You’re sure to find what you want or need, if your budget permits.
Tokyo has four distinctive seasons with equally charming landscapes. Whether it involves seeing sakura dancing in the spring, enjoying huge fireworks in yukata during summer nights, appreciating yellow ginkgo biloba and red maple leaves in autumn, or attending the Winter Illuminations during the Christmas season, all visitors are sure to have a grand time.
In addition, Tokyo at night is even more intriguing than it is in the daytime. With rich surroundings, nightscapes of its peculiar beauty, and the flood of crowds and traffic, you may accidentally get lost in the space that is unique to Tokyo.