My last but not least stop in Japan was Tokyo. What to do in 5 days in this overwhelming, neon-light, modern city?
Also known as electric town where electronic fanatics like I could spend days browsing through the many 8 floor high stores. My personal favorite and biggest store is Yodobashi; if it’s pluggable, they have it. Because of the cheap prices compared to the Netherlands it can be rather difficult not to draw your wallet. The extra bonus is that you don’t have to pay the 8% sales tax as a visitor, so don’t forget to bring your passport!
Anime fans can also go wild here; figures, DVD, manga and other merchandise are overly accessible. I even walked into a huge store full of hentai related articles; toys, costumes, dolls, you name it.
Shibuya crossing is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Tokyo. Each time the stoplight turns green, hundreds of people cross the street. Sit at the Starbucks just above for a while to watch the pedestrians walk by.
This area also houses Shibuya 109, a 10 floor building full of cute little boutiques.
The center of Japanese youth culture and fashion is Harajuku. Takeshita-street is full of small independent boutiques with cute and reasonably priced clothing. Most are made for the petite Japanese figure but with some serious browsing l was able to send a good shipment home.
Done with shopping and want to do something cultural?
In Asakusa there is still a bit left of the old Tokyo. I planned my visit together with the Sanja Matsuri Festival. If Tokyo isn’t crowded enough already, on this weekend Asakusa is packed with people watching and joining the parade.
Not really cultural but just a fun place to be. An unmanned electric rail takes you across the rainbow bridge to Odaiba. Here is a life-sized statue of a Gundam which is a must see for those mecha fans. In the same area you get the feeling you’re in New York City with a smaller version of the statue of liberty.