From local and ambient places we finally arrived in Tokyo. A neon-light filled city that is matched by no other. Where we first had the pleasure of meeting friendly Japanese locals we now came to a place which was a lot less personal. Nonetheless this hectic place cannot be ignored and a city lover like me can appreciate a place like this. Although Tokyo has a population of 9 million inhabitants there is structure and order. Everyone knows their place, wait patiently when needed and abide by the rules.
I stayed at an Airbnb close to Shinjuku, the largest railway station in Tokyo; a perfect location for visiting the city and its surroundings. After already visiting the sights outside of Tokyo, now it was time to fully explore this city again. Since I was here last year, I could revisit some of my favorite places and get to know other parts of Tokyo too.
Also known as Electric town, this is the place where Otaku fanboys come to get their hands on the latest anime related merchandize. Visit Yodobashi Camera for any electronic device. As a tourist you must bring your passport to get these tax-free and pay with a VISA creditcard to get another 5% discount off your purchase. I didn’t buy anything but I sure was tempted 🙂
This place keeps astonishing me, the busiest crossing in the world and plenty of shops. Actually, Tokyo is all about shopping. The Japanese love to spend and keep their own economy flowing.
Shibuya shopping streets
A wannabe Eiffel tower maybe? I missed Tokyo Tower during my last visit and just had to see it now. From Roppongi Hills you can already see this iconic tower.
This older part of Tokyo is perfect to get some rest from the modern city. The streets are full of tacky souvenirs shops and we tried our luck with a fortune at the Sensoji temple. Luckily I received an average fortune which only had good things to say. Seb wasn’t that lucky, he gave the Gods 3 tries and all were bad fortunes, ouch.
From Asakusa we could easily see the 634 meter high Skytree, the highest structure in Japan. Although we didn’t visit the observation deck, this landmark does stand out by itself.
View of Tokyo Skytree from Asakusa
This is one of my favorite places in Tokyo. Takeshita Dori is a shopping street full of small boutiques and girls dressed up in their Lolita outfit. Close by is the Meji shrine where we were lucky to see both a wedding and a Shinto ceremony taking place.