Going to Japan was always on my bucket list. Luckily I was recently able to visit the Nippon capital for the first time and I must admit that it has been one of the best trips ever. Wanting to visit other cities too, I only had three days to visit the capital so I gathered a lot of information about this huge city and now here, I would like to tell you my five favorite places to enjoy Tokyo as a local.
The temple of Sensō-ji is the main one in Tokyo and its location is very centrical and easily reachable by metro. Actually there are a lot of metro connections. It might be a little bit confusing at the beginning but everybody is very polite and helpful when it comes to assist you with any direction.
In this beautiful temple you will witness how Japanese people attend to their cult, shinto. Walk around the main building to discover some lovely gardens with many small shrines dedicated to different deities.
Tokyo Sky Tree – This is an observation tower which works as a the largest broadcasting tower as well and its height reaches 634 meters (2080 feet). It is a wonderful feeling seeing the immense city of Tokyo from such an altitude and you can enjoy a drink and a snack at their restaurant with views. One fun fact is that there are four lifts and each one represents one of the four season. While ascending, the inside of the elevator will change according to that season. Isn’t it lovely?
Shibuya crossing (and it’s neighborhood). This is the world-known crossing of Shibuya. It is a worthy experience crossing through it and seeing how, regardless of the hundreds of people crossing at the same time, nobody even grazes you. I recommend you to go inside any of the shops around here and go to a higher floor in order to observe the people crossing.
Besides of this very known spot, Shibuya has a lot to offer. Here you will find many shops, and for those interested in technology, this is your place. All the newest technological products are to be found here.
Ooedo-Onsen-Monogatari Spa center – This is where the locals go, and I love feeling like a local when traveling. This is not just a Spa, it is a total Japanese experience and a great way to spend your evening. When you get there you are given a yukata (traditional Japanese robe) and after changing in very cleaning locker rooms you enter in a Japanese village from the old times. There you will find restaurants, fair games and shops. Moreover, you have a massage room where you can enjoy a traditional Japanese massage and afterwards you can enter the steam room with sauna and jacuzzi. There is only one but, people with tattoos are not admitted inside the center since tattoos are not socially accepted.
Takeshita street – This is the street for manga enthusiasts. I am not a big fan of it. But I have to recognize that visiting this street is not just to buy manga. Just walking along it you will encounter lots of people dressed in a peculiar way. Some imitating a beloved manga character. And others just with an alternative taste. Here is also a good place to try Japan’s most famous activity: Karaoke! Don’t miss your chance, they have plenty of English songs you can also give it a try.
These were only five of my favorites places in Tokyo. However, dear reader, Tokyo is more than that, it is a totally different culture. A culture with another understanding of life. A culture with another essence. This, just makes this country a pearl in our days where we are all so used to live similarly. As well, going to Tokyo I believe is a little bit like traveling to the future. Because the usage of technology in their daily life is high. Probably as high as it will be in the Western side of the earth in some years.