Tokyo is where the blend of ultra modern and traditional come together as a metropolis known for its passion to preserve culture but desire for innovation. Tokyo is a modern architects dream city with buildings that twist and turn and are covered in neon that create a night skyline that’s only worth seeing from Japan’s tallest tower, The Tokyo Skytree. While most of the city is looking into the future, you can embrace its past through some of the wooden restaurants and bars located on cobblestone roads or attending a traditional sumo match. And don’t worry; good food will not be an issue here as Tokyo has the most Michelin stars of any other city. Dine on some of the world’s best sushi, which has been crafted over centuries with love and care. And you’re sure to pick up something new in Tokyo, as they seem to be the culture on the forefront of everything. From fashion and style to tech and robots, you will find something new.
The Imperial Palace is the primary residence and park grounds for the Emperor of Japan, the Yamato Dynasty private residences, archives, museums and gardens. Dive in the history of Japan’s Emperors here to get a sense of what went on in Tokyo during these eras.
The Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest broadcasting tower that offers a full 360 degree view of Tokyo while you wine and dine. This building is the second tallest in the world (Burj Khalifa presiding) and originally cost 600 million USD to build. Even though the Skytree was built with intention of bringing in a new perspective, the base still resembles the historical Japanese five story pagoda structures.
This Tower, mainly for communications and its observation deck, is the second tallest building in Japan, standing at about 34 meters high. Looking close enough to the tower’s foundation, you will realize that they were inspired by another famous tower in Paris. Go check out this modern version of the Eiffel Tower!
Shinjuku Gyoen Garden
This beautiful park and garden is a popular attraction of the city that has been around since the Naito family originally resided here during the Edo period of 1603 to 1868. Today, they have preserved this land by dividing it into three different types of gardens: the Japanese Garden, French Formal Garden, and English Landscape Garden. Here, you will find over 20,000 trees with 1,500 of them being cherry trees and so much more!
Shinjuku Golden Gai & Harajuku Area
These two a fairly close to one another and in between lies the Gyoen Garden. The Shinjuku Golden Gai is a small popular area of over 200 bars and clubs that are well known for their festive and narrow streets. Harajuku is a popular neighborhood that is well known for their fascinating fashion scene and street art that you will never see anywhere else! Be sure to hit up these spots when you get a chance.
This building is the shrine of the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, whom were in power from 1867-1912, and this place was an iris garden that they were known to visit often. This shrine has since been visited by major foreign politicians, such as U.S. President George W. Bush and German Prime Minister Guido Westerwelle.
Tokyo Disney Resort
The Tokyo Disney Resort is located just east of Tokyo, in Urayasu, Chiba and is divided into three different theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea and a Japanese version of Downtown Disney. We are sure that you will have a blast here with all ages because they’ve been around for over 35 years here!
This attraction is probably one of our favorites to mention because you have to cross the Rainbow Bridge to get there. A mini artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba, is known for its high-technology entertainment, Daikanransha Ferris wheel, interactive robots at the Miraikan Science Museum and more. End your packed day with sushi overlooking the waterfront!
This is one of the most important and most ancient Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Right next to the temple, there is a five story pagoda: a Shinto Shrine called the Asakusa Shrine. The architecture of these buildings are absolutely remarkable so don’t miss out!
The Hamarikyu Gardens is located on the mouth of the Sumida River. When you visit, visitors are known to cross one of the three bridges to the teahouse that lies in the center of the garden grounds by a pond. Take a relaxing couple of hours here away from the large crowds of the city.
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