As one of the world’s largest cities, it’s unsurprising that many first time visitors find Tokyo intimidating. However, behind the bustling streets, crowds and skyscrapers, there lies a cultural haven filled with enough activities and attractions to keep you enthralled for weeks on end. From the teetering towers of City Hall to Edo Castle’s ancient ruins, this city is brimming over with spectacular architecture; add to that the world class shopping and swanky restaurants, and it’s no wonder that tourists are so fascinated with this amazing city.
More than one quarter of the entire population of Japan resides in this city, although not all of these live in the central districts. Although there is a seemingly endless stream of people coming and going here all day long, Tokyo is a relatively safe city for tourists. Although not everyone loves the concrete jungle that is the exterior of this city, almost everyone who visits will appreciate the interior spaces of the buildings here; the department stores, restaurants and bars are typically designed in a harmonious and innovative style, and provide a welcome respite from the hectic pace of the outside world.
The city is divided up into districts, the most well known of which are Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ginza and Hibiya. The Shinjuku district was constructed during the 17th century and is now one of the most important business areas in the entire city. It is home to some incredibly opulent hotels, a huge shopping complex and Takashimaya Times Square. The district of Shibuya is the junction by which most forms of public transport pass through, so visitors will almost always find their way here at some point during their trip. The nightlife in this district is second to none, with plenty of nightclubs, wine bars, and restaurants to choose from. Roppongi is another district which is famed for its atmospheric night scene where bars and clubs stay open all night.
For day time entertainment and attractions, the downtown area of Ueno and Asakusa are perfect; here you’ll find majestic old shrines, a zoo, a concert hall, and plenty of spectacular architecture to admire. If you’re looking to treat yourself to some gourmet food and upscale shopping, Ginza is definitely the place to go. The hotels here cater specifically for the more affluent visitor, and there are plenty of fabulous, extravagant shopping centres and restaurants to keep you busy. Lastly, Hibiya is a district which, although most well known for being the centre of finance in Tokyo, is a lovely place in which to go for an afternoon stroll. Here you’ll come across plenty of pretty parks, the Imperial palace and Edo Castle.