One of the quintessential icons of the city of Tokyo. It is similar to the famous case of Eiffel Tower in Paris, but a few meters higher (just over eight) and with colors (red and white). It has two observatories, one at 150 m and another at 250 meters. It is worth visiting and for those who are not afraid of heights it is a chance to observe the city from above.
The title of my experience in this market becomes more important due to the fact that it is written by a Vigo native, since in Vigo we have a spectacular fish market. The only requirement is that you go early, at 6:00 the ritual begins. To me, this is essential for any visit to Tokyo. Highlighting the variety of species, the amount of bluefin tuna that are unloaded daily, the contrast of traditional Tokyo in this market with the rest of the city, and the best part, at the end of the auction, you can breakfast in the freshest sushi market in the world ... The photos and videos speak for themselves ....
Shinjuku is like something out of a science fiction movie. It’s densely packed full of people, neon lights, and modern skyscrapers, but it also has its more homely corners. There’s too much to do here for me to describe in one sitting. But, I’ll suggest a few: first of all, Shinjuku Gyoen, a giant Japanese-garden in the center of the zone. It’s perfect for finding moments of peace, which are hard to come by in Tokyo. Also, the Golden Gai area is pretty neat. It’s a series of alleyways filled with bars specializing in every kind of music imaginable. It looks a bit gritty but I assure you it’s 100% safe. You can also find the gay district, red-light district, and traditional geisha district within Shinjuku. There’s something special, exotic, or just plain weird on every corner. Take a few days, at least, to explore it all!
This is one of the most popular districts of Tokyo due to it's noise and movement. It's full of young people going there to buy their clothes and going out. It is an area that you should visit without fail if you visit the city. You will be amazed with all the people and even the zebra crossings.
In the area of Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's busiest areas, the city's government building is located here and, very high up, there are two towers, one northern and one southern, which offer for free, one of the best views of the city. You'll see if you prefer to go during the day or night. The truth is it is worth going to visit especially because you don't have to pay. You can't help but go see this enormous city from the heavens.
Ueno Park - A walk through this area is essential. It is one of the most extensive green spaces in the city. A visit is spectacular specially in spring with cherry blossoms. Within the complex there is the Pagoda, the Tosho-gu Shrine, Tokyo National Museum. I definitely recommend it.
It is a quintessential bohemian neighborhood. A place for geek souls the world over. A commercial neighborhood specializing in gadgets, comics, manga, anime, video games, computers, dvds ... It is the perfect place to stroll and spend hours between harbor shops and cult products. It is also a place full of young people and lots of activity. It's one of those places you have to visit at least once in your life.
Nikko Toshogu Temple is much more than a temple, it's an amazing place located in the middle of a forest whose land smokes due to volcanic activity in the area. This sacred building complex houses the tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and 2 of the most influential figures of the time: Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Minamoto Yoritomo. There are a host of Shinto and Buddhist buildings here and there in a magical place, so much so that we don't know where to point the camera. No wonder the place is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. If you were in the position of having to choose 1 place in Japan to visit it would be difficult. Tokyo or Kyoto or Nara or Nikko and the Toshogu Shrine. The buildings are made of molded wood and painted in bright colors. The famous 3 monkeys stand out (one covers ears, one mouth and the third eyes) this is interpreted in the Buddhist doctrine of "not listening to the devil, not seeing the devil, not talking to the devil ". As I understand it the devil means bad, impure, I.e. do no evil. Now you know. There is also a famous statue "nemuri neko" or Sleeping cat that has a curious history: It turns out that a certain Hidari Jingoro ve was a renowned carpenter for temples sculpted figures with much success. A rival carpenter quarreled with him and cut off his right arm so that he could not ply his trade, but he devoted himself to training his left arm. The latter carved the cat sleeping and looking left for this very reason. Legend also says that all the surrounding temples are rats. In the top of the place we visited the tomb of Shogun, but this is money that we could have saved because in reality there was nothing more to this construction in the woods and held no attraction for tourists, although historically you cannot deny its importance. The entrance to the temple costs 1000 yen and open from 8-5 pm. They close at 4 pm from November to March as it gets dark very early.
You can enjoy the best sunsets in Tokyo from Odaiba. To understand what I mean, see the photo gallery. It is a perfect place for a romantic evening or a quiet afternoon or evening stroll. It offers ideal views of the skyline of Tokyo, of Rainbow Bridge and of Tokyo's own beach. It is an essential place to visit and it is also surrounded by shopping centers and restaurants.
This is without doubt one of the most "traditional" shrines in Tokyo. It's here that I saw a traditional Japanese wedding, which are held here almost every weekend. The shrine is Shinto, the traditional religion of Japan, which deals with spirits of mountains, forests, rivers, etc. This religion is one of the reasons why the Japanese have names dealing with nature such as ... "beautiful flower", "deep sea" or simply "river." This shrine honors the memory of Emperor Meiji, the first of the "modern" Japanese emperors, who opened Japan to the outside world in the late 19th century. This modernization process of the religion started centuries ago when Buddhism arrived in Japan and instead of creating conflict, the two religions arrived to a coexistence that exists to this day.
Note: I can't remember if you get there by metro or train, are so similar! But the arrival station is Harajuku. Another detail; lots of people come here to meditate, and even though it is full of people and activity, you can barely hear a fly ..!
It is without doubt one of the most famous intersections in the world. At whatever time of day, there are hundreds of pedestrians crossing at each green light. I will spend a day there and set up a video because I am so curious. If you go in rush hour or a Saturday afternoon I cannot imagine that it is like there Go with the Japs. See more in www.Trips.Dsldiesel.Es/tokyo/
Rainbow Bridge is very similar in structure to the Golden Gate in San Francisco. You can get to Odaiba Island by car, train or monorail from the city of Tokyo. The most impressive thing for me is to see it at night. Everything is lit up around you and the thousands of colourful barges that can be rented for parties fill up the Sumida river. If you go to any of the restaurants in Odaiba overlooking the bay is simply magical.
It is one of the most popular neighborhoods of Tokyo and it is because it is one of the most expensive areas in the world. There are many top designer shops of the more expensive brands, the Sony buildings, there are spectacular restaurants that are very expensive. But it is a place you have to visit if you are a tourist. It is a good starting point.
One of the most frequented meeting places in the city of Tokyo is located in front of the Shibuya Train Station: Hachiko's statue. Hachiko was an Akita dog who, even after the death of his master in 1925, faithfully continued to wait for his owner to return from work every evening on at the time scheduled for over ten years. In 1934 after the dog's death and due to his popularity, a bronze statue was erected in his honor at the place where, every afternoon, he waited for his deceased owner.
The Tokyo Metro is intense! Everything is in Japanese, there are no maps that show all the lines, and there are so many different routes and lines that it's really confusing for a first-time visitor. However, after a few adventures you eventually get the hang of it and actually enjoy it. What's nice about the Tokyo Metro is that you can get to just about everywhere and most of the Japanese locals are very polite and helpful if you ever need to ask for directions. You'll probably end up doing this as the metro stations are huge...seriously, you could literally get lost in some of the bigger ones.
The Tokyo National Museum was my favorite museum in the city and I almost left Tokyo without seeing it! It is the oldest museum in Japan and even the buildings that house the collections are beautiful. I only had time to see the permanent collection, but it was fascinating. In the Honkan gallery, there is a lovely collection ranging from clay figures are from the Jomon period (10,000 BC) to nineteenth century prints and collections from the most important periods in Japanese history. On the second floor, you can see the chronological evolution of art in Japan. In addition to the Honkan gallery, you also have the Toyokan gallery (specializing in Asian art in general), the Hyokeikan gallery, the Heiseikan gallery (used for temporary exhibitions) and the Horyu-Ji gallery (with objects recovered during the Meiji Restoration). My favorite piece was a very interesting clay piece called "People Dancing." If you have any interest at all in Japanese culture, you can't miss it!
This sculpture is one of the most representative symbols of the Ghibli Museum. It is a metal statue of a robot, which is about 5 meters tall and is located in the garden at the top of the main museum building, which you can access via the spiral staircase on the second floor. The vision of the sculpture (not its size, but its image) is quite spectacular, you can not stop looking at it if you go to the museum.