Konichiwa! I’m Back from Tokyo and wow what a place to visit, I would definitely recommend. From the high heights of Tokyo City view to the Shibuya crossing, Tokyo’s view’s never seize to amaze.
Staying in the heart of Shinjuku, at the heart of the main business district in the Washington hotel; a close walk away to the Shinjuku train station, it was a perfect location to get to every district within the heart of Tokyo. Shinjuku has many parts broken down into business, entertainment, and nightlife. A karaoke bar is definitely a must; and definitely brings that never forgiving moment to a night, whilst taking a walk to the government building to view some of the spectacular views of the city was a must.
The Shibuya crossing is one of a kind, the start of a spectacular shopping district, nightclub heaven, and delicious food delights a must go on any trip to Tokyo; from local fashions to worldwide internationally recognised brands. Harajuku, famous for the Harajuku girls, is not only a fascinating and eccentric abode; it is also homed to a unique shopping district full of quirky idyllic independent stores, restaurants, and photo booths. Segregated into two different shopping streets the atmosphere is different in each one, from bustling crowded on Takeshita Street where a crepe purchase is a must (Chocolate and Oreos- is the nicest) to the small side streets like killer and cat street.
Take a leisurely stroll at the Meiji Shrine located close to Harajuku, open all hours of the day it is the perfect way to relax and un-wind after a long day. The shrine was dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, who opened Japan to the west. With many significant features, such as a cleansing station and a prayer and wishing wall, you may also be able to take a peak of a wedding! I was lucky to see a ceremony and wow what an amazing experience, the bride was dressed in a traditional white Japanese kimono and the groom in a black rope both walking in a procession within the big square under a red parasol, definitely a show-stopping mesmerizing experience.
Asakusa is home to Sensoji, one of the largest Buddhist temples, and fabulous market. The market is opened by the ‘Thunder Gate’, walking under a massive lantern you’re met with an array of stands and food stalls, amazing architecture and a beautiful temple and gardens. Just like Camden in London the stands offer unusual gifts, clothing and accessories for everyone’s tastes and desires.
Roppongi hills are a scenic and sophisticated location where you can relax. After getting off the JR subway system you are able to see Louise Bourgeois’ giant spider sculpture, but be careful – No Climbing. Mori Tower is a sight not to be missed. Take a lift to the 52nd floor where you will see spectacular views of Tokyo; visit the current expedition and enjoy a drink from the champagne bar.
All of the amazing sushi restaurants, themed bars and restaurants are an experience not to be missed when visiting Tokyo. Alcatraz was a scary yet adrenalin seeking underground hide out where you are escorted to our prison cell, handcuffed and treated like patients in a medical prizon. The cocktails where served in syringes, measuring cylinders and test tubes, having jelly eyeballs, popping candy intestines, blood decorated cocktails, this is unquestionably a fun experience that will leave your squeamish and on edge.
For something less gloomy and scary there is the Alice and Wonderland restaurant. The waitresses dressed as characters serve your food in the shapes of characters and checkerboards. With atmospheric surroundings make you feel you have shrunk, or you’ve just joined a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Sitting in a cup and saucer is an experience in itself, one definitely worth the visit.
A whole book wouldn’t give enough justice to my time in Tokyo; the true city that never sleeps. Shows, displays, lights, and sounds fulfill the air day in day out, all year round. Just like London the sights are outstanding, with events in every district and a way of life that has to be explored. Where was your last trip away? Tell me by commenting below or emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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