It was my dream since being a teenager to once in a lifetime travel to Japan, especially Tokyo since I’m in love with big cities. To right away start in Tokyo was wonderful! I spend a few days there before starting my round trip around Japan and it also ended with another few days in Tokyo. I will post about the other cities I went to in the next few days. This city is huge, chaotic and organized at the same time. I think I won’t be able to find the right words to describe this awesome city. I will give you an impression about what you can expect and will show you my favorite shots of the places I went to, but you will one day hopefully be able to walk the streets yourself and experience the vibes of this gorgeous Japanese metropole. So will I hopefully do the same again some time in the future. To make it more digestible I sorted this post into some main areas of interest. I do hope you like it.
Tokyo is a huge city so for me it is always a must have to get an “overview” by going on a Skydeck or similar to get an awesome view over the city. I actually do that in most big cities I go to. Tokyo offers three very popular ones and I tested two of them. Each of them is worth it so make sure you try at least one.
Fun fact, I’m afraid of heights so it’s a fight with my own fears each time and it takes me some time to walk near the edge but each time it is one of the best views I can have and that outweighs being shaky on my knees and making my heart jump.
Streets, adds and shopping
Shopping or at least window shopping as well as just walking though Tokyo’s different areas by day and night was amazing to me. Time Square New York is nothing against it. Sure, the prices to go shopping are tough, but window shopping is priceless and also leaves you in awe. In the following you see the places to go to.
Temples and Gardens
Nature and culture combined or just one of it? You will find lots of possibilities to get what you need in diverse Temples, Shines and Gardens spread through the city. It calms you mind in between all the input you get while exploring Tokyo. I love these contrasts. Here are some places I went to:
Going out in Japan was not my main focus. I prefer to use the day and see as much as possible. For that I do need a good night sleep. Or even if I’m up at night you’ll find me catching night shots. Still, every now and then I go out. I went to the Golden Gai two times while being in Tokyo. It is a bar area with as far as I heard over 200 small bars where sometimes only four people fit in, other times up till twenty maybe. You go from bar to bar for one or two drink and meet locals as well as internationals. Sadly, most Japanese do not speak English, so conversations where rare, but in one bar I found a “translator” and enjoyed it. Another night I also partied with a Lufthansa crew that celebrated their stayover.Both nights were lots of fun!
I was so sad when I had to leave again and did waste more than one thought on using the full length of my 90-day visa and skipping university just for staying longer. Of course, my logic won. Sure, I will be back!
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