If you’re a citizen of the world, you absolutely have to add Tokyo to your bucket list! Formerly known as Edo, Tokyo has changed its name after the reign of the Shogun ended. This vibrant city has evolved tremendously, from a fishing village to an enormous, diverse metropolis. World famous for its anime culture and high-tech gadgets, Tokyo has a lot to offer. So, if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo and you’re wondering what to do, check out our list of the top 5 things you have to do in the Land Of The Rising Sun:
Experience The Shibuya Intersection
Crossing this intersection should be your top priority in Tokyo. This popular spot is one of Tokyo’s busiest intersections and welcomes a multitude of people daily – all at the same time. If you have a second to spare, make sure you snap a selfie here. After all, this intersection has made significant appearances in Hollywood movies like Fast & Furious and Lost in Translation.
Pay Homage To The Meiji Jingu Shrine
Your trip to Japan won’t be complete if you don’t visit Tokyo’s sacred shrines. If you want to experience the best of Japanese art and tradition in one landmark, the Meiji Jingu Shrine is your best bet. An interesting sight that will captivate you is the endless rows of sake barrels called “Kazaridaru”, a part of the shrine’s beautiful display. Sake brewers also make yearly sake barrel donations for the shrine’s ceremonies and festivals.
Visit Mini Venice – La Vita, Jiyugaoka
From Venetian bridges to European-themed architecture, the quaint town of La Vita resembles a small part of Venice. While nothing compares to the real deal, you can actually forget that you’re in the heart of Tokyo! Indulge in moments of La Dolce Far Niente (the sweetness of doing nothing), as you sip on an espresso and admire the Venetian architecture around you. If you plan to shop for Italian-themed souvenirs, make sure you get there early, as shops close before sunset.
Vintage Shopping At Shimokitazawa
When we picture shopping in Tokyo, a myriad of fashion districts come to mind. While Tokyo is no short of upscale boutiques for you to splurge on, you can definitely afford to stretch your yen and go for vintage pieces – we know just the place for this! Shimokitazawa or Shimokita, as known by locals, is your one-stop shop to fulfil your desire for both quirky finds and fashion pieces from local indie designers.
Unwind With A Beverage At The New York Bar, Park Hyatt Hotel
On a clear day or night, you can catch spectacular views of Tokyo’s skyline from the New York Bar on the 52nd level of the Park Hyatt Hotel. The New York Bar offers a great selection of beverages, from curated cocktails to powerhouse drinks like Japanese scotch and sake. Entry is free for all hotel guests and access to the public will incur a small cover charge.
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