Things to do in Tokyo
Sightseeing in Tokyo can bring about sensory overload if you''re
not careful. Animated billboards, the buzz of a densely packed and
highly energetic population, and glittering, gleaming architecture
all compete for your attention. One thing is certain though, you''ll
never be bored.
The transport system is excellent, good value, and easy to
figure out, even for westerners. However, the best way to view the
city remains the oldest way: on foot, walking the streets, taking
in the multitude of sights and sounds on your way. You''ll be sure
to find plenty of unexpected treasures, from little temples on a
side streets, to the warm smile welcome of a local shop keeper.
Tokyo really does have something for everyone. Westerners
honeymooners come to cultivate romance amidst the cherry blossoms,
shoppers will find exactly what they''re looking for and plenty on
top of that, and even backpackers can find a way take in the
culture without breaking the bank. The temples and museums listed
below are well worth your time, or you can lose yourself in the
neon lights of Shibuya, check out the hip Harajuku girls in
Takeshita Street or cosplayers in Akihabara, and take the elevated
train from Shimbashi station to the bayside Odaiba district, and
ride on the giant ferris wheel.
If you''re curious, you can also take a class in any number of
traditional Japanese art forms, including calligraphy, tea
ceremony, martial arts, massage, flower arranging or meditation.
Tokyo also has a number of neon-lit pachinko parlours with men,
women and childrentrying their hand at the popular game. Japanese
sports such as baseball and sumo wrestling are also fun ways to get
a taste of Tokyo culture.