Tokyo is a city of endless discoveries. The more I roamed the curved-shaped alleyways and exchanged pleasant “Kon’nichiwas” with the locals, the more I fell in love with my surroundings. Tokyo is undoubtedly one of my favorite cities in Asia! Here’s why:
You can easily become one of many sporadic nomads tangled in the dynamic web of Shibuya Crossing.
Shibuya Crossing is Tokyo’s famous bustling intersection. Everyday, locals and tourists alike, can be seen as they surge into the intersection from all sides once the light turns red and vehicular traffic stops in all directions at the same time. It will be a shame not to take a stroll through this organized chaos.
You can mingle with the Harajuku girls in the posh Omestando neighborhood and frolic through the bougie Ginza district to see the 5th Avenue of Tokyo.
Omestando/Harujuku have been coined the “Beverley Hills” of Tokyo. The tree-lined streets are filled with some of the best shopping in Asia, perhaps in the world. Ralph Lauren, Masion Martin Margiela, Louis Vuitton and Cartier can all be found on this stretch, with amazing coffee shops plastered in-between.
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You can dine, shop and be entertained all at once in Tokyo’s trendiest, and my favorite district, Roppongi Hills.
Roppongi Hills is a prime example of a city within a city. This new urban oasis boasts apartment complexes, shops, restaurants, a movie theater, hotels and museums. Roppongi Hills is also home to the Mori Tower, which offers one of the best views of Tokyo!
You can take in the views of the skyline from the top of Tokyo’s newest structure, the Skytree.
Tokyo Skytree is Japan’s latest broadcast tower boasting an observation deck 450 meters high. The Skytree comprises of a large shopping complex, aquarium and several restaurants, both inside and outside. Be sure to book your tickets in advance. Click here.
Recreate a scene from the Hunger Games while zipping through skyscrapers along the monorail as you crossover Rainbow Bridge into the aquatic town of Odaiba.
Odaiba (Daiba) is a shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island along Tokyo Bay. At night, witness the island come to life as the Rainbow Bridge illuminates against the Tokyo skyline. Aquacity is a great place for dining and passing the night away with a few glasses of sake.
If you are a fan of nature, Tokyo boast some of the best parks and gardens in the world.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens
Hama Rikyu Gardens
You can take a step back in time and walk the paths of many emperors from Japan’s incredible history.
Meiji Shrine is located in Shibuya and is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his Empress Shoken.
Senso-ji Temple, located in the historic Asakusa, is one of Tokyo’s most popular and colorful temples, but more importantly, the oldest. As you enter through Thunder Gate, you will pass through a series of shops selling Japanese goods. Don’t miss this taste of authentic Japanese culture.
Tokyo is a city not to be missed! The discoveries, sights and culture are one of kind.
Until next time, cheers to the Vagabonding Life.