Tokyo is a sprawling urban jungle characterised by neon lights, skyscrapers, hole-in-the-wall noodle shops, centuries-old temples and an eclectic mix of old and new. Its size and craziness can be overwhelming for visitors. However, those who are willing to explore, they will find the city rewarding.
If you are planning to explore this vibrant metropolis, here are the must-visit neighbourhoods.
The frenetic crossing of pedestrians is an attraction of its own. Tourists make their way up a floor in one of the cafes or restaurants to shoot a video or take a photo of the chaos unfolding below them. Office workers and tourists make their way from one block to another amid the neon lights of the city.
Locals and visitors alike will find a variety of shops, cafes, bars and karaoke places scattered all over the neighbourhood. If you are looking for where to stay when you are in Tokyo, this is a place to consider.
This neighbourhood is one of the chicest in the city. Here you will find young people dressing to impress with a style distinct to Japan. Some shops and cafes cater to the fashion-forward teen. It has created its own subculture that attracts fashionistas from all over the world.
You can also visit popular attractions near this district such as Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine.
Asakusa is a great place to get a glimpse of old Tokyo. Here you will find old buildings, shops and temples. One of the most famous attractions in the city is the Sensoji Temple. Locals and foreign tourists gather here to shop, say a prayer or just get a feel of ancient Tokyo amid the modern sprawl.
The streets near the temple have stalls that seem like they are centuries old. The area is also a popular place to try unagi or Japanese eel dish.
Anime is a big thing in Japan regardless of age; Akihabara exemplifies this culture the best. As soon as you leave the station, you will notice how different this neighbourhood is. You will see whole buildings dedicated to gadgets, all sorts of anime and games of all sorts.
You will see men and women, and young and old coming and going to play or shop.
Shinjuku station is one of the busiest not just in Tokyo but in the world, with more than 4 million passengers coming and going. It is also a bustling and vibrant shopping and dining district. You will find a variety of retailers if you are looking to get good deals on clothes, shoes and others.
After getting lost in the streets and alleys of Shinjuku, take a break in Shinjuku Gyoen Park. This green space amid the urban jungle is a great place to take a leisurely stroll in during autumn and cherry blossom season.
For those looking to see Tokyo’s casual side, Koenji is a nice and hip neighbourhood to explore. You will find hole-in-the-wall bars and stores that sell vintage records. There are also nice and affordable eateries for foodies.
These are some of the must-visit neighbourhoods while in Tokyo. These provide you with a bit of everything you want to see in the bustling and vibrant city.