Discovering Japan – Tokyo in 5 days

Tokyo is giving you a feeling of tradition and advanced technology blended in one! Depends on the length of your stay you can see everything in this post in 5 days! 

When you travel and you don’t know the local language, is always good to plan your day. What I do, it’s having an idea by area so I don’t waste time traveling from one side to the other in the city. I did start in the early morning visiting Tsukiji Fish Market. If you go in the early hours you have the chance to see all fishermen arriving at the Market full of fresh fish. You can eat and buy fresh fish everywhere on the market! Also, Japan is famous for its beautiful ceramics and the area of the market is full of beautiful shops! Another Must Seeing is Shibuya Crossing one of the biggest crossing in the world. It’s incredible how many people are passing this crossing every day! Shibuya is the area of Tokyo that never sleeps, always busy, full of shops, restaurants, and Karaoke bar! If you are for nightlife adventure, that’s definitely where you should go! 

As soon you get out of Shibuya Station you will see Hachiko Statue. The Hachiko story is about this dog, Hachiko, waiting for his owner at the station until the day he will be back. There is a movie about it, if you have time I will highly recommend seeing it: it’s called Hachiko.

If you love unique shops I will recommend the Harajuku area, only a few minutes walking from Shibuya! In this area, I went to a live show in Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku, which it’s a fancy and unique cafe. If you go during the day is for family and kids, in the evening becomes more a burlesque show for adult.

Akihabara is the anime/manga area of Tokyo called also Electric Town. Is the center of technology, videogames, anime, cosplay, and action figures. You can still find shops selling Playstation one games and different unobtainable consoles. You can spend a full day playing on an arcade console and never playing the same game!

The Sensō-Ji Temple (Asakusa area) is one of the most famous temples in Japan, even if the touristic area, the locals are still going. You can find a lot of souvenir shops in this area and a lot of street food. If you are a fan like me of Miyazaki’s movie, The Studio Ghibli Museum it’s a must! For Studio Ghibli Museum entry, buy your tickets months in advance, they go sold out very quickly! (quick link that explains how to get the tickets). No picture allowed inside. You can experience how Miyazaki creates animations in his films. You can see how he was living, some of his drawings and for the Shopping addicted: exclusive shop inside.

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