There are few places on earth that can match the vibes of the beautiful city of Tokyo. While it is densely populated with millions of inhabitants and millions or more tourists coming in each day, the city manages to hide some of the rarest, oldest and most beautiful gems of Japanese tradition in its heart. We have been to Tokyo thrice now and every time we find something new to explore and experience here.
There are several casual restaurants lining the streets of Tokyo that serve you delicious food. The rice, noodles and sea food dishes are overwhelmingly good and take over your taste buds completely. When you go back home, the aftertaste of the amazing food you eat here remains on your tongue. The magical sushi of this place is unlike anything we have ever tasted around the world. To put it simply, Sushi is a Japanese mainstay and even humble restaurants here make more delicious sushi than the best diners in the world.
We always go to Central Tokyo fist because the Imperial Palace is a one-of-a-kind destination to visit. This is the spiritual and geographic heart of the city as well. The gardens here are so spectacular, that you can spend hours simply looking at their beauty. Downtown Tokyo is our favorite, especially in Nihombashi, Ginza and Marunouchi.
The shopping streets here are amazing and there are several authentic restaurants serving you mouth-watering foods. If you are a fan of big portion sizes, you could be disappointed in Japan because their sizes are small. So, if you are planning a hearty meal, make sure that you order a little more than usual. The Tokyo International Forum is another amazing place that will mesmerize you to the core. However, we like to wander around Akihabar- the place where you get manga stores and tons of electronic goodies at one place. If it has anything to do with Japanese comics or anime, it will definitely be here.
The National Art Center has created an Art Triangle at Roppongo where you will find three beautiful and awe-inspiring museums, the other two being the Mori Art Museum and The Suntory Museum of Art. Don’t forget to go to Akasaka as well. Here you will find a historic shrine called Hie-jinja. Of course, the Tokyo Tower remains in every tourist’s bucket list that is also located in the center of the city.
There is one or the other festivity going on in the city every day. You will meet people of several nationalities in the bars here. Talking with the locals, expats and fellow tourists is a completely unique experience. We have often bought electronics and several eerie products from here.
Japan is a place that will never fail to surprise you. Be it their lush greenery, the mind-blowing beaches or the cosmopolitan cities, there is something about Japan that takes your breath away, the moment you set foot in this place.
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