Surely you have heard many things about the most populous city in the world: Tokyo. More than 12 million people live in the capital of Japan. Then, We recommend the 5 most iconic places in Tokyo. You can't miss them!
1. Shibuya, a shock for the senses
Shibuya crossing, the busiest in the world, It is located at the exit of Shinjuku Station. It is estimated that more than one million people pass through this crossing every day. The landscape of Shibuya is much more impressive at night, thanks to the lights and lighting of the different buildings.Shibuya Crossing - By ESB
Do not forget to visit the statue of Hachiko, dedicated to the most loyal dog in the world. The famous story tells that Hachiko went to Shibuya station every day to wait for the return of his master, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno.
This was repeated every day for more than a year, until in 1932, Professor Ueno suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at work and died. For the next 9 years, Hachiko went every day to Shibuya station at the time when his master's train arrived.
In Shibuya you will also find a large number of stores and department stores: Parco, Marui, Seibu and the famous Shibuya 109. Also, the area is full of restaurants, karaokes and music stores (like the well-known Tower Records). You won't have time to get bored!
Tsukiji, one of Tokyo places for gourmetsTsukiji Market - DPham
If you are a sushi lover, you cannot miss the Tsukiji market. It is the largest fish and seafood market in the world. Early risers have the option of attending an auction, since they are from 5:30 to 6:30 in the morning. But, if you're not convinced about getting up so early, don't worry! Tsukiji market has much more to offer.
Within the market you will find many shops of all kinds: from kitchen utensils to sushi. We recommend you stop by Ichiba Sushi, a restaurant that offers fresh fish and where you can have a quiet breakfast. The market does not open every day, so you should plan your visit well in advance.
Japanese culture in AsakusaSensoji Temple - f11photo
Sensoji Temple, located in the Asakusa neighborhood, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It is dedicated to Kannon, the deity of mercy. To get to the Sensoji temple, you have to cross the door of thunder or Kaminarimon. It is one of the symbols of both the Asakusa neighborhood and the city of Tokyo.
When you cross the door, you will reach Nakamise Street. It is full of shops and stalls that sell souvenirs In addition to kimonos, fans and other typical products. At the end of Nakamise Street, you will find the second access door to the Sensoji Temple: the door Hozomon.
Once inside, you can see the 5-story pagoda and the main hall Hondo. The second is the most important building in the temple, since it is said to be where the statue of Kannon, the deity of mercy, is buried. One of the places in Tokyo that you should not overlook.
Tokyo Sky Tree, an impressive viewTokyo Sky Tree - yoshi0511
The Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest viewpoint in all of Japan. It was inaugurated recently, in 2012. With its 634 meters, it has become the tallest communications tower in the world.
But it is not only a communications tower: It is a commercial complex that has more than 300 restaurants and two viewpoints. One of them, the Tembo deck, is 350 meters high and the other, the Tembo Galleria, 450 meters away.
Akihabara, the technology neighborhoodAkihabara - Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com
If you are an anime or manga lover, you can't miss the Akihabara neighborhood. You will find all kinds of stores where you will find comics, figures, video games, etc. at a good price. It is also called the "electronic neighborhood" because of the electronics and technology centers that exist there.
In the electronics stores of Akihabara, employees usually speak english and offer discounts Duty free for tourists on purchases over 10,000 yen.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic."
-Sir Arthur C. Clarke-
There are many other places in Tokyo that deserve a visit, it is a huge city and hides wonderful corners. If you have more time to move around and explore it, don't forget to stop by Yoyogi Park, a perfect place to rest, and Harajuku.