City Hopper: Tokyo, Japan
Since I am in Japan and have talked about the country (CLICK HERE for my World Travels: Japan blog) I figured I would give you a quick overview of Tokyo too! Tokyo is the capital of Japan as well as the largest metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial palace as well as the home of the Japanese Imperial family.
The population in Tokyo is upwards of 35 million people and it hosts 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies making it the highest of any city. Tokyo is also described as one of the three ‘command centers’ for the world economy with New York City and London being the other two.
So what’s there to do here? Well there are many museums like the Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, as well as the National Museum of Art. You can also check out the Imperial Palace.
A really cool place to go in Tokyo, especially if you’re a electronics person, is Akihabara. Akihabara is also sometimes called “Electric Town” and very popular with tourists and locals alike. Here you can find any kind of electronics you might be looking for as well as enjoy the lights and sights of the area or just duck into one of the many cafes and have something to eat.
Another great place to go to is the Ginza area of Tokyo. This is where you’ll find Tokyo’s most famous upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is also famous for its $10 cup of coffee.
On the weekends they close the main street here to facilitate a pedestrian only zone so if you’re going to go that might be a really good time to go as it makes it more pleasant experience. Another interesting fact is that one square meter of land here is worth over $10 million yen making it the most expensive real estate in Japan.
Tokyo has many festivals throughout the year and there are many theaters where you can see performances of modern and traditional music as well as traditional Japanese drama called Kabuki and Noh.
One thing that I feel everyone must experience when they come to Tokyo is the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. It’s truly an amazing ‘must see’! It is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world!
It is a huge attraction for people from all over the world and the sashimi restaurants that are onsite there have people queuing from the very wee hours of the morning. In the above picture it was 8 a.m. and we were all waiting our turn to order from one of the many fish restaurants at the market.
I was there one morning just after 6 a.m. and the line was already significant. When I was leaving at around 9 a.m. the line was over 100 meters long. All I could think was that it must be a hell of a sashimi place!
If you like a good meal the cuisine in Tokyo is world renown and critically acclaimed (CLICK HERE for my Culinary Experiences: Tokyo blog). In 2007 Tokyo was awarded 191 stars in Michelin’s guide for fine dining which is about twice as many as Paris. So you definitely want to check out the many different restaurants here.