Tokyo is one of the most modern and cutting edge cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean that it has lost sight of the past. Walking around, you can still find leafy streets with serene temples that date back to another time when Tokyo was less crowded. Nowadays the mix of old and new is what makes Tokyo so exciting, and in the space of a day you can move between different worlds as you travel across the districts.
The Asakusa district is most famous because of the Senso-ji temple which is still very much in working order and is often full of worshippers as well as tourists. The temple is also known for being surrounded by stalls and carts that have souvenirs and the area is also filled with arts and crafts shops showcasing Japanese handicrafts like calligraphy equipment and fans. The temple is one of the most well known sights in Tokyo but it is definitely worth seeking out for its beautiful architecture and serene atmosphere despite the crowds. You can get here either by subway or by ferry if you want to see a different side of Tokyo as you travel.
For those who like shopping, the Harajuku district should not be missed and is known for its shopping and dining outlets, particularly in the form of small cafes and restaurants. The other reason why Harajuku is famous is due to the fact that it attracts a large youth crowd particularly those who like cosplay, or dressing up in costumes. On Sundays in particular it is common for groups to meet here to show off their latest outfits, and if this is not something you are used to then the Harajuku district is a fun and colorful way to spend an afternoon in Tokyo.
If you like vibrant nightlife then you will love Roppongi which internally means ‘Six Trees’. Don’t let the name fool you though, this may sound like an area of local parkland but it is actually full of nightclubs, bars, hostess clubs, cabaret shows, and strip clubs, so whatever kind of nightly entertainment you are looking for you will probably find here. You can choose from large clubs to small, intimate bars depending on your preferences and budget, and there are also other events here such as sports competitions and even robot exhibitions. Certainly this is a good place to come if you want to see Japanese nightlife at its best although be warned that it can get pretty expensive if you plan to spend a night drinking here.
Tokyo is known for its eclectic nightlife, wealth of modern shopping opportunities, and quirky districts like Harajuku and Roppongi where it seems as if anything goes. That said, there is more to this city than just bars and popular culture, and if you venture to districts such as Asakusa, you can see a completely different side of Tokyo that dates back centuries.