Going through Tokyo Part 1
Tokyo is a well-documented city in terms of tourist options. You can open up any travel guide and pick out anything from that book and you are guaranteed to enjoy it. So, I will suggest some of my favorite activities:
Spending the New Years
New Year is the biggest holiday in Japan. If you come here during that time, a lot of the attractions might be closed the first 3-5 days of the new year, however, you will get a chance to see a lot of culture, everything from folks dressed in Kimono to people visiting shrines to traditional Japanese food. Tokyo is a little cool during that time, but the northern and eastern parts are covered in snow. If you are in Tokyo during New Years you should check out Zojoji Temple for the countdown followed by a night out at Roppongi. Around 3/4 AM, you can make your way to one of the nearby mountains – popular destination for the locals who believe it is good luck to see the first sunrise of the new year.
Harajuku on Sundays
If you are in Tokyo, outside of the New Year check out Harajuku on a Sunday. Takeshita Street in Harajuku is lined with shops, hair salons, and restaurants. Right next to Harajuku station is the Meiji Shrine – the most famous shrine in Tokyo. During Sunday afternoons, on your way to Meiji Shrine, you might be able to see few young people dressed as dolls. Sundays are also popular for traditional Japanese weddings at Meiji Shrine.
Tsukiji Fish Market
This is one of a kind market. Every morning starting at 3 AM they have huge auctions. Restaurants from all over Japan get their fresh supply of fish from this market. However make sure to plan your trip to the market as they are closed on Sundays.
Tucked in between the Shinjuku Skyscraper district is this massive garden. It’s a great place to take a break from our busy travel schedule with lots of open spaces dotted around the work.
by Adnan Mahmud