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What You Should Know More About Tokyo
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· Do respect the local cultures and traditions.
· Do not get indulged in drugs of any form.
· Make sure you do not travel alone in the night.
· Girls please ensure that you do not get over friendly with someone you barely know.
· Do not eat street food without checking the quality.
· Make sure you drink only bottled mineral water.
· Check for the seal before you buy a water bottle.
· Do not buy a bottle from the brand you do not know.
· Before going to a restaurant, make sure you research well about the applicable dress code and dress accordingly.
· Learn a few words from the local language of the region. It can be a good way to communicate with the locals and understand the local traditions and cultures.
· Always book a hotel in an area that is centrally located.
· Avoid staying in any shady area.
· Keep the vendors at bay.
· Do not entertain the touts.
· Do not entertain the beggars.
· Always carry with you at least one proof of your identity at all times.
· Do not leave your passport in the hotel room.
The legal age for drinking in Tokyo is 20 years.
The Imperial Palace
The major draw of Tokyo is the Imperial Palace. Nested in the Marunouchi district, the palace with its 17th century parks is encompassed by moats and walls. Still used by the Imperial family of Japan, the palace stands on the very site which in 1457 had the first fortress built by the Feudal Lord Ota Dokan. Some notable features of the palace include the 2 meter thick wall enveloping the palace and its gates, one of which leads you to the East Higashi-Gyoen Garden which is one of the few areas that remain open for public viewing. The main palace gardens are open just twice a year – One on April 29th and the other time on 2nd January during this time people flock in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the Emperor. This is the best sightseeing attraction of Tokyo.
Ginza District calls you to shop till you drop. It is one of the busiest shopping destination of Tokyo. The district is considered to be just as iconic as the Times Square of New York. Not many know that the district is even older than the Times Square. This has been the commercial hub of the country for centuries. It is the very place where the 5 ancient roads connect all the major cities of the Japan. Fringed by imposing palatial stores and several executive shops, Ginza district is just a great place even if you wish to just wander around. You can sit in one of the many coffee and tea shops or the restaurants while watching the world pass by you. Even if you don’t want to shop, this is one tourist attraction you simply can’t afford to miss.
Asakusa and Sens-ji Temple
The Asakusa district is a home to one of the most famous shrine of Tokyo - exquisite Sens-ji Temple. It stands on the edge of a huge street where you can shop for an exquisite variety of products such as combs made using wood and ebony, precious paper goods, masks, toys, kimonos, fabrics and masks. Dedicated to Kannon who is the Buddhist goddess of compassion, the magnificent temple has been around ever since AD 645. It has rightly retained its original appearance despite having been built multiple times. The top highlight of the temple includes the Kaminari-mon Gate that has a 3.3 meter high red paper lantern which has "Thunder Gate;" inscribed on it. Incense Vat you get from here is known to drive away most ailments.
National Museum of Nature and Science
Situated in the Ueno Park of Tokyo is the National Museum of Nature and Science that has been around ever since 1871. It is also one of the oldest museums of the country. Completely modernized and renovated, this museum houses within it a vast collection of materials relating to science, history along with an array of fascinating displays on space development, transportation and nuclear energy. Guests who come here for sightseeing can get a deep insight on the latest technological and scientific advancements. Some of the major highlights of the Japan Gallery include traditional customs and outfits, prehistoric creations of people of Japan, robotic and vintage vehicles and technological and scientific displays.
People in Tokyo are incredibly considerate and friendly. Everything you’ll see here from the sidewalks to the subways is neat and tidy. Passing through the streets of Tokyo, you’ll notice that there are hardly any trash bins in the city yet nobody here litters. It is a standard rule here to take back your trash with you to home in a purse or bag that you are carrying and throw it only in a bin. More so, people always organize themselves in straight lines while they wait for in the massively cramped subways. You can also find female only cars for the ladies who feel uncomfortable standing so close to the men. However, the ultimate decorum of mannerism of people of Tokyo is noticed in their restroom etiquette. Bathroom sounds are considered to be very rude in Tokyo. This is the reason why the toilets are equipped with the control pads which offer musical options. You can play these on the go so that there is no one hearing you when you are peeing. So, when you are getting so much from the locals here, why not return the favor and be nice and gentle to them.
Tokyo is way more playful and costum-y than America. One common fashion trend here is the “Cosplay” which is also known as the “costume play”. It is a trend used by the young people to pay homage to their favourite comic book, movie, anime or movie characters. You’ll also find some impressive and intricate ensembles especially in the hip and happening Harajuku district. The standard daywear hear comprises of the dresses, suits and the heels. Everything here is upscale and high on the fashion meter. So, get out your designer outfits whenever you are planning a holiday in Tokyo.
Food in Tokyo is rich, fresh and very delicious. The degree of options and variety in food in itself is very overwhelming. If you are one of those budget-conscious traveller, you can find a number of shops on just about every nook and corner of the street that will serve you with the traditional noodle dishes such as yakisoba and udon that are available at affordable prices. Most of the shopping areas also have huge food courts which offer you a vivid variety of culinary delights. The very precision and detailing in Japanese cooking is something which makes it very incredible. Even the simplest dishes you get in Tokyo are mouth watering. One of the most loved dish of the Tokyo is Tonki which is widely eaten in the Meguro district.
The Fast Transit
The public transportation in Tokyo is sprawling, fast and crowded. Metro of Tokyo is believed to be the busiest subway system of the world with more than 6 million people riding in it on everyday basis. Trains here are appreciably clean and well maintained. Usually on time, these are fully air conditioned too.
The View From The Mori Tower Observation Deck
A 54 story high sky scrapper, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower houses top companies such as Pokemon, Google Japan and The Mori Art Museum. This magnificent deck presents beautiful 360-degree view of skyline of the city. The Sky Deck or the helicopter pad located on the roof of the building happens to be the only open-air observation deck. You can get a ticket up to the helicopter pad at about $ 18. This fare includes entry into the Art Museum that has curated everything from the installations to the relics from some of the hippest modern artists from across the globe. For those of you, who are scared of heights, grab a cocktail and enjoy a good meal at one of the swanky restaurants located nearby.
The Temples, Shrines, and Gardens
Tokyo is an incredibly urbanized city. It has an unbelievable amount of magnificent shrines and gardens located in he city. Those seeking a peaceful respite from the monotony of the life or the hectic environment of Japan. One of the best sightseeing attraction is the ‘Central Park’ of Tokyo. It is also known as the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden which has more than 1,500 cherry trees which tend to bloom every spring thereby creating a magnificent landscape. Others who seek tranquillity in Tokyo along with the historical and religious context, a visit to the Buddhist temples and the Shinto shrines may be something you desire. One significant spot of the city is the Shinto shrine Meiji Jingu. Shinto shrine Meiji Jingu is more like a shrine meeting forest in the heart of the city. You can enjoy a slow meditative walk through this fantastic place. Legend has it, that prayers are always answered here.
Desperately seeking a gadget but can’t put your fingers on the same? Tokyo very well knows what you seek. You’ll never see gadgets more incredible elsewhere. Everything from a watch which beeps when you’re close to a cop car to the cup holder which attaches to your windowsill, you can get your hands on anything and everything – unique and wacky. Technology and gadgets are not just impressive but also very well made. Shopping for gadgets can be a fun thing to do in Japan.
Nightlife in Tokyo is INSANEEEEEEEE! The city has four major attractions – karaoke lounges, dance clubs, upscale bars and a myriad of strip clubs. Right from dancing at clubs such as New Lex Edo or Le Baron de Paris to celebrity spotting, you can enjoy it all at the bars and nightclubs of Tokyo.
Fireworks have been a quintessential part of the history and culture of Japan. Several hundreds of dazzling festivals and shows are organized on annual basis. Mega celebrations of Tokyo take place in the summer. During this time the weather is warm and breezy making it ideal for relaxing in the outdoors. Attending these festivals and enjoying the firework show is definitely the most important thing to do here. Take note of the celebration and festivity calendar of Tokyo and make sure you plan your trip is such a way that it coincides with these festivals.
The world's most sophisticated railways
Given that Tokyo has over 100 surface routes and 13 subway lines run by the Japan Railways as well as the other private companies, the railway in Tokyo seems more like it was designed to win the world records. It is rare to spot a location in the metropolitan area which you can’t reach via a train ride or a short walk.
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