Tokyo tower was built in 1958 and is an iconic symbol of Tokyo. It measures 333 meters and has a look similar to Eiffel tower but with a red and white look. It is now surpassed in height by Sky Tree (634m) but offers a different perspective on the city that makes it entirely worth visiting. The observation deck offers a superb view of Tokyo’s city-scape. One can also see very well the Zojo-ji temple located nearby.
Shibuya crossing is the busiest intersection of Japan. The area, thanks to the many restaurants and other forms of entertainments, attracts a large crowd. The place is also quite famous among foreigners, who like to take selfies and videos as they cross the intersection multiple times. What’s so special about this crossing is that when the predestrian signal turns white, you can cross in any direction and hundreds of people flood the intersection at the same time.
Todoroki Valley is an oasis of nature in the middle of Tokyo. The valley, which is about 10-20 meters deep, was dug over time by a small river. In the summertime temperatures remain surprisingly colder in the valley thanks to the cold water and the shade provided by the large trees. A path follows the river and eventually leads to the Todoroki temple and a small teahouse. Next time you can’t bear the intense summer heat, head to Todoroki valley for a refreshing encounter with nature!
Every Saturday and Sunday (10:00 to 17:00) the United Nations University campus transforms itself in a farmer’s market. Many organic and locally grown produce are for sale and several food trucks are usually found on site. Once in a while, special events are held such as the sake festival and the beer fest. It is a great place to find and taste different kinds of vegetables, honeys, jams, teas and more…
Harajuku is an unofficial name used to refer to the area surrounding the Harajuku station in Shibuya. It is known for being a place where fashion is pushing the boundaries. One of the most popular place in Harajuku is without a doubt Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) where many trendy shops are located. This place becomes seriously crowded on weekends. To the south of Takeshita Dori is located Omotesando, a famous shopping street featuring leading fashion brands.
Tokyo Skytree is now the highest tower in the world with a height of 634 meters. You can get some incredible views of Tokyo including the Sumida river region, Sensoji temple, Ueno park, Tokyo Tower, Mount Fuji and more! Sky Tree is extremely busy since its opening, get there early to minimize the wait. A 30 min wait to buy tickets is not uncommon and gets longer during the day (the ticket line extended out of the building and under the sun by noon). The second deck requires you to buy an additional ticket from the main observatory, be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes again in crowded conditions. Plan plenty of time for waiting in line because the visit is well worth it!
The Tokyo national Museum contains diverse exhibitions of Japanese cultural heritage with an impressive collection of art and archaeological artefacts, including many national treasures. We visited only one of the six buildings that forms the Tokyo National museum. The Honkan, which is the main building, exhibits Japanese artworks from Buddhist statues to elegant traditional clothes. A large collection of ancient weapons and armors is also on display.
This post targets the ultimate camera geeks, who like me, like to see the latest camera bodies and all the latest lenses when entering a camera store. Besides stores like Adorama and B&H in New-York, perhaps the most exciting place in the world for a camera gear enthusiast is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There, two big names in the camera world compete for your business. Those to major players are Bic Camera and Yodobashi camera. One gigantic electronics store is not enough in Shinjuku, those two companies have two stores each located within minutes of the Shinjuku station! This time, I visited the Nishiguchi (West exit) Bic Camera store. In my opinion, the choice of camera is great but the accessories offered cannot beat the Yodobashi Camera store also located on the west side of Shinjuku station.
Tokyo Station is surrounded by the very modern business district of Marunouchi. One may wonder where to get a good view of the impressive train station, and perhaps more importantly, where to eat delicious Japanese food around the station. I’m going to answer those two questions at once. Continue reading Delicious grilled chicken and a view of Tokyo Station in Shin-Marunouchi building
The Yanaka area is a district of Tokyo with an atmosphere reminiscent of the old days. Besides the large Yanaka cemetery, many smaller cemeteries are found in the region. Each of them is attached to a small Buddhist temple. It is a nice area to take a casual walk and enjoy a certain feeling of being in old Tokyo.