Tokyo has been a popular tourist destination for a long time, with a buzzing day and nightlife, this city as something to offer 24/7 to all ages and interests, but does it really worth the hype?

1. Tokyo is the city where old meets new

The capital of Japan is well known for its skyscrapers and flashy city lights, but there’s much more to Tokyo than an eastern copy of New York. The big avenues filled with modern buildings, and high-tech adventures are contrasted with ancient architecture and philosophy, creating a wonderful and one-of-a-kind atmosphere where the west meets the east. Tokyo has something to offer to any visitor, from lovers of the new digital age to the fans of historical sights.

Walking down the busy streets of Tokyo we see gigantic screens non-stop broadcasting advertisements, but just around a corner there might be a beautiful shrine. There are many places you can visit to explore the Edo era Tokyo, when this city was the biggest in the world. Of course, Kyoto more known for its greatly preserved traditional architecture and culture, you can experience this side of Japan in the capital as well.

Visit Asakusa and Ueno to get a glimpse of the old city, with Tokyo’s oldest temple Senso-ji, and try traditional snacks from the street venders. Whilst you are there, in Tokyo’s largest park, in the Ueno park, you can experience the beauty of Japanese nature: not only you can go for a hanami – cherry blossom viewing if you visit in the spring, but you can visit the first zoo to ever care for a panda in the country. To learn more about the capital’s transformation visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Sumida.

Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple. From Flickr

Senso-ji Temple

Address:
2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Address:
1 Chome-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo

Hours:
Open 9:30 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Mondays

Website:
www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/

Ueno Park

Address:
Ueno-Koen Taito-ku Tokyo

2. The most delicious Japanese cuisine are gathered in Tokyo

Another reason why Tokyo is truly a great destination for your next trip is the amazing Japanese cuisine you can explore there! Japanese food is so much more than raw fish, white rice and seaweed. There are numerous delicious dishes you can try once you are in Japan.

Ramen is the best local comfort food: egg noodles in broth with the topping of your choice. You can choose from four different base soups: miso, soy, tonkotsu (pork bone) and salt. The most popular toppings are soft-boiled eggs and pork slices! This deliciously filling noodle soup originates in China but the Japanese made their own spins on it! 

For a different boiling deliciousness you can try shabu-shabu  – named after the sound of the boiling water. The water is brought to you on a false with a nice plate of fresh vegetables and thinly sliced meat to dip into the water and cook for only a minute before you can enjoy the bites melting in your mouth.

Shabu-shabu

Shabu-shabu. From Flickr

3. Meeting the friendly locals is another fun

If you would need more convincing why should you visit this wonderful city: to meet the locals. Tokyo is one of the busiest cities of the world but also represent a very diverse culture of Japan. From youngsters in eccentric clothing hanging out in Harajuku, to fish auctioneers in the Tsukuji Market, mixed in with tied up business man and westerns expats you will definitely counter people with unique lifestyles and great stories to tell.

If you want to get to know people and maybe guided around the city by locals try Hub Japan's BE A LOCAL to find the best plans.

Having soba lunch with a local Japanese

Having soba lunch with a local Japanese

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There is no city even remotely similar to Tokyo’s vibrant culture: it’s a place where you can step into he future and travel centuries back at the same time; eat the most delicious meals from the freshest ingredients.