Tokyo is jammed packed with things to see, do and eat. We have explored many different areas and it’s a city full of contrasts – small laneways next to busy avenues full of neon, old buildings next to new architecture, peaceful gardens and temples in the middle of the city, ladies dressed in kimonos and sumo wrestlers on the metro. Tokyo encompasses the biggest and the fastest but it also retains respect for tradition and history. It’s rare to see people rushing to get places, can’t say why – it could be the city planning, or just Japanese culture but either way it makes getting the full enjoyment out of Tokyo a great and easy experience.
We’ve already mentioned the metro but look at the extent of the map considering that Tokyo city is very compact and covers a relatively small area compared to other metropolises. Trains run every couple of minutes and as I mentioned you can eat off the carriage floor – these photos were taken at 9pm.
I hope the following pictures will give you a feel of the city. We started with the tech / neon side of town (increasing in intensity), then the city business side and finally the more people-friendly laneways between the large structures where you find the Izakaya (pub / eateries) and a myriad of other cool places.
In areas like Akihabara (Akiba) you can get lost among the neon shops, the crazy cafes and the Anime displays. Not a seedy area even though it’s full of maid cafes ( https://www.google.com.au/?gws_rd=ssl#q=maid+cafe) catering for the geeks who swarm there to get all things electrical and chat to girls in fantasy frilly outfits.
Tokyo is full of great architecture and modern design, these are but a sample. Just point your camera – you can’t fail to capture something interesting.
Parks, although beautiful, are here to be admired rather than be used for playing, given there are very few areas designated for walking on the grass.
However between the buildings there are laneways packed with Tokyoites, bars and restaurants offering any food and drink that could catch your fancy, including Shawarma Sushi if that’s what you want.
… and what goes on inside…