Asakusa

Asakusa was one of the first places I visited when I got to Tokyo, as it is where the Asakusa Senso-ji Buddhist Temple is located. It is one of the “oldest” districts in Tokyo, considering that the city was destroyed with the bombings in World War II. It is located in the north-east of Tokyo, not much…

Tokyo Bay

Odaiba Odaiba is a man-made island in the middle of Tokyo bay. Originally a fort island meant to protect Tokyo, it was redeveloped into a modern residential and business district. It is now a very attractive touristic attraction, with all of its shopping malls (such as Decks Tokyo Beach, Aquacity Odaiba, and DiverCity Tokyo Plaza)…

Shibuya

When thinking about how to describe this area I had no idea where to start from! Shibuya is one of the most well-known areas of Tokyo, as it’s extremely fashionable and young. The first time I visited the area was to visit the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine, the shrine is surrounded by a massive forest,…

Shinjuku

Shinjuku is a city inside the city! It developed originally as an area close to the capital, Edo, slowly engulfing the surrounding areas that included red light districts (you can distinguish them from the red neon light at the beginning of the street). It grew especially after the 1923 earthquake that devastated the city, as…

Roppongi

Roppongi is another extremely modern area of Tokyo, dedicated to arts, shopping, communication and nightlife. This was due to the settling in of many foreigners, which transformed the area into a western-style entertainment spot.  In the southern part of this quarter is located one of Tokyo’s landmarks: the Tokyo Tower. Opened in 1958 as a…

Ginza

  To describe Ginza I’d compare it to the Fifth Avenue in New York! If you walk down the central street (chuo-dori) you’ll probably understand what I mean; you will find the most notorious Japanese and international stores, in modern and colorful buildings entirely owned by brands. A very famous building here is the Shiseido…

Tokyo (Chuo-ku)

One of the largest cities in the world Tokyo today counts more than 35 thousand inhabitants. Its historical background has made it a very peculiar city, different area by area. It was originally called Edo, and started as a fishermen village built around a castle by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Through its economic and social…