Tokyo is known as a fast-paced city characterize by a typical manic energy. The city is constantly evolving, as the local obsession with something new is making fashion fade fast and the latest technology to be obsolete. Nevertheless, the hyper-urban cosmopolis still has a traditional side, though not immediately evident, it is still present to cast its charm on travelers with shrines, leafy park, and public baths.
The city of Tokyo has so much to offer to tourists in terms of sight-seeing, accommodation, and various activities. Tokyo is a giant metropolis where there is serious competition for space between the old and the new. It is a city of quirky trends and modern technology.
But still, the Japanese people are very proud of their rich and ancient culture and they try to showcase it to the world at large.
There are several neighborhood festivals held here, regularly and various shrines and Zen Temples dot the skyline. There are so many sites that are worth your time in Tokyo. It includes both the modern ones as well as the old ones.
Temples of Asakusa
Asakusa is on the north-east fringe of Tokyo city. It is central to an area locally referred to Shitamachi, which means “Downtown” literally. This showcases more of traditional Japanese atmosphere when you compare it to other neighborhood in Tokyo. One eye-catching landmarks situated in this area is the Sensoji Temple. It is an ancient Buddhist Temple, which happens to be Tokyo’s oldest temple. It used to be associated with the Tendai sect, but it is independent since the WWII.
The Askusa Jinja is adjacent Asakusa and it is a Shinto shrine. It is dedicated to those who established the Sensoji Temple. This used to be a part of Sensoji Temple but was separated during the Meiji Period. Additionally, there exists a garden inside the Temple premises developed in the distinctive Japanese way.
The Imperial Palace
This palace is located in Central Tokyo on a large tract of land that spread over a large area. The place consists of the Imperial Residence of the Emperor and Empress, where they live with their family. So many official functions take place here and it also houses the Imperial Household Agency Building. The interior of the palace can be visited only two days in a year—January 2(New Year Day) and 23(the Emperor’s birthday). And visitors can gain access to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.
The Tokyo Disneyland
It is the most popular theme park in Japan, and it is located right outside the city of Tokyo in the Urayusu city, Chiba. It offers everything you can think of when it comes to Disneyland, but with an Asian touch, which gives it more delight. Mickey, Daffy, Donald, Minnie, Goofy and the others are likely to brush pass you when you visit. You can decide to stay overnight if you really want to enjoy this park to the fullest.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
You can call it the best observation deck in the city of Tokyo. The most interesting thing is that it is accessible free of charge. It is the headquarters for the cities, towns and villages, which consists of Tokyo as a whole. It measures 248 meters and the highest building in the city from bottom to the top.
Etiquette and Behavior
Eating and drinking
There are so many dos and don’ts associated with use of chopsticks. The main ones to keep at the back of your mind are not to leave chopsticks standing upright in a bowl of rice, or better still, make chopsticks an object for passing food around.
Two hands good
The exchanging of name or business cards happens to still exist in Tokyo as a formal introduction in Japan. It requires that you use two hands when you’re giving and receiving cards. The same also goes for gifts.
It is expected that you bow politely when you meet someone in Tokyo--thank them, or say goodbye to them. The duration, the depth and number of bow is actually something you wouldn’t understand if you’re not Japanese, but the truth is visitors are unlikely to offend if it is not done correctly.
Japanese is the official language of the people of Tokyo and there are also other dialects throughout the country. English is a common language in Tokyo and other cities.
Tokyo Predominant Religion