Top 10 Reasons To Visit Tokyo As Your Next Tourist Destination

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Tourism in Japan has been given a significant lift since Tokyo won its bid to stage the 2020 Olympics. A record 19.7 million vacationers visited the country in 2015, with many spending time in its mystical capital city. Tokyo was named the world's most satisfying city for travel in a 2013 poll by Trip Advisor and its popularity is continuing to grow. Here are our top 10 reasons to visit Tokyo as your next tourist attraction: For this list, we're looking at why Tokyo should be at the top of your travel bucket list. 10. The blend of new and old Tokyo is a city unlike any other it's truly one of a kind. Anyone with a passion for neon lights and cutting-edge technology is sure to fall in love with this vibrant metropolis. At night, walking through Tokyo can often feel as if you've stepped into a sci-fi film and yet the Japanese capital remains equally committed to honoring its past as you navigate the busy modern city the sheer number of shrines, temples, and other historic structures are astonishing. There is seemingly a relic from the past and immaculately preserved no less waiting around every corner. You will also encounter tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants and businesses that similarly feel as if they've fallen out of time, the contrast can be jarring at times but it's woven into the very fabric of Tokyo and is a big part of its appeal. 9. The Transit System Public transportation might not be the most thrilling aspect of travel but it can make or break your experience in a city. the more a destination has to offer the more crucial it is that you be able to get from one destination to another efficiently and with minimal hassle. As a general rule, no trip to Tokyo is long enough but the transit system certainly helps you get the most out of your stay, yes it's speedy and well planned but there's also a novelty to the Tokyo transit system where else will you encounter white-gloved employees or get up to the second notifications. the cleaning crews at the train and subway stations might just be among the fastest in the world. this extremely well-managed system earns Tokyo its place among the cities with the best public transportation but because it services such an extensive area it's worth planning your routes ahead of time to avoid confusion. 8. The Neighborhoods There are some cities where all the action seems to happen in a 10 block radius, in others like Los Angeles you need to spend time in a wide variety of neighborhoods to get a clear picture of everything the city has to offer. Tokyo fits squarely into the latter category, a metropolis made up of many unique neighborhoods. Tokyo got a little something for every type of traveler. Akihabara is the place to go for anime, gadgets, and video games, it's got a chaotic neon aesthetic to match. To the east is Asakusa a neighborhood rooted in traditional values that offers a wealth of insight into the history of the city, If you're looking for temples and traditional Japanese craftwork and souvenirs this is the spot. Harajuku and Ginza are the go-to places for fashion and trend spotting while c Shinjuku, Shibuya, and the aforementioned Ginza are the nightlife hubs. Nakameguro, Shimokitazawa, and Kichijoji each offer something distinct and are equally not to be missed. 7. Otaku and Akiba-kei culture Have you ever been to a major pop culture convention, it can be pretty overwhelming. With all due respect to geek culture in North America, it can't hold a candle to the world of otaku in Tokyo. The term was coined in the 1980s and while like geek there's a stigma attached to the word otaku in Japan. Manga, video game, and anime fans in Tokyo wear their passions proudly. Otaku refers to any intense fandom but Akiba-Kei is the blanket term for the three aforementioned types of media and their fandoms are the city's most omnipresent. Otaku is a big business in Japan contributing billions of dollars to the economy. Whether you're personally into manga, anime, and video games or not the sheer spectacle and intensity of this culture are well worth experiencing. 6. Izakayas Izakayas vary widely in terms of both size and style, some are small 10-seater sake houses that you're unlikely to spot unless you know where to look but there are also major chains more reminiscent of western watering holes something you're unlikely to have encountered back home however are the call buttons common in many of the larger establishments, need a refill just push the button and a server will be right with you. Beer, whiskey, cocktails, sake, and Shochu you can try it all, and though there are staple menu items like Yoza and Yakitori every Izakaya has its specialties. Continue Reading:

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