24 November 2012

Tokyo, Japan: Future and Past Combined

Enter a world filled with steep ancient traditions and fast pace technology and pop-culture. Tokyo, Japan, is a land mixed with old and new. Japan is one of the leaders in technology. From video games to biomedical research, Japan seems to be a place out of the future. Travelers to Tokyo will be mesmerized one minute by the dazzling bright lights of the city centers and awed the next minute by the beauty of the ancient culture.

Chiyoda

Chiyoda is home to the Imperial Palace where travelers might forget the giant buildings and advanced technology for a moment. The Imperial Palace area is much more country and rural than some other parts of Tokyo. Offering green landscapes and beautiful waters and ancient Japanese architecture, it is something that will let travelers feel close to nature.

Only a little ways away from that peaceful nature of the Imperial Palace is Akihabara in Chiyoda. Akihabara is a technology junkies dream. It has thousands of stores that sell all kinds of gadgets that might seem right out of a science fiction movie.

Chuo

Just like with Chiyoda, Chuo is a place with drastic differences as well. Firstly, travelers to Chuo can check out the Tsukiji Fish Market. The Tsukiji Fish Market is no ordinary market. 1600 stalls line the area, selling many different types of sea creatures. The market is open air, so the creatures are out in the open like a garden of bizarre sea creatures. The area is usually slippery with bloody sea water and the smell of fish and sea water fills the air. It is no place for anyone squeamish.

Also in Chuo but far different than a fish market, is the Ginza. The Ginza means silver mint and with good reason. It is an area filled with expensive fashion and restaurants. The Ginza is definitely the right place for visitors looking for class and culture. It offer high end boutiques, art galleries, and during Christmas, the streets and trees are illuminated with bright lights to captivate viewer.

Shinjuku

Shinjuku is where many luxury hotels reside in Tokyo. It is filled with giant, futuristic skyscrapers and electronic billboards that light up the city at night. However, as with much of the districts in Japan, it also offers wonderful natural beauty. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a public garden. During the spring, people travel to this garden to view the beautiful cherry blossoms covering the trees like a pink snow.
Shinjuku is also home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center. These two buildings tower above the street, making anyone looking up a little dizzy. However, the real reason to see this building is on the 45th floor. The twin observatories give wonderful views of Tokyo. The breathtaking view of the city will let visitors really compare the ancient beauty and the modern technology of the city.

Shibuya

Shibuya is another area filled with shops and restaurants, but they are not as expensive or high end as in the Ginza. Many younger people like to spend time in Shibuya. It also encompasses Harajuku, the place for young people to show off their fashion. On Sundays, young people go to Harajuku to spend the day. Many of the people are dressed in outrageous fashion. From Gothic Lolita to rockability and everything in between, Japanese youths line the street to hang out with friends and hope that their cutting edge fashion might get them a picture by one of the magazine photographers who also spend time in Harajuku.


 There are many shrines in Japan, but the grandest in Tokyo is the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya. A winding path under a large torii gate leads to this shrine. Many couples choose to get married at the shrine. On New Year’s Eve, the shrine is packed with people to celebrate, many choose to wear traditional kimonos.

Conclusion

Tokyo is definitely a world of old and new. Visiting Tokyo is like visiting the ancient past one minute and then the future the next minute. The mixture of natural and ancient beauty and futuristic technology makes it a place worth experiencing first hand.


This article was written by Kevin Caldwell for www.bricktownokchotels.com who helps travelers find hotels and shopping near Bricktown.

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