Fom parks, galleries and museums to shops and food joints, everything looks promising in Tokyo. The city seems even more feverish as Olympics 2020 approaches. Here are the things you shouldn’t miss if you find yourself in the city only for a brief period of time (read 24 hours):
START WITH OLD WORLD CHARM
With a culturally strong background, Asakusa is on every traveller’s list. We suggest beginning with a walk around the quiet yet bustling streets of old Japan. The famous SensÅ-ji Temple should be your first destination. Adjacent to it is the five-storey pagoda, the Asakusa Shinto shrine, which is worth exploring too. After this, head out to Nakamise shopping street for some retail therapy.
SOAK IN A NATURAL HOT SPRING
After the shopping spree, take a soothing soak at a public bath with natural hot spring water. The Oedo-Onsen Monogatari has multiple choices from quick soaks to an elaborate bath. What more you ask? Their Insta-friendly atmosphere and lip-smacking food adds to the experience.
BE SPELLBOUND BY CHERRY BLOSSOMS
Are you one of the many who are captivated by the beauty of cherry blossoms? Tokyo's Ueno Park and Nakameguro Park are our top picks to witness the magic of these blush-tinted blooms. And if you end up here during summer, you would have hit the jackpot. Also explore the extremely artsy neighbourhood around Nakameguro Park while you are there.
GORGE ON FRESH SUSHI
Some Japanese delicacies can be an acquired taste. If your palate craves that, Toyosu market will prove to be your personal heaven. Tokyo's most famous fish market, Tsukiji, shut and moved to Toyosu only to gain the same love as before. Your meals here will be cooked with the fresh produce. You can also visit Akihabara to explore the famous maid cafes, exclusive to Japan.
WORLD’S TALLEST FREE STANDING TOWER
Reach the top of the world (quite literally) at the world’s second tallest tower. Tokyo Skytree is situated at a height of 2,080 feet is the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower. Its deck has the capacity to hold about 2,000 people. You will get jaw-dropping views of the city from this place.
CHERISH THE CONUNDRUM
Remember the scramble crossing from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift? That’s Shibuya crossing in Tokyo. While one might dread the evening rush there, some might say it is an exhilarating experience. Also visit the famous Piss Alley full of bars, grills, and food stalls. The place comes alive post sundown. Do not forget to try the famous yakitori dishes that this area is famous for.
PUB CRAWLING IN TOKYO
Whether you like a quiet pub or a place with pulsating beats, Tokyo has it sorted. Shibuya is where one can hop on for a groovy evening. And if you are in the mood for something more peaceful, Golden Gai is your place to be. The old world rustic charm with limited seating is the USP of this place.