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Tokyo
Tokyo
#About the Exciting Capital of Japan

There are not many cities in the world like Tokyo. Tokyo is a futuristic metropolis, a city that stuns its visitors in every possible way. From the fast busy pace of life, to the huge and unimaginable shopping centers, the bustling streets and crossroads, the ultra-modern skyscrapers, the crazy technology and the innovative and liberated attire of many of its young people.

On top of being a busy and industrial city, Tokyo is one of the most modern cities in the world, it is also the enchanting cherry blossom, a variety of fine Japanese food, clean and tidy streets, beautiful gardens, colorful fall in autumn, and ancient and special culture.

Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the more fascinating cities in the Far East. Its status as a financial, commercial and tourism metropolis has made it one of the most important places in the business and cultural worlds. This unique Japanese culture is well present and demonstrates how tradition can be combined with innovation.

The modern side of Tokyo stands out. It is expressed in a skyline of innovative and modern towers, an unparalleled public transportation system, advanced and efficient roads, organized and large shopping and entertainment areas, and more.

A visit to Tokyo will leave you amazed. Sooner rather than later you will surely understand the nickname given to Tokyo - "A Western Tourist's Amusement Park".



#Some Information

Tokyo has 23 districts and another 26 urban areas. It is located on the banks of the Tokyo bay, on the east coast of the island of Honshu, the main island of Japan.

Tokyo alone has over 13 million residents, 35 million people reside in the greater Tokyo area. This makes this metropolis the most populated in the world. Every day, more than 2 million people travel into the city from surrounding towns.



#History

In the past Tokyo was known by the name "Edo", meaning "estuary", for the location of the city at the mouth of the river. In East Asia there is an ancient tradition of including the word capital in Japanese in the name of the capital city, after it became the capital of the empire in 1868, Edo's name was changed to Tokyo. Meaning "the capital of the East". "Tu" in Japanese is East and "Kyo" means the capital.

For a certain time period Tokyo was also called "Tokei", which is a different pronunciation to the Chinese characters for the word "Tokyo". This was during the early Meiji period.


#When to Visit?

The most popular seasons to visit Japan are the spring and the fall. However, this country is beautiful at an season. The summer month of June is considered in Japan to be the "rainy season," and July and August are hot and humid.

It is beautiful to visit Japan during March, April, May, the spring months, mainly because of the sakura, the magnificent cherry blossoms. The blossom happens are a different time every years.

Not less beautiful is the amazing autumn trees, changing to colors of red-orange-yellow - around September, October, November.


#Accommodations

A recommended area to sleep in is around the train station Shinjuku, or Shibuya. Ensure that your accommodation will be walking distance from one of these two stations.

If you picked over areas to stay at in the city, it is recommended to stay near the Yamnote Line.

Besides the usual hotels, Tokyo offers special Japanese hosting.

For adventurers, try a capsule hotel, which offers a cheap line of sleeping cells for a single person. Minimum amount of space but privacy guaranteed.

Home sharing is economical and you will likely meet the local residents, who host travelers in their houses.

Popular and unique option for accommodations in Tokyo are Ryokan - traditional Japanese guest houses with shared showers and toilets at a cheap price. Rooms are simple and clean, with paper partitions separating them. Guests sleep on futon mattresses lying on the floor. There are many such in the city, even in major places.


#Food

The city has over 150,000 restaurants and the largest and most varied fish markets in the world, it is not wonder that food here is a major part of entertainment. Here there is great food at luxury restaurants, and also at street stalls, in popular restaurants, and shops and grocery stores, in well-packed sushi dishes.

At street stalls, the cheapest at all times of the day and always delicious and authentic, there is a distinction between yakitoris stalls, a type of chicken skewers, raman stalls, the legendary soup dish of Japan, and Isakos- popular pubs in every street corner. Around these are quite a few fast and tasty noodle stalls, restaurants with suva noodles, sushi of all levels, and restaurants specializing in tempura, vegetables and seafood fried in a delicate layer of breadcrumbs. Noodles, ramen, suva or udon are the great pleasures of the street.

Next to the popular foods, there are gourmet high quality restaurants, Japanese or Western, some having up to three Michelin stars. They are expensive of course, but as with most restaurants in Tokyo, some offer business meals between 11 am and 4:30 pm.

A must-try experience in Tokyo are restaurants in the "kaiten" style, or a conveyor belt with sushi going around the restaurant. Each plate is color coded to reflect a price, customers take which ever plates as they wish. At the end of the meal the waiter counts and calculates the cost of the bill according to the colors of the plates. A fun and great experience with children!


#Saving

Tokya is not considered a cheap traveling destinations. But even in one of the most expensive cities in the world, they are ways to save.

Staying at capsule hotels is much cheaper than anywhere else, also a traditional Ryokan or a private apartment, like a guest house are good options.

To travel the subway as you wish, buy a discounted daily ticket.

The food stalls on the streets of Tokyo are wonderful. You will not have to eat at a fancy restaurant to enjoy the tastes of the Japanese cuisine. Noodles from the small shops in the alleyways are also delicious.

At any hour, and very cheaply, you can buy a takeaway "Bento" from 24 hours convenience stores. It's a sort of lunch box that's delicious, well made, and cheap.

In the huge food isles of the large department store, you will find food at a good price and quite a few samples and tastings. Between 8 PM - 9 PM, you can buy up to 70% off at the most expensive department stores, including the most expensive delicacies. Head to Takashimaya and Tokyu.

Museum enthusiasts should purchase a Grutt Pass card, which allows free entrance, or a significant discount, at the entrance to all the city's most important museums.

Cheap souvenirs can be found at the "100 Yen Shop" stores around the city.

Kabuki shows for a daytime show can be seen for $ 20, a tenth of the price of the evening shows.

For free sites in the Japanese capital - Click on the tag "Free in Tokyo".


#Public Transportation

The Tokyo subway is clean and tidy. The same is true of the stations and tunnels, where everything is orderly and tasteful. The train itself is very quiet.

For unlimited subway rides in Tokyo, buy a discounted daily ticket. The "Tokunai Pass" offers free travel throughout the day on the JR train lines.

Taxis in Tokyo are very expensive, and at night the price usually reaches high amounts.

The great and advanced Japanese trains are also very expensive. If you plan to leave Tokyo for trips to different parts of Japan, the Japan Rail Pass, which can only be purchased outside Japan, will greatly reduce the price. It will allow unlimited travel on all train lines here, for 7, 14, or 21 days.


#Museums

Tokyo has a crazy variety of museums, most of which are closed on Mondays. The front doors always close half an hour before closing time, and tickets are sold only in cash. Taking photographs is usually forbidden.

For free museums, go to the Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum, the Electric Power Historical Museum, and the Sumo Wrestling Museum.


#Tip

In Japan it is not customary to give tips. The Japanese are usually not comfortable with accepting a tip, and if you leave a tip, know that there is a change the waiters will even be insulted.


#Clubs and Entertainment

The city of Tokyo offers various outing areas like Shibuya, Ginza and Shinjuku. There are bars, restaurants, shops and many areas for Pachinko machines, all of which are also offered in Kabukicho, which also functions as Tokyo's red-light district. In Roppongi you will find a variety of restaurants and night clubs where tourists and foreign residents are mostly go out.

For those looking to dance, it is worth knowing about the "Womb Club," where Brad Pitt performed in the Hollywood movie "Babel".

An overview of all of these will be can be found under the tag "Entertainment in Tokyo".


#Shopping

Cheap Shopping? Sales? - not here. Unlike other Asian countries, Japan is not cheap. But the shopping experience here is real and Tokyo's shopping centers are definitely worth it.

The Japanese are freaks of gadgets and technological toys. The recommended place to purchase electronics and gadgets is at the Akihabara neighborhood, the "Mecca" for electronics. The number of electronics stores here is enormous, some stores have prices that are not bad.

Shopping is also worth doing in the Ginza neighborhood, where there is a huge selection of department stores and shops. Enter Sony's building, where the company exhibits its new products, even one that are not yet released.

Designer shops and modern fashion can be found in the Rajuku area, and in the Aoyama area in the Shibuya district, as well as after shopping attractions.

An excellent market, varied and colorful, is the Amico market in Ueno. The Asakusa area has traditional shops, in the evenings there is also the magical Nakamise Exhibition.

More details - Click on the tag "Shopping in Tokyo" and on the link below.


#Tokyo Country Code
+81


#Electric Outlets
Possible plugs to use are Type A and Type B (see link below with photos).


A Taste of the Upcoming Trip? - Here's a video That Will Show you the City in All its Beauty:

https://youtu.be/VXUdY5P0VJA


Here's the City in all its Beauty:

https://youtu.be/E5Fdi8jjt9k


Link for Above Recommendation:

https://youtu.be/ZfxOfaXcHMA
Asakusa
Asakusa
#About the Place that Resembles the Old Tokyo

Asakusa is the area around the Sensoji Temple, the oldest, colorful and most loved temple of Tokyo. This is one of Tokyo's most important historical sites. The character of Asakusa is reminiscent of the old Tokyo and it is pleasant to spend time in the temple and the market nearby, even for a whole day.

On the Nakamise Dori Street, the street leading to the Sensoji Temple, you will see the Nakamise Market, which offers many stalls and shops, with Edo art crafts, traditional Japanese clothing, kimonos and many tourist memorabilia.

At the entrance to the Sensoji Buddhist Temple stands a large two-story red gate called Kaminarimon. The name of the gate means "God of Thunder," and indeed, on the gate you can see the decorations of the figures of the gods of the wind and the thunder.

On the second floor of the gate there is a library in which Buddhist and antique books are preserved. The gate, the pagodas and the other structures in the Temple were destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed with precision.

After the Kaminarimon Gate, enter the road that leads to the temple, a 300-meter road with a colorful and spectacular street market. In this market you will see hundreds of colorful and cozy stalls offering local souvenirs, fortune tellers and other intriguing Japanese surprises.

Both to the Sensoji Temple and to the large market adjacent to it, the entrance is free.



#The History of Asakusa

Asakusa’s district is the remnant of a distant historical era. While wandering around, you can feel how the passersby felt, in an age when pleasant, smiling geishas walked there. In Kannonura Street you can also see from time to time, women wearing such clothes.

Between the 17th and 19th centuries, when Tokyo was the capital of the military Tokugawa Shogunate, the Asakusa area was the center of their entertainment.

Today Asakusa is one of the most important historical sites in Tokyo, a place reminiscent of Tokyo of other, earlier times.


#Tips

The entrance to the temple is free.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/NiEi1Vp7zcw


More of Asakusa:

https://youtu.be/RuCcoLw7omI


A Trip Around the Entire Area:

https://youtu.be/b5AurdhTcUc
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland
#About Disneyland in a Kimono- Tokyo’s Disney

Disneyland Tokyo is a half-hour drive from Tokyo, the capital of Japan. This is a mix of the American theme park, with Japanese culture.

Disneyland Tokyo succeeds in bringing about 15 million visitors each year, just like the other popular parks of this kind. That is why it was also awarded the title of one of the world's most visited parks. In fact, it is the first Walt Disney park built outside of the US. It was opened to the public in 1983 and is about 460,000 square meters large.

Although Disneyland Tokyo is a replica of the American Disneyland, offering attractions similar to attractions in other parts of the world, here the Disney characters know how to speak Japanese and wear, how surprising, kimonos.

The park has plenty of rides - some copied from the American version and some invented right here in Tokyo. Like in other Disney parks, this park has several areas, which means there are different places, each of which have a different subject, as Disney wanted in his parks:
1. The Main Street of the United States - The World Bazaar.

2. Adventure Land with attractions such as: Jungle Trekking, The Magical Tiki Room, The Robinson Family House and The Disney Train.

3. The Fantasy Land and its attractions: Alice's Tea Party, Pooh's Honey Hunt, It's a Small World, Cinderella Fairytale Hall, Peter Pan's Flight, Castle Carousell, Snow White's Adventures, and Pinoccioh's Daring Journey.

4. Tomorrowland with its attractions: Space Mountain, Utopia, Micro-Adventure, Star-Tours, Star Jets and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters.

5. State of the fortifications (Critter Country).

6. Land of the Wild West (Westerland) with the Big Thunder Mountain Train attraction.

7. The country of the small animals (Toontown).

Next to the park, the Tokyo Disney Sea Park was opened, with no less than $4 billion invested. The park was originally intended for adults, and to this day more and more frightening rides are added.



#Main Attractions at the Disney Park

Here are some of Tokyo Disneyland's best attractions:

Minnie Oh! Minnie - a great show, like Donald Duck or Goofy, but with an emphasis on the female character of Minnie Mouse.

Pirates of the Caribbean - A chilling boat ride along with bad pirates

Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes - an enchanted canoe cruise in a stormy river full of adventures in the continent of America.

Big Thunder Mountain - Join the gold diggers in the US, a crazy roller coaster and arid desert landscapes.

Mysterious Island - dive into the Earth's soil and meet boiling lava, minerals and the elements of our planet.

Tokyo Disney Sea - A journey through the depths of the ocean and getting to know what is down there.



#Tips

Go for a full day and arrive early. There's nothing to do there for more then one day, but you'd better get there early and leave late!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/udZZRAZmW6Y



#Disneyland's Commercial for Tokyo Disneyland:

https://youtu.be/3HsV8xgizV8
Kabukicho
Kabukichō
#About the Dubious Entertainment Square of Tokyo

One of the darkest squares in Tokyo is Kabukicho in eastern Shinjuku. This part of the city, which comes alive at 6:00 pm, devotes itself, to the less sensitive side of outings and nightlife.

In other words, as well as being full of restaurants, bars and shops, it is first and foremost Tokyo's sex and casual sex district. Kabukichō is the red-light district and the heart of the pleasure-making industry and the "love hotels."

There is a great supermarket of delight, which is not as blatant as that of Amsterdam, but it still excels in countless neon signs, of dubious businesses engaged in prostitution and gambling, with the active involvement of the local mafia and quite a few pimps and crooks offering the local girls to the highest bidder.

Apart from prostitution and gambling, you can get to know the palaces of pachinko machines, where young people get together and gamble on their money against sophisticated game machines. There is also a movie theater with a giant Godzilla statue above it, with great movies.

By the way, the name of the square comes from the Kabuki theater, which was supposed to be built there, but as you probably figured out - was never established.




#Tips

It is recommended to avoid the bars in this square, especially because of scoundrels who run quite a few businesses and commit criminal acts against tourists.

If you do enter places these bars and entertainment places, do not go after people who invite you from the streets. Some of them trap tourists.

In Kabukichō bars, make sure that there is no COVER CHARGE, which means that you commit to ordering drinks at a minimal price.



A Closer Look at Night:

https://youtu.be/kEJuTytiwAU


A Closer Look During the Day:

https://youtu.be/CVD7owHqirY

Tokyo

Rikugien
Rikugien
#The Place of Escape from the Hustle and Bustle of Tokyo

Rikugien Garden, with an emphasis on the first syllable, is a charming and spacious Japanese garden where you can escape for a moment from the hustle, bustle and bustling city. Here you can leave behind the city race and enter for a while or more, for a pleasant and relaxing Japanese rest. Enter the garden at the wooden gate, see the goldfish in the beautiful pool of water, stand on the stone bridge and sit in the cozy and peaceful tea house. Take a moment of peace and then return, equipped with renewed energy, to busy Tokyo. Rikugien is located next to the Komagome Station on the Yamanote Line.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/HkBlVYoQPbA



#In the Spring:

https://youtu.be/NT5d95nmISo



#A Night Tour:

https://youtu.be/ThPSqPqJtq8
Shinjuku
Shinjuku
#About Tokyo's Night Time Entertainment Area

Shinjuku has existed since the 17th century. Today it is famous as the entertainment center of Tokyo, especially among the young. Boji Chi is particularly great. It is the center of attention - the place where people get together and spend time, both in the evenings and at nights.

In the daytime Shinjuku is dedicated to shopping in attractive shops, all the way into the night, endlessly and without restrictions. Some call it Kabukicho, the street of food or the street of entertainment, others will see it as a shopping street or a street of sin, but one thing is clear - when young people want to be seen and feel present, they come here!

Young, beautiful, made up and ready, the young people of Tokyo flock to Shinjuku Station, which according to the Guinness Book of Records is the world's busiest train station. They are joined by tourists and together they flow by the huge billboards and crazy skyscrapers, to Shinjuku and Kabukicho, looking for nightly entertainment and experiences. Here the clubs, shops, restaurants and Pachinko machines (if not out of fashion yet) are found. Even the Red Light District is hidden in the smaller alleys of the area.

By the way, if you're part of the shopping community, you've also come to the right place even in the evening. The selection of shops here is crazy and if not closed yet, you can also enjoy the "usual" entertainment, called shopping.



A Closer Look at Shinjuku:

https://youtu.be/uRjgoYm9MxE



Boji Chi:

https://youtu.be/s3zbdngPiNQ



Another Look at Fun and Vibrant Shinjuku:

https://youtu.be/NiI7YUKYeDw
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Tokyo Stock Exchange
#About The Largest Stock Exchange in Japan

Who has not heard of the Nikkei or the TOPIX index - both stock indexes from world sellers and the major stock indexes of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange is Japan's largest stock exchange and one of the largest in the world. According to one of the indexes, it was in 2010 the third largest stock exchange in the world.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange Building is located in the business district of Tokyo's Chuō District. If you are a fan of stocks, economics and bonds, you will be interested in the place where you trade banking securities of one of the world's most important economies. Japan is experiencing quite a few difficulties these days, but in the past the Japanese people were able to escape bigger troubles more than once.



#The History of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

The Tokyo Stock Exchange was established in 1878, with trade beginning on June 1 of that year. In 1943, at the peek of the World War II, 10 stock exchanges from all Japan were combined with a single Japanese stock exchange. In 1945, towards the end of World War II, trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ceased for reorganization. That was after the nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japan surrendered to the United States.

In 1949, after four years of suspension, the Tokyo Stock Exchange reopened. In the 1980's, and especially since 1983, this stock exchange's activity accelerated in an unprecedented manner. The success was so great that in 1990 it invested no less than 60% of the capital in the global stock market as a whole. Japan's economy was at its peak at the time, and its stock exchange, accordingly, was the largest in the world.
During the 1990's, the Tokyo Stock Exchange's activity declined steeply and in 2010 its ranking fell to third place in the world.



#Tips
The best time to visit the Tokyo Stock Exchange is at 13:30 every day. This is the hour. Where visitors are offered a free tour, with English instruction.During the tourist season it is recommended to reserve a place for a tour in advance, from the website site below.



A Closer Look at the Stock Exchange Celebrating 19 Years in 2015:

https://youtu.be/WxbuBpUnT6s
Shibuya Scrumble Crossing
Shibuya Scrumble Crossing
#About the Busiest Junction in the World

You may have already seen one of the bustling crossroad videos of the Far Eastern capitals. They are crowded with plenty of people crossing the
intersection as the light goes green. It is a crazy sight.

An extreme example of this is the largest pedestrian crossing in the world, located in the Shibuya quarter of Tokyo City, outside the railway station of the Quarter. This is where many tourists come to watch the swarms of people passing through the many pedestrian crossings, in perfect silence and without any urgency or vulnerability.

The data is amazing - in every crossing, 2,000 people cross, making the sum of all the people that cross the whole junction here one million people per day! This pedestrian crossing is an excellent example of Tokyo's vibrant and frenetic lifestyle, which does not stop for a moment. But it is also an excellent demonstration of the remarkable Japanese manners. No one is pushing, angry, or hurting another person. They all cross quietly and efficiently, while maintaining distance and respect for others.

Watching the swarm of people obediently crossing the famous crosswalk is no less than hypnotizing. Read the tips below on how to capture the best place to watch this special crossing. Enjoy!



#Tips

The huge pedestrian crossing is directly opposite the exit of the Hachiko Railway Station. The Starbucks branch, which occupies several floors above the junction, has an excellent view from above. A cup of coffee and a light wait at the window will give you an excellent view of the world's busiest junction.



A Closer Look at the Massive Cross Walk:

https://youtu.be/tNevp2ZZzhU



Here is the Cross Walk from Above:

https://youtu.be/LlSPOnQw86A


Miraikan
Miraikan
#About the Museum that Presents what is Happening in the World and our Future in it

Miraikan, located on the island of Odaiba, is the Museum of the Foundations and Future Science of Tokyo. The museum was intended to be the Japanese Museum of World Science and the changes that the world is undergoing in the era of the Internet, global warming and other fascinating phenomenas.

The Miraikan Museum offers a variety of interactive displays and exhibitions about space, the Internet, robots, genetics, astronomy and more. You will be able to learn how scientific processes, technological developments and innovative systems operate and take place. From global warming to the way the Internet works - here you learn and experience advanced and interesting technological processes and innovations, in humanity, life sciences, the future, the environment, borders and more.

At the entrance stands a 6-meter-wide globe with 800,000 LED lights, allowing real-time display of climate change on Earth. Later on you will be able to get to know the innovations that Japan has contributed to, such as famous robots, the ASIMO robot, the world's fastest "Maglev" train, and more.



A Closer Look at Miraikan - The National Museum for Emerging Science and Innovation:

https://youtu.be/CGuaL1M4RHk
Meguro Parasitological Museum
#About the Parasitological Museum in Tokyo

The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a museum devoted to human and animal parasites. This museum, as you must have already noticed, is recommended for people who are not afraid of strange things and may even be interested in them.

The Parasite Museum, is probably the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to parasites. You can learn about the parasites, who live, as terrible as it sounds, even in our bodies right now. You don't have to fear them or feel disgusted, but to only be aware of them and see them, if you wish, up close.

By the way, in the museum you can see the longest parasitic worm in the world, 8.8 meters long!



#Tips

The entrance is free of charge.

The explanations beside the exhibits are in Japanese. Visitors are offered a voice translation tool for English.


A Closer Look at Meguro's Parasitological Museum:

https://youtu.be/_vrb_Ww-KBU
Womb
#About the Club

Shibuya's nightlife and parties are known to be lively and fun, the high-end area attracts young people and countless tourists every night. With an amazing variety of excellent nightclubs, everyone can find the type of parties that suits them, from the familiar to the bizarre ...

The famous Womb Club appears to be at the top of these clubs. It has high-level Japanese DJs, high-quality party dinners, and usually top international DJs are hosted on weekends, playing a variety of electronics styles - from electronics, techno, jungle, drama and bass to hot dubstep.

On its four floors, the Womb, which opened in 2000, can accommodate as many as 1,000 people.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/4BeC3b3CJpc?t=2m39s
Shibuya
#About the Popular Meeting and Entertainment Place of Tokyo's Youth

Shibuya, the favorite neighborhood of the young, is one of the most fashionable, noisy, bustling and fastest areas in Tokyo. The trends of Tokyo's youth take place here, such as, running around in groups, wasting money in the huge and countless shopping and entertainment complexes and more.

The great popularity of Shibuya among the younger generation in Japan, brought and gained strength from the famous Shibuya department stores, specializing in modern fashion. One of them, for example, is Shibuya 109, a huge shopping center near the Shibuya Station. This center has become the centerpiece of unique fashion onTokyo, such as the Kogal and Gyaru.

In fact, there is a spectacular combination of entertainment, shopping and sights of huge billboards that thrash over its huge junction. All this makes Shibuya a kind of Japanese "Times Square" in Tokyo.

One of the places considered to be a fashion fascination, is Center Gai, where many fashion shops and designers work alongside cosmetic shops and more. All of these stand next to entertainment sites, cafes and restaurants, some of which operate for most of the day, while in the backround colorful variety of illuminated and flashing signs shine.

Thanks to its ceaseless movement and the tens of thousands of people who are coming every day, the Shibuya region gained a name all over the world. It is very well known, especially because of its huge and bustling pedestrian crossings, which is one of the best known places in the quarter and offers the busiest cross section in the world.
Because of its many businesses and technology companies, Shibuya gained the nickname "Bit Valley" during the late 1990's. It was an appropriate name for the place where Japan's high-tech scene, start-ups and technology began, during Shibuya's transformation into the technology and information center it is today.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/0d1CVdudbcc



The Cool District of Tokyo in Shibuya:

https://youtu.be/8pXFktAbx5Y



The Discrict in Fast Motion:

https://youtu.be/cHel0LwRFlA
Harajuku
#About the Trendy Costume District of Tokyo

In the area surrounding the Harajuku Railway Station, the JR East Yamanote Line of the Tokyo Railway Network, is the Harajuku quarter, known for its wild and colorful street fashion and its extreme street culture.

Thanks to its unique street style, the Harajuku district is considered one of the world's fashion centers. Who has not heard about the girls who dress up here, and the boys' extreme clothing and pop culture? Who has not seen the social encounters with the most colorful and creative dress code in Japan? - The street style that was born, developed and updated here over the years, is an inspiration to fashion designers from around the world.

On the weekends, the Harajuku quarter comes to life. On Sunday mornings young people of the city arrive to see and be seen. Every Sunday the park turns into a colorful and crazy fashion show for young people. You can see the latest fashion trends here, with no limit to the styles of clothes and the variety of their extreme hairstyles. This is part of the subculture of the costume games in the world named Cosplay.

In addition to the fashion that trends in the quarter and the mass events of the young men dressed in crazy clothes and diverse styles of fashion, are various performances, street artists and an audience confined to a variety of clothing styles and combinations of clothes and trends of young Tokyo.

Every Sunday their clothes are glamorous and sparkling, adorned with pins and extremely exaggerated dolls. In the Yoyogi Park there is also the beautiful Meiji Jingu Temple, as well as hiking trails and a nice museum.



#The Influences of Fashion in Harajuku

For young Japanese people and especially for those of Tokyo, there is a much more varied and exciting fashion than of the young people of the West. While wandering the city, you will often encounter young people with purple or pink hair, for example, wearing gaudy skirts and stockings in a variety of colors and styles, or those who are stitched in stylized suits. The vibe in the city is that every hour is good for dressing up, in a way that anywhere else in the world would have looked like a costume or part of a theater show.

But everything is overshadowed by the fashionable sights of the Harajuku Station area. Fashion here is crazy. From the Victorian coat, the Gothic mirror, the Kawai look, the cute Pokemon characters and the Hello Kitty, to the costumes of characters from Japanese manga films, and the young Lolita look- it will all look exciting and intriguing and you won't be bored for a minute.



#Tips

The center of attention is Takeshita Dori and Yoyogi Koen.The young people here are aware of the attractiveness of their attire and appearance, and most of them have no problem being photographed. Do not be afraid to ask!

Harajuku is also a shopping center where you can buy local and international brands, especially for young people, in relatively cheap stores and prices.

Almost at the end of every month, the young people hold a colorful and stunning fashion show on Sundays. Very cool!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/i1-5T2-a59s



The Young Fashion that Rules this Neighborhood:

https://youtu.be/Y1RC3KSLf-k
Golden Gai
#About the Bar Area with The Best Ramen in Town

Golden Gai is an area of small traditional bars full of Japanese restaurants, all in a maze of small narrow alleyways. When the sun goesdown, people come and spend a lot of time in the place where the city's best ramen is served, and have drinks in one of the small bars.

After World War II, the Golden Gai was the place of Tokyo's black market and the city's prostitution area. Later, it would become the place of municipal water cisterns.

The Golden Gai is bohemian styled with many bars and clubs. On the walls you can see large movie posters and every evening, artists, musicians and stage performers gather to perform. Feel the special and nostalgic atmosphere created by the dimmed neon lights that flicker in the small huts, an atmosphere that is a relic of other times.

This is perhaps the secret of the Golden Gai's charm and the reason Tokyo residents like to hang out here in the evenings. The streets have a special charm!



#Tips

Some places only serve permanent customers.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/tkiYM4ausfk
Edo-Tokyo Museum
#About the Tokyo Historical Heritage Museum

Edo Tokyo Museum is a museum set up to preserve the historic heritage of Tokyo, the Edo.

Edo was the name of Tokyo for more than 250 years, between the beginning of the 17th century and the second half of the 19th century. The name was changed in 1868, when Japan was ruled by Tokugawa Shogunate. At that time many traditions were created and Japan developed a lot culturally.

In the museum you can learn about the city of Edo from its early days, the industry that developed in it and the daily life in the Old City. Actors present pictures and demonstrations of life and culture in the Edo era, from life in the homes of the city's residents to the Kabuki Theater, the oldest and most famous of Japan.

The entrance to the museum begins when you cross a replica of the Nihonbashi Bridge. The exhibits inside focus on the Edo period and can track the progress and development of the city, along the periods of rulers such as the Meiji, and the Showa , and up to recent years.

In the museum there are models of Edo and reconstructions of buildings from that period. The museum is divided into different zones. In the Edo Zone, you can learn about politics from the Edo era. In the Tokyo Zone you will see the great changes in the transition to the Tokyo era, due to the European and American influences on Japan during the Meiji era. In the others areas are the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, followed by the Great Earthquake, or the Kanto, as well as the effects of World War II on the city and the aftermath of the massive reconstruction that Tokyo went through.



#The Museum's architecture

The museum building was designed according to the typical shape of a kurazukuri-style warehouse from the Edo period. At a height of 62.2 meters, the unique design of the building recreates exactly the height of the ancient castle tower of Edo.The museum is spread over 30 thousand square meters. It has galleries and an exhibition that shows changing displays, including numerous large models of historical cities. Alongside them are demonstrations and illustrations of traditional crafts from the previous centuries, which are displayed in workshops built in the style of workshops of the old days.



#Tips

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday and Sunday - 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Saturday - 9:30 am - 7:30 pm.

There is no more entrance half an hour before the museum closes.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/UOkW1ibeEV8


The Open Museum:

https://youtu.be/T3zJrS5nIo0
Aoyama
#About the High Fashion District of Tokyo

It is no secret that Japanese fashion is full of inventions and crazy trends, stemming from the dazzling heads of young people in Japan in general, and Tokyo in particular. The connection between a company with a fascinating tradition of design and art, with a country that has become one of the most innovative in the world, creates a world of clothing that ranges from cool distractions to creative subversion, with lots of colors and style.

The fashion district of Aoyama is one of Tokyo's luxury districts and a center of meticulously designed fashion. Among the huge shopping areas in Tokyo, including the prestigious Ginza, the commercial Shibuya and the Harajuku district, which offers the rebellious street fashion that the city's youth love so much, Aoyama is the designer district of the city, or if you will, Tokyo's high-end fashion center.

Even if you can not afford to buy the clothes sold here, wandering around will give you some of the most exciting window shopping moments in your life. Take a look at the shops of some of the world's most interesting and well-known fashion designers, all of them Japanese. From Issey Miyake and Yoshi Yamamoto to world-famous fashion brands like Bathing Ape.

A stroll around Tokyo's fashionable Aoyama area is a bit extreme, and is intended for real fashion enthusiasts, but anyone will undoubtedly enjoy their time here.



Shops That Open their Mornings with a Japanese Gestures of Politeness:

https://youtu.be/T1K_UvEOFHg
Tokyo Tower
#About the Tower Inspired by the Eiffel Tower

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower can be seen not only in Paris? In the heart of Tokyo, you can see the Tokyo Tower, a communication and an iron observation tower, inspired by the famous Parisian tower and considered the second highest tower in the city.

The Tokyo Tower is considered the tallest iron tower in the world, a local icon and a clear marker of modern Tokyo. It is 333 meters high, 13 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower, which means that this tower is hard to miss, even from a distance.

The Eiffel Tower is dark colored, while the Tokyo Tower is painted in combination with intense orange color, along with subtle shades of white. This tower attracts masses of visitors who come see the capital of Japan from the two observations, at different heights of 150 meters and 250 meters, which gives a great view of the city.

In addition to having a spectacular view of the city, the Tokyo Tower also offers a hologram and mystery museum, a huge aquarium with tens of thousands of small fish and a wax museum. At its base you can enjoy the 4-story "FootTower" mall with shops, galleries, restaurants and buffets.



#The History of the Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower, which until 2010 was considered the tallest tower in Japan, was built in the 1950's. It was in the era of post-World War II recovery, when Japan began to restore its status and started to become an economic superpower.

It was built for the NHK public broadcasting, which began broadcasting in 1953 and needed a regional broadcast tower. So it was decided to be the tallest tower in the world, above the Empire State Building, which was the tallest tower of the time. A lack of building materials and funding led to the anticlimax, and finally the height of the tower was determined according to the needs of the television and broadcasting company in the Kanto region, with a radius of only 150 kilometers.

The tower, opened in 1958, was designed by Japanese architect Tasho Naito, a famous architect who specialized in tower design. Naito, who sought inspiration in the Western world, chose the Eiffel Tower in Paris as inspiration for this radio tower.

The tower is capable of surviving earthquakes, twice as powerful as the Great Earthquake of 1923, and typhoons with winds up to 220 kilometers per hour.

Some of the steel brought for the construction of the tower, which was built by about 400 laborers, came from the scraps of American tanks that were damaged in the Korean War.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/BRXj0ei9Kzg


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/WRgj-fDYmEY


Hamarikyu Gardens
#About the Ancient Gardens Used by the Samurai’s for Training

Do you want some rest from the noise of this big crowded city? - This tranquility can be found in the Hamarikyu Gardens, where there is plenty of nature and green, alongside pools, coves and picturesque wooden bridges.

The Hamarikyu Gardens are 300 years old and were built during the Edo period. They include beautiful gardens, which also have beautiful artificial lakes. At first, they were used mainly for duck hunting. Over the years they became a refuge from the noise of the city. Their location, close to the Tokyo coastline and not far from the city's fish market, makes them a pleasant tour before or after visiting these places.

In the past, the Hamarikyu Gardens had been part of Japan’s feudal estate. Over the course of history, it has been handed over to Samurai rulers from Shogun. Between the 18th and 19th centuries the samurai used to practice martial arts here. In the garden, they used to hunt wild geese as they lurked in hiding places, where slits were fitted for hunting.

In the garden you can also see moats for protection from attacks and dredges that fill with seawater from the bay. Since such a trench is well-known for its ebb and flow, you will often see the oysters sticking to the moat at low tide.



#Tips

The gardens have a pleasant and inviting tea house. Those interested can leave the boat dock for a walk by the river. The gardens are open until 5:00 pm and the entrance fee is 300 yen.


A Closer Look at the Cherry Blossoms - The Sakura:

https://youtu.be/YIrJDVbPbYE
Odaiba
#About the Artificial Island of Tokyo

Odaiba, is an artificial island in Tokyo, built in the past in order to block the entry of foreign ships to the port of Tokyo. With the futuristic buildings and the huge Gundam robot that stands opposite one of its shopping malls, the island itself seems to have been taken from a science fiction film, but beyond everything, it has several places of interest:

"Rainbow Bridge" - from which you can observe the skyline of the big city.

Toyota's showroom, called "Toyota Mega Web", where you can learn everything about the company's cars and the Japanese automobile world and its history. Sometimes you may even discover a new model of the company, being one of the first people to be exposed to it.

Fuji's TV building - a building with a futuristic style of architecture, its modern design is very interesting. From its observation point you can lookover the city.

A replica of the American Statue of Liberty - a smaller model than the original. It stands in front of the bay and many tourists like to take photos of it.

Miraikan - Tokyo Museum of Innovations, Inventions and Future Science.

Palette Town - a shopping center in the Italian Renaissance style, one of several shopping centers on the island. There is an amusement park with various attractions, the most prominent being the ferris wheel, from which you can view the city's landscapes.



#About the Island

Odaiba is a large artificial island created in the Bay of Tokyo, by the settling of garbage, which is an old technique in this field. It was in 1853 when the Tokugawa Shogunate created a series of six forts designed to protect Tokyo from invasion by the sea. The main threat feared by the Shogunate was that of the black ship fleet commanded by American Commander Matthew Perry. In fact, the name "Odaiba" comes from Japanese, from the names of the artillery batteries spread around the islands.

In 1928, what was then called "Dai-san Daiba" was renovated. It was named after the artillery battery, "Battery No. 3." The battery was opened to the public as the city park of Odaiba, a park open to this day.

After the success of the 85th World Exposition in Tsukoba, the modern development of Odaiba began again. The Japanese economy of that period flourished, and Odaiba was then designed as the showcase of future life in the world and in Japan. Over $10 billion were invested for the construction of the island and the site. The name of the site was then called T3 and was designed as an independent city with more than 100,000 residents.

But in 1991, when the bubble economy began to crumble, many people began to abandon Odaiba. During 1995, Odaiba was already a desolate, impoverished area populated by empty lots. The island came back to life when Tokyo discovered the beach it never had. In 1996, the designation of the area was changed from business only to a situation in which Odaiba would also include entertainment and commerce.

Since the start of Odaiba's revival, a variety of shopping centers, hotels and attractions have opened. Over the next few years, transport connections have also been created. Several large companies have even moved to the island. Among them was the Fuji television network, which transferred its headquarters here.

Today Odaiba belongs to the administrative departments of Minato, Koto and Shinghua.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/aFaN8GWvrPU



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/UF3IEHtyNFk
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
#About Tokyo’s National Park

Although Tokyo is a modern and technologically advanced city, you can find between its high-tech skyscrapers and new technological complexes small parks and beautiful gorgeous green gardens.

A landscape without towers, roads, buildings, stores or advertising signs can be found in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Tokyo. There are three sorts of charming gardens - a traditional Japanese-style garden, an English garden and a French garden. On top of that, there is a huge variety of trees, including 1,500 cherry trees, which bloom so nicely in the spring and are very popular in Japan.

Among its paths, bridges, lakes and green cherry trees, along with the traditional Japanese wooden structures and rich scenic landscape, its colorful and multicultural diversity makes this park one of Japan's touching and heartwarming places.

The Shinjuku Gyoen Park, founded on a gigantic 600-acre land, was first opened in 1949. It originated in a Japanese aristocratic dynasty, built in the place where the private castle of Lord Naito was located.

Touring around these park areas is especially relaxing and gives great pleasure to the eyes and soul. It will provide you a green lung in the center of the city, while in the background you can always see the skyline of Tokyo's modern buildings.



A Closer Look:
https://youtu.be/Qp4B-NqhZVM



The Cherry Blossom in Shinjuku:

https://youtu.be/edQ8SDZv-Nc



More of the Sakura:

https://youtu.be/bv50faIZr-g
Sushi Saito
#About the Best Sushi in the World

This is the time to change everything you know about sushi and its flavors. Sushi Saito is considered the best sushi restaurant in the world. It is a very small restaurant, with no more than 20 spots, but with 3 Michelin stars.

Long recognized as "the mother of all senses," the place makes every sushi meal a unique, high-class and high-quality experience. Every bite leads the customer to an experiential journey between flavors and textures not recognized elsewhere, not even in the finest and professional Japanese kitchens.

The secrets here are unequivocal - all ingredients here, including vegetables, fish and seafood, are fresh and of the highest quality. But when you add the highest sushi tradition in the world and the professionalism of the cooks, the end result is so good that it has no competition.

This result is the best sushi in the world. It is called in Japanese “edomae sushi,” meaning sushi in the style of ancient Tokyo. This sushi includes several types of fish that have been aged, in a forgotten and secret recipe, with an update by the chef and the owner, chef Takashi Saito.

#Tips

Due to the crazy demand, reservations are required here, long before the visit to Tokyo.

Arrive dressed appropriately, don’t wear sloppy clothes. Here they are strict about dress codes.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ST5MwTmKWgI
Tokyo Ramen Street
Takashiyama Depachika
Yakitori Hachibei
Hachikō Statue
Ginza


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