TOKYO, One of Japan's Largest Sightseeing Areas where you can Enjoy Everything!
Tokyo is the Japanese capital, and it is popular for foreign tourists visiting Japan. Since the Edo Shogunate was established in the 1600s, it has developed as a political, economic and cultural centre. Today, it has developed further, mixing lots of attractions, including modern tourist attractions and traditional historic sites.
Tokyo is located on the south side of the Kanto region. The area is about 2,200 square kilometres and the population is around 13 million. It is the most densely populated city in Japan. (Information accurate as of November 2019)
There are three main tourist areas. The Tokyo metropolitan, such as the city centre, where various facilities are placed. The Okutama area, where you can feel the nature of the mountains, and the islands of Izu and Ogasawara, where untouched islands are gathered.
Is Tokyo Safe at Night?
Tokyo is relatively safe at night. According to a survey by The Economist (magazine-format newspaper published in England) in September 2019, it was named the safest city in the world.
Furthermore, volunteers patrol day and night under the "Tokyo Metropolitan Safety and Security Town Development Ordinance" which was enacted in 2003. In addition, police are patrolling and taking measures against terrorism in shopping districts.
Weather and Temperature in Tokyo
Because there are four distinct seasons, enjoying the unique scenery and food of Japan during each season is also one of the attractions of Tokyo.
Spring (March, April and May)
It gets warmer throughout the day during the Spring, during this period, plums, cherry blossoms, nemophila, and wisteria flower one after another, adding beautiful colors to the landscape. There are days that are less than 10 degrees Celsius in March, but there are also days in May that exceed 20 degrees Celsius. A thin coat or cardigan is essential for this type of weather. If you are not good in cold weather, you should wear layers such as tights or thick underwear.
Summer (June, July and August)
Summer in Tokyo is characterized by the high humidity, but also by traditional culture such as wearing a yukata and sprinkling water on pavement, as well as events that include the Tanabata festival and fireworks displays, among others. Because there is a rainy season in June, it is convenient to have a folding umbrella and a raincoat on hand while walking throughout the city. Through June, July and August, the average temperature is less than 30 degrees. In August, days are likely to reach over 30 degrees and humidity is high during the day, so we recommend drinking plenty of drinking water, applying sunscreen, using a parasol, and the like when taking sightseeing excursions.
Autumn (September, October and November)
The Japanese have an expression known as "Autumn of appetite," referring to enjoying various foods such as new rice, pacific saury, fruits, and wild vegetables. It is also the season for viewing the beautiful Autumn foliage. September starts out quite severe in terms of hot weather but continues to get cooler day by day after entering October. Since the average temperature in November is around 13 degrees, you should wear a thick coat or a woollen shawl if you don’t do well in cold weather.
Winter (December, January and February)
Winter usually goes hand in hand with snow, but in Tokyo there is typically only a small amount in February, and rarely accumulates. However, illuminations are a very popular Winter feature in Tokyo. The streets of Tokyo will be colored with illuminations starting from December, this time of year is perfect for taking special photographs. Although it's Winter, it's not too cold and the average temperature is around 5 degrees. If you are going to visit Tokyo in winter, it is recommended that you should have a thick wool coat or down coat.
10 Places that Must Not be Missed when Visiting Tokyo
Shinjuku is a city with two sides: an office district and a shopping district. The west side of the station is lined with Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices, hotels and office buildings.
Meanwhile, the east side of the station is lined with department stores, fashion buildings, restaurants and recreational facilities. At night, the atmosphere is quite different, it becomes a shopping district with glittering neon lights.
Harajuku is a town with many shopping facilities and restaurants based on the concept of “Kawaii”. Boutiques and confectionary shops are lined up around Takeshita Street, the main shopping area.
Asakusa is a town with lots of temples and shrines. In addition to Sensoji Temple, there is also Yasaki Inari Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. As well as shopping at the shopping district that spreads up to Sensoji Temple, taking a cruise along Sumida River is also recommended.
There are also lots of tourist spots nearby like Ueno and Tokyo Skytree.
Ueno is a town where lots of sightseeing spots like museums, art museums, zoos and temples are gathered. There are plenty of shopping streets, nine of them, including the Ameyoko shopping street.
Ueno Onshi Park was the first city park in Japan. It is also famous as a cherry blossom spot and the best spot for sightseeing in Ueno.
Akihabara is one of Japan's best electronics towns. There are lots of electronics retailers, making it the most suitable place for electronics shopping.
Akihabara is also a sacred place for Japanese anime and otaku culture. The streets are filled with character advertisements and lots of people cosplaying. There are also many unique stores, such as specialist stores that are abundant with games and manga (Japanese comics), theatres where you can meet pop idols, and shops where you can experience cosplay.
Ginza is a town where you can feel the tradition and modernity. Ginza Dori, the main street, is a huge shopping area with luxury brand stores and fashion buildings.
There are also plenty of restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisine such as Japanese, Western and Chinese cuisine. Among them, there are many restaurants with Michelin-stars.
Shibuya is the most advanced city when it comes to fashion and food. There are lots of facilities that are popular among the youth, particularly "109" is famous as a symbol of Shibuya.
The "Scramble intersection" is famous as a symbol of Tokyo, which has a huge population. The spectacle of people filling the intersection even though there is no festival is overwhelming for foreigners seeing it for the first time.
Yanaka / Nezu
Yanaka and Nezu are the towns that have retained the appearance of the Tokyo of the mid-late 1900s. It is standard to eat while walking in the attractive Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street.
There are also lots of art museums and museums, we also recommend art sightseeing. In addition, there are historical spots like cemeteries and shrines.
Odaiba is a waterfront town which faces Tokyo Bay. Various entertainment spots such as shopping centres, amusement facilities, hot springs and hotels are gathered here.
In addition, it is a sightseeing spot where you can enjoy cruise sightseeing and beautiful night view.
Tsukishima is the origin of Monja, a Japanese specialty dish. There are about 50 shops on the shopping street called Monja Street.
There are also spots in Tsukishima where the views of Tokyo Bay and the Sumida River can be enjoyed. In spring, cherry blossom trees sprawl along the roadside and the natural scenery of water and flowers can be seen.