Tokyo is the capital of Japan and made up of 23 wards. Connecting these wards together is the Yamanote line. A commuter train loop dividing Tokyo into two parts; downtown and residential. With trains running every two minutes in peak hour and carrying on average 3.5 million people daily, this is Tokyo’s most important and iconic train line. Staying within this green line will make travelling a breeze.
So which area would suit you best? Here are my top four picks:
Ginza – Recognised as a luxury shopping district, Ginza streets are lined with high end stores such as Chanel, Prada, Gucci and many other international brands and department stores. But not only is it the best place to spend big on fashion labels, it’s the place to indulge in gourmet food. While you’re there, why not have a meal at Gucci cafe or Armani restaurant? Or buy fine chocolate from the Shiseido chocolatarie?
Shibuya – Holding Japans busiest intersection, the ‘Times Square of Tokyo’, Shibuya, is the hub for connecting cities. Known as a youth-orientated shopping area, the neon lit department stores are endless. With the most famous ‘Shibuya 109’ mall located at the scramble intersection. But Shibuya isn’t just for the youthful, but the young at heart. Filled with buzzing nightlife and traditional Izakayas, Shibuya truly is a well rounded city with something to offer everyone.
Shinjuku – With over 3.6 million people passing through daily and 200 exits, Shinjuku is said to be the busiest train station in the world. A neighborhood full of electrical superstores, multilevel book stores and international department stores. Also known for its nightlife, love hotels and holding Japan’s biggest red light district. Then, in the midst of all the madness, Shinjuku Gyoen Park, a tranquil scene of traditional Japanese gardens in the city centre to restore the peaceful balance.
Harajuku – A magnet for Tokyo’s younger generation, Harajuku is filled with teenagers in search of thrifty fashion and fun. Full of independent boutiques and hip cafes, there is always something new to see. Takeshita street is where all this comes to life, with shops like Daiso, a 5 story shoppers delight filled with 100 yen ($1) goodies, it’s something not to be missed. Sunday is when the costumes come out to play. You’ll see not only locals but Gaijins (foreigners) dressing in cosplay. So put on your best outfit and join in on the fun!
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Izakaya = A type of Japanese bar that serves food to accompany drinks.
Cosplay = Short for costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea.
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